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Submission + - New UK password guidance says re-using OK, regular changing a waste (www.gov.uk) 1

isoloisti writes: New UK govt guidance on how to handle passwords "advocates a dramatic simplification of the current approach." "Unlike previous guidance, this doesn't focus on trying to get ever more entropy into passwords." For example: "Regular password changing harms rather than improves security, so avoid placing this burden on users." And "given the infeasibility of memorising multiple passwords, many are likely to be re-used. Users should only do this where the compromise of one password does not result in the compromise of more valuable data protected by the same password on a different system."

Blog launching the guidance: https://cesgdigital.blog.gov.u...
Main guidance doc: https://www.gov.uk/government/...

Submission + - Ars Technica and Cisco Provide Another Example of Bad Security Reporting

wjcofkc writes: It was recently reported by Cisco, Ars Technica, and reported on Slashdot that Linux based web servers running the 2.6 series were being attacked and infected with Javascript intended to allow attackers to serve up a variety of malicious content to the visitor. White Fir Design begs to differ, pointing out that the websites are not even all running Linux, much less the Linux 2.6 Kernel.

Submission + - Slashdot Beta Sucks Elephant Penis 2

ShaunC writes: Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes:

Have you even seen an elephant penis? Because I have, and the colors align to Slashdot. The beta is so bad, Roland Piquepaille is surrendering his account (as the French do). The GNAA has reorganized to post fake job offerings on Dice.com with an emphasis on affirmative action. Profane Motherfucker has come out of retirement simply to say: "fuck this shit."

Submission + - An open letter to the management of Slashdot. 14

onyxruby writes: I have been watch for some time now as Slashdot has started beta testing a new version of the website. As you are well aware the new site would constitute a complete change to the look, interface and functionality of Slashdot.org.

Change happens, and for those of us who work with technology for a living it is the only constant. Change is a process and in and of itself is not a bad thing when it offers improvement. Unfortunately the change that has been offered negatively impacts the look, interface and most importantly the functionality of Slashdot.
Many people have had trouble reverting back to the classic interface. The new interface simply does not offer the functionality of the old. Things like statistics, comments and layout are very difficult to find. You have a community that lives and breathes data and want to know their data. How is my comment ranked, how many people responded – it’s really all about the dialogue. Can I get the information that I want in a readily digestible format?

As you’re well aware the new site does not offer the very thing that people come here for. This in and of itself is not why your community has organized a boycott of Beta. The boycott was originated because the new version will be implemented whether the community wants it or not.

I want to explain why this change has gone down people’s throats about as well as Windows 8’s Metro interface. The reason has absolutely nothing to do with the interface and everything to do with the perception that the editors and management of Slashdot appear to have.

The message that has been consistently handed down is that we are “your audience”. We are not your “your audience” we are your product. People do not come to Slashdot for the news stories, there are untold other sites that provide those as well as professional and original writing about them. People come here for the community of insiders from across the industry.

Please respect the community and stop what you’re doing. You have commented that you don’t want to maintain two code bases. Your community works in the industry and understands this, which leads many to suggest you abandon the new code base entirely so that you are only maintaining once code base. Tell us what your trying to accomplish and I would imagine that a wide range of experts would be more than willing to help you meet your goals.
Editorial

Submission + - Scott Adams (almost) saves the planet (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In spite of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, his suspicious neighbors, Scott Adams builds himself a "green" house (as opposed to a greenhouse), and details his experience for those interested in following in his missteps.

Submission + - Why Developers Get Fired (earthweb.com)

jammag writes: "Other coders get canned — but never you, right? From a developer who's now a manager (and who admits being fired himself) comes the inside story on how the Big Ax might sneak up on you. To prevent it, he recommends some strategic bragging, keeping a CYA folder to document your efforts, and making sure that your talent isn't frittered away so much that even your most mediocre colleagues look good. Cover your butt!"
Spam

Submission + - White House admits harvesting e-mail addresses 1

mi writes: "After people appeared on Fox News complaining, White House admitted to not be using the Confirmed Opt-In (a.k.a. Double Opt-In) for adding new addresses to their list of subscribers.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs offered the classic spammer-defenses: "we hope they were not too inconvenienced," — and: "we suggest that they unsubscribe from the list by clicking the link at the bottom of the e-mail."

