73 posts • joined Tuesday 3rd November 2009 14:59 GMT
Random passwords for the masses!
I'm an IT geek for a 40-person non-profit. The usual password advice only confused my users - now which character got replaced with a number? The ones that did it couldn't remember them.
I'm sure I did NOT invent this, but nobody seems to talk about it so here we go. Pick a sentence! Movie quotes, lines from books, everyone knows a few. Then take the first character (or pair) from each word, add punctuation at the end, capitalize the first letter. Instant long random password, easy to recall.
Here's one you all know: "These aren't the droids you're looking for". Password becomes Tharthdryolofo! You do not have to remember the password itself, only the phrase.
Last time I checked, no cracker dictionary included this sort of thing. Hack-resistant and user-friendly!
Re: USA FREEDOM Act. - basic propaganda tactic
Old skull trick. Name your horrible legislation something warm and fuzzy that nobody can disagree with. What, you're not a PATRIOT? You don't believe in FREEDOM? You evil anarchist!!!
It's the other side of the coin from Demonizing Your Enemies. Paint your opponents as babykillers and nobody will support them. Goes a long way to obscuring the truth of a debate, therefore used heavily in politics and the press. Grrr...
"pay for the web"? Resistance for a better tomorrow!
Okay, let's address the argument that we need advertisements to "pay for the web". I'll grant that folks need to make some cash somehow.
However, we do not have to accept the existing methods they use to collect the cash. If the current ad-supported regime fails, GOOD! We need something better, and I refuse to support intrusive business models out of some weird sense of obligation. Let the ad-trackers fail and a better way will emerge.
Businesses choose a business model and expect everyone's help making it work, no matter how stupid or invasive. Consider telephone marketers, who wailed and whined when we all signed onto "do not call" lists. Are we obligated to answer SPAM calls to support telemarketers?
Hey admen! Your business model clearly sucks, if you can't make a buck without knowing everything about me. I will not support it. Find another one that better serves me, not you.
Modern scrimshaw variant!
Ivory's hard to come by and very non-PC these days. Bored sailors gotta fill the off-watches with something, eh?
And it's SOOO CUTE!
More reasons I avoid flying if at all possible
The wife and I have driven round-trip from Atlanta to Texas, Connecticut , and Wisconsin to avoid flying. It takes longer, but yanno? Plenty of legroom, no crying babies, complete choice of meals, more than one application of shampoo, good sound system with tunes we like. Fresh air and scenery. No TSA poking at us and stealing our luggage. Luggage not lost, no delays or being told we won't travel Today. Half the cost.
And definitely no snotty airline nazis trying to ruin our day because we're upset with the crappy service.
Flying: only if an ocean intervenes.
Second that! Ahhh, I've watched sanctimonious Brits sneer at my country plenty. Nice to see them hoist on their own petard and the deafening, embarrassed silence it generates.
The takeaway is this: we're all at the mercy of our unaccountable governments. Let's not rip and tear on the CITIZENS of any nation for the stupidity of their so-called leaders, eh? American-bashing is uncool and unproductive, and I won't be indulging in counter-strike Brit-bashing for that reason.
Re: Bull Run origin
The Battles of Bull Run were named after the watercourse that crossed the area. For some reason, in that part of Virgina they liked to call a creek a "run". It's equivalent to "Bull Creek". You see them everywhere in northern Virginia, I used to live beside Four Mile Run, which had nothing to do with jogging.
Re: You were holding it wrong
Second that. "Just a watch"? Hardly! Multiple alarms, chronograph functions, countdown timers, BACKLIGHT, no winding. Regular watches had none of that. My favorites had an analog face with a digital display bar across the top or bottom - decently stylish plus the functions. As far as accuracy, any quartz watch had to be adjusted properly, analog or digital.
Agreed that the hourly chime was a bad idea. I actually FIXED these things for a year, and the daily runs of chimes and alarms from dozens of them were horrifying. A popular Armitron model played "Dixie", which we heard at least 20 times a day. Brrr..
