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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: Linux and FreeBSD malware spreading?

"If it works, it uses RFI to insert a PHP plugin, which then gets added to the web server and given the server's permissions"

Which means smeone has configured their web service to run scripts as a user with administrative permissions (of at least the web server and its components).

Isn't that a failure of Administration 101?

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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So does this mean ...

... that my EU bank can sue the US government for imposing FATCA compliance costs on them? I don't see where this agreement only works in one direction, in the favor of US companies due to the effect of foreign regulations?

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Microsoft not good enough for you, eh? 'Next Steve Ballmer' drives to Google

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Re: Huh?

So is Mullaly going to be Charlie or Augustus Gloop?

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Unique Passwords

I recall one lady using this as an explaination for why she had 18 cats.

Of course, if you just name them Fluffy1, Fluffy2, .....

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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That's not Lindsay Lohan. She is getting to look more like her mug shots as time goes by.

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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Even worse

Imagine your embarrasement when the TSA makes you turn it on.

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Standard Apple response: You're holding it wrong.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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They want to check the boot screen. And make sure none of you lousy extremists running Linux get on board.

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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What's the idea here? To put the pint on sale (suitably marked up) at the local pub after re-entry, certified as having being in space? I can see a sideline for Virgin Galactic here. Or even LOHAN, if you can figure a way for her to return something more than the empty.

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Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

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Devil

No XP Update?

I take it they haven't heard about the XP POS registry hack?

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Yes, but ...

... does it run Linux?

"Sorry, officer. I didn't see the red light as I was busy recompiling my kernel at the moment. Must be a problem with a bad driver."

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Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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Re: @Justin... Flip the coin

I have a cardboard box full of VHS tapes, kept in a rented storage locker. Does the owner of that rental facility owe some studio for that storage service?

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NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars

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Exploited

By the Martians.

They have injected code into all of our landers to return only images of cold, barren wastelands instead of seas, canals, lush gardens and incredibly hot Martian women.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Re: If we are going to build a wall

Who is going to do the work?

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SQL fights back against NoSQL's big data cred with SQL/MDA spec

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Obsolete?

This sounds more like an extension to SQL. Something that a crafty devel might be able to do with the existing language today. But add it as a 'standard' way of doing array ops and make everyone's life easier than dealing with multiple custom approaches.

Could be a good thing. But I don't see where this obsoletes SQL.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Re: Brought to you by the US Travel Industry

"Europeans can file for redress in America."

I can't think of a quicker way to get yourself put on a no-fly list.

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Noooo! Noooo! Run away! Save yourself!

We have no rights here in the USA. And the 'forum for addressing grievances' is a sock puppet for the intelligence services. At least (in theory) we can vote the bums out. I don't see Holder offering you a couple of seats in our Senate.

How about this: Give US citizens coverage under EU privacy laws and access to your courts.

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You're inventing the wrong sort of tech for bad people who want to buy it. Stop it at once

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Re: Very first world mindset...

"The fellow quoted is making this point: we are terrible at valuing things relative to their actual impact. We overvalue stupid, wasteful things - but undervalue the basics that we literally cannot live without."

The problem is assigning value to those things for the purpose of allocating resources. The western capitalist world uses price as a proxy for value. No one person or committee has the accumulated knowledge to do the allocation problem by themselves*. So we let the mechanism of the market take care of it. Its a rotten system, I know. But not as rotten as all the rest. But we don't want to go there. Because wealth disparities guarantee that the allocation for basic needs will not be viewed as being equitable across differing cultures. And the right to differ in beliefs is central to what most people regard as a human right.

*Examples of those that tried the central planning scheme appear to have failed miserably.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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"With billions of tons of clouds in the sky"

Altitude may make a difference as to how a cloud contributes to warming/cooling.

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Re: CO2 lasts decades?

"I don't know anything about "simple control systems theory" but your argument is just unsound from the point of view of logic. I can think of any number of examples where your argument would fail.

For example a bath of water in which water is being added so that it's water level slowly increases over time. Add waves that make the water level fluctuate at any given point. Now you would say that those rapid fluctuations in water level mean that if we stopped adding water to the bath the water level would rapidly fall! But in fact the rapid fluctuations in water level clearly tell us nothing about how fast the water level would fall if the water stops being added."

Well, there's an example of 'bad logic'. Waves in a bathtub aren't the same as the volume of the tub. But let's use the bathtub analogy: The volume of water in a tub depends on the difference between the inflow and outflow, integrated over time. Today, CO2 is being added at a slightly higher rate than it is being removed (seasonal variations aside for the moment). But the lifetime of the water in that tub could be relatively short, if the flow rates are high compared to the tub's volume. Reduce the inflow slightly or increase the outflow and the tun will drain quickly. And this is what we are seeing with the Keeling Curve. The atmosphere responds rapidly to seasonal changes in inflow/outflow rates.This is evident by the downward slope of the sesonal variation. So the lifetime of carbon in the atmosphere is low. The mechanisms that absorb CO2 (the outflow) don't differentiate between CO2 from a coal fired generator and a moose exhaling.

