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Comment: Re: Objection One: (Score 1) 546

by arielCo (#48137349) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Umm, did you skip the last paragraph? I suggested that users *should not* think of the random words but blind-pick them from a dictionary (or /usr/share/dict/words, if you will). It'd be part of the whole method and if the user disregards it then [s]he may as well choose "facebook123".

Comment: Re: Objection One: (Score 1) 546

by arielCo (#48137301) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Inagine, as another user posited, that they only pick words from the middle third. That's roughly half an order of magnitude less search-space per word - 81x for 4-word passwords. Makes a difference but nothing to cause a commotion about.

Then there's another argument for actual-word passwords: complicated, non-memorable passwords are more prone to be trusted to a Post-It, which is the Ultimate Vulnerability (TM). I for one take a middle road and use oddly-abbreviated passphrases.

Comment: Objection One: (Score 2) 546

by arielCo (#48134299) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Even if we entertained the XKCD comic and started training users to select four random words instead of a complex single-word password, I argue that it would not amount to a significant increase in security.

People are not very creative and tend to think the same way when choosing passwords. This would lead to the exact same problem we have now, where a few passwords such as "password123" become very common. What is there to prevent “letmeinfacebook” from being the new most common four word password for Facebook accounts?

Umm, how would they "think" of random words? I think "random" means something like: you pick a dictionary, close your eyes, open it on a random page and put your finger; repeat as needed.

Comment: Re:Next steps (Score 1) 252

by arielCo (#48112069) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

I mostly agree with that - my big issue with today's Lego (and I think yours) is rather the single-purpose pieces. I liked Legoland's antenna dishes that you could mate in several different ways, and the minifig's hands which had another "standard" dimension that also included stick antennae, etc etc. (don't get me started with Technic). Many of today's sets are just toys that you can disassemble and put back together.

Back on topic, I meant the theme on the box, which is even more visible than Shell's tiny logo on a brick so I wouldn't be surprised if they go after gas-station kits (though I suspect anti-corporatism played a significant part here).

Comment: Symbian is better and just as cheap (Score 1) 132

by arielCo (#48081951) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

My first thought upon reading the Ars piece was "why not get a Symbian Nokia? I have one in my pocket right now and with Opera Mini it does the job better than this thing"; the Ars readership seems to concur. There's also mention of a $48 (maybe $60 if the import duties are huge) Lumia 520 and a dozen other workable devices.

The bottom line: shoehorn your pet OS with HTML5 framework in ultracheap hardware, and everybody loses.

Comment: Re:Make sure the project wants you (Score 3, Insightful) 57

by arielCo (#48020777) Attached to: How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

I thought that's what forking was for - you roll your own version, advertise it, and the original author may be persuaded to incorporate your changes. Worst case, you have two project cross-pollinating (e.g. mplayer / mplayer2 / mpv, ffmpeg / libav, TWiki / Foswiki).


Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the competition-is-a-good-thing dept.
An anonymous reader writes: In early 2013, Canonical showed the world Ubuntu Touch, a version of Ubuntu developed specifically for smartphones. Now, the mobile operating system has finally reached "release to manufacturing" status. (Here's the release announcement.) The first phone running Ubuntu Touch, the Meizu MX4, will start shipping in December. "Details are scarce on its hardware, but a leak from iGeek suggests the Pro variant may have a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 2560x1536 resolution screen. ... This more powerful hardware is good news if true, and it bodes well for Ubuntu's vision of computing convergence." Softpedia has a preview of the RTM version of the OS. They say performance has improved significantly, even on old phones, and that the UI has been polished into a much better state.

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