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Comment: Public safety is not the issue (Score 5, Insightful) 280

by kruach aum (#48163109) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

The issue is the balance between public safety and personal privacy. Denying the citizen of any democracy the right to encryption of their personal communication is not an appropriate response to the perceived threat to public safety that same encryption would bring.

Comment: Re:What is Docker and why should you care? (Score 1) 104

by just_another_sean (#48157689) Attached to: Microsoft Partners With Docker

The posix subsystem was usable on NT4. Not so much since then. The latest version is basically a wrapper around the GNU tools and is more about Microsoft checking boxes on government forms when bidding on projects than anything else.

Cygwin is not perfect but I'd say it has far less issues than what MS offers.

Network authentication for UNIX systems relies on the insecure NIS protocol (LDAP- and Kerberos-based authentication require a third-party solution). Microsoft has released several hotfixes for Windows Services for UNIX, and at least one Security Update (KB939778). The GNU Project utilities are several versions older than the latest ones. A separate port of the up-to-date Debian utilities was started in 2007, but apparently abandoned in 2009.[26] Several of the text processing utilities in SUA (e.g. awk) are not compatible with Unicode or wide character text files.

I can't think of one application where Cygwin would not be far more beneficial than MS's half ass attempt at being Unixy.

Comment: Re:Enterprise backup (Score 5, Insightful) 244

As if ensuring the survival of the human race isn't "productive". And, personally, I can''t think of anything more important that my wife does than be the awesome mother she is to our children. Now, while she's young and has the energy to go outside and play with them...


Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct 545

Posted by samzenpus
from the protect-ya-neck dept.
First time accepted submitter Dadoo writes By now, everyone who reads Slashdot regularly has seen the XKCD comic discussing how to choose a more secure password, but at least one security researcher rejects that theory, asserting that password managers are the most important technology people can use to keep their accounts safe. He says, "In this post, I'm going to make the following arguments: 1) Choosing a password should be something you do very infrequently. 2) Our focus should be on protecting passwords against informed statistical attacks and not brute-force attacks. 3) When you do have to choose a password, one of the most important selection criteria should be how many other people have also chosen that same password. 4) One of the most impactful things that we can do as a security community is to change password strength meters and disallow the use of common passwords."

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 261

by just_another_sean (#48132095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

As other's have stated using the Report Spam feature should make 99% of spam a thing of the past by putting in the spam folder.

The Original Submitter did not say but based on their description of running their own MX I would guess they are using IMAP (or maybe POP) to pull down their gmail to a local client and thus missing out on the opportunity to mark them as spam...

I occasionally check my gmail from a local client but use the web interface enough to help the spam filter figure me out by marking messages as spam or phishing (or on very rare occasions marking something as Not Spam).

Comment: Re:One example doesn't make an "always" (Score 1) 715

by just_another_sean (#48113183) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

The first example is an MP. The second is an activist who had the strong backing of an MP.

The third one, well maybe karma had something to do with it if you believe in that sort of thing, but the story is thin on details and the death of the troll may or may not be related to the actual trolling.

Show me some articles where regular people, not famous, not extremely rich or connected to a government, were given any attention/positive results by law enforcement after reporting being harassed on line.

Comment: Re:Excuse me... (Score 1) 86

by just_another_sean (#48112881) Attached to: Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

Well, they bought Verisign so if you used their SSL services you were switched to Symantec. And it appears that they still have a lot of market share in that area even though I'm sure a lot of existing Verisign customers screamed Nooooooo!! at the top of their lungs when they heard about the buyout and switched to something else as soon as possible*.

*He says from experience!

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev