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Submission + - Banks Conspire 2

Jim Sadler writes: I'll keep it short. Why do banks, charge cards and others have such lousy password software? My bank allows twenty letters or numbers but not all combinations of letters and numbers. Then on top of that one can not use symbols or ASCI symbols in ones password. Needless to say pass phrases are also banned. For example "JackandJillwentupthehilltofetch1394pounds of worms." would be very hard to crack and very easy to recall.
              I can't imagine why such passwords would be so hard to handle for financial institutions and they have everything in the world to lose from sloppy security. So just why, considering that these institutions complain of mega money being lost, do they not have a better password system? Do they somehow gain when money goes missing?

Comment Re:Went to classical myself (Score 1) 361

Oh, blah, the anon comment ending in the slur about Kircher was mine; I was accidentally not logged in. I'm going to take the liberty of repeating it here, with apologies for my clumsiness:


No, actually you're wrong. Keyboard (and solo violin) music couldn't be printed with movable type unless you separated out the parts and printed, more or less, one "voice" (or melody line) per staff (which was sometimes done, but it's hard to read, and for many kinds of music, totally impractical). Keyboard (and solo vln) music typically has chords, a changing number of parts in each staff, and other complications which moveable type couldn't handle.

There was a great deal of typeset music, mostly vocal, but it was almost all one-voice-per-staff.

(Exception: alternative notations, now usually grouped under the name "tablatures", of which there were several varieties, some of which, as in Spain, were developed specifically to allow cheap printing.)

I have to compliment you on your screen name, remembering, however, the words of the musicologist Thurston Dart (who was the adviser to my dissertation adviser), that he was a "surprisingly credible Jesuit."

Comment Re:Went to classical myself (Score 1) 361

Musicology PhD here - your example is misleading. Published scores of that kind were very, very expensive, and music for the private enjoyment of students and professionals (to paraphrase, loosely, from Bach's own explanation for his target audience) tended to be circulated in manuscript.

(Technological note: keyboard and solo violin music couldn't be printed from movable type. It was engraved, a very tedious process which involved writing the score backwards onto a metal plate which was then etched. Engraving got much quicker, and cheaper, later in the 18th century, when the engraving punch was invented, so the engraver could just bang out the noteheads and such rather than having to draw each one freehand.)

Anyway, the lack of publication for Bach's Sonatas and Partitas (not Paritas) isn't a good example.

Your larger point is correct, but that's because survivor bias hasn't had time to kick in

Comment Re:Only the beginning (Score 3, Informative) 236

Yay! I have been scanned - but my little webserver doesn't run any cgi scripts, so they got 404'd. They were looking specifically for defaultwebpage.cgi:

root@stinky:/home/gecko# grep cgi /var/log/apache2/access*|egrep "};|}\s*;" /var/log/apache2/access.log: - - [25/Sep/2014:02:28:52 -0400] "GET /cgi-sys/defaultwebpage.cgi HTTP/1.0" 404 319 "-" "() { :;}; /bin/ping -c 1"

Submission + - Britain's Costliest Mistake? (theregister.co.uk) 2

RoccamOccam writes: Five years after UK passage of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the chief proponent of the act, Nick Stern, has responded to "A Review of the Stern Review". The "Stern Review" was a massive economic assessment that helped convince Parliament that climate mitigation measures would be worth the cost.

The result was quite possibly the most expensive legislation ever passed by Parliament. However, it appears that Stern’s analysis may have been deeply flawed.

Submission + - The Shadowy Darknet will be the Only Truly World-wide Web (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: “The shadowy Darknet then will be the only truly world-wide web” — this is the view of Alexander Gostev, chief security expert at Kaspersky Lab who believes the fallout from Edward Snowden's leaks may lead at some point to the "collapse of the current Internet, which will break into dozens of national networks."

Submission + - Increasing Number of Books Banned in the USA (npr.org)

vikingpower writes: Isabel Allende's The House of The Spirits. Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man.

What do all these titles have in common with each other ? Exactly, they are banned somewhere, on some school, in the USA. . Yes, in 2013. A project named The Kids' Right to Read ( by the National Coalition Against Censorship ) investigated three times the average number of incidents, adding to an overall rise in cases for the entire year, according to KRRP coordinator Acacia O'Connor. To date, KRRP has confronted 49 incidents in 29 states this year, a 53% increase in activity from 2012. During the second half of 2013, the project battled 31 new incidents, compared to only 14 in the same period last year.

"It has been a sprint since the beginning of the school year," O'Connor said. "We would settle one issue and wake up the next morning to find out another book was on the chopping block."

The NCAC also offers a Book Censorship Toolkit on its website. If such a toolkit is needed at all, does this indicate that intellectual freedom and free speech are ( slowly ) eroding in the USA ?

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S4 Security Vulnurability (bgu.ac.il)

olsmeister writes: The Samsung KNOX enterprise security system (presumably a play on Ft Knox, the location of the United States Bullion Depository) contains a security vulnurability that could put both personal and business data at risk. This is according to a discovery by a Ph.D. student at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. This is the security system used in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 phone, which Samsung hopes will allow it to compete with BlackBerry in government and enterprise applications. The flaw could allow attackers to access secure data, as well as load malicious applications.

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