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Comment Re:Not for anybody who cares for privacy/security (Score 5, Interesting) 182

I don't trust any browser to store even my Slashdot login password. Why in the world would I trust it with my credit card?

Because the alternative to sharing your password is to keep it secret and type it each time you need it. But the alternative to your browser storing your CC# is that it is stored by every online merchant you buy from.

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Comment Re:Personal phone, wasn't used often (Score 0) 138

Before you quote a "White House spokesman" as evidence, maybe you should give us a date in the past eight months when a "White House spokesman" has not told a lie. Seriously. just one date - one - where there was not a lie from the White House, and I will rule your absurd claim as admissible

Done.

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 10/2/2017, #18

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Comment Re:I always wonder how they define 'best' (Score 2) 119

In a company, talent isn't important. You need to be perceived as having talent that makes the company a profit, and whether or not that perception matches reality isn't really important.

The rest of what you wrote about communication is spot on, but this conclusion in a bit too cynical, in my opinion.

Talent is important, otherwise there's nothing to advertise. There's only so much that you can do to mediocre work to make it appear great to higher-ups, and most managers will still prefer to advertise the work that's the most easiest to advertise.

Talent + communication = success. Communication alone will get you further than talent alone, but neither can compete when you have both.

Comment Passwords are special. SHA-1 is much too fast (Score 3, Interesting) 81

You are absolutely correct for SHA-1 hashes of random data, of significant length. Passwords, however, are neither random nor long. I'll describe the attack for you and you can try it out yourself. The fact that an ordinary consumer PC can compute SHA-1 password hashes at the rate 10 billion per second is why SHA-1 is no longer appropriate for passwords. Here's how the attack is done:

Download two large lists of passwords, any "combined list" from your favorite haxor site will do. It doesn't matter what sites the passwords are from. If you run a comparison, you'll find that given two lists of a million passwords, about half of the passwords will be on both lists - with different accounts. That is, there is about a 50/50 chance that your password is in the list because somebody else used the same password. You probably know it's not too hard to find lists totaling many millions of passwords (we don't need fresh ones). If we put together a list of 10 million passwords, most of the Disqus passwords will be on our list, because SOMEBODY used the same password (not necessarily the same person).

So we take the first, most common password on our list of previously seen passwords and try it against each of the 17 million hashes from Disqus. Because SHA-1 is so fast, our $100 GPU can check all 17 million hashes in one millisecond. In one second, we can try the top thousand most common passwords. In 24 hours, we can test out 10 MILLION passwords that somebody, somewhere, has used before, and thereby crack perhaps 8 million of the Disqus passwords - which gives us the email addresses to match those passwords.

For passwords, therefore, you need a hash that can't be easily computed at the rate of billions per second with commodity hardware. Bcrypt and scrypt are appropriate choices. To avoid certain problems with particularly long or particularly short passwords, you first take a SHA-2 hash of the password, then scrypt it.*

* In the general case of random data, hashing a hash doesn't add security. Passwords, however are not the general case.

Comment Wow, the first quantum computer (Score 1) 182

will enable its user(s) to rule the world.

Seriously, is everything in these encryption algorithms protected by hoping that the product of two large prime numbers can't be easily factored? If so, then I would assume all the world's secrets (and ability to conduct financial transactions) are theirs.

It's sad that the first network using quantum encryption was put up (literally) by the Chinese (it's using satellites).

Comment Re:No, that would be rags like HuffPo and Salon... (Score 1) 292

Alright, who are you and what have you done with the Uberbah that I've argued with on /. countless times over the years!? LOL!

Damn man, I find myself agreeing with your posts a lot lately! Well said. It's all about 'divide & conquer' using propaganda and disinformation while simultaneously dumbing-down the population so they are unable to think critically or possess any knowledge of history. Evil Kabuki theater.

Looks like we even broke Slashdot for a few days. :) My druthers would be to send Bush and Obama to the Hague, end illegal spying & civil forfeiture, then we can go argue amongst ourselves about the merits of capitalism and workers owning the means of production. Cheers.

Comment Too soon (Score 1) 291

I see many have beaten me to it but ... a city requires a population of thousands, so no. A town? Perhaps.

First you need to select a suitable location, build the necessary infrastructure (habitats, greenhouses for food and oxygen and handling waste, etc.) then you need to transport the residents. Building a city on Earth from planning to actually calling it a city takes years, and that's when you don't have to transport everything hundreds of millions of miles to do so. Building a city on Mars, starting from nothing? A century probably. And that's if we start today and devote the necessary resources. As both of those (starting now and necessary resources) seem unlikely - maybe by 2200 we could call it a city.

