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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:53:31 +0100

LastPass Security

Wait a minute... LastPass stores BOTH your encrypted password vault AND the master password to unlock it!? That's about as secure as locking your front door, then keeping a spare key under the mat.*

That's ridiculous. The vault is encrypted. Either your master key is correct for decrypting it, in which case you're in, or it's not, in which case you're not. I see NO REASON for them to ever store your master password AT ALL.

Ok, I'm not a cryptography expert. Is there something I'm missing here?

(* Yes, I realize this is an exaggeration since the password is not stored in plaintext, but the principle still applies. It may be a key in a lockbox under the mat, but the key shouldn't be under the mat at all.)

UPDATE: As noted in +Kevin C.'s response below, I was failing to note that LastPass isn't actually storing the master password at all, they're storing a cryptographic hash that lets them test if you've supplied the correct password without having to decrypt your entire vault first. Given this point, my analogy above doesn't really apply at all.

#lastpass #tech #security #passwords  

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:19:16 +0100

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure meets Sliders, from the mind of Jamie Mathieson, Doctor Who's one good writer? I'm in.

#doctorwho #tv #scifi #comedy  

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:32:02 +0100

In the future, when you wonder if you're giving your plants the right amount of water, you'll just check the digital readout on their leaves.

#cyborgplants #weliveinthefuture #tech  

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:04:51 +0100

Josh makes some good points in his response to Ms. Jones's fear mongering. Here are two more that I think are important to keep in mind:1) There is absolutely no reason to believe the refugees support ISIS, and every reason to believe they do not. Remember, these are the people running away from ISIS.2) The reality is that terrorists who want to enter America will simply hop on a plane. The screening process for that is virtually non-existent, and the TSA has been repeatedly proven ineffective, whereas the screening process for refugees that Josh describes in this post is quite extensive.These two facts alone clearly demonstrate that any opposition to allowing Syrian refugees to begin the entrance process on grounds of safety is utterly, completely irrational. #syrianrefugees

Original Post from Josh Wanisko:

Pray for Paris: An open letter about Syrian Refugees
A person I like and respect shared this post. I disagree with this post strongly. To speak more clearly, this post is grotesque. It's abhorrent. It's un-American. It's inhuman. Let's take it by paragraph. Katie Jones November 16 at 8:38pm · Edited ·   Katie...

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:38:07 +0100

Seriously, this aspect of the new UI is so bad. Everyone keep whining about it so they fix it. #newgoogleplus  

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

Seriously +Google+? I thought the new share UI was bad before, but a pop up with only one choice is completely useless! I don't see why see more is ever something you click, rather than an autocompleting search field like the old UI had.

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:54:08 +0100

People are saying the Google+ revamp changes it from a "social network" to an "interest network." The thing is, that's what it always has been. I was saying this back in 2011: I'm not thrilled with some of the changes, I do think it's about time Google figures out what they actually built. #newgoogleplus  

Original Post from Hering Cheng:

I have been resisting to use Facebook in the hope that Google Plus will catch on.  As this article describes, G+ now is more like an "interest network" than a "social" network.

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:32:33 +0100

Glad to see I'm not the only one who hates this step back for the sharing UI. #newgoogleplus +Google+ +Google+ Developers 

Original Post from matthew rappaport:

New Google+ POP-UP Boxes aren't Faster or Simpler, imo
FEEDBACK - Let people turn this off after the 1st time and just revert to a dropdown menu, if not a share box too. #googlplusupdate   #ns   #newgoogleplus   #thankyou  

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:10:08 +0100

Biggest Problem with the New Google+

So, there's a new Google+ coming. I'm trying it out right now, and for the most part, I don't find the changes particularly noteworthy. There are a couple minor annoyances, but for the most part the changes are either minor and cosmetic or they only affect areas of the site I virtually never use (e.g, anything outside the home feed).

However, unfortunately there is one change that is a huge step backward for usability, and it's to one of the most important parts of the UI: The "to" field. In the current UI, you have the choice of either typing the name of a person/collection/community and having it auto-complete, or scrolling quickly and easily through all the options to the item you want. It is a thing of beautiful simplicity. I'm hard-pressed to imagine how they could make it any better.

In the new UI, you can't type at all. When you click, it pops up with a list of only 4 choices, spaced out extremely widely for no real reason, and if you want to share to anywhere else you have to click a second time to bring up your full list. Even then, you still can't type. If you want to type a name, you have to click yet a third time into the search field. And if you want to share to multiple specific individuals, something done very easily under the old interface... Good luck with that.

While one or two extra clicks may not sound like a huge deal, it means every single post takes more time and more effort than before, and there's not even a trade-off here; it's harder to use, while providing no benefit whatsoever to anyone. It does nothing that couldn't already be done just as easily, or even easier, with the old UI.

+Google+, bring back the old "to" field!

#newgoogleplus +Google+ +Google+ Developers +Google

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:33:01 +0100


By the twentieth time over three episodes that someone reminds us that Supergirl is her own person, with her own story to tell, I just really want to ask the writers: Who are you trying to convince?

#tv #superheroes #snark  

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:26:02 +0100