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5 posts • joined 24 Feb 2012

Botnet PC armies gulp down 16 MILLION logins from around the web: Find out if you're a victim

Micha

Fishy fishy

The paranoid android in me smells a verification system - checking whether or not the data in the botnet is "live" or not. The system allegedly only emails you for positives. "No News Good News" kinda thing. But what's to say they don't bother sending the email for a hit and instead save it into a shortlist of data.

Governments resorting to phishing. Tsk tsk.

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

Micha

Re: Obligatory XKCD link

While a neat idea (and definitely better than abc123) the main problem is that most systems don't allow arbitrarily long passwords. For example, one of my online bank accounts restricts me to 6 characters, numbers and uppercase letters only. I kid thee not.

Also the entropy doesn't scale quite as well as claimed if the attacker knows the pattern (a selection of (4 common english) words).

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

Micha

Having once crawled out..

of a gravity well, and developed the technology to survive in spaaaace, why would any intelligent species go back down (even assuming they could after spending a long time in microgravity).

Of course, after we have finished our initial bumbling about and start getting serious about space habitation we will probably develop artificial gravity on our craft (not as in Star Trek, as in spinning). And once we have a reasonable energy source, gravity wells won't be as costly anymore either so even if we spend the majority of our time in space, we'll at least be capable of returning.

But still, something to throw into the equation - once we're in space, what use do we have of planets (except as raw materials / protected environments for indigenous species). And ditto for any aliens. So even if some have passed our way they may not actually have any use of the planet except for curiosity.

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McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles

Micha

It's not all black/white (as usual)..

There's more details on /. - apparently the McD's in question has had trouble with media harassing them recently and the staff may have been under the impression Dr. Mann may have been working for them. Add on top the language barrier, and, well, shit happens. There's supposed to be a 'no cameras' sign on the entrance door too, so he can't claim complete ignorance.

Still does not excuse the rough treatment, but apparently it wasn't a case of ignoramuses hitting on a "cyborg".

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HP caught with SIX Windows 8 PC packages up its sleeve

Micha
Facepalm

Why the bleep don't they just sell 'Windows XYZ' cheaply with a core feature set and include some sort of "App Shop"? That way everybody pays for just the features they want, -and- they separate 'Applications' from 'OS'.

Oh wait. That's sanity.

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