Obligatory XKCD (was: Password Entropy)
Ah, you beat me to it. :D
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Ah, you beat me to it. :D
You Poured it On a Fish?
Punt & Dennis?
Reminds me of a phone conversation I had with my dad recently.
"Ok, which web browser are you running?"
"Ok, it'll be Internet Explorer then. So open it up for me..."
"Ok. Go to the internet..."
"Right. So I need you to tell me which version you're running so hold down the alt key and..."
"Oh I recently changed it. It's Windows 8.1"
"No, dad. That's your Operating System. I'm trying to determine which version of Internet Explorer you have. So hold down the alt key..."
"The key to the left of your space bar that says ALT"
I completely forgot to congratulate the clever fellow this week who signed up to Twitter and LinkedIn as "Hank Waggenburger III" complete with public profile apparently for the sole purpose of inviting me to join his networks.
Blackadder: Tell me do you ever stop bullying and shouting at the lower orders?
Wellington: NEVER! There's only one way to win a campaign - shout, shout and shout again.
Blackadder: You don't think that inspired leadership and tactical ability have anything to do with it?
Wellington: NO! It's all down to shouting. BEHHHHGGHH!
So totally true. I was nodding all the way through that one.
These days if a client wastes my time, I just console myself in the fact that they're paying me by the hour.
Yes my Nexus 7 2012 only just updated to 4.4.3 too.
I'm at a loss to understand why the GoPro 2 is superior to the GoPro 3.
Hasn't this already been done on Mythbusters ages ago?
I completely agree.
Having said that, I will probably upgrade once the new G comes out, just to get the SD slot. I bought my G outright SIM-free so it could go straight up on eBay to mitigate the cost of the new one or else be kept as a backup.
Troy Queef would no doubt wax lyrical about this phone.
Saaaaaaaaaaay no more. Eh? Eh?
Although even Kris Akabusi acknowledges that he nicked it from Red Dwarf.
"How would your gran do it in Windows?"
The same way as you describe for KDE - drag it from the browser to the desktop.
(Tested with Firefox and Windows 7)
@Brewster's Angle Grinder
> "Abort. Retry? Fail!"
I will not buy this tobacconists; it is scratched.
This absolutely stinks. When I visited Bletchley Park, being able to visit the National Museum of Computing was a huge bonus and the visit would have been the less without it. Actively discouraging (poss. preventing, if talks of fences are true) people from visiting is just wrong. The Colossus and Tunny machines are absolutely integral to the story of Bletchley Park
Yes, I also saw that in the latest update. I allowed it on my tablet that has no contacts, no email, no GPS and connects only by WiFi (it's a pretty crappy tablet but was cheap) but there is no way in hell that's going on my phone. I'll have to start using the website version on my phone I think.
> But, how do we know that the people who make KeePass are trustworthy?
It's Open Source software, so the source code is there for inspection should you wish to audit it.
Maybe the guys currently independently auditing TrueCrypt can move onto KeyPass next?
I didn't even need to follow that link to know which one it was. :oD
You only need to remember one password; the master password to a vault such as KeyPass
Quite why, in this day and age, people continue to try to *remember* different passwords for different sites or, worse, re-use the same one with multiple sites, is beyond me. I can only conclude it's ignorance and/or laziness.
(Edit: And yet these same people are happy to use a contacts list in their phone and email, rather than remembering phone numbers and email addresses)
> And why are you trying to get wifi in a tunnel under the ground?
Because Virgin offer wi-fi on the Underground.
Funnily enough, I was just thinking about this yesterday when I noticed that on Facebook, when typing a comment or making a status update, you type @ and then start to type a friend's name, the top suggestion (and the one you will get if you hit enter) can be someone not on your friends list.
If you have just one person on your friends list whose name starts with the first few letters you've typed after the @ symbol, is it likely that a) I am wanting to tag them or b) I'm searching for someone other than them?
Hmmm. Facebook seem to think that is a tough one to call. :o)
Same thing goes for what Alistair is talking about - whilst it's true that it is good to push boundaries and innovate, baffling the user is almost always a bad thing.
I thought the comparison with home DTP software was very astute. This paragraph especially so:
"Creating good 3D computer models is as hard to do today as designing good magazine layouts was in the 1980s. Sure, the software tools were there, but what was lacking in many of their users was the skill to use them effectively. That’s just as true of 3D printing now.
Are we about to see a mass of 3D printed objects that are the poorly designed equivalents of all those desktop published pamphlets full of enormous drop-capitals, unsubtle drop-shadows and clip-art? So many 3D printed objects are already becoming clichés of the form."
"It's sort of insane how phones assume that any USB cable plugged into them is trustworthy for connecting to. It was excusable in 2007, but the smartphone has been around for 5 years, and I'm amazed that phones still don't "ask permission" before connecting to something plugged into them."
My 2010 HTC Desire Z (aka HTC Vision) can do exactly that, and I'm sure it is not alone in that. You can tell it that USB is for charging only, to pretend to be a USB stick to a computer, or to expect to find HTC Sync at the other end. Either default to one or to ask each time.
Other forums are available, such as Pistonheads. ;o)
82 users out of a (claimed) 1.15 billion. Even if only 1% of those are real users that's still only 82 in 11.5 million
Hardly a representative sample size.
It depends on how you use it. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. can all be used for self-aggrandisement (I'd say that by definition Twitter is the worst) but can equally be used to keep in contact with others. One can use them in exactly the same way as these forums to "comment on [a post] or [express] an opinion however misguided, idiotic or stupid it is".
It's all down to how the person uses the technology, rather than the technology itself.
I would say that this is the big difference that *you* have not cottoned on to.
Whereas supercilious people who post on the comments sections of internet forums have stimulating, interesting and significant lives? Hmmm.
"Bless the Maker and all His Works; Bless the coming and going of Him; May His passing cleanse the world"
Probably not; they'll just recreate it digitally.
I have a Samsung microwave that is several years old and that has an optical scanner for scanning exactly these kind of QR codes. The idea was all microwavable food would eventually sport these codes.
Sadly the idea never caught on though, which was a pity as it was quite cool for the brief time that a small number of items did carry the codes.
Ah, right. Thanks.
I had automatic updates turned on with Opera 12.x and yesterday it started telling me there was a new version available. Now, granted, I'm not 100% sure whether it could be that there is a new 12.x version out that I don't have, or whether it wanted me to "upgrade" to 15, and I can't check that right now. But it does throw some doubt on the statement "we have neither asked nor forced our 12.x users to upgrade to Opera 15".
I've now turned off automatic updates, which involves deleting a temporary folder in addition to a setting if the update cycle has already started.
And how long has that taken to come about? I think the first phone I had that was capable of cross-network roaming was in the late 90's.
So perhaps very latterly my statement has been weakened by EE but it still stands.
And yet we *still* don't have cross-network roaming in the UK. As a geek, it annoys me that the reason for this isn't technical, but regulatory / business reasons.
That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (of Narnia fame), published in 1945 mentioned exactly this. Right down to the very sharp knife!
Life imitates art, and all that.
So what is it?
Reminds me of the xkcd skit on the same subject:
I think you're both missing the point here. Whilst what you're saying is true, this software is coaching software. It encourages you to practise and then "get out there".
Indeed. It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.
It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.
Apparently, when pizza was first introduced to the UK in the 1950's, it was initially marketed as "Italian Welsh Rarebit".
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