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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

goodgod43 Re:Oh great (549 comments)

But you can use more than four words. You can use entire sentences. Something memorable for a bank as an example. "Thefrontdoorofthebankhasrustonthebottomhinge". Or "TheofficemanagerCindypluckshereyebrowstothin". Easily memorable Brazilian nut code. (Bloody hard to crack).

about 3 months ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

goodgod43 Ubuntu (303 comments)

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade.
Generate and distribute new keys.
Problem soved.

about 10 months ago

Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation

goodgod43 Re:Grandma's on Ubuntu... Confusion ensued... (110 comments)

But this is where the Linux desktop confusion and social enginering breaks down. KDE, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, Unity, Enlightenment, and on and on and on... There would not be a 'one size fits most' way of perpetuating this scam. Even if the user could be led to a website to download something, would it be .deb, .rpm, .tar.bz? Idiot users wouldn't know, and idiot scammers wouldn't be able to make money doing this sort of thing. As far as Phishing goes, Grandma has no idea that I update her computer remotely every week. Go ahead and ask her what SSH is, she couldn't tell you. Nor could she tell you her 'root' password. All she knows is that she is a nice old lady who is trying to help and her machine 'just works'.

more than 2 years ago

Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation

goodgod43 Grandma's on Ubuntu... Confusion ensued... (110 comments)

I switched my elderly mother to Ubuntu a few years back and she recieved one of these calls. Acording to her it went something like this.

Caller: This is *** from *** we noticed that there is somthing wrong with your computer and we are calling to help you fix it.
Her: Okay, let me get on my computer. What's wrong with it?
Caller: We have recieved notification from your computer that it has spyware on it. It has notified us and we are calling to help.
Her: Okay, I'm in front of my computer. What do I do?
Caller: First, click on the start button.
Her: I don't have a start button.
Caller: It's the icon on the lower left that says start.
Her: I don't have one of those. I have Yoobunto, Ewebantoo, I don't know, my son put it on here...
Caller: Please just click the button that says "Start".
Her: But I don't have one of those.

This apparently went on for several minutes. Finally she hung up and called me. If she was running Windows, she probably would have gone along with the scam. This is not to say that the problem is with Windows, but rather that, as long as MOST people use Windows, there will always be an idiot to be found and these scams will occur.

But imagine the problems these callers would have if Debian, (or Debian based), systems were the norm...

Caller: Okay, which desktop do you have installed?
Her: Desktop? What do you mean?
Caller: What does your screen look like?
Her: Flowers. I found I nice picture of lilacs.
Caller: Umm... Can you open a terminal?
Her: What's a terminal?

I don't think these scammers would even gotten started.

more than 2 years ago

XRL Hexapod Robot Gets a Tail, Learns To Use It

goodgod43 In a butter world... (52 comments)

Imagine what this could do for toast.

more than 2 years ago

Artist's Catcopter Causes a Stir

goodgod43 Re:Leather belt/jacket/shoes (360 comments)

Herbivores are food. Carnivores are pets. Simple as that.

I let my children keep herbivores as pets, but they are really just a potential food supply.

Even the turtle.

more than 2 years ago

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Goes Stable On Linux

goodgod43 Nothng but Hate (231 comments)

It's amazing to me that there is so much flame out there for this. None of you could do this, Not a single one of you have tried, and yet, this small group of dedicated people have actually figured out a piece of proprietary hardware to the point of having their code included in the Linux kernel? Way to go guys.

more than 2 years ago

MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users

goodgod43 Re:Sounds like a vulnerability in a Microsoft prod (187 comments)

Update to version 3.2.

Seriously? That's what you are going to use to scare people away from OO? It took one click to find the solution to your petty quibble.

more than 2 years ago

Data Sharing Aids the Fight Against Malaria

goodgod43 Sharing IP (42 comments)

Actually makes the world a better place. Go figure.

more than 2 years ago

Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

goodgod43 And... (185 comments)

Who cares? It's as bad as a Linux desktop. At the end of the day, what works for you works for you. Add in all the goofy names and no average user will ever even know about them. Obscurity by obscurity.

about 3 years ago

World's First Programmable Quantum Photonic Chip

goodgod43 Re:ok (156 comments)

I'll create a GUI using Visual Basic to do this in real time

more than 3 years ago

The Cost of US Security

goodgod43 Yay we "won" (456 comments)

at what cost? Now we all live in fear. For our jobs. For our privacy, and of each other.

more than 3 years ago

MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

goodgod43 Re:Just silly... (617 comments)

So you are saying that you can tell which program generated my comma or tab separated text format spreadsheet file? Bull.

more than 3 years ago

MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

goodgod43 Just silly... (617 comments)

How are they going to prove that the foreign company used Excel instead of Open Office? Or is the idea to force the entire world have to purchase Microsoft licenses just to do business in America?

more than 3 years ago

US House Subcommittee Votes To Kill Net Neutrality

goodgod43 Once you admit your an idiot... (607 comments)

FTA: "The FCC lacks legal authority to pass the rules, and government intervention would hurt the Internet, said Representative Greg Walden, the subcommittee's chairman and an Oregon Republican. "The Internet works pretty well -- it's the government that doesn't," he said." He's against government involvement. That I understand. But he's admitting that he, as a member of the government, doesn't really understand the problem. He's admitted to being the problem, so why should he have his way?

more than 3 years ago


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