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+ - Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin pioneer passes away

Submitted by brokenin2
brokenin2 (103006) writes "Hal Finney, the number two programmer for PGP and the first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction has passed away. From the article on Coindesk: "Shortly after collaborating with Nakamoto on early bitcoin code in 2009, Finney announced he was suffering from ALS. Increasing paralysis, which eventually became near-total, forced him to retire from work in early 2011.""
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say 280

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the brain-full-try-again-later dept.
An anonymous reader tipped us to news that Microsoft researchers have determined that reuse of the same password for low security services is safer than generating a unique password for each service. Quoting El Reg: Redmond researchers Dinei Florencio and Cormac Herley, together with Paul C. van Oorschot of Carleton University, Canada ... argue that password reuse on low risk websites is necessary in order for users to be able to remember unique and high entropy codes chosen for important sites. Users should therefore slap the same simple passwords across free websites that don't hold important information and save the tough and unique ones for banking websites and other repositories of high-value information. "The rapid decline of [password complexity as recall difficulty] increases suggests that, far from being unallowable, password re-use is a necessary and sensible tool in managing a portfolio," the trio wrote. "Re-use appears unavoidable if [complexity] must remain above some minimum and effort below some maximum." Not only do they recommend reusing passwords, but reusing bad passwords for low risks sites to minimize recall difficulty.

Comment: Re:work is survival (Score 2) 566

by deego (#46946123) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

> [Bay Area... hard to rent without proof of income]

How about we ask for some laws to address this problem? Seems like a good idea, right? Let's make more laws to try to solve a problem that was caused in the first place by... wait for it, previous bad laws!

Do you know why things are that way in the Bay Area? It's because do-gooders made it very hard to evict a deadbeat tenant, and a host of related bad laws..

Interfere with the free market, and the consequences will come back and bite us all. Of coures, then we can ask for more bad laws... till the cows come home.
 

Comment: And this is why (rant) (Score 1) 178

by deego (#46871193) Attached to: New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

And this is why you don't install third party "goodies" on your linux workstations (unless you are looking for just a play machine.).

There's a reason distros separate things into free/nonfree or main/universe. The first thing everyone does is go out and get 'multiverse.' Heck, if that's what you want, you might as well stick with windoze...

Comment: This will happen time and again. (Score 1) 423

by deego (#46759341) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

This will happen time and again. If not Intuit, it will be industry X buying government on issue Y because it benefits them.

You can blame Intuit all you want, but that's like blaming sand for flowing downhill. Legal lobbying for your best self-interest is what we all do.

The real problem is not Intuit, but it's the Government. It should not be "buyable." Its purpose was to provide national security and law and order, that's all. The more functions and power it takes on, the more the lobbying goes up..

Think it's not bad enough? Heck, a 30-mile circle outside DC is populated mainly by lobbyists.
 

Comment: Re:The root of the problem lies with ... the peopl (Score 5, Insightful) 273

by deego (#46442789) Attached to: Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

Many slashdotters defend "We the people" saying that people have no choice. They claim, for example, both Dems and Reps. take turns tightening the noose whereas people actually like liberty.

The fact is that Dems. and Reps. *both* are very sensitive to opinion polls.

The problem *is* We the people. The fact that we slashdotters don't realize in our slashdot bubble is that a *majority* of population does believe that TSA is necessary, and that TSA are good for the nation.

So, I agree. Ultimately, the real problem is not Dems or Reps. It's We the People. By and large, the policies of countries do tend to reflect what We the People believe.

You can't excuse the populace as a whole and simply blame the "system."

+ - Slashdot's new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Technology Lab / Information Technology
Slashdot’s new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant
Flashy revamp seeks to draw new faces to the community—at the cost of the old.

by Lee Hutchinson — Feb 12 2014, 6:55pm E

        Web Culture

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In the modern responsive Web Three Point Oh Internet, Slashdot stands like a thing frozen in time—it's a coelacanth stuck incongruously in an aquarium full of more colorful fish. The technology news aggregator site has been around since 1997, making it positively ancient as websites are reckoned. More importantly, Slashdot's long focus on open source technology news and topics has caused it to accrete a user base that tends to be extremely technical, extremely skilled, and extremely opinionated.

That user base is itself the main reason why Slashdot continues to thrive, even as its throwback interface makes it look to untrained eyes like a dated relic. Though the site is frequently a source of deep and rich commentary on topics, the barrier for new users to engage in the site's discussions is relatively high—certainly higher than, say, reddit (or even Ars). This doesn't cause much concern to the average Slashdot user, but tech job listing site Dice.com (which bought Slashdot in September 2012, along with Sourceforge and a number of other digital properties) appears to have decided it's time to drag Slashdot's interface into the 21st century in order to make things comfortable for everyone—old and new users alike."

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+ - Julian Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him in the UK->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes ""Prosecutor Marianne Ny must ... start treating him as everybody else who is under suspicion," the lawyers wrote.

The lawyers' op-ed piece is in response to another piece published on 6 February in SvD entitled "Why should an exception be made for Assange?", in which the lawyer representing the younger of the two women, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, criticised the media for naming Assange, since suspects and accusers are rarely named in the Swedish press."

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+ - Bitcoin Trojan Found on Popular Download Sites->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "Phony Bitcoin ticker apps hosted on popular sites Download.com and MacUpdate.com are fronts for the OSX/CoinThief Trojan, which was built to steal Bitcoin wallet credentials and keys, and to date has drained a small number of accounts.New variants of the Trojan targeting Mac OS X users were found on the sites and also include a browser extension for Firefox. Previous versions of CoinThief spread through a GitHub page that has since been taken down and included extensions for Safari and Google Chrome only."
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