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Comment Unhackable passwords (Score 1) 498

My daughter, after having been hacked by me, multiple times, has come up with nearly unhackable passwords on her devices. The only way you'd crack her iPad is by videotaping her entering it. Something I haven't done yet.

I kid you not, her iPad password is at least 40 characters long. Good luck crackin' that!

My passwords, that matter, are all longer than 15 characters in mnemonics (mostly over 20). They mean something to me, but not to you. I don't do random hard to remember passwords. I do long, easy (for me) to remember mashups of words and word fragments of varying capitalization. Occasionally, I throw a random symbol in at a key location. I even mix languages. I read, write, and speak a dozen languages.

Good luck.

Some sites don't let me use my long hard to crack passwords.

Comment ...- - - ... (hint: dots and dashes) (Score 1) 615

Morse code. In order to get a HAM license.

Yeah, I'm that old.

P.S. I had to add the text in the subject to get rid of the "cat got your tongue..." validation error, because obviously whoever wrote the validation code doesn't know, or didn't consider Morse code to be text in a subject line.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:It better not be. (Score 1) 515

I don't know about KDE on Ubuntu, but I've been running our PCs on the KDE 4 DE in Linux Mint for years.

KDE dead? That's news to me. The website seems to still function. QtCon is still set to start in a few weeks. Plus Mint just released a Beta KDE version on it's newest version.

Ask Slashdot, that word you keep using, dead. I don't think you know what it means.

Posted from my still functioning LTS edition of Mint KDE.

Of course we all know, Android is the future. Resistance is futile.

Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Comment Re:Nothing! (Score 1) 132

What have you done to maintain control of your own data?

I keep everything on my own fully encrypted harddrive. I use fully encrypted hdds to do backups. I have my own fully encrypted server hosted at a host provider on the backbone with email.

NSA may have all my mail as well, but I could go to encrypted mail send and receive if I wanted to. There is no need. If I needed to bypass NSA, I wouldn't be stupid enough to use my own equipment or networks.

I don't use insecure, or unverifiable, protocols and devices, like Android and iPads/iPods for anything important (like banking, logging in to remote accounts, or purchases). I use two factor security.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

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