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When security experts name their dogs

Date: 2017-07-06 12:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fanf
Using random secure passwords for account recovery questions is a bad idea because it conflicts with the human factors of how account recovery questions are used - as in

> I've once said over the phone "garbled text" and they accepted it as "close enough"

My guess (not tested in anger) is that xkcd-style passphrases can reduce this risk, because they can be communicated by voice

> This is a situation where "correct horse battery staple" passphrases are useful!

Date: 2017-07-06 01:37 pm (UTC)
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France to make vaccination mandatory from 2018

I'm in favour of this, as long as they exempt people with severe egg allergy who can't safely have vaccines that were grown in eggs... (many vaccines are),

or who have other compelling medical reasons for exemption.

Date: 2017-07-06 02:00 pm (UTC)
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I have a friend who works at a private university, and is looking at what's going to happen when the public universities in her state go free for in-state, as they've said they're going to. She's in favor of the idea, but is going to personally suffer from the implementation.

Date: 2017-07-06 02:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
2.5% of Americans order their steak Rare. 11.7% like theirs Well Done
Not of Americans. Of customers who ordered steak at a specific chain of US steakhouses.

It's been ahwile since I looked at the numbers but there are quite a few USian vegetarians & vegans y'know ;-)
Edited (broken html oops) Date: 2017-07-06 02:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-07 01:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skington
Please don't be That Guy. An article about "do Americans lie about how they want their steak cooked, and does that vary from cut to cut" should not have to say "but of course many people don't eat steak". In the same way that an article about refugees from war-torn Syria should not have to say "but of course many people in Western countries are well-off and haven't been uprooted from their previous lives, losing everything".

Date: 2017-07-06 04:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
As others have pointed out, many steak-eaters regularly order them a shade or two rarer than they actually like, because restaurants reliably over-cook them.

Who is "the leader" in the fascism post? The bit about old white man showed it couldn't be May, so then I thought it was Trump, but then it said he had a knighthood, so I give up.

Giving your pets complex names just annoys the vet. Our cats are named Pippin and Maia, which isn't complex at all, yet it's a bigger hassle taking Maia in, because we're always asked to spell it.

Date: 2017-07-06 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, leader of the party. The iterative nature of the dialogue led me to think that the sequential changes had actually been put into effect before each subsequent exchange, making me think that it was the leader of a government.

What this is actually about is not compromise, but about the position of the Overton window. It isn't that compromise is bad, it's that some people won't, and the straw-man centrist's flaw is failing to recognize that.

Date: 2017-07-06 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] theandrewhickey
It's not a straw-man centrist, it's pretty much verbatim reporting of stuff actual centrists in my party have said to me, sadly. I know it reads like a straw man, but I'm not caricaturing their position even slightly :-/

Date: 2017-07-06 06:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
I'd believe that, under at least one, and probably both, of these conditions:

1, that you're leaving out a lot of subtleties and justifications from them, and just boiling it down to the quick summary that irritates you so.

2, that your own comments have been edited and sharpened by l'esprit de l'escalier.

I hold this because I'm an old reader of science fiction, and every time I've seen a political argument in a story where one side is obviously right and the other is just pigheaded or boneheaded, and I know what the real arguments are, that's always what's happened. But the writer is always convinced that he is not caricaturing his opponents even slightly.

Date: 2017-07-07 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skington
I don't tend to order steak on those rare occasions when I eat out, apart from when I'm down in London on expenses and I'm in an unadventurous venue like a hotel. Despite explicitly ordering it "bloody", I probably have to send it back half the time. Despite the fact that "bloody" is completely and utterly objective, unlike things like "rare" or "well-done": an unrested bloody steak should bleed when you cut into it. The end.

(Yes, I'm aware it's not actually blood.)

What's weird is when waiters ask "do you mean blue?" when there's a clear distinction, at least in France where I grew up eating meat. Blue means "cold in the middle". Bloody means "warm in the middle". Anything else means "ruined an expensive cut of meat".

(It tickles me pink that the article says "Because it’s cooked slowly and at low temperatures, a rare order of prime rib can come out without the bloodiness that turns off many rare-averse people" when it's the blood that I specifically want.)

Date: 2017-07-07 08:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naath
I don't really like steak much (compared to the price...), but if I eat it I eat it rare. Not much point otherwise. In the UK it comes out overdone, in France I get "really?" (I don't speak French, certainly not convincingly enough that they don't know I'm Brit).

Date: 2017-07-07 05:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
I often order steak in a new-to-me restaurant that I might be returning too as a way of calibrating the quality of the restaurant.

When security experts name their dogs

Date: 2017-07-06 04:42 pm (UTC)
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It's always seemed completely nuts to me, to be able to retrieve or re-set passwords with "security questions" that so many people in my life would know! Especially family members I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw 'em. Yikes.

So yeah. My "first pet" has been a bunch of consonants for years. My mother's maiden name, father's middle name, make/model of my first car, etc. etc. etc., are all real answers, just not correct answers.
Edited Date: 2017-07-06 06:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-07 12:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] momentsmusicaux
That Luc Besson article is interesting, but it's really annoying how it keeps saying things like 'The first issue sends them back in time to fight a mad scientist under a flooded, post­apocalyptic Manhattan'.

French BD do not have 'issues', they have 'albums', basically, books. If they are serialized first, it's within a comics magazine, up to about 8 pages at a time, or within another publication such as a newspaper or general magazine, 1 page at a time.

Compromising with Fascists

Date: 2017-07-07 12:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] xenophanean
A little unfair on the term compromise. At no point was any compromise reached, as one side didn't budge at all, the "Centrists" were just apologists.

However, I do think it quite neatly describes the effect of the Labour right's efforts to pander to people they would naturally disagree with in the hope that it'd get votes, whilst lambasting Jeremy Corbyn's real left for being 'unrealistic'. Things just shot rightwards. I would like to see them gone, either to the Lib Dems, or just out of politics into the boards of large companies which surely await many of them.

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