It's unfair to rip on the early LED watches. That's like damning the Messerschmitt 262 for not being an F-16. The first of anything tends to be too large, clunky and gobble power.
Re: @ Code Monkey
"Where is the proof that craft are not visiting us?" - First, it's impossible to prove something does not exist. But that doesn't matter, because if you claim there's a dragon in your garage, the burden is on YOU to prove it. The human-built spacecraft you mention are well-documented, and of no relevance to your argument about UN-documented alien spacecraft.
"And by UFO community I mean documented, under oath statements from Doctors, Teachers..." Are you seriously proposing that certain professions make people immune to mistakes? Lots of well-intentioned people are quite often wrong about what they thought they experienced.
One night in Alexandria, VA hundreds jammed 911 lines to report alien spacecraft zooming over a local mall, which was actually spotlights on low clouds. Made the news later, emergency calls weren't getting through. I saw it myself and knew instantly what it was. You would clearly consider their verbal accounts of a misinterpreted experience to be "documented" evidence, but it's just verbal assertions. Not proof.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". Until the hordes of alien-visitation believers cough up some hard evidence, they shall remain firmly in the Crank category with Bigfoot sightings.
Re: Some sanity, defined as BLIND
Sport, you're probably one of those people who laughed at me when I said the government would be doing these things. Must be a terrible shock to find out they do after all.
OK, let's look at how the NSA and other government agencies qualify as "evil".
Trashed the protections guaranteed by Constitutional Amendments.
Lied about it. Apply the draconian power of government to punish anyone who tells.
When caught red-handed, lie more, use doublespeak to dodge straight questions, and use US domestic policy to attack the whistleblowers.
Using the government's own argument against it, if they're not doing anything wrong, why the need to hide?
Why cover up an activity you're proud of? And finally, if it's so LEGAL, why not do it legally, instead of bypassing most of the laws designed to protect us?
GAME. SET. AND MATCH to the so-called paranoid.
Lawful? Not at all!
Excerpt from the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
The NSA and others hide behind "this is a LAWFUL program", but they all directly violate the 4th Amendment. The 4th was enacted in response to "writs of assistance" issued by the Crown, which gave unlimited authority to search anyone anywhere for anything, and never expired. JUST LIKE THE NSA's SPYING. Far from being lawful, these programs directly attack our Constitutional rights!
Child Catcher, because we fell for the bright colors and promises and now we're in the digital prison.
GREAT IDEA, just poorly executed (so far)
Orright, the deployment of a system that simply doesn't work is asinine, and they should have to repay the money with interest. Grrr.
However, we should definitely keep working on anti-ballistic-missile tech. It gets a lot of mockery now because it hasn't worked out... YET. But seriously! Who would not want to be able to shoot down an incoming missile/warhead? Anyone? Just because it hasn't panned out yet does not mean it's a loser. That aviation thing was pretty crude for a long time (wood and cloth!) and now we have routine jet passenger service.
Pursue the technology. Wait to deploy until it works.
PLEASE stop bashing ordinary citizens for this BS!
American native here. This is merely one symptom of power-mad governments with no real accountability to their citizens. We, the people of the United Sates (mostly) do NOT condone or support this crap, nor the Patriot Act, TSA, various stupid wars on Stuff, universal data-gobbling, etc.
Before you bash "The US", please consider that. Also admit and accept that YOUR government is doing the exact same things, or trying hard to do so. You cannot show me a government ANYWHERE with clean hands and pure motives, so please spare the general population your sanctimonious condemnation.
It's tough enough to live under this BS without our so-called friends and allies calling me names I don't deserve. Don't claim I voted for these fools either. Candidates are carefully screened by the political establishment, we never get a decent person to vote FOR.
