* Posts by Quenda

6 posts • joined 29 Aug 2018

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


What should I use instead

Ok we should not use Excel. What should a non programmer use instead? If you are going to destroy the city you need to build something in its place. And it needs to be as easy to use, as powerful and not require a small army or programmers or consultants to maintain.

Had a bad weekend? Probably, if you're a Sectigo customer, after root cert expires and online chaos ensues


Re: Yesterday (1st July), (3rd July)

Key revocation lists are not checked by most browsers (including Chrome) and are generally considered to be broken. Better to have short expiry with an auto renew process like Lets Encrypt.

Boffins step into the Li-ion's den with sodium-ion battery that's potentially as good as a lithium cousin


Lithium is only a small part of the cost of a Li-ion battery. Even if the lithium raw material was free the cost savings would be <10% off the cost of a battery. These guys should focus on performance (longer life, power density, better electrodes, charging times, safety etc) if they want to replace lithium - not likely to happen on economics alone.

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'


Re: Needed for SharePoint

Agree - these SharePoint issues means we have to keep using IE (recommend internal only, otherwise use Chrome). Edge just does not work as well as IE - strange given they are all Microsoft products and Edge and SharePoint are major parts of their cloud strategy which is Microsoft major strategic thrust.

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it


The FBI and the congressional advocates should lead by example and put a back door in their systems to prove how safe they are.

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy


How about limiting the number of login attempts?

Surely if there is a limited number of failed logins (say 10 failures and the account is locked) then unless the user has completely stupid passwords like "password" then a dictionary attack won't work. Limiting the number of failures seems to be able to overcome these type of attacks and protects users from themselves.

Any system that allows thousands of failed logins is asking to be hacked - you can't rely on users to have sufficiently complex passwords to resist millions of brute force attacks.


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