Comment Re: Still better than cable (Score 1) 277

Family Guy managed to fit it into the flow of the show and I almost feel like it would have been somewhat jarring had they made up a car for the bit. Bones straight up interrupted the flow of a conversation between Booth and Brennan to talk about how cool the tree-and-leaf fuel economy display was. It ruined the rest of that episode because I just couldn't pull myself out of the fog of disbelief and forget I was just watching a show.

Comment Not for anybody who cares for privacy/security (Score 4, Interesting) 182

... just like they currently do with passwords

I don't trust any browser to store even my Slashdot login password. Why in the world would I trust it with my credit card? In fact, I don't even let merchants store my credit card if at all possible (I either choose the option not to save the card or manually delete the card after the purchase).

It seems like nobody who understands and actually values privacy and security would do this.

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Browsers Will Store Credit Card Details Similar To How They Save Passwords (bleepingcomputer.com) 182

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Comment Re:I don't have trouble reading articles with link (Score 3, Insightful) 92

As long as the color of the link isn't overly distracting - darker shades of green, blue, grey, etc work well if the text itself is black - then I am fine with it.

How do you know? Are you just reporting your subjective perception, or have you actually tested it?

Subjective perceptions of cognitive performance are often terrible.

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Comment Re:Strange that FakeBook wouldn't buy the lie (Score 2) 54

Ask Bernie what happens if the "Democratic" party doesn't want you to win the primary.

Bernie wasn't a Democrat until it proved politically expedient for him to identify as one.

Not unlike how The Donald was not a Republican until... well, I think you can fill in the rest.

Comment Re:How can this be? (Score 1) 123

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Comment Re:Idiot Contractor (Score 1) 223

I discussed all the evidence of intent back here with full citations, including the entire Congressional hearing on the subject.

In Clinton's case, we have an email between her & Colin Powell discussing how to cheat the system. It's hard for me to read this and not think that either person knew exactly what they were doing.

C06125520 UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2016-11013 Doc No. C06125520 Date: 09/08/2016

                        Re: Question
                        From: Colin Powell [redacted] [RELEASE IN PART B6]
                        To: Hillary Clinton hr15@att.blackberry.net B6
                        Subject: Re: Question

                        I didn't have a BlackBerry. What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient.) So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers. I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels.

                        Now, the real issue had to do with PDAs, as we called them a few years ago before BlackBerry became a noun. And the issue was DS would not allow them into the secure spaces, especially up your way. When I asked why not they gave me all kinds of nonsense about how they gave out signals that could be read by spies, etc. Same reason they tried to keep mobile phones out of the suite. I had numerous meetings with them. We even opened one up for them to try to explain to me why it was more dangerous than say, a remote control for one of the many tvs in the suite. Or something embedded in my shoe heel. They never satisfied me and NSA/CIA wouldn't back off. So, we just went about our business and stopped asking. I had an ancient version of a PDA and used it. In general, the suite was so sealed that it is hard to get signals in or out wirelessly.

                        However, there is a real danger. If it is public that you have a BlackBerry and it is governmend and your are using it, government or not, to do business, it may become an official record and subject to the law. Readingi about the President's BB rules this morning, it sounds like it won't be as useful as it used to be. Be very careful. I got around it all by not saaying much and not using systems that captured the data.

                        You will find DS driving you crazy if you let them. They had Maddy tied up in knots. I refused to let them live in my house or build a place on my property. They found an empty garage half a block away. On weekends, I drove my beloved cars around town without them following me. I promised I would have a phone and not be gone more than an hour or two at Tysons or the hardware store. They hated it and asked me to sign a letter relieving them of responsibility if I got whacked while doing that. I gladly did. Spontaneity was my security. They wanted to have two to three guys follow me around the building all the time. I said if they were doing their job guarding the place, they didn't need to follow me. I relented and let one guy follow me one

                        [REVIEW AUTHORITY: Geoffrey Chapman, Senior Reviewer]

                        UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2016-11013 Doc No. C06125520 Date: 09/08/2016

                        -----

                        C006122520 SIFIE UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2016-11013 Doc No. C06125520 Date: 09/08/2016

                        full corridor behind just so they knew where I was if I was needed immediately. Their job is to keep you hermetically sesaled up. Love, Colin

                        On Fri, Jan 23 2009 at 7:37 AM, > wrote:

                        Dear Colin,

                        I hope to catch up soon w you, but I have one pressing question which only you can answer!
                        What were the restrictions on your use of your blackberry? Did you use it in your personal office? I've been told that the DSS personnel knew you had one and used it but no one fesses up to knowing how you used it!
                        President Obama has struck a blow for berry addicts like us. I just have to figure out how to pring along the State Dept. Any and all advice is welcome.
                        All the best to you and Alma, Hillary

                        UNCLASSIFIE UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2016-11013 Doc No. C06122520 Date: 09/08/2016

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