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+ - Iowa's Governor Terry Brandstad thinks he doesn't use e-mail->

Submitted by Earthquake Retrofit
Earthquake Retrofit (1372207) writes "The Washington Post reports the governor denying he uses e-mail but court documents expose his confusion.

From the article:
Branstad’s apparent confusion over smartphones, apps and e-mail is ironic because he has tried to portray himself as technologically savvy. His Instagram account has pictures of him taking selfies and using Skype... 2010 campaign ads show him tapping away on an iPad. “Want a brighter future? We’ve got an app for that.” Earlier this month, the governor’s office announced that it had even opened an account on Meerkat, the live video streaming app.

Perhaps he's distancing himself from e-mail because it's a Hillary thing."

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+ - Boradband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner to Sell New House

Submitted by knightsirius
knightsirius (1617607) writes "A Washington homeowner is having :to sell his new house after being refused internet service from Comcast and CenturyLink despite receiving confirmation from both that the location was able to receive broadband service. The whole process took months and involved false assurances and bureaucratic convolutions. The national broadband map database frequently cited by Comcast as proof of sufficient competition lists 10 options at his location, including a gigabit municipal fiber network, but he cannot subscribe to it due to Washington state direct sale restrictions."

+ - One Professional Russian Troll Tells All->

Submitted by SecState
SecState (667211) writes "Hundreds of full-time, well-paid trolls operate thousands of fake accounts to fill social media sites and comments threads with pro-Kremlin propaganda. A St. Petersburg blogger spent two months working 12-hour shifts in a "troll factory," targeting forums of Russian municipal websites. In an interview, he describes how he worked in teams with two other trolls to create false "debates" about Russian and international politics, with pro-Putin views always scoring the winning point. Of course, with the U.S. government invoking "state secrets" to dismiss a defamation case against the supposedly independent advocacy group United Against a Nuclear Iran, Americans also need to be asking how far is too far when it comes to masked government propaganda."
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+ - Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements...For Warehouse Workers

Submitted by Rick Zeman
Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Amazon, perhaps historically only second to NewEgg in the IT nerdling's online shopping heart, not only has treated their warehouse workers to appalling working condtions, but they're also making them sign a non-compete agreement for the privilege. Excerpt from the agreement:
During employment and for 18 months after the Separation Date, Employee will not, directly or indirectly, whether on Employee’s own behalf or on behalf of any other entity (for example, as an employee, agent, partner, or consultant), engage in or support the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon (or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon in the future)...."

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 0) 309

by sexconker (#49349633) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

Described what? Like this? "Esp. of a woman: sexually promiscuous or provocative, esp. in a manner regarded as vulgar or distasteful.". So you're injecting your subjective views into what looks mean and attaching a value judgement into that. How is saying that someone looks distasteful not prescribing is beyond me.

Are you really going to the dictionary to dig up "describe" but not doing the same for "prescribe"?
Why? Because you're fucking wrong, perhaps?

Comment: Re:Yes, but.... (Score 1) 244

by sexconker (#49349511) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Or the other sites that simply truncate your input without telling you, so when you put in 40 characters it only takes 16?
8 character limits were common up until a few years ago. Today I still see 16 (and 15 because of broken front ends) effective limits. 32 seems to be the most common.

Comment: Re:My issue with password restrictions (Score 1) 157

by sexconker (#49346873) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

Why would you even bother with prepending "tesco" unless you were reusing that "20+ psuedo-random character" string across other sites? That's shitty practice on your end.

What pisses me off about password restrictions is that they change and break my existing passwords.
Most recently, T-Mobile changed their shit to disallow some characters / reduce the length allowed, so my perfectly existing password was rejected as being "wrong", my account locked, and I had to fight with their customer service goons to get a reset. During the support session, the customer support clown actually asked for my actual password! Promptly told the bitch to fuck off and escalate the issue - 5 hours later in the middle of the night I'm FINALLY sent a reset token. I received absolutely zero communication from anyone at T-Mbolie about it.
This also happened to me with my electric utility - they say right on the page they take 16 character passwords, and I was able to set a 16 character password, but when logging in it would fail. It worked if I truncated my input to 15 characters (after setting it as the full 16).
Plenty of other sites have fucked me in similar ways. Who in the fucking shit would change password length/character policies to make them MORE restrictive? Who the fuck would do this on the standard login page that can affect existing passwords?

Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 2) 157

by sexconker (#49346777) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

The plain simple truth is that complexity of a password is barely relevant at all when compared to the threat of an outright data breach at a provider. Who cares if your password is 'veronica' (your daughters name) or `myL1ttleBr0ny%` since an attacker isn't going to bother with brute forcing anything but '123456' and 'password' because they will get tarpitted by any reputable provider before they can guess anything out of a dictionary more than 5 entries long.

Your basis for saying bassword-complexity is irrelevant is that bad people would be doing online brute-forcing? They do matter somewhat when it comes to online-cracking, but the real relevancy doesn't lie there. The passwords matter when it comes to offline brute-forcing: the more complex the password the longer it'll take to crack it even if you have the hash for it. With good passwords and well-done hashing and salting you may end up cracking them for weeks by which time whoever you obtained them from will hopefully already have made their users change their passwords.

Brute forcing offline is only a scenario that can take place after a breach has occurred. In that case, even a password of 'veronica' should be strong enough to last until the breach is discovered (days?), the user notified

Breaches are typically not noticed for months, and companies do everything in their power to NOT notify users for as long as possible and to lie to users about what was accessed and how it was stored. A password of "veronica" would be cracked in seconds.

Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 0, Flamebait) 157

by sexconker (#49346747) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

You're a fucking shitheel. The vast majority of passwords are cracked offline. The only things saving you, the user, when (not if) shit gets hacked are using strong passwords and not reusing them across services. "2-factor" authentication doesn't do fuck shit because the company got fucking hacked anyway - you can't trust that the keys for the RSA clocks weren't taken at the same time the user table was.

Comment: Re:is this good? (Score 1, Flamebait) 157

by sexconker (#49346685) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

123Password is very strong because it uses numbers and upper and lower case letters.
Those meters are stupid.

As long as it's not one of either this list: or just a copy of your exact username, then yep it will probably suit you just fine. Dictionary attacks don't happen in break ins nearly as often as exploiting password resets (via social engineering or otherwise) or other blatant sidesteps of security (token reuse, etc), since everyone tarpits bad logins, sometimes after as few as 3 attempts.

Hey, retard, pay attention. The typical attack scenario is as follows:
A: Company gets hacked.
B: The user table with password hashes is accessed.
C: At some point in the future the company realizes it.
D: At some later point in the future the company is forced to announce the breach. The company will lie as much as possible about what was accessed, when, how passwords were stored, that they never held onto your credit card numbers, how they're revamping security and they take your privacy very seriously, etc.

Between B and C, the attackers (and anyone they've sold the dump to) are busy cracking the passwords (assuming they weren't stored in plaintext) offline. They don't have to worry about being locked out after 3 fucking attempts. No one does brute force / dictionary attacks against online fucking data you clown. You take the data offline and fuck on it at full speed.

+ - NY Times: "All The News That Mark Zuckerberg Sees Fit To Print"?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Two years ago, Politico caught Mark Zuckerberg's soon-to-be launched PAC boasting how its wealthy tech exec backers would use their companies to 'control the avenues of distribution' for a political message in support of their efforts. Now, the NY Times is reporting that Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook, citing a source who said the Times and Facebook are moving closer to a firm deal. Facebook declined to comment on specific discussions with publishers, but noted it had provided features to help publishers get better traction on Facebook, including tools unveiled in December that let them target their articles to specific groups of Facebook users. The new plan, notes the Times, is championed by Chris Cox, the top lieutenant to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and a "major supporter" of Exploring Facebook's wooing of the media giants, the Christian Science Monitor asks if social media will control the future of news, citing concerns expressed by Fusion's Felix Salmon, who warns that as news sites sacrifice their brands to reach a wider audience, their incentives for accuracy and editorial judgment will disappear. So, will the Gray Lady's iconic slogan be changed to "All The News That Mark Zuckerberg Sees Fit To Print"?"

+ - A drastic drop in complaints after San Diego outfitted its PD with body cameras

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Surprise, surprise! Immediately after San Diego outfitted its police force with 600 body camera the number of complaints plunged.

The report, which took one full year into account, found that complaints against police have fallen 40.5 percent and use of “personal body” force by officers has been reduced by 46.5 percent. Use of pepper spray has decreased by 30.5 percent.

Two benefits can be seen immediately. First, the police are being harassed less from false complaints. Second, and more important, the police are finding ways to settle most disputes without the use of force, which means they are abusing their authority less.

These statistics do confirm what many on both the right and the left have begun to believe in recent years, that the police have been almost certainly using force against citizens inappropriately too often. In San Diego at least the cameras are serving to stem this misuse of authority."

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