SERVICE: Google’s two factor authentication

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Google’s two factor authentication has arrived at one of my accounts.

It’s an excellent idea and turns one’s cell phone into the equivalent of a SecureId token. Maybe better?

Basically, before you turn it on, you have to consider THREE things.

(1) Understand that the initialization process takes a few minutes of your undivided attention. (If you screw it up, then I’m not sure how you fix it.) So “multi taskers” be forewarned.

(2) Understand what you need to do for all things that access your Google Account but don’t support two factor authentication (i.e., you email program). You’ll generate a special password for each of these applications. (It doesn’t say to, but makes it easy to generate on unique on for each such use.)

(3) Understand you have to have a plan if you loose your cell phone (i.e., losing one of your two factors will lock you out). Google allows you to specify another number and to print out a bunch of backup one time use passwords. Don’t fail to do this.

All in all, seems like a good working implementation.

I’d suggest that you do it on a test id. (Like I didn’t. I was excited to see it finally. That’s could be a bad blunder.)

I assume that you can revert if you want to. But I don’t know that for a fact.

Do as I say; not as I do?

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INTERESTING: Don’t look away

Sunday, February 20, 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8316142/Injections-are-less-painful-if-you-dont-look-away-scientists-claim.html

Injection are less painful if you resist the natural impulse to look away, scientists have claimed.
By Laura Roberts 7:00AM GMT 11 Feb 2011

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The body naturally reduces the pain experienced if the limb or body part affected is focused on visually.

Researchers found that people had a higher pain threshold if they looked at the arm or hand being treated.

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Interesting?

Is this version of the placebo or nocebo effect being demonstrate?

Fascinating stuff, imho.

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RANT: Bears’ Duerson shot himself

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bears’ Duerson shot himself; brain to be studied – Chicago Breaking Sports

Bears’ Duerson shot himself; brain to be studied

February 19, 2011 6:52 PM |

By Dan Pompei and Duaa Eldeib

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Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune.

His death has been ruled a suicide, but the Miami-Dade police department has yet to make the information public.

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Sad. Maybe the “game” needs more safety?

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NEWJERSEY: Behappy, the Pharoh has decided to spend our money here

Sunday, February 20, 2011

http://southbrunswick.patch.com/articles/work-on-bikeway-from-dayton-to-kingston-to-begin-in-spring?ncid=M255

“Thanks to a recent $260,000 grant from the Department of Transportation”

It’s not like the DoT ran a bake sale to get that 260k. And, it’s not that a “bike way” might not be nice thing to have. BUTT (there’s always a big but) (1) We can’t afford it while the finances are in such disarray. That means that everything MUST wait until the Federal, State, and Local finances are back to normal. AND, (for sake of argument) let’s assume that every time a dollar passes thru a level of bureaucrats it loses half its value due to administration. So we have a dollar of taxes paid to the Federal Gooferment and it has to transit down to South Brunswick. Working back that 260k must have cost some multiple of it. 520K, 1040k, 2080k, who knows? It’s just crazy to be happy about this.

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