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Project Un1c0rn Wants To Be the Google For Lazy Security Flaws

ThatAblaze Re:I predict... (43 comments)

Not if they don't make any money. Punkspider has been available for over a year now, and it does much the same thing.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

ThatAblaze Study: Scientists play with rat's emotions (94 comments)

They have created a maze that inevitably leads to rats regretting their decisions, no matter what logic they use to make them. Do you know what this means? We've given rats a taste of politics!

about a month and a half ago
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Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

ThatAblaze Re:Need to be able to use without looking at it (148 comments)

Unfortunately, I don't see simple car interfaces coming back.. not if Google gets "behind the wheel" of the next car revolution. Google Cruse is going to be the next app store for your smartcar, mark my words. Everyone is going to get WAYYY more features than they ever wanted and end up with a car that freezes for 5 - 10 seconds before pulling into drive (just like an android). They'll convince everyone they love it, though, by offering 100 different choices for the voice that naggs you when your gas (battery) gets low and offers you three EXCELLENT choices of stations (2 of which have paid for premium placement in the notification system).

about a month and a half ago
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The NSA and Snowden: Securing the All-Seeing Eye

ThatAblaze Re:Bad logic (97 comments)

That's like saying when aliens attack you'll be glad you bought UFO insurance. Just because you can imagine a scenario does not make it likely. I have seen no compelling evidence that terrorism is a battle worth giving up my privacy and freedom for.

about 3 months ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

ThatAblaze Re:Just because they dont overlap (107 comments)

The worst company in the world? I thought that ignoble award still went to Wal-Mart.

about 3 months ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

ThatAblaze Re:This is only the beginning (218 comments)

Awesome. Looks like I'll be using old jet engines to keep drones off my property in the future. Suck them up and sell em for scrap.

about 3 months ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

ThatAblaze This is only the beginning (218 comments)

This is just the start of something larger. Drones will get smaller and smaller until the technology will be there to release a cloud of gnat-like drones to monitor the entire world. What will the FCC say then if the gnat operators start suing people who have wind power generators for destroying their property? They need a policy that stretches back as far as possible. Without a defined line to draw it's just a long series of incremental advancements between RC planes and gnat drones.

about 3 months ago
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Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

ThatAblaze Re:The amusing thing is... (139 comments)

Sure, right now. But I have no doubt that if all the "off limits" stuff dissipated tomorrow it would be neigh on 5 years before 5 star hotels and brand new sandy beaches with golf courses popped up.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ThatAblaze Re:hoping that Windows 8 is like Vista,.... (294 comments)

Windows 3.1: good
Windows 95: bad
Windows 98: good
Windows ME: bad
Windows XP: good
Windows Vista: bad
Windows 7:good
Windows 8.x: bad
Windows 9: ???

I always figured it was a marketing strategy on a good day. On a bad day I figure it's a cycle of Lazy -> Oh shit! -> motivated -> relief -> lazy

about 4 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

ThatAblaze Re:Rediculous (277 comments)

Yes, you have a point. Although I do actually think that the classical rainbow table would fail there. Considering that with a classical rainbow table it is trivial to try, lets just say, 100 most common passwords. If those 100 don't work find a new user account and try again. With this method, however, it would actually be 10 billion combinations you would have to try, since you don't know which of the stupid passwords might correspond to which accounts. (Actually I think, knowing something about the math, that it would be less. I think that if you knew you were dealing with the same 5 users each time then the password wouldn't have to match that specific user. e.g. user A + pass 1 + user B pass 2 would be equivalent to user A pass 2 + user B pass 1).

However, that just defeats a single method of attack. Since we don't care about which accounts we use we could maybe look through the password hint field and find 5 people who set their password hint or challenge question to something that basically tells you the password, like "Shobiny and then the number seven" thinking they were clever. Don't allow password hints? Well.. there's another huge constraint.

I still think the worst part of this system is like I said above: While the system is running, any attempt to crack a password would essentially lock down the entire password management system for everyone, since chances are there would be at least one bad password in every block.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:My guess... (273 comments)

BM has lots of rules.. made up streets, leave no trace rules, public bikes which people manage not to steal. People at BM follow rules a lot better than people in your average rural town. Your ridiculous assertion is obviously based on something you saw on TV. Southpark perhaps?

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:Dirt Simple (273 comments)

BRILLIANT! Ohh wait... this is exactly what they do. Maybe this problem has already been solved.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:No point; BMorg doesn't want to solve the probl (273 comments)

Swing and a miss. Disney doesn't have to deal with a single two lane road. If there was a second way in and out of BM then there would be hardly any line at all.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:Distributed, cooperative method (273 comments)

Yes, people act cooperatively like the OP said. And yes, there are frequent announcements on the radio about what the expected wait time is. Finally, yes, the best solution is probably to make no changes.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:Bus (273 comments)

Most people have to haul in and then back out the supplies that they needed in order to survive for a week in the desert. Busses only work for the small subset of people who got someone else to manage their supplies.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:solution: busses. (273 comments)

Ignorance combined with stupidity, and topped off with elitism.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Some issues (273 comments)

Ok, so you want something better than "we don't care" for a response. Your plan has a serious flaw: Not all license plates follow your pattern. In Oregon in particular the format is letter letter letter space number number number.

Also, leaving is a social experience. If you haven't learned to appreciate waiting in line by the end.. well.. you haven't really been there. Part of it is surviving, and surviving the line at the end is just the last step.

about 4 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

ThatAblaze Re:Rediculous (277 comments)

So basically users have to wait for someone in your home group to log in to be able to log in themselves? For public webservices they have far more regular users than they do public accounts.

Anyway, I take back what I said before about it being implementable. There is a huge flaw with validating user accounts in blocks: if anyone in the block enters invalid credentials then ALL users in that block will receive a password validation error. As a user it would be completely unacceptable to enter a password and then have to reenter because some other foolish user entered THEIR password wrong. Also, if someone started flooding the server with bad password attempts then it would be very difficult for anyone to log in ever.

Introduces a whole new method of attack = fail.

about 4 months ago

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