Plants won't have to go into 'hyper mode' to absorb the CO2. They are already doing a good job. All we need is for the inflow to drop below the outflow rate and the system will respond quickly. It is working that way today. I don't know whether that means we need to stop burning coal or shove giant corks in all the volcanoes. That's a different argument.

"I think the mistake you've made is you've coined an argument that assumes the cause of the short term cycle and the longterm increase are the same."

The causes of the inflow/outflow aren't what I'm questioning. Its the ability of the system to respond quickly to change in the net flow. And the evidence indicates that the atmosphere will respond quickly.

"Sure and the experts are utterly clueless."

No. The 'experts' have an agenda. Chemistry, physics and meteorology were not enough to study the problem. We had to go and invent 'atmospheric science'. Which evidently can't keep straight whether contrails have a net warming or cooling effect. Actually measured following 9/11, so trying to switch the models around have no credibility if they can't explain that data point. Or the at-sci people figure out how to ground all aircraft again for a week to gather new data. At any rate, atmospheric science lost its credibility when researchers were threatened with loss of tenure, funding and students' degrees would be in jeopardy for questioning the discipline's dogma.

The last time science challenged this kind of status quo, people were burned at the stake. If CO2 really does persist for such a long time in the atmosphere, we might still be inhaling the remains of people who told the Church that the Earth orbited the Sun.

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CO2 lasts decades?

What does that actually mean?

The seasonal variation in atmospheric CO2 is clearly visible as a sawtooth pattern superimposed on the long term trend. This is caused by the difference in plant respiration as the seasonal growth patterns affect northern and southern growth cycles differently. Also this can be affected by differences in man made fuel consumption for heating purposes, differing between the hemispheres.

Typically, process parameters that follow driving inputs this closely (there appears to be about a three month lag), will respond just as quickly to a change in the long term inputs. That means if we can turn the slope of the long term CO2 production downwards, the atmospheric concentration will follow with a time constant of months, not decades.

Simple control systems theory. The model makers need to go back to the drawing board to find where that 'decades' aphorism came from.

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#YO_NO! Messaging app 'Yo' gets hit by hackers

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App evidently written ...

... by a bunch of yo-yos.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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Re: Agile is just another meaningless buzzword

Sometimes it pays to go to suppliers and ask them what they've got that comes close to your requirements. You can talk to happy customers (if any) and ask them how well it works or where it doesn't. You are also leveraging the lessons learned of multiple existing users as they were incorporated into an off the shelf app.

Not all customer requirements are carved in stone. Sometimes it's cheaper to change a business process to fit a stable software package than it is to tweak the application. And many vendors will consider adding in functions you want in a future release.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Electronic Nose

"The milk. That carton you bought 8 weeks ago. It really needs to be thrown out. Now."

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Re: I'm surprised this works, and wonder if it works when it matters

I imagine that every use of obfuscating procedues exposes them to discovery. And so they are used only when necessary so as to prolong their lifetime.

I don't think this flight qualifies as a 'black op'. The World knew Snowden was a target of US law enforcement and intelligence agencies. So having people see the plane coming for him was not really a surprise. On the other hand, if this knowledge would have resulted in a flash mob showing up to block the runway (had ES been apprehended and loaded onboard), the DoJ might start cloaking their ops. Then, we might see some interesting cat and mouse games involving amateur tracking.

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

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Re: On the other hand... regarding CO2

"Why are the environmental types screaming about uncontrolled fires?"

Not screaming?

Because forest fires are a natural process (human caused fires aside). Forests are in the long term carbon neutral. They grow, absorbing carbon and then die and rot, releasing carbon. Or they burn. In either case (rot or burn), the carbon gets released back to the atmosphere (and soil).

The only plant life that should get 'carbon credits' are those that store or remove carbon from the environment in a permnent form. Plant life feeding peat bogs is one example of this. Otherwise, the only credits most fir, pine and other such trees should get is for each pound of carbon removed by logging trucks. In this case, its better for the environment if the trees are not burned, but removed from the carbon cycle long term as lumber.

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Pay more? Pay whom?

Great poll. What are the details of this payment scheme? Is this a cap and trade scheme? Will we be handing negotiable carbon permits out to industries who might have switched to cleaner sources anyway? Like coal, which is being replaced by natural gas. No thanks to climate policies but to fracking technologies and the new supplies of gas.

Or will payment be steered toward politically correct recipients? No credits for carbon sequestering GMO super trees. But payments to third world tribes not to cut their jungles.

If we really understood the causes and effects of AGW (or whatever its called today) to the poin where we could make useful predictions and not have to fiddle with the computer models every time weather starts diverging from climate, we might be able to make some economically sound decisions. But as the science stands righ now, we may need to do several course corrections as new science is made in this area. But once we start paying someone, tey become an entranched interest in their subsidy and we will have a damned tough time cutting the money flow off if we discover that we have been paying for the wrong behaviour.

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

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Asymmetry

Throw in a few of those back tattoos for some asymmetry and things start to look interesting.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

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Xbox sucks

Hey! Its vacuuming the floor!

