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Comment: Re:Not just Aquaman (Score 2) 185

by Culture20 (#48163907) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies
They could just take all of their DC Animated Universe stories and convert them to live action. The writers for the DCAU seem to know how to grab a comic book audience. The DC live action movie writers don't want to make a fun comic book movie. They want to make a work of art based on a comic book series.

Comment: Re:It's time to start a trade war. (Score 1) 105

by Culture20 (#48163405) Attached to: FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

My gradnfather fought in a real war. From what he told me, it was nothing like this.

Some great uncles of mine were on the beach at Normandy. One of them got a blueprint copied directly from his entire left leg. He survived, but only because a quick thinking medic was able to replace it with a pin-up from the landing craft. He still gets compliments on that leg.

Comment: Re: It only takes one ... (Score 2) 379

by Culture20 (#48157955) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola
Even worse: she's a nurse. She felt there was a chance she might have Ebola, so much that she called the CDC. She didn't err on caution. Forget the CDC's (non)answer. She knew what she was doing was risky. Even if no one gets infected, she had better talk to a lawyer about all the "mental anguish" lawsuits she'll soon be subjected to.

Comment: Re:Negative (Score 1) 545

by Culture20 (#48136235) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

The first thing I learned about storing passwords is that you use a salted hash, which is impossible to decrypt back into plaintext. Am I missing something, or is this practice not standard practically everywhere now?

Apparently you are missing something because while common practice, it's not ubiquitous. And like all common practices, it gets spoken of less and less until new developers reinvent the wheel and decide they want passwords in plain text to make password recovery 'easier' ("click on the http link in your email and you'll see your password!")

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 1) 545

by Culture20 (#48135119) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Passphrases don't help the root problem, that "memorable" implies low-entropy.

Except that the human brain can separate out words as atomics rather than the parts that make up their whole. This makes remembering a string of a small number of truly random words easy to remember.
Demiurgic precompel Pediculicidal superimpersonally trichromate Voq
increep Sporodochium impassioning Winesburg Spicknel bacon-and-eggs
Are those really so impossible to remember? The biggest problem is when someone starts using sporodochium in casual conversation a lot, you know it's part of their new random passphrase or they started a word-of-the-day calendar.

Comment: Re:Journalists have less time... (Score 1) 165

by Culture20 (#48121513) Attached to: How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

Minutes can matter to news networks these days, as its the difference between breaking it first or second.

Which is silly since the difference between first and last is thirty seconds at most. First used to mean something back when papers came out once a day. A full day's lead time on an important story means everyone buys your paper that day. Today, I'd rather pay attention to a news service that checks sources and gets the story right than one that "had it first".


FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading 574

Posted by timothy
from the could-make-for-some-lonely-offices dept.
wabrandsma writes with this excerpt from The State Hornet, the student newspaper at Sacramento State On Monday, Sacramento State's Career Center welcomed the FBI for an informational on its paid internship program where applications are now being accepted. One of the highly discussed topics in the presentation was the list of potential traits that disqualify applicants. This list included failure to register with selective services, illegal drug use including steroids, criminal activity, default on student loans, falsifying information on an application and illegal downloading music, movies and books. FBI employee Steve Dupre explained how the FBI will ask people during interviews how many songs, movies and books they have downloaded because the FBI considers it to be stealing. During the first two phases of interviews, everything is recorded and then turned into a report. This report is then passed along to a polygraph technician to be used during the applicant's exam, which consists of a 55-page questionnaire. If an applicant is caught lying, they can no longer apply for an FBI agent position. (Left un-explored is whether polygraph testing is an effective way to catch lies.)

The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola 478

Posted by Soulskill
from the be-afraid.-be-slightly-afraid. dept. writes: Russell Berman reports in The Atlantic that the Obama administration is trying to navigate a tricky course: Can officials increase public vigilance about the deadly Ebola virus without inciting a panic? "Ebola is scary. It's a deadly disease. But we know how to stop it," says Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC director. speaking "calmly and clearly, sticking to an even pitch and avoiding the familiar political image of the whip-smart fast-talker." International groups wanted the U.S. to step in sooner to help fight the outbreak in west Africa, while more recently some Republicans have called on the administration to ban travel from the most affected countries.

Frieden and other officials say such a move would be counterproductive, citing lessons learned from the SARS outbreak a decade ago. "The SARS outbreak cost the world more than $40 billion, but it wasn't to control the outbreak," says Frieden. "Those were costs from unnecessary and ineffective travel restrictions and trade changes that could have been avoided." The government announced Wednesday that it was stepping up protective measures at five airports, where authorities will screen travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea with targeted questions and fever checks, an action, officials acknowledge, that was taken not only to stop the spread of the disease but simply to make people feel safer. According to Berman, the message is this: Be afraid of Ebola. Just not too afraid.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.