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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Cid Highwind Re:Every time XKCD 936 is Mentioned (546 comments)

The average user isn't going to have (or be able to write) a secure random word selector. He's going to look at the "new password" field and think up 4 words, and they're almost certain to be related somehow.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Cid Highwind Re:Oh great (546 comments)

The hash of "rrrybgdts" is going to be cracked in half a second with the right ruleset. Passphrases don't help the root problem, that "memorable" implies low-entropy.

about a week ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Cid Highwind Re:Obligatory metric troll (402 comments)

All you have, less the costs you impose on others through pollution, use of state services, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Cid Highwind Obligatory metric troll (402 comments)

We *should* be using L/100km, like everyone else.

And taxing fuel at a higher rate instead of this CAFE silliness. But that's never going to happen because if we know one thing about economics in America it's that all taxes are always bad.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Cid Highwind Nope. (320 comments)

They mandate a whopping three hours a week (oh! tyranny!), and that law has been in effect since 1990.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Cid Highwind Re:Looney Tunes (320 comments)

So they're just like the 1970s cartoons with one real animator and an army of terrible inbetweeners that you're getting nostalgic for, but with more accurate color...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Cid Highwind Re:Which users? (269 comments)

They didn't stop, but they did make it opt-in. If something crashes and you click "Close the program and check with Microsoft for a solution", it still beams the core dump up to the Redmond mothership.

about three weeks ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Cid Highwind Re:not supposed to be on the web! (329 comments)

Well, shit. That's what I get for not ssh-ing into a Mac to check.

about three weeks ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Cid Highwind Re:not supposed to be on the web! (329 comments)

And it's the developers of all those packages and distros that symlink /bin/sh to bash instead of something minimal and well-audited that we should be screaming at. But "remote root exploit in bash" is sexier (after all, Apple doesn't put procmail on every Mac) so that's what goes in the headline.
 
...and next time someone goes on a rant about systemd versus "the Unix way", remember that daemons passing input from the network to /bin/sh is part of "the Unix way".

about three weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Cid Highwind Re:Sub Reddits that still aren't banned... (307 comments)

"In a Reddit thread under the title “Every Man Is Responsible For His Own Soul” [sic], Mr Wong wrote: “I did not say ‘we won’t ban any subreddits ever’. I said that we don’t ban subreddits for being morally bad."

Mr. Wong, with all due respect (that's not much for the record). Horse. Fucking. Shit.

  If you make a rule against X (and ban X-related subreddits) but not rules against Y and Z, you're making a moral statement that Y and Z are more acceptable than X. There's just no other coherent reading of those rules. If you're trying to make a community where bestiality and racism are considered morally better than leaked celebrity nudes, that's fine - it's your site, but have the spine to fucking own it.

about a month and a half ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

Cid Highwind Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

Their business plan was "get acquired by Twitter", and that's not happening.

about a month and a half ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Cid Highwind Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

Different features, the 85s and 86s were more for calculus, and the 84 series has more features for statistics.

about a month and a half ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Cid Highwind And he missed the really egregious costs (145 comments)

Selling your house or breaking your lease, truck rental and fuel to haul all your shit halfway across the continent, being unemployed for however long it takes to find a job within commuting distance of your new home, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Cid Highwind It's FUD? (132 comments)

Disclosing the existence of a vulnerability destroys a lot of its value, too. People who can stop using Tails until the issue is sorted out will do so, shutting off whatever intelligence could be gathered from them. If these guys had a real-world exploitable vulnerability and a willingness to sell it to the NSA, they would have sold it and said nothing.

about 3 months ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Cid Highwind Re:pure rubbish (394 comments)

"normal draw is less than 140 watts, put it in standby and get 15 watts"

That's less than 500, but still an order of magnitude more than a set top box should need! IIRC power supply ratings on Apple TV and Roku box are both under 10 watts, real usage is probably 3-5. Add a WD green or similar hard drive (6-8W) and a couple of tuners and encoding ASICS and it still shouldn't break 20 watts at full load.

about 4 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Cid Highwind Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

One device to compromise. If malware infects the LAN-of-things gateway, it can tell your pillows to play deadmau5, tell the lights to flash, and tell the security system to upload shower-cam photos to facebook.

(But then, computer viruses that just annoy the user with sounds and flashing text are deader than dial-up. Connected home malware would probably wait silently for bad weather, then lock you out and demand 0.25 bitcoin to let you back inside, or steal your amazon credentials when the refrigerator orders more milk, or turn on everyone's air conditioner at the same instant to DDoS the power grid.)

about 4 months ago
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

Cid Highwind Re:End to End is the goal (121 comments)

Because I already have one Facebook profile, and it's more than enough. I don't want to have to maintain another one just to keep rating Android apps or commenting on Youtube cat videos.

about 5 months ago

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Winamp shutting down as of December 20, 2013

Cid Highwind Cid Highwind writes  |  about a year ago

Cid Highwind (9258) writes "If you want to download the latest version of Winamp, better do it soon. According to a new banner on the download page, AOL will be pulling the plug on the iconic llama-whipping music player in a month.

"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.
Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.""

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IOC Trademarks '2014'

Cid Highwind Cid Highwind writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Cid Highwind (9258) writes "The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a trademark on the number '2014' to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC's legal monopoly on next year covers all 45 possible trademark registration classes, from live animals to fire extinguishers to metal for railway tracks."
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