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albaleoAug. 19, 2014 - 08:46PM JST
"People should leave comedy to comedians."
Your advice is noted and will be given due consideration.
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albaleoAug. 19, 2014 - 04:16PM JST
"I wouldn't let my son be in a team that carries on with such nonsense."
And what boy wouldn't sacrifice the chance of playing at Koshien for the joys of filial piety?
"No discussion of the gambling on Koshien games?"
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albaleoAug. 14, 2014 - 10:28PM JST
"Most creative people have problems with depression."
We should perhaps consider the notion that mental illness can lead to fame and not the other way round. Most successful comedians are highly perceptive and highly intelligent. But not all perceptive and intelligent people are comedians. What is it that makes them become clowns and jesters - a trade that is learned or an existing condition. If the latter, then it's possible that the more serious the condition and the more intelligent you are, then the better jester you become. And thus the fame.
A sweeping generalization, I know.
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albaleoAug. 14, 2014 - 04:57PM JST
I suggest you learn some more about Asperger's Syndrome. While sufferers may say things that appear "thoughtless" to others, deliberate cruelty is not a trait. And lacking empathy is not the same as lacking emotions and feelings.
Posted in: Robin William' daughter gives up social media due to abusive messages
albaleoAug. 13, 2014 - 09:12AM JST
I'm not sure if the "turning back of the helicopter" is as critical as some make out. A US plane was first to spot the site of the crash. A US rescue team was then readied to assist. But it was decided that the JSDF would take over the mission from that point. This may seem reasonable; clearer communication, etc. The critical point is that the rescue mission decided to delay attempts to land at the site until the morning, even though they had located the site. This was said to be due to poor visibility and bad weather. It's not clear whether the US rescue would have fared any better. I remember reading that they were better equipped, so perhaps they would have. But we'll probably never know for sure.
Posted in: 29th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash marked
albaleoAug. 12, 2014 - 08:42PM JST
Sad news. Happy memories.
Posted in: Actor-comedian Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide
albaleoAug. 12, 2014 - 06:16AM JST
" Now this is not only easily understood by most human beings but is also easily understood by machines which only operate on symbolic logic.
Perhaps I misunderstand your point, but I think you are mistaken. You seem to be saying that the expression "one plus one equals two" can easily be transcribed as "1 + 1 = 2" which is in a form that computers can easily understand. There are a couple of problems with this.
While "1 + 1 = 2" may look like something you would write in a computer language, in fact it is pretty meaningless. If you were trying to compute an answer to the sum, depending on the language you might write x = 1 + 1. (We don't usually tell the computer the answer.)
If we just look at the "1 + 1" portion, although this is in the style that many programming languages, the computer has to be taught how to interpret it. This is the function of code interpreters and compilers. From the computer's point of view, better symbolic logic would involve three instructions:
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albaleoAug. 11, 2014 - 05:55PM JST
This is probably not the best place to continue discussions about hashing algorithms. I made my original post in response to some suggestions that a strong password wasn't important in a situation where a password file had been obtained by criminals. I wanted to make the point that this was exactly the situation where strong passwords matter. I'm sure your friend will agree with that.
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albaleoAug. 11, 2014 - 03:55PM JST
I'm familiar with hashing. I referred to it in both of my posts above.
"'So using my example the could use God instead of Dog since they both total the same amount."
But your example is not how hashes are actually calculated. "Dog" and "God" will have quite different hashes. Using php's built-in "crypt" function, and using a random salt, the hashes would look something like the following:
God = ybWKn5e/nIa4PBX5oPHjvKspsvcXewYbSetpNEZuTg2
Dog = OY35/8gLCl7FmjBsZF9TVtnAgHMEWFMc6x.rLXWY4P8
As MissingCyclone says, when the hackers have obtained a list of such hashes, they can start doing a brute force dictionary attack against the list. And weak passwords will be discovered easily.
albaleoAug. 11, 2014 - 05:07AM JST
Sorry, but I think your comment is only touching a small part of the problem and has little to do with passwords. You're describing attacks on a user's computer or aimed at the user themselves. This is a serious problem, but not really relevant to the issue of passwords.
The most serious way that passwords are revealed is through the theft of data files from companies that store our passwords. This may be by hacking, by loose or errors security by the company concerned, or by an insider leaking the data. There is nothing that individual users can do to prevent this, and our only defense is strong passwords and the hope that the companies store these passwords in a secure way. (Using a salted hash preferably.)
albaleoAug. 10, 2014 - 07:33PM JST
"Doesn't matter how strong your passwords are if they are on a server that's been hacked then they will still get stolen."
