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Re: [opensuse-factory] openSUSE updater broken
  • From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 19:41:18 +0100
  • Message-id: <4842ED4E.3070707@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Putrycz, Erik wrote:
After in excess of 38 years in this industry, I can proudly wear the
paranoid tag if attached. After so many years of no problems arising,
someone comes up with the idea that new users are so thick, they will
have severe difficulty with 2 passwords.

I have over 200 passwords total, given that each stupid online service
requires a separate account and many times they have password entropy
requirements. This gets over my memory limits; I'd be surprised to be
the only one in this situation.
So you can certainly count me in for having difficulties to memorise 2
complex passwords for one computer.


I see the difficulty..... e.g 199 no problem, 200th the straw that broke the camel's back. I haven't counted how many I need, but they are quite a few and when I was in full time employment, we had multiple passwords that changed every 30 days - also presented no problem.
If a couple of passwords on a box causes so much havoc, is such a major obstruction and is the major challenge that the technology presents its users with, then global warming must be causing sieve type memory retention problems.
I wonder why in all its years of existence, it never has been a problem. Are they trying to say that there are now brainless new users that must be catered for? I think most of the ones you imply as "the brainless" would take exception to that tag.
Separate root and user passwords served us well before and through the Windows era and before the current Ubuntu fad and there is no real literate reason for it to change.
What do you think all the new users did before this idiocy crept in?
Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support Specialist, Cricket Coach
Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks

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