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Comment: Re: This is not a SSL matter (Score 1) 103

by Bert64 (#48686715) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Because very few SMTP servers *require* the use of SSL. Some will use SSL if available, but fall back to plain text otherwise, and also usually not check the certificate. Many mail servers still don't enable SSL at all and plain text email is frequently sent across the internet.

Comment: Re:How much time did you waste on this? (Score 1) 103

by Bert64 (#48686709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Not just unique passwords, also use unique email addresses (eg register your own domain and use an address which includes the site name), that way you will be able to tell if a company has a breach which results in your email address being leaked to third parties, or if they sell your address intentionally.

And a lack of easily available and valid business contact information is actually illegal in many countries...

Comment: Re:Get on my level (Score 3, Insightful) 177

by Rinikusu (#48685335) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

:: shrug :: I've been touch typing since the 80s (Yeah, I'm most likely a youngin to you) but I find backlit keyboards to be the most indispensable improvement made to keyboards. I want mechanical, backlit keyboard. No one but my gf comes over, so it's not a matter of being "cool" (I have a guitar for that). It might be from the callouses on my fingertips (see guitar), but I often fumble looking for the nubs on f and j, and a quick glance at the keyboard puts me straight. Does this mean I'm not a power user? I'll cry myself to sleep about that later.

Comment: Re: yep. I provide security to some ofthe listed s (Score 1) 139

by TechyImmigrant (#48685133) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

You created a 10,000X increase in the work factor for brute force attacks.
If you had just hashed over the salt and password once, encrypted the result and kept the key private, you would have a 340282366920938463463374607431768211456 increase in the work factor.

Relying on low integer multiples of work factors seems like a poor solution to me.

Comment: Let's put this in perspective, shall we? (Score 3, Insightful) 315

Although I have generic sympathy for people being dicked around by an uncaring corporation, we're talking drunk drivers here. According to MADD, each year, Drunk drivers kill just over 10,000 Americans. In other words, Drunk drivers killed more innocent Americans in the last 4 months, than Al Quaida and the Taliban killed in the last decade (yeah, you can throw ISIS into that mix as well).

In all honesty, the biggest problem I have with the way that these companies (this company?) dicks people around is that they don't advertise it as a feature. Part of the reason why these machines are so finicky is that they have to be to keep people from gaming the system. The rest, I'll just put down to karma.

Seriously: You don't want to be dicked around by this system?


You have a death wish, then play russian roulette -- but don't bring innocent women and children into the game. ; You don't care about putting innocent lives at risk? Don't expect me to get all teary-eyed when it's your life that gets messed with -- at least its' not an innocent life being affected.

Sorry to be such a dick about this, but sometimes it takes people being a dick to shock drunk drivers out of their petty little world, and into thinking about the effects of their actions.

Comment: And in other news: Pharmacist complaints. (Score 1) 315

DUIs kill innocent people, so I'd say "Karma's a bitch". Pharmacists can also kill people if they fill prescriptions wrong -- or just fill a wrong prescription -- so I'm more upset reading what some chain pharmacists have to say (in that same thread) about how they're told to 'do' their job by beancounters.

People can die, end up in Intensive care or just plain psychotic as a result of a prescription mix-up. Pharmacists are the last line of defense against that happening. When a pharmacist is forced to fill prescriptions on very tight time limits, they stop being a line of defense against such problems and really end up being a potential source of problems on their own. Pharmacists are a profession for a reason -- turning them into pill-counters is a recipe for death and disaster.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.