Assuming the passwords are stored in a hashed format (a kind of encryption), the stolen passwords are of no use to the thieves until they can determine the real passwords corresponding to the hashed version. And that's why strong passwords are important. Different methods can be employed by thieves to determine the passwords. One method is to use pre-compiled tables, and to limit your vulnerability to this approach, an obscure password is better. More recently, it is thought that brute force attacks are more common, and in this case the length of the password is more important. So long and obscure is probably best, but such passwords are harder to remember. So you might want to use one of the password storage systems that others have mentioned. But if you don't like trusting your passwords to a third-party method, you can probably devise your own storage system. For example, write the passwords on post-it notes or wherever, but leave out a part that is common to all the passwords. So if you have two passwords: "QkplT9!xxxxxhTtreaclek" and UJ54kkkFe2;Hgr5treacleS", you would right down "QkplT9!xxxxxhTk" and UJ54kkkFe2;Hgr5S". Not perfect, but better than pass123.
albaleoAug. 08, 2014 - 04:21PM JST
"Let’s stay together"
We're not going anywhere. It's a change of government, not of geography.
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albaleoAug. 07, 2014 - 05:29PM JST
"Not obvious enough for Salmond to be able to outline his currency Plan B when asked."
Salmond is a politician, and so lies like the best of them. But I don't get this Plan B thing. Whatever happens will depend on the outcome of negotiations between Scotland and the rUK and not from blueprints drawn up by one side. Salmond has discussed the alternatives and stated that they seem unworkable from England's point of view. For example, if the rUK want to keep Sterling all to itself, presumably they have to keep all the debt too. I'm sure this is not acceptable to England, and Salmond has said the same. The SNP have laid out their position. Surely the next step is for the UK government to make their proposal. But this won't happen until after a Yes vote, and the hard bargaining begins.
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albaleoAug. 06, 2014 - 04:24PM JST
"It's a nonsensical position to propose"
I don't think so. Leading UK politicians are making strong statements about there never being a currency union, but that's largely bluster too. If Scotland votes for independence, there will be a serious assessment by both countries, and a currency union will probably be seen to be of benefit to both sides. But if it doesn't happen, the alternatives are fairly obvious - a Scottish pound tied to Sterling, a Scottish pound as a totally separate currency, a Scottish pound tied to the Euro (Danish model), or adoption of the Euro. All are workable and not particularly unusual.
"remain an influential nation within the United Kingdom"
Yes, but with no ability to negotiate on its own terms outside the UK, and where its own resources such as fishing rights become a bartering tool of British policy. Why would a resource rich country of 5 million, with the functions of law and government administration largely in place not want to be independent.
albaleoAug. 05, 2014 - 10:06PM JST
"the rebel scum in Eastern Ukraine"
As opposed to some other kind of scum in western Ukraine? For example, the political party Svoboda, who have members in government, and whose policies include indicating ethnic origin on passports and birth certificates.
And why are we still waiting for the air traffic control transcripts of MH17?
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albaleoAug. 05, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
It was upsetting to see political and military top brass leading the commemorations. It was people like those who ordered millions to their deaths. So many poems and songs have been written to tell us of the horrors, but I heard few yesterday.
By Siegfried Sassoon
"If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath / I'd live with scarlet Majors at the Base /And speed glum heroes up the line to death"
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albaleoAug. 04, 2014 - 04:22PM JST
The article doesn't say anything about the range of the device, but I'm guessing it's for very short distances of a few meters, so the child will still be in sight when the alarm goes off. So in a store for example, when a parent is with a toddler, and the parent is busy examining vegetables or clothes, and the kid sees something shiny in the distance. (Of course, smart toddlers will soon learn to take off the device and attach it to their parents. :-) )
I doubt it is intended for locating dementia sufferers who have wandered off. GPS tracking devices are probably more suitable for that.
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albaleoJul. 25, 2014 - 08:00AM JST
I'm reminded of a conversation I had with a young Japanese woman back in the early 80s. She was telling me about how she was treated at work (usual stuff - tea making, expected to fawn to the guys, etc.). I said it must be terrible to be a woman in Japan. She looked around the train at the sad looking salarymen and said, "Yes, but it's much better than being a man."
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albaleoJul. 24, 2014 - 01:32AM JST
"Will China blame Japan for this as well?"
I don't want to stir things up, but it wouldn't be too difficult to make a case. According to Wikipedia, "in 1940, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service bombed Ningbo with fleas carrying the bubonic plague."
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albaleoJul. 19, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
None of the median, mean or modal values alone will tell you much about relative poverty within the population.
Generally speaking, the median is the income that 50% of the population are above and 50% are below. But you need to know about the spread below that value before making comments about relative poverty. For example, the 90th percentile value as a proportion of the median value might be used as an indicator of how much poorer those towards the bottom end of the scale are.
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:54AM JST
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:45AM JST
Everything Russia does seems to be petty or to make Russia look powerful. Russia's GDP is…
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:37AM JST
In SK movies don't need to be historically correct as long as it spurs national hate…
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:10AM JST
朝鮮国 (spelled 'Chosun' by Koreans as in Chosun Ilbo)--->大韓帝国 （略称 韓国）--After annexation 朝鮮
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:08AM JST
I voted China because i see China as a great threat to the lasting peace in…
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