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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Black Helicopters

Possible airspace conflict? At about 3:50, the shadow of a small aircraft comes in the lower left. And then the video quickly fades to the baseball stadium.

Oh yeah. The music selection. If you are flying choppers over something, can't we at least have Ride of the Valkyries?

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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Re: A solution is at hand.

Pilots could also affix a strip of retro-reflective material in an unobtrusive location inside the cockpit window. Give the b*stards a taste of their own medicine.

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Amazed

I'm amazed by the number of people arguing against such regulations. Like somehow the evil government is depriving them of some inalienable right to point laser pointers wherever they please.

All rights are tradeoffs between their value to an individual* vs their cost to society. As far as I can see, illuminating aircraft with lasers has zero value. And while the cost of the resulting damage times its probability isn't high, comparing that to zero still gives a pretty easily computed result.

*Using the 'reasonable person' doctrine. Sure, you might think its a good idea. But consensus says no and that's what we base our laws on.

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Re: 14 years?

"prison terms like this mean a large slave workforce."

So I'd deprive the exploitative bastards of a cheap source of labor by not shining lasers at aircraft. That ought to tech them a lesson.

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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Re: Wow, indeed !

"I am sure it looks like there is the roof of a house on the very top ?!?!?!?"

Its a Starbucks.

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Boffins publish SciFi story to announce exoplanet find

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Oldest

“the oldest potentially habitable planet known to date”

So what we are looking at is a bunch of grouchy old codger aliens yelling at us to get off their lawn.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Big Brother

"Isn't not agreeing with the decision actually contempt of court?"

IANAL, but I believe that would be not complying with the decision. I may be wrong, but I don't think courts have the authority to tell me how to think.

Yet.

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Wot no Vista?

We are counting platforms running an OS. Vista is still booting.

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'Failure is not an option... Never give up.' Not in Silicon Valley, mate

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Failure is not an option

It's standard equipment on this model.

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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I've got an IBM 5150. Still works. Plus a case and some misc hardware for another. At one point I had a respectable Pentium mobo in there, but it became slow and obsolete. When I get around to it, it will be upgraded. I have a (dead) CGA monitor and if I can find a flat panel HD monitor panel to fit, the effect will be complete. That will turn a few heads when I take it to the next Linux bootfest.

I also have a collection of vacuum tubes (valves) as spares for some antique test equipment I collect. I buy them usually in mixed up batches, sort and test them and trade the ones I don't need with some antique radio/TV collectors. So its not really a hoard, even if it loks that way.

The assorted slide rules might qualify as such until I get around to building a nice display case for them. Then its a collection. Or a hoard, hanging on the wall.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: It is inconceivable they don't have his emails

It's a trap.

ES: I raised my concerns about the legality of these programs with my supervisor.

NSA: No, you did not. We have copies of every e-mail ever sent on this planet and we can find no such record.

The World: Aha! Gotcha!

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Paris Hilton

"High status", "sorority girls". Sorry, I don't understand.

When I went to college, the sorority girls were the ones to party with (because they were easier) but dump come graduation. Nobody wants to marry the fraternity mattress. Rich or poor, the women who went to school to actually study and earn a degree were the real catches for long term relationships. But then I shouldn't pick on the women too much. Because the same held true for the frat boys. Great to know if you wanted an invite to the occasional drunken party. But not the sort of person to hire into a business after graduation. Even the occasional high performer would eventually try to hire on his loser frat brothers, regressing department productivity to the mean.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: Personally I think

Or release the source on 'out of warranty' products and let us fix them ourselves.

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: Back to the Future?

"Containerisation means each container can operate in its own filesystem,"

So, sort of like chroot?

I'm not picking on containerization. I realized that its probably a much better integrated way of doing things than the user/group, process group, *NIX file system permission model that we've grown up with. But if someone published the container requirements 20 years ago, I'll bet quite a few *NIX wizzards could have implemented somethng given the existing tool suite.

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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Sound?

I hear sound on the video. Although there's not much to hear at 30 km, the structural vibrations are recorded. Does this camera have the option to turn sound recording off? That might no save much space on the SD card, but for longer flights it could be worth it. Or perhaps the sound track could be used to record encoded flight data.

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Scientists capture DEATH STAR in VIOLENT EXPLOSION

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Re: Someone think of the children...and others

I think this was addressed in "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke

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Re: Not seen in real time!

Time is an illusion.

Lunchtime doubly so.

- D. Adams

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Re: Collapse and Rebound?

The energy added comes from further nuclear reactions triggered by the collapse compression. Analogous to how an implosion type fission bomb works. And also where elements heavier than iron are formed.

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

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Re: great, back to the "same old same old"

Lets make that

"innovate until the opposition has a file cabinet full of your proprietary technical documents stashed away."

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Sigh ...

"You would hash each letter along with a particular salt which is always used on that Nth letter,"

So, 'password', '1password', '22password', '333password', until we knew that we had exceeded N for the last N passwords stored. And PHB wanted this caught as well.

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