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The Psychology of Phishing

curty Because cybercriminals cheat (128 comments)

If the marketing experts used the same tactics (disguising their emails as linked-in requests) they could compete with the cybercriminals.

Some things about this article smell. The author is a director of the company whose research the article cites. And what about the claim that "a dating website was hacked and approximately 10% of the passwords were âoelove1234â"

That seems like a lot! (Unless there were only 10 accounts....)

about 5 months ago

With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

curty Re:What the frak? (279 comments)

For the first time I see the death of /. coming around the bend.

You must be new here.

about a year ago

Scrabble Needs a New Scoring System

curty No it doesn't (202 comments)

It's just a proposal, not a requirement.

Even Joshua Lewis, inventor of the new system believes the traditional valuations can make the game more exciting.

"You're really lucky if you pick an X because it's over-valued and unlucky if you pick a V. So if they were to re-do the values of the tiles that would reduce the level of luck.

"That might be desirable in tournaments but it might not be as good in casual play where you want the less skilled players to have a shot periodically at beating the more highly skilled players."

Source: The "British Media"

about 2 years ago

Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?

curty Stick with what's familiar (663 comments)

I think it's a pity if FOSS desktops really feel the need to compete with Microsoft and Apple. Those companies need to keep "innovating" in order to drive sales of their latest products -- something that FOSS is unhindered by.

Instead of bounding towards some super-slick desktop nirvana, more emphasis should be given to settling on a familiar and stable working environment.

People are adaptable and they can be extremely productive using systems with which they have grown familiar.

The qwerty keyboard is nothing like the perfect layout, but it is familiar. Imagine if every time you upgraded your PC you were forced to learn the latest "ergonomic" keyboard layout. It may be progress, but I'm happy with what I've got thanks.

The same goes for desktop environments.

more than 2 years ago

I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

curty Zero (380 comments)

Here in Britain the only photo ID I have is my driving licence and my passport, and I never carry either, to avoid losing them.

The only time I was pulled over by the police I was given a "producer" - 24 hrs to show my licence at a police station; my passport is only for going on holiday.

I suppose that's why government talk of ID cards causes such debate over here.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Settles With FTC, Admits Privacy Violations

curty Re:Facebook is evil and parasitic (138 comments)

Just like the network called the Internet, there is no reason why online social networks need a central hub. Peer to peer social networks exist, as a concept at least.

I imagine that if the popularity of social networking had been foreseen by the developers of the nascent Internet, discussion of "whoever is the biggest" social network would be as ridiculous as asking who is the biggest Email network, or the biggest WWW network.

My hope is that one day there won't be a "biggest" social network, there will be only one.

about 3 years ago

Russian Police Know Who Wrote Gpcode Virus

curty Hardest part is getting the money (201 comments)

The trojan and encryption could be written by any reasonably savvy malware author, but I guess laundering the money you receive would require a certain level of criminal knowledge.
The money goes into an e-gold or Liberty Reserve account, presumably one that has been stolen from a legitimate user, and from there somehow it has to get into the hands of the perpetrator.
If the authorities could track the money after it gets into e-gold (they have tried before) they could get a handle on who is behind this.
This kind of thing will become more widespread so long as the perps can get their hands on the money without being found.

more than 6 years ago


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