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Test of memory? does nothing but try your patience

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The red mist rises when Internet gurus rabbit on about how I should change my passwords frequently and keep them in a secure place.Actually I want to find out where they live.And Because they sure as hell aren't following their own advice.The average person has 20-plus passwords.Mr and Ms Average ain't Mr and Ms Memory Person.So the chances are very high that their passwords are all the same.

Yes, some conscientious people do have 20 different passwords - and have to keep them handy by the computer or in a secret but accessible laptop file.

Handy? Accessible? Secret? Yeah, yeah.

You also want to know how often these passwords are changed.And how do people keep track if they do? The fact that passwords are a major problem is evidenced by that standard website login box 'forgotten your password?'

It's one of the reasons why I detest sites which make you register for no good reason: you know that in three minutes you will have forgotten your new password.So what's the solution?

Well to start with, internet gurus could stop wheeling out correct- but-totallystupid suggestions about frequent password changes and security.

The Ig Nobel Prizes National Science Week tour of the UK is just over, but you still have time to make nominations for this year's awards.

Each year, half the winners turn up - 'other winners do not attend the ceremony, sometimes because they are still in prison'.You will remember previous awards went to a study of injuries due to falling coconuts and to that prescient study on the adaptation of imaginary numbers in the business world.The nearest to an architecture award was to the arty piece, 'Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and Ancient Sculpture'published in Nature.I'm sure you can produce better architecturerelated examples than this.Check out the main site at www. improbable. com/ig/ ig-top. html and get nominating.

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