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Submission + - Wordpress Brute Force Attacks Using Multiple Passwords Per Login Via XML-RPC (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Online security firm Sicuri note a vertical rise in brute force attacks against WordPress websites using Brute Force Amplification, where even a thousand passwords can be submitted within the scope of a single login attempt. The company notes that disabling the protocol is likely to interfere with the functionality of many plugins which rely on it.

Submission + - Most worker ants are slackers (sciencemag.org)

schwit1 writes: "THE QUEEN IS COMING — LOOK BUSY"

Most worker ants are slackers. "Ants and bees have reputations as efficient team players. In Temnothorax rugatulus — a small brown ant found in pine forests in North America — division of labor is common, with workers specializing in tasks like foraging, building, and brood care. But new research shows that many ants in a colony seem to specialize in doing nothing at all. To get a closer look at how these ants filled their time, researchers marked every member of five lab-based colonies with dots of colored paint. Over the course of 2 weeks, a high-definition camera recorded 5-minute segments of the ants in action six times a day, capturing their behavior (or lack thereof). Out of the 'workers,' 71.9% were inactive at least half the time, and 25.1% were never seen working. A small fraction of the ants, just 2.6%, were always active during observation, the researchers wrote last month in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. Previous studies have postulated that inactivity might be temporary, with ants working in shifts dictated by circadian rhythm. But the new results show that the lazy workers stay lazy no matter the time of day."

Slave societies rarely encourage individuals to put forth their best efforts.

Comment Re:LG G4 (Score 1) 208

+1 on the G3 -- it isn't really all that far behind the G4 on features, with the bonus that it can be had for about half the price of a new G4.

As well as SD card slot and replaceable battery, the G3 still has old-school features like an FM radio and an IR port: things that other manufacturers dropped years ago, but I still find them practical and useful.

Comment Fair enough, if... (Score 1) 331

I can't take any job involving "any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon (or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon in the future)" then I'm absolutely going to need Amazon to keep me fully informed about all their future plans throughout my employment with Amazon.

This would be purely so I can be sure I won't inadvertently engage in any subsequent activity that would fall foul of that non-compete clause.

Heh heh.

Comment Don't get a new one (Score 4, Interesting) 385

Thinkpads have always been very Linux-friendly laptops, as well as being well-designed and built, robust, and there are masses of ~3 year old ex-corporate units available via brokers, some in virtually as-new condition, at a small fraction of their original price. I've recently bought two top-condition X220s with 8GB RAM for around £300 each (I'm in UK, I got them from Tier 1 Online) and I expect them to serve me well for at least another 3-4 years. Add an SSD for a welcome performance boost for a modest outlay.

Comment Does MS Office save ODF files okay (Score 1) 40

In a word: no. A colleague who knows I prefer LibreOffice thought he was being helpful by sending me a presentation for review in odp format. He'd created and saved it in Powerpoint.

Guess what? LibreOffice can't make any sense of it. Google Docs can't make any sense of it. But Powerpoint doesn't have a problem with it. If I open it with an archive manager it seems to have the right kind of structure, but the content xml file is so full of boilerplate (font definitions and other crap) that I can't actually find the content. I have to assume the file is some proprietary version of ODP that only Powerpoint understands.

Comment Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

Not for a long time - but I was a teen once, and I know how important others' opinions are to a person at that age. Learning which opinions to value and which to discount is an essential life skill, and acquiring it usually leaves a few scars. Believe me, the desire to insulate the poor darlings from the rough and tumble that develops character isn't going to help them in the long run.

Comment Re:Still Bad Patents (Score 3, Interesting) 162

That sentiment seems like a combination of communism (inventors' work is not his own, but belongs to the public) and wage slavery (one should not derive more than X dollars wage for Y hours of work instead of the true and unknown market value of the work).

The image people have of the lone inventor, toiling for years against the odds to perfect his concept, is just utterly wrong these days. Most patents are filed on behalf of corporations, and represent the work of teams of salaried employees, who in general will not see much