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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

RuffMasterD Re:yea no (546 comments)

Our Computer Science department does that here. Very Long password, numbers, lower-case, upper-case, symbols, dissimilar to previous passwords... I end up writing long sentences on a piece of paper, even just to remember it long enough to enter it a second time. If it's not random enough then the system rejects it and I write another sentence and try again.

Sure enough, next time I try to login I enter the wrong sentence, get the character case wrong and max out my failed attempts, or simply don't have the paper with me. Then I go to the helpdesk and they give me a shiny new (SHORT!) password, on a sticky note. Every single time! Something is seriously broken when the quickest and simplest way to log into my student account is to ask for a password reset each time.

about a week ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

RuffMasterD Re:Mega Rant (405 comments)

Look around you. The entire economy is a giant money merry-go-round. Someone buys your product or service, you use that money to pay your suppliers, and you pay yourself what's left. You then go home and spend that money on food, gas, clothing, etc. Other businesses. They then take your money and pay their suppliers and pay themselves and their staff what money is left. And so it goes, around and around, in a giant money merry-go-round. And the faster that money goes around, the more chances you get to take a cut as it goes past. You may even end up spending some of the money you earned at a business that spent their money at your business, or vice versa.

Oh nooos, da gub'mint took mah moneyz!

Relax. The government will spend your money paying its suppliers, staff, and dog forbid some people less fortunate than ourselves, some of whom may even buy your product of service, and your money will just take a slightly different route around the same giant merry-go-round. Money doesn't magically disappear when you give it to poor people. They are so desperate they will spend that money almost immediately. And so that money keeps on moving.

Now, if you do the opposite, and enough businesses lay people off or outsource jobs to other countries, then more and more people will simply stop spending money. You can't spend what you don't have for very long. And if people are not spending, then businesses are not earning. The giant money merry-go-round stalls. Who will buy your product or service? Not people without jobs. The super rich already have 600 meter yachts and 787s, so good luck trying to sell whatever you have to them, especially while every other business is trying to do the same. Other businesses? Doubt it, they are trying to sell to you. And the people who still have jobs? They are struggling to supporting most of their family who got laid off by a ruthlessly efficient capitalist economy.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

RuffMasterD Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

Wait and see what Japan does over the next few decades. They have a high proportion of baby boomers heading into retirement, with longer life expectancy than ever before, and low fertility rates. There should be far more people leaving the workforce than entering right about now. My guess is the people who still work by 2025 work will have to pay more tax than they do now to cover social welfare for those that don't, and the people without work will have to learn to live on less (smaller apartments, fewer gadgets, public transport, etc...) so as to be a smaller burden on those that still work. Less consumption all around. Probably need an entirely new economic model to keep a country running like that.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 700 Genetic Factors Found To Influence Human Adult Height

RuffMasterD In other news (68 comments)

The other 80% is explained by eating your vegetables. Thanks mom.

about two weeks ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

RuffMasterD TinySQL Isn't Tiny (147 comments)

Like other great recursively named open source projects, they should call it 'TinySQL Isn't Tiny' or something. It's both edgy and non-ironic. Maybe they worry people will stop taking their project seriously though.

about three weeks ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

RuffMasterD Surely not D.C. (39 comments)

Some freaks in D.C. love their giant latex 'assault weapons'.

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

RuffMasterD Re:This is patently false. (582 comments)

According to the local witnesses confirming the Russian version of events in the slavyangrad.org link:

Witness 1: "there was another aircraft, a military one, beside it. Everybody saw it"
Witness 2: "Yes, yes. It was flying under it, because it could be seen. It was proceeding underneath, below the civilian one."
Witness 3 - Sergey Godovanets, Commander of the Militia of the city of Snezhnoye: "They use these civilian aircraft to hide behind them"..."they would fly out from behind a civilian aircraft, bomb away, and then hide, once again, behind the civilian aircraft and fly away"
Some other witness: "the Ukrainian air force regularly used civilian aircraft flying over Novorossiya as human shields to protect its military aircraft"

So, just to be clear, from the Russian point of view... a Ukrainian Air Force jet was using as a shield flying beside underneath in front of behind a civilian aircraft. Everyone saw it [at 33,000 feet? Amazing!]. Ukrainian Air Force have been doing this for months [in fact pilots and passengers are so used to this they don't even report such events. Who would?]. Then the Ukrainian Air Force jet shot the civilian aircraft [probably just after mistaking it for Putins personal aircraft, after flying the entire length of Ukraine, hidden by Malaysia Air camouflage].

Have I miss-understood something?

about 3 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

RuffMasterD Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (667 comments)

Read it at BBC News on 18 July:

Rescue workers say they have recovered one of the plane's "black box" flight recorders, while pro-Russian separatists are said to have discovered the second black box.

