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Comment: Re:stupidly weak (Score 2) 243

by Fwipp (#49349887) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess


There are 10 digits, there are (in this list) 7.7k dictionary words.

If you tell a hacker "my password is 5 digits" - they have 10^5 keys to test, or 100000.
If you tell them "my password is 5 words" they have 7700^5 keys to test, or 2.7 * 10^19 - which is more than twice as hard to crack as an 19-digit password, which again is 10 trillion times as hard as your 5 digit password.

It's just math, people. You don't have to rely on hand-rules like "dictionary words are bad."

Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 2) 243

by Fwipp (#49349769) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I wish that we could trust central ID systems, where we could create an account on a forum site with a unique user ID and then link that user ID to a central authentication database so that our central credentials give us acces via that unique user ID, but I just don't trust the authentication databases. I'm already leery enough of Active Directory that I don't use work passwords anywhere else to begin with, but companies providing such a service don't necessarily know what they're doing, and they're probably too willin to hand over information for what sites people would need authentication to as well.

You mean OAuth?

Comment: Re: $1000 for a genome? (Score 1) 107

by Fwipp (#49342319) Attached to: The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

Yes - Illuminas HiSeq X machine (family) is one of the machines marketed as this. Please note that this is the projected internal per-genome cost of a dedicated sequencing facility - before any customer markup is applied, and only if you have the high quantity of data required to get your money's worth.

Comment: Re:homeowner fail (Score 5, Informative) 516

by Fwipp (#49340981) Attached to: Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home

I was expecting this to be a homeowner fail, but:

Q: Why Didn’t you check this before you moved?
A: Oh, but I did. Having broadband of some kind was an absolute requirement for our new home. Before we even made an offer, I placed two separate phone calls; one to Comcast Business, and one to Xfinity. Both sales agents told me that service was available at the address. The Comcast Business agent even told me that a previous resident had already had service. So I believed them.

Comment: Re: Here's MY test (Score 1) 515

by Fwipp (#49331027) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

Alien passes: - it's actually the movie specifically called out in the originating comic as passing.

But to answer your broader question, whether an individual movie passes or not isn't /really/ the point of the test. The point is to look at patterns in movies as a whole - that "passing the Bechdel test" is not a given, despite how minimal the requirements actually are. There really are very few movies that don't pass the "reverse Bechdel test" - it's something like 90% of movies that have at least two dudes who talk about things that aren't women.

http://www.passthebechdeltest.... for some more reading.

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