Advances in Automotive Technology

Since a couple of decades people drive cars, motorcycles and trucks which pretty much look and work the same as a couple of decades ago. I.e., cars are made of steel, use a fuel powered motor, have 4 seats, etc. Although there are clearly advances in the area, like fuel consumption, electronic assistance systems, design, streamlined shape, most of the technology is basically the same.

The car industry is now witnessing two major trends:

  1. combustion engine is replaced by electric engine
  2. self-driving cars

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The Cost of Installing wine

German tax laws requires you to issue a tax declaration if you earn more than a certain threshold or own a company. To create this tax declaration you needed the so called Elster-Software which only runs under Microsoft Windows. Luckily there now seems to be a web-form for doing the same thing.

The following packages need to be installed if one wants or needs wine:
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On Password Security and Cracking

Six months ago Bruce Schneier posted an article on “Choosing Secure Passwords”. Some of the key points are (mostly copied verbatim from mentioned post):

  1. The best way to explain how to choose a good password is to explain how they are broken.
  2. Password crackers do not brute force all 8 character combinations, but rather they brute force all 6 character passwords, then they check for common passwords.
  3. A typical password consists of a root plus an appendage. The root isn’t necessarily a dictionary word, but it’s usually something pronounceable. An appendage is either a suffix (90% of the time) or a prefix (10% of the time). One cracking program I saw started with a dictionary of about 1,000 common passwords. Continue reading