I still remember — in the 1990ies — spammers covering themselves up with something like: "Under Bill S.1618 Title III passed by the 105th U.S. Congress, this letter can not be considered spam..." Now, the most technologically-advanced Administration is sanctioning the spammer's other excuse: "What's the big deal? Just press 'Delete'!""
GUI

Submission + - Slashdot clutters up discussion threads 2

FirstOne writes: "Recent Slashdot html rendering changes are making a mess of SlashDot's threaded comment display...

Friend, Foe and other delimiter icons frequently overlaying comment text, making it extremely difficult to read threads.

Firefox 1.5 -> Firefox 3.0 (latest version)."
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor's Cyberlaw Record

Hugh Pickens writes: "Thomas O'Toole writes that President Obama's choice for Associate Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, authored several cyberlaw opinions regarding online contracting law, domain names, and computer privacy while on the Second Circuit. Judge Sotomayor wrote the court's 2002 opinion in Specht v. Netscape Communications Corp., an important online contracting case. In Specht, the Second Circuit declined to enforce contract terms that were available behind a hyperlink that could only be seen by scrolling down on a Web page (pdf). "We are not persuaded that a reasonably prudent offeree in these circumstances would have known of the existence of license terms," wrote Sotomayor. Judge Sotomayor wrote an opinion in a domain name case, Storey v. Cello Holdings LLC in 2003 that held that an adverse outcome in an administrative proceeding under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy did not preclude a later-initiated federal suit (pdf) brought under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). In Leventhal v. Knapek, a privacy case, Judge Sotomayor wrote for the Second Circuit that New York state agency officials and investigators did not violate a state employee's Fourth Amendment rights when they searched the contents of his office computer for evidence of unauthorized use of state equipment. While none of these cases may mean much as far as what Judge Sotomayor will do as an Associate Supreme Court Justice "if confirmed, she will be the first justice who has written cyberlaw-related opinions before joining the court," writes O'Toole."
Government

Submission + - Obama admin opposing copyright exception for blind (boingboing.net) 1

esme writes: Over at Boing Boing, there's a scoop on the Obama administration joining with other western countries to block a treaty that would create international standards for copyright exceptions for the blind and others who need technology to read. Activists at the WIPO negotiations are trying to get the word out that lobbying from publishers has caused the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, the Vatican and Norway to oppose the treaty.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Racism well and alive in gamers' minds. (gameology.org)

Simon writes: "I am a a young white South African male that had no part in Apartheid, but according to Gameology, my game, Roach Toaster can only be deconstructed through the shadow of the apartheid era.

To go from roaches to black people is absurd!

The proclaimed Afrikaner surnames aren't even Afrikaans. With the likes of Jones and Anderson, it is much more Western. The presence of militaristic exterminators, popularised by American TV sitcoms and the US military it also shows that it is just ridiculous to criticize a game and its creator based on false facts and country of origin. "White elite destroying the black anthropomorphic roaches?" If I wanted to make political and racial statement, I would've made Muslim Massacre."

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Epic Games Does Suppress Linux Talk (phoronix.com) 2

hmmmm writes: Last week we shared the sad reality about Unreal Tournament 3 that it's been 5 months and there's still no Linux client. There's not even any sign that the game client will still be made available for Linux once their "legal" problems are resolved. It was mentioned in the news posting that forum moderators for Epic Games, the company behind the Unreal franchise, had been deleting posts of users who had inquired about the status of this game for Linux. There is now confirmation that they are taking such actions to suppress the UT3 Linux talk.

Mentioned in the Phoronix Forums are links to screenshots showing a thread asking about the game's Linux status being removed. In addition, yours truly had tried asking for information in the Epic Forums as well.

Republicans

Submission + - Lieberman campaign crashed its own servers

xx_chris writes: "Apparently it wasn't Al Qaeda or the Democrats who crashed the Lieberman campaign website in 2006. According to the Stamford Advocate, the FBI has concluded that 'The server that hosted the joe2006.com Web site failed because it was overutilized and misconfigured. There was no evidence of (an) attack.'"
Security

Submission + - The Stamp of Incompetence (heise-security.co.uk)

juct writes: "The electronic stamp service of the German Deutsche Post is a text-book example of how not to implement digital rights management. According to heise Security the PDF keeps you from printing the electronic stamp multiple times by phoning home. Bad luck if your printer had a paper jam the first time you tried to print. Circumventing this "copy protection" is as easy as printing into a file or making a regular photocopy. The copy protection mainly has been implemented to create some kind of barrier — regardless how feeble — to provide a legal basis for the pursuit of fraud analogous to the circumvention provisions of the US DMCA."

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