With respect to "exaggerated numbers": Yes, for reasons of confidentiality I cannot reveal all I know, but do read the provided reference about GPUs, and then ask yourself "I wonder what speed an FPGA runs then...?"
With respect to mistimed, no, it was very carefully timed and I hit it very close to perfect.
To get a message like this out to all the people who need to hear it is very difficult.
I don't have a Vogon Tanoy where I can press a button and go "People of Earth, Your attention please..."
Piggybacking on the LinkedIn attention-wave, meant that news-providers had "password" in their short term memory and my message got very efficiently relayed.
With respect to the guidance I give: I you think that is a bad idea, I suggest you write an easy to use, liberally licensed password scrambler which actually solves the problem for a decade or two.
The present wave can be surfed for about a week more...