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Comment Indicators instead of rules (Score 1) 498

Yes, password rules are BS. My bank requires me to have a password that contains uppercase, lowercase, numbers and at least two symbols. All of which is rendered pointless by limiting the password length to 8 chars. Luckily I have 2 factor auth, but still.

Weak/strong password strength indicators, on the other hand, can be useful if done properly (and harmful when done by people with no grasp of combinatorics). Many people have no idea what counts as a strong enough password nowadays, so even a simple indicator that takes length and character variety into account can go a long way.

Comment Re:Of course! Competition is the ONLY solution (Score 1) 81

Which is exactly what EU regulations have already achieved. There's a choice of at least 3 ISPs in most places, and that has already solved the problem of throttling a decade ago. Net neutrality would be just an unnecessary regulation when the market is already regulating itself just fine.

Comment Being alarmed is good (Score 4, Interesting) 48

Once you're hacked the bad guys can do a lot of nasty things to you and your data, shaking you for a few bitcoins if you don't have backups is pretty much the cheapest way you can find out about having a security hole. Data theft, APTs or even remote sabotage by a state agent can cause a lot more harm than ransomware, often without you even noticing. The spread of ransomware is actually very good for security, because it brings hidden vulnerabilities to light and associates an exact cost to them rather than for example the nebulous cost of losing sensitive data of costumers. Thus, ransomware alerts companies to vulnerabilities and bad backup practices, provides a financial incentive to fix those problems, all the while causing much less harm than the lack of those fixes would. Ransomware is doing more for security than a thousand conferences could.

Comment Re:Business Decisions Based on Economics (Score 1) 202

The thing is, this study only proves a correlation between delays and piracy. But what movie companies do is they increase the delay in countries known to have a high rate of piracy to keep the movies from hitting the torrent sites. They believe that the sales lost in those countries are smaller than the sales not lost due to piracy in the countries the movie is released. Whether that assumption is true is an interesting question, and unfortunately this study doesn't even try to answer it. The correlation itself isn't surprising, and the paper fails to take into account that this isn't a simple black and white question.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 369

Problem is, universities don't teach programming either, or at least not very well. They teach the abstract concepts, but any good coder is pretty much self taught. Not to mention computing is a constantly changing field, you can't rely only on stuff you learned 40 years ago to prepare the kids for tomorrow. We need to find a way to keep the teachers in touch.

Comment It's not hard to be more sophisticated than Anon (Score 1) 123

Anon was a bunch of hardened 4chan trolls herding an army of impressionable kids into their own living botnet. At least this guy doesn't make others do the hard work and bear the risk of prison instead of him. That being said, his "sophisticated" political ideas, such as:

I wanted to strike a small blow at the system...I don't want to be the lone hacker fighting the system.

aren't exactly new. Just like the punks of old, "hacktivists" use the same ill defined phrases to try and create an ideology around vandalism.

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