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Comment Never been slashdotted before (Score 1) 1172

Hey, cool, I just found this story! Daychilde is my common nickname - I adopted NameWithheld during the time I managed to stay anonymous - I'm Isaac Eiland-Hall. And this story explains why the server load is as high as it is, although we've been featured in a lot of places today.

If you want to see what you guys are doing to my two servers, check out http://namewithheld.us/ - I have live stats up. :)

Comment Re:Security Through Obscurity is not security (Score 1) 385

Here's a quick counter-example: Part of the security of a military base would be the guards at the entrances wielding big scary guns. They're really not obscure, and that's precisely the point.

There may *also* be guards who wish to remain unseen. But there is a significant portion of security (in nearly any application thereof) whose point is precisely to be as unobscured as possible.

Your blanket statements are ill-conceived. You may well have some valid points, but your current argument is flawed, in my opinion.

Comment Re:get rid of shitty teachers (Score 1) 373

You would be incorrect. It's quite real. I was diagnosed at age 32, and Ritalin has truly changed my life.

Different solutions are better for different people. But ADHD is quite real.

There are arguments that it's over-diagnosed. Well, that may well be, but it doesn't change the fact that it's very real.

Comment Re:Is this a problem? (Score 1) 231

What's wrong with writing their login details on post-it notes?

Of course, it completely depends on the context... but I'm assuming massive attempts to log in are probably coming from an external source, i.e. across the internet. If people don't have physical access to your workstations, putting the post-it note isn't such a terrible thing.

Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not advocating posting login details and pasting them on the monitor. Instead, write `em down and treat that piece of paper like a thousand-dollar bill. Put it in your wallet or purse. If someone gains access to it - you have worse problems than just your password being taken.

And again - if your hacker is onsite and has physical access - you really have worse problems than a password written down and stuck in a drawer (because I'm really not advocating for sticking it on a monitor).

Which of these sounds more secure:
1) Employees are forced to change their passwords every 90 days, but are discouraged from writing the passwords down anywhere.
2) Employees are forced to change their passwords every 90 days, and are encouraged to keep a written copy in their wallet or purse.

Which of those will tend to allow for more secure passwords, realistically?

There's a ton of things to consider - but it always bugs me when someone argues that writing down passwords is a bad thing. It may seem counter-intuitive at first, but I think it's clearly a Good Thing(tm). :)


Skype Blames Microsoft Patch Tuesday for Outage 286

brajesh writes to tell us that Skype has blamed its outage over the last week on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. Apparently the huge numbers of computers rebooting (and the resulting flood of login requests) revealed a problem with the network allocation algorithm resulting in a couple days of downtime. Skype further stressed that there was no malicious activity and user security was never in any danger.

Feed Engadget: di[rec] could tempt labels with post concert live recording drives->

Filed under: Portable Audio

If you thought picking up a full-length studio album on a USB stick was hot stuff, di[rec] is out to make such an idea seem second rate. Founded by two ex-Sony BMG colleagues, the company is looking to round up support from their former employer, Warner Music, and various independent labels as it records live performances, mixes and masters on-site, and offers up the show on a USB drive or "download voucher" as folks are filing out of the exits. Sadly, there's no word yet on how much the outfit plans on charging gullible concert goers for the privilege of reliving their deafening experiences over and over, but it has already given the system a go at Nova Rock in Austria last month. So, for those of you at the festival just weeks ago, how about clue the rest of us in on the quality and value of di[rec]'s offerings?

[Thanks, Lars G.]

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