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Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords 545

Kohenkatz writes "I have Verizon FIOS at home and my Verizon-supplied Actiontec router had the password 'password1' that the tech assigned to it when he set it up three years ago. I received an email from Verizon that said 'we have identified that your router still had a password of either password1 or admin1 and we have changed it to your serial number.' I checked and it actually had been changed. I believe this to be in response to the Black Hat presentation about the hackability of home routers. I am upset about this because Verizon should not have any way to get into my router and change the settings, especially because I own the router, not them! I looked in the router's settings and I see port 4567 goes to the router and is labeled 'Verizon FIOS Service.' Is this port for anything useful other than Verizon changing settings on my router? What security measures does Verizon have to protect that port from unauthorized access?"

Comment Re:Cue the following: (Score 1) 1306

Actually, Newtonian mechanics is "wrong", but not by a long shot. Special Relativity is more correct (we'll ignore GR for now), but the corrections are on the order of (v/c)^4 (using expressions for kinetic energy as a benchmark).

Academia held on to Newton's theory because
1)It is close enough for the vast majority of earth bound applications without the added complexity to get that 14th decimal corrected.
2)It is a simple and intuitive theory that provides a good jumping off point for non-intuitive theories like quantum mechanics and relativity.

Comment Re:I shall answer the question! (Score 2, Insightful) 554


I been teaching (about 18 years) freshman/sophomore level physics, primarily engineering students. I try to encourage study groups outside of class and my most successful years as a teacher are when the students are successful in forming these groups.

I also subscribe to the "see it, do it , teach it " philosophy of learning where you develop the deepest understanding of materials when you are forced to explain it to someone else. I use this argument on my better students and the result generally is better performance all around.

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