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Comment My usual password is "password" (Score 1) 499

Most of the time, I don't care about the supposed security.
You have to create an account for some random forum to read a comment? You'll never probably log in again? Even if you go there once in a while, do I really care if someone discovers what my password is?
Do I have a secure and unique password for my bank account? Sure.
My Facebook account? Yes.
My Slashdot account? Maybe.
My somerandomforumthatmademeregistertoseeapic.com? "password". Or "Password", "password1", "Password1!", if the admin is paranoid.
Is it secure? No.
Who cares?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Livejournal brought to its' knees by angry drunk! (valleywag.com)

corewtfux writes: "Breakdowns
A drunk employee kills all of the websites you care about! 365 Main, a datacenter on the edge of San Francisco's Financial District, is popular with Soma startups for its proximity and its state-of-the-art facilities. Or it used to be, anyway, until a power outage took down sites including Craigslist, Six Apart's TypePad and LiveJournal blogging sites, local listings site Yelp, and blog search engine Technorati. The cause? A source close to the company says:

"Someone came in shitfaced drunk, got angry, went berserk, and fucked up a lot of stuff. There's an outage on 40 or so racks at minimum."

Whoever it is, while we like how you roll in theory, in practice, we'd appreciate it if you laid off the servers running websites we actually use."


Submission + - By 2048 all seafood species projected to collapse (scitizen.com)

Undead_Kangaroo writes: "Boris Worm, an Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation Biology at the Biology Department of Dalhousie University in Halifax is reporting that as of last year, 29% of fish and seafood species had collapsed, that is, their catch had declined by 90%, and that all fish and seafood species were projected to collapse by 2048. This finding was reported in the 3 November issue of the journal Science."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Linux Kernel Poetry (kerneltrap.org)

Rhymin'Simon writes: Submitting some entertaining Linux kernel documentation for the recently merged lguest, Rusty Russell began, "Lguest is an adventure, with you, the reader, as Hero." In describing why the documentation should be merged, he noted, "(as often complained) there's not enough poetry in the kernel." Linux creator Linus Torvalds explained why this was in a sample verse, "there once was a lad from Braidwood, with a wife and a hatred for FUD, he hacked kernels for fun, couldn't get them to run, but he always felt that he should," launching a humorous series of poems by kernel hackers on the Linux Kernel mailing list.

Submission + - UK students must submit fingerprints for lunch (bbc.co.uk)

wikinerd writes: "A school in the UK decided to start requesting fingerprint scans from its 1100 students before being allowed to get their lunch. From next term, the same school expects to use the biometric system for controlling entry into the school, as well as for dictating who is allowed to use the school's printers. According to a concerned citizen, the school did not consult the parents before implementing the new policy. Currently students carry ID cards that are used for getting their lunches, and the school claims that the biometric system is a means to limit expenses from lost cards, and since the fingerprint scans are not stored there is no breach of civil rights and no need for asking the parents first. However, a group named Leave The Kids Alone says that this is an infringement of liberty since fingerprint templates are stored and can be accessed by the police."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Non-desktop Operating Systems out in the Wild

An anonymous reader writes: About five years ago, there was a poll here on Slashdot asking which operating systems the Slashdot community uses. Desktop operating systems are arguably the easiest to keep track of in terms of market share these days because of the ubiquitous use of the web on those systems, allowing browsers to leave their user agent strings, giving away the identity of the client's operating system. There are countless surveys out there keeping track of various desktop operating systems' market share. But what about web servers or file servers and other systems that aren't as easily kept track of on a global level? What various operating systems is the Slashdot community using that are being used for server or HPC purposes? Especially interesting would be to hear about which OSes are preferred for certain applications and the reasons, be it ease of use, stability, performance, or some combination.

Submission + - Geostationary Banana over Texas (geostationarybananaovertexas.com)

mpthompson writes: I'm not sure what to make of this project, but others may be interested in a proposal to place a giant 300 meter Geostationary Banana over the Texas skies as part of an art intervention project in 2008. The helium filled bamboo and balsa banana will float between the high atmosphere and Earth's low orbit. For one month the banana will be clearly recognizable and visible both day and night from the ground. The one question I have is why does Texas get all the fun?

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