Let's fix Hollywood, that would help a lot
Second all comments on the stereotyped portrayal of geeks in film. The annoying so-called "scientist" in Independence Day is a prime example. Clearly the screenwriters never had much use for "eggheads", preferring the world be saved by the passionately-Green journalist (Goldblum).
But what do we expect? Hollywood and American media are stocked with the same folks who didn't do well in science or math, and got into journalism and theater instead. It permeates non-geek-bearing media also: simple stories, stock characters, absurdly simple Plots To Destroy (or save) The World. Stereotypes for all! (sigh...)
Companies drunk on their own Kool-Aid
Two main problems as I see it, which pervades ALL business these days. They don't try to build good products to fill needs and wait for the world the beat down their door. They dream up a Business Strategy they believe will make them rich, and develop products to fit their "vision." When the public reject that vision, they blame everyone but themselves for the stunning lack of uptake.
Second, the assumption that everything must be "refreshed", even if it's working fine. I wish I could go back in time and terminate whomever came up with this asinine strategy! No better example can be found than Win 8. After the Vista debacle they won most folks back with Win 7... then threw it all out the door! Combo of their myopic, uninformed "vision" and radically changing a product that was working fine.
I also blame databases, and business' crippling reliance on them. The "essay-answer" customer service feedback that might be useful is reduced to a few tick marks in database rows, stripping away any sense of what's working or what people think about it. "Rate your experience from 1-5" tells you NOTHING. So they know nothing useful about what we want, liked, or didn't like.
Re: Let's pick on NASCAR next...
I actually agree, draft trains on oval tracks are a good cure for insomnia. On the other hand, a spectator can see the whole course, not a tiny piece of it like most road courses. If anything interesting DOES happen, you can see it, not just hear about it on the radio. I too miss true "stock cars", not the hi-tech skeletons they race now.
In defense of its form factor, NASCAR grew its roots on small-scale dirt tracks so moonshiners could race their war wagons. It was never a road sport, except one-on-ones on country roads.
China winning one-entry space race
Homegrown outfits like SpaceX are awesome and making marvelous strides. I love 'em, wish them the very best. However, the Chinese are willing to do what nobody else can: burn huge piles of money. Private companies don't have billions to play with. NASA's budget gets routinely slashed, since a base on Mars won't buy socialist votes. The Russians are broke, no other space-capable nations are planning bases.
There's simply no competing with the Chinese. They have the will, and they're willing to spend the cash. That's true of nobody else on this planet. While everyone else is getting cheap and sending robots, they will put people on the moon and Mars.
Terrorize Target stores!
Those familiar with the Target department store chain will know the knee-high red balls they have on the sidewalks by the doors. I've daydreamed for YEARS of replacing a few with remote-control balls like this for general messing-with-people duty. Follow shoppers around, chase cars, run over cigarettes people throw down to extinguish them, etc. Never had the free time or money, meself.
You have two hand-picked partisan polticians: CHOOSE ONE
The Founders of the US wanted to avoid professional politicians holding office. They wanted Real People to take time off from being successful to help run the country. The people should be represented by their own.
Instead, we have career politicians (person who specialize in getting elected to office) hand-picked and pre-screened for party compliance. My choices in any election I can think of for 30 years have been Dickhead A or B. Whichever party holds the reins, they're going to do asinine things to further their political agenda, no matter how it screws the country.
Given the lack of decent folks to vote into office and no option for "none of the above, new election with new candidates, please", it's no mystery that Congress is full of misguided jerks. It's hardly a secret, so why should we have any confidence in them?
And would you Brits PLEASE keep our total lack of decent candidates in mind when bashing our government's actions? THEY DO NOT REPRESENT AMERICANS. Only the American political parties, who firmly control the process.
Re: Install updates
Let's not forget about that other security advice, that of not allowing end-users to install software. No thanks to Adobe et. al. for software updates that require admin rights to install, meaning most users can't do it.
Sorry, not so easy as that.