But I see that has just been superseded by what appears to be a rebel handover of two flight recorders. Fog of war...

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

RuffMasterD Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (667 comments)

This is EXACTLY what happened to when the Russian air force shot down Korea Air flight 007 in 1983. Deny everything, stall international investigation, sanitise the crash scene, and retrieve and hide flight recorders. Except these goons don't know there are two flight recorders on passenger planes and they only found the first. The investigation team already found the second recorder still embedded in the debris.

about 3 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

RuffMasterD Re:Magical Machine Thinking (564 comments)

WHAT? Sexy fembots who don't become emotional and start crying for no reason, or ask where the relationship is going ever six months, or contradict themselves with completely illogical arguments and win anyway, or give us the silent treatment and then tell us to figure it out when we ask why, or say they are not hungry and then eat half my meal. Our species would be extinct in a century... Where can I find one of these?

about 3 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

RuffMasterD Re:Intelligence (564 comments)

Not just intelligence, but consciousness, which is a whole step up again. Assuming we even cracked that first nut and made something as smart as a slug, we are still a heck of a long way off making something smart enough to become self aware and realise it's own mortality, or that it needs to defend itself and procreate to ensure the survival of its species.

There was an article here recently suggesting that consciousness is non-computable. If that is true, and I really hope it is, then that rules out conscious AI, which rules out angry killer robot overlords hell bent on killing us for their own survival. Intelligent but not conscious is manageable.

about 3 months ago
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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

RuffMasterD rectro-actively? (103 comments)

I don't like the sound of that at all...

about 4 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

RuffMasterD Nostalgia (240 comments)

I see a lot of nostalgia from the people commenting on this poll who have actually spent time in a darkroom. I was lucky enough to go to a school with a darkroom in the 90s and have noting but fond memories of it. Most photos ended up over or under exposed or out of focus. Doesn't matter. It's like reminiscing about how we felt about our first Commodore 64 or BBC Micro or whatever we had. It was slow, the graphics and sound were bad, and we would never use it for serious work now, but we all fonly recall the countless hours of enjoyment we had.

about 4 months ago
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I typically start my workday ...

RuffMasterD Re:Academics.. (141 comments)

Bingo! I start anywhere between 10am and 1pm, depending on how I feel that morning. No alarm clock necessary. Unless shit gets hectic, then it's 9am-9pm or more plus weekends. Great freedom, brutal competition for money.

about 4 months ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

RuffMasterD Make profit; Get ahead (220 comments)

This wouldn't even be news if it was the other way round, if he wrote an efficient algorithm and spent $10,000 to make $150,000. "Lets keep this one between us shall we. Which office do you want? Tenure? Sure, why not...". Lesson learned: make profit.

about 4 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

RuffMasterD More creative ways to do it (265 comments)

I worked in a factory some years ago. One day we came into work to discover all 120 or so of us would be made redundant in the next few weeks. A few days later management pulled us all up for a meeting. They were clearly furious about something. Turns out someone left a steaming big crap in the changing room shower the previous day, and they actually wanted to know who did it. You try keeping a straight face. The cleaners weren't paid enough to clean that shit up (literally and figuratively), and we couldn't care less if they fired us for refusing to clean it up. I don't even think the accountants let these guys spend a few hundred dollars on a hasmat cleanup by that stage. Who did it? No one knows, no one cares, and even if everyone else did know we certainly weren't going to tell those knuckleheads. There is great pleasure to be had in seeing the humiliation caused by such a symbolic act of defiance.

about 4 months ago
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How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

RuffMasterD Zero budget usually helps, plus have a fall-back (123 comments)

Project leaders usually come to me with a vague and changeable list of requirements, a very short turnaround time, and no budget for anything other than wages.

- Writing from scratch takes too long, plus the requirements change too late in the game
- Buying off-the-shelf means squeezing blood out of someones stones, and is not customisable
- Evaluating several open source solutions and taking the best, then modifying as needed hits the sweet spot

The only time I really needed to put a strong case forward to switch to open source was when I took over an in-house solution just after I started this job. The new requirements were simply too much, the deadline too close, and I had too many other things to do to realistically change the custom written code on time. I found a mature open source solution with an active developer and user community which was far more capable and customisable than anything I could single handedly accomplish. I told management that if it didn't do what we needed then in the worst case we could always fall back to the old in-house solution (god help me). Best decision ever, saves me hundreds of hours ever year. I still add the odd feature or bug fix when needed and submit back to the community, but usually by the time we think if it someone else has already done it for us.

Having basically no budget means I couldn't accomplish half my job without free or open source software.

about 5 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

RuffMasterD French for "noise" (288 comments)

Spelled perfectly. It's a European thing: "highly resistant to noisy forcing"

about 6 months ago

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