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Comment: No. (Score 5, Insightful) 175

by eldavojohn (#48923389) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

To be fair to Zuckerberg and Facebook, the company must obey the law of any country in which it operates.

No. He came out in support of a universal maxim and then went back to his board who showed him X dollars of income they get by operating in Turkey. Just like the revenue lost when Google left mainland China. Instead of sacrificing that revenue to some other social network in Turkey run by cowards, he became a coward himself in the name of money. It is an affront to the deaths and memory of the Charlie Hebdo editors. His refusal could have worked as leverage for social change in Turkey but now it will not.

So no, your statement isn't fair to Zuckerberg and his company and the platinum backscratcher he gets to keep with "TURKEY" inscribed on it. Fuck that greedy bastard and his petty meaningless lip service.

+ - Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865 Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent austerity laws put in place by prior administrations. One such step has been to appoint Valve's economist Yanis Varoufakis to position of Finance Minister of Greece. For the past three years Varoufakis has been working at Steam to analyze and improve the Steam Market but now has the opportunity to improve one of the most troubled economies in the world."
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Comment: Rumor: Fox Is Planning an X-Files Revival (Score 1) 475

by eldavojohn (#48904215) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
In the news recently are rumors that Carter, Anderson and Duchovny will reunite for new X-Files episodes. Fox has sorta confirmed this.

I own all the DVDs, a couple years ago I rewatched them. I may come off as a rabid fan at times but the background music was atrociously horrid. Also the story arc plot became overly convoluted and impossible to explain at times. That said, one of the most convoluted characters (Krycek) was my favorite. Aside from several minor valid criticisms like that, I really think it's a great platform for modern storytelling.

I do have to ask myself, at times, if there is some level of insane conspiracy theory today that we owe at least in part to those people watching X-Files when younger. I have to admit that the 9/11 inside job truthers movement claims could have been ripped from the pages of an X-Files script.

My biggest concern, of course, is whether or not it could still be fresh. With recent high quality additions to television canon, we'd have to be prepared for Chris Carter coming back at us with a 90's angle when episodes like Home really aren't as shocking anymore. The bar has been raised (thankfully).

Right now, The X-Files is going to occupy a contextual place in television history like The Twilight Zone. A revival could very well tarnish that. On the other hand, I've never felt like I really received closure on the whole story arc ...

Comment: Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 374

by bmo (#48888261) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.

- Benjamin Franklin, letter to Robert Morris, December 25, 1783

Comment: Re:I thought (Score 2) 197

by bmo (#48862059) Attached to: The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

I don't see stupid passwords as a problem if they're used in situations where it doesn't matter.

That's because the people who pick 123456 as passwords never consider if it matters or not. Most people consider their mail account something that matters, yet trying out various uname/pw combinations with gmail that come from a porn site invariably works.

I don't know what to tell you, man, people are stupid with passwords and it's a documented problem.

>complain about article summarizing the problem in general
>demanding hand-holding.
>your computer is connected to the largest information retrieval system ever invented.
>can't be bothered to do your own research or bother to even google

PEBKAC. Yours.


Comment: Re:Blender FTW (Score 3, Informative) 223

by bmo (#48861781) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

Now all I need is a 10 button mouse and an interface reference!

This just in: Specialty software requires (or is more useful) with specialty hardware. Film at 11.

It's like the SpaceNavigator and SpacePilot never existed for CAD/modeling. It's as if all those 16 button tablet pucks never existed.

Also complex software requires documentation/references. Blender != MSPAINT.EXE


Comment: Re:I thought (Score 2) 197

by bmo (#48860389) Attached to: The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

ok, so it was leaked passwords....but from where?

From everywhere. From, for example. Plaintext usernames, emails, and passwords. With .mil addresses and admin addresses to boot. They are there if you bother to look.

From a csv file I have of the list:

Hi! We like porn (sometimes) so these are email/password
combinations from which we plundered for the lulz

Check out these government and military email
addresses that signed up to the porn site...

They are too busy fapping to defend their country:

for what reasons?

For money and for the lulz, as above.

on what devices?


Also if PWs are from web pages? what are the pages?

Pron, government, banking, shopping, etc...

because if they are not secure pages (work, banks, personal info) most people simply dont care.

This is the problem, in a nutshell. People just don't care about even their banking passwords.

I mean to leave comments on damn near any page, you need to register. I know on some pages ive created accts to leave a post and never plan on going back, im sure ive used some weak passwords for those sites.

The thing is that people use the same "throw away passwords" everywhere. The same ones, across multiple sites including banking. Many of the above uname/password pairs worked in gmail and facebook.

"But it's too much trouble to have different passwords everywhere"

No it isn't. It's actually easier. Use a password manager. It's like a keyring, but not only do the keys fit only individual locks, the "keyring" (password manager) does the typing for you for password generation and logins. For example, through some of my own dumbassery (which I realized within 10 minutes of the dumbassery), I had to reset all my passwords one day. It took me only an hour with Lastpass including generating secure passwords. It would have taken me the better part of half-a workday to reset them manually.

Yahoo lost control of my login credentials twice. Apparently I have been to Sweden and Bulgaria. After that, I got a password manager and never looked back.

You will have to take my password manager from my cold dead hands.

"But what if the password manager goes tits-up?"

You export your credentials to a .csv file and print it out and save in a safe place offsite.

All my passwords look like this: GvY0H025195BfN2MleZWx5Sra

Try finding that in a rainbow table.

its a little hard to claim anything based on this data that is worth anything.

Only because you lack imagination.


Comment: Re: Encryption = same as an envelope for real mai (Score 1) 35

by bmo (#48853565) Attached to: Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack

Replying to you mostly for myself, to write down what I try to explain to people when it comes to what PGP actually is and if anyone gets edumacated by what I wrote, that's fine.

The problem is sending keys - and most users would just blindly well, email them around.

This is why we have public key encryption, e.g., PGP, in the first place.

You're supposed to post/email/etc the public key to your various contacts to encrypt. It doesn't matter what the channel is that you use to transport the public key - email, web page, broadcasting as a numbers station, shouting, etc. The public key can be intercepted all the time by TLAs and other nefarious mob-related organizations. It doesn't matter.

Alice: "Hey Bob, I'm trying to figure out this encrypted mail thing. Send me some encrypted mail. Here's my public key."

public key gets sent through normal email

Bob: "OK, got it." Bob then encrypts his message professing his undying love with the public key and sends it to Alice. He also sends his public key to Alice with it.

Alice decrypts with her private half (which she never gives out) of the public/private key pair and reads the email.

Alice says "I didn't know you loved me." to Bob.

Then there's key management because you have to import those keys into your contacts.

Modern MUAs handle these easily. It's up to the user to save the keys. There is just so much hand-holding that can be done.

>Other than PGP, such as anything using AES is problematic


Both PGP and GPG are compatible with each other.

It's not just that MUAs aren't all configurable to use other encryption algorithms, it's that anything that uses symmetric keys, like AES, requires a key exchange out-of-band for it to be any practical use. And that is problematic in itself.


Comment: Re:Haystack Creation (Score 1) 102

by bmo (#48844241) Attached to: Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

>So if they are not using to investigate crimes, what is the end game of this mass surveillance?

To pillage. To find who's got the money, boats, cars, etc., and are morally questionable/socially insignificant enough that the general public doesn't get up-in-arms about it when the DEA takes their stuff.


The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.