"Because of the fear of flying after 9/11 Americans took to the roads."
Actually it's not "fear of flying" it's "bloody ANNOYANCE with flying."
Pros for road trips: Plenty of legroom, no screaming babies, your choice of good meals when you want them, no luggage charges, not being rootered by the TSA or having luggage go missing. Stops to stretch legs and kick some footbag, check out interesting roadside things. Car rental and fuel cheaper than air tickets and doesn't rack up miles on our car. Choice of music on a good system instead of earplugs. Carry more than 4 ounces of shampoo in original bottles, nail clippers, and other deadly items without hassle.
Cons for road trips: Takes 50% longer to get there. Can't drive over water (where's my flying car, already?).
Nobody much is afraid of terrorists in the air except misguided politicians. Nope, we're simply avoiding the unpleasantness that is modern air travel.
Re: Hmmm - Berserkers!
I believe you're thinking of Fred Saberhagen's "Berserkers". Centuries-old, planetoid-sized autonomous war machines that repair and build more of themselves. Problem is, they are programmed with one simple edict; "Destroy all life". Good series of stories...
“some doors, they are not back doors, but somewhere in-between”
So that must be... TRAP DOORS!
Yevgeny is doing the smart thing with this preemptive strike. If he waits until the State Department gets suspicious to say "look how clean we are" it sounds like the typical denials.
"I kill so many journalists..." Get off, any FPS shooter says that. I've killed my mates dozens of times, and hundreds of strangers online. Come to think of it, I've been Terminated quite a lot too!
Kill your enemy safely, 500 years on
I can't help but think this is a new iteration of a very old argument. The first firearms were lambasted as uncivilized, while hacking bits off each other with sharp things was fine. That's the whole point of the arms race since fists and stones: to kill your enemy without being killed. Preferably, you deny your enemy the CHANCE to kill you. Fair fights lose too many soldiers, so the goal is to make the fight as "unfair" as possible.
It's this which causes the outrage, as anti-war types and those on the receiving end of better weapons whine about inhumanity. What are they proposing instead? War is somehow more moral if the enemy has more chance to kill your citizens?
War is hell, there's no civilizing it. When you fight one, load the dice your way as much as possible and get it done with minimal risk to your citizens. Nothing else makes sense.
Redirect "Arts" funding to science!
I can solve two social problems with one blow: spend Arts budgets on Science instead. Good research gets funded, and we're spared the horror of public art projects.
Been there, OMG WOT'S THAT NOISE!!!
My wife and I have stumbled into periodic cicada emergences about five times since 2003 (American South) usually while mountain biking. A large group can indeed be deafening. Half the people we show our pix to insist they're locusts, argh! The only actual damage they do is when laying eggs. The females slice into twigs to insert their eggs, weakening the twig which may break and fall off.
If you don't live where the noisy buggers emerge, the excellent Planet Earth series takes a great look at them in one episode (I forget which). If you have a chance to see then in the wild, DO IT! Wear a hat, they will blunder into anything.
I've always dreamed of this ONE use
Point finger at TV with thumb raised, drop thumb as ye say "PEW!". The TV overlays your choice (or random) of graphic sequence. Explosions! Water balloons! Instant clown head overlay! Rabid weasel attack! THAT I would love to have.
Otherwise, no frackin' thanks. Such things assume that ANY movement is a possible command, with weird results. Or is the goal to make sure we sit motionless and attentive while absorbing advertisements?
When "convenience" becomes less so...
Personal preference is a factor, but if you're a regular hiker and willing to lug all that you would be better served by a handheld dedicated GPS. Such a widget lasts 18 hours on two AA batts, and is waterproof and rugged for outdoor use, two areas the phone falls flat (pun intended).
Philosophically, how many hoops does one jump through for the "ease and convenience" of using the phone instead of a dedicated widget? Is it worth it to risk your expensive phone in the rain?
Forget anticompetition, Commission Sales warp the service
Let's look at one (somewhat relevant) analogy. Retail shops.
I used to work for an outdoor store. When asked for product recommendations, I gave the ones that seemed best suited to what the customer asked for. They could reasonably trust that I was guiding them to products that would meet their wants. That's sort of an "Honest Search Result".
Commission-sales shops instead will recommend higher priced items to increase the sale and payoff. The customer's interests are being eroded here, and we begin to see "Dishonest Search Results". The customer is not being given the information they specifically asked for, nor what will best serve their needs.
Let's add another layer of self-interest. The commission retailer also selectively pushes its own store brands, even where a competitor's product might better meet the customer's wants. Now we have "Totally Dishonest Search Results" that ignore the customer's desires to support the retailer's business model.
And that's Google. The promise of Better Search has been eroded by paid placement and self-promotion while pushing the competition down in the ranks.
I won't comment on whether antitrust action is appropriate, but their business plan is screwing their famous Search pretty heavily. I use Duckduckgo for my primary search. It seemed like sparse results at first, until I realize the "missing links" that Google had were mostly BS. Your mileage may vary...
Re: whinge! Whinge! Whinge! Whinge!
Serious lack of imagination here...
Very soon, there will be no phone books, no newspapers, no old-skull paper info sources. That's fine, we've steadily replaced old information sources with new ones. Clay tablets became a bit clunky, yanno. Here's the trick: Phone books never spied on the user and told strangers who they were looking up. Your car radio didn't tell a giant corporation what you listened to and for how long. Your car didn't tell Ford what addresses you visited and for how long, for Ford to sell on to their "partners". NONE of the Old Skull sources did that, and now ALL of the new sources are being designed with default spying built in.
This is the root of the problem. We're facing a looming choice between 24/7 monitoring by strangers for profit, or living in a cave. When companies pin their profits on data stealing, they're not going to provide anonymous access anymore, so no more phone books. Improvements in services never had "by using this we're entitled to know and share everything about you" bolted on, and it's unacceptable to do it now.
Re: Are there any good reasons for adding more TLDs?
Porn at .cum
Pirated media at .yar
Technically, .net would already be spoken as "dot nyet" due to Russian pronunciation. Pretty obscure though.
Nobody. Can. Be. Trusted. With. ANYTHING.
The FBI, Facebook, Google, Apple, your local council... They all are grabbing everything they can. They all offer greasy reassurances that they won't misuse the data. Lots of protections in place, you know! Trust us!
And then this comes out, three YEARS after the fact. It's only one example, but they're all guilty.
Our privacy MUST be defended, folks. The human tendency to overstep boundaries is too strong. Checks and balances in government exist because the framers knew this would happen and tried to prevent it. We have to stop these jerks from bypassing our rights.
Re: "it's judicial bullying and overreach"
Concur, my friend! Not much fun to live under this crap.
My beloved country is still the leader of the free world... leading it right into Big Brother's arms!
Crap SW design keeps me employed!
I'm an all-purpose IT geek for a 40-person non-profit. I always tell my users, "It's not your fault, you're NOT stupid. It's a confusing interface designed to make money, not to make your life better." Word 95 did everything 97% of the world needed. Bolting on unwanted features to justify an "upgrade" is a standard M$ business model. They really don't CARE if it's easy to use use or if anyone likes it.
Therein lies the root of the problem. Nobody builds better mousetraps and waits for the stampede of sales to a good product. Instead they try to "position the company" for various marketing notions, and expect everyone to buy the resulting shite because... well, they need us to. It's a crap business plan that gave us Vista and Windows 8, among other abominations. M$ is hardly alone in this.
My continued employment depends to a large degree on software and hardware designers failing to do a good job. My future employment seems pretty secure.
Multiple lines of inquiry are good!
Quoted " this is the whole problem with Android. There are three or more sets of people all doing similar things. It's hardly the whole "open source" model where everyone improves things for the greater good."
