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Comment: Re:Hey (Score 1) 80

by ArsenneLupin (#46601133) Attached to: eBay Japan Passwords Revealed As Username+123456

and whoever implemented the integration had the bright idea of hardcoding the forum password for everyone as username+123456, and then just having the eBay login page issue a hidden POST request behind the scenes to authenticate users to the community forum section.

... which means that even if the salt had been something else than +123456, it wouldn't really have been more secure, as that "hidden" POST request would have been present in some web resource (html, javascript) downloaded to the end user's browser...

Comment: Re:Did Fluke request this? (Score 1) 653

by ArsenneLupin (#46531853) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Try something more mundane. All Champaign must come from that one little region of France. Sparkling wine from anywhere else can't be called Champaign. Your knee-jerk reaction is to call that a crock of bull, but the fact of the matter is that if a bottle says 'Champaign' on it, you get what you're used to. Other sparkling wines may be the same or better, but the Champaign mark hypothetically guarantees your expectations -- even if they are lower.

But virtually all sparkling wines still come in the typical champaign bottle shape...

Comment: Re:Can someone explain this theft? (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by ArsenneLupin (#46346751) Attached to: Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise
As far as I understood, the Mt. Gox' API had a hole, which allowed customers to withdraw money without it showing up in Mt. Gox's books. Some customers noticed, and overdid it so much that no money was left to honour the other (honest) customers' accounts.

Comment: Re:weight of elevator is pulling up, not pushing d (Score 2) 374

by ArsenneLupin (#46344621) Attached to: Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible
If cars on the lower part of the ribbon are pulling it down, this means that slightly less ribbon will be above GEO point, leading to less ribbon available for counterbalancing the lower part. Which means an unstable equilibrium.

So, in order to prevent the whole thing from crashing down, there has to be a safety margin of extra ribbon above GEO, meaning some extra tension in the wire, even at ground level. That barge can't be too light-weight, or else it'll turn into a space-barge...

Comment: Re:weight of elevator is pulling up, not pushing d (Score 0) 374

by ArsenneLupin (#46343703) Attached to: Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

Think about a foundation strong enough to withstand the pressures of a 100-200 mile high tower pressing down.

Connected to a platform in space, the mass of the platform is to spin with the Earth's rotation. Centrifugal force is actually pulling on the elevator 'cable'.

Actually, pulling up is much worse than pressing down... The cable would just rip the foundation out from the bedrock. So you'd need to drill really deep to suitably anchor this beast.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]