This is EXACTLY what we need! You assume there's one obvious path to Greater Good, and there isn't. We usually have to try a few things and see which works better. "Everyone working together" means all the eggs in one basket, and ONE chance for success. Nope, we NEED different groups working different angles.
Multiple lines of inquiry, FTW!
Re: Rubbish - Second that!
"I would far rather get out an do stuff like kayaking, climbing, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking etc. Shopping is just a crap thing that eats up my play time."
Total second here, including the list of activities. In fact, I just bought a new mountain bike online! There are plenty of Local Bike Shops within ten miles of my house, but none of them could offer me a full-suspension bike for less than $1900... for a VERY low-end ride. I got an awesome all-mountain beast delivered assembled for $1000. Game, set and MATCH to online retail.
Times are hard, and I can't spend more for a lesser product to support the locals.
Most people DO need to get out more, especially in the outdoors. :-)
Great idea, with caveats for human nature
Online dating is a great way to extend one's dating pool. Unfortunately, the same caveats apply as in real life.
I found profiles often reflected not who the person is, but who they WISH they are like. Desired traits often didn't match the reality, such as the "tired of bad boys, want respect" woman who lost interest over my lack of tattoos, beard, or fast car. Also common was the profile with answers that went from paragraphs to a few words, then blanks as the profilee lost interest. I won't go into obvious LIARS, of which there were plenty.
Finally, any new female profile was deluged with messages as soon as they signed up. If I got a mail in before her mailbox filled up, not much chance of standing out in 100 messages.
Nevertheless, I had several dates with women I would otherwise have never met. It was a great addition to my bag of dating tricks. I was still at it when I met my wife on a paddle-camping trip for a local singles outdoor club.
Charging by person = FAIL
Why do they assume persons present when a show is on are WATCHING IT? That's often not the case.
Show of hands: who has sat beside a TV watcher while reading, knitting, or other activity and totally ignoring the TV? Or had a companion nearby ignoring your TV broadcast? Doing a puzzle on the floor? PLAYING WITH THE DOG?
"Human present" does not equal "Viewer", and is a FAIL model to charge by.
Re: Ted Nugent.
"As for gun totin Ted, lets hope he has a cleaning accident while polishing his weapons."
YOU HATER! My God, the hypocrisy! Somehow "we are the world" only applies to other bed-wetters, does it?
Some context for Ted's more impassioned ravings: "Give me liberty, or give me death" is an old sentiment in the US, attributed to Patrick Henry in 1775. Henry was also known as an impassioned orator with fiery speech. I'm sure
Hate site? So you drank the Kool-Aid?
Never heard of it until today. Quick visit and some reading done, and it's not a hate site. Certainly less offensive than the strident, angry spewing I've seen from "feminist" writers who get a free pass to say anything.
UNLESS you subscribe to the "criticize a popular political trend and you're a HATER" mindset. It's funny to me that the ones most ready to scream "racist, hate" etc. shriek for the suppression of any opposing view. If you can't win a debate, close it down, eh?
Easy to pass, impossible to repeal
It only takes a 50% majority to pass crap laws, and 2/3 (or more? kinda apathetic these days) to repeal them. You can always count on party-line votes to prevent the repeal. Everyone knows this, so if ya has a bill that the public would revolt over, PASS IT QUICK!
This one's a repeat. They're hoping to get 'er done before the resistance builds again, and that the public will be worn down by repetitive (even if true!) cries of WOLF!
It's traditional for newly-elected presidents to ram through their party's favored schemes immediately after inauguration. It prevents the opposition from having time to rally against the raping away of American's rights.
APPLE are NICE PEOPLE? Those anti-competitive, micromanaging bastards? Apple bases all its moves on solid self-interest, and screw what the users want or need. If that's who Google compares themselves to, it only reinforces how little Google can be trusted!
Keep on pushing the Big Lie, folks, some people might even believe it.
Dogs et. al under control, why not CATS?
No other pet animals are allowed to roam about killing whatever strikes their fancy. People are rightfully horrified when dogs do it. Time to call cats the remorseless little monsters they are.
Books aren't the Window to the World anymore
Younger folks don't read much. They didn't grow up being entertained by books.
When I was a teen, we had three TV channels and no internet. Reading was a great escape and adventure source for me. Jump back to Now, and there's the Internet, cable TV, thousands of offerings pouring out at you.
Never again (in the West) will kids grow up with books being their window to the world. Reading is the also-ran these days, merely one function on the multi-use widget young folks want.
To older folks who love reading an e-reader is best, since it does that one thing perfectly. To younger folks whose primary interest is shiny video and Faceborg, tablets meet their wants better.
Patience, lads! The wall is crumbling!
Yerright! The USA has been in the grip of religious prudes for decades. Thankfully, their odious grip is slipping daily. It's pretty easy to generate a transient storm of strident parents if a nipple shows on TV, but they lack the power to legislate their oppression anymore.
Here in my home state we've recently managed to pass Sunday alcohol sales in spite of their pious bleating, and even managed to overturn an ancient anti-sodomy law. It's pretty sad we ever had those laws, but it's PROGRESS to beat them back!
Apple is simply being a wimp. It's going to take Apple a while to shake off the many stupid policies imposed by Jobs, this is one of them. Gee, wonder if having the dead Steve Jobs deciding what you can do with an I-phone is holding back international sales?
Nobody mention the elephant in the room OK?
The elephant in the room nobody wants to talk about is how the "gun violence" is almost exclusively the province of gang-banger "disadvantaged youths". They don't PLAY video games. Computer exposure might actually improve their job prospects. They don't obey laws, least of all the ones that prohibit them owning guns. DUH.
Political hacks don't want to solve problems, including so-called "gun violence". They only exploit them to further their political objectives. The facts don't matter, like how "gun violence" is highest where guns are banned. Opening up private concealed carry always results in a DECREASE in violent crime. So inconvenient for the anti-gun lobby...
Bad news for pickpockets, good for lost kids
Harder to snatch a wristband than lift a wallet, and the band can probably be deauthorized with a mouse click or two. Should make it easier to reunite parents and kids too.
Of course, my wife and I would immediately swap bands. Make them wonder what I was doing so often in the ladies' room lol.
Tracking? I'm less annoyed than usual. The park has a legitimate interest in knowing what makes us happy, to hopefully improve the place (and encourage us to spend more, yes). Not the same as the mall. However, I can't imagine they won't try to sell on the data, so at the end of the day I don't trust it.
Absolute school sports corrupt absolutely
As with everything here in the USA, it's all about money. Jocks are a protected species, know it, and act like it. Can't have any of those college moneymakers languish in jail now, might hurt Screw U's chances at a bowl game next year. And Senator Stasi is a huge fan!
Ditto on the cops not giving a damn. Their political masters want them generating "revenue" on the roads, not wasting money failing to solve crimes. In forty years, not one crime perpetrated against my family or friends has had a culprit brought to justice. Been hassled on the highway plenty of times though.
Hangin's too good for them. BURNING'S too good for them. They ought to tear them into little bitty pieces and bury them AAALIIIVE!
(with thanks to Hanover Fiste)
Fundamental conflict, Facebook is not the final answer
Users want to share with those they want to share with. They want to limit who sees what, control what can be done with Their Stuff.
Social networks want to share everyone's stuff with everyone. They make more money whoring your data to all and sundry. It's a fundamental conflict for which the best we can hope is a compromise. Unfortunately, Faceborg goes way overboard, with blatant disregard for users.
Social networking is here to stay, but it does NOT have to be the creepy, F-ck You style that Facebook is becoming reviled for. Every unstoppable giant eventually falls hard, their turn will come. Not soon enough though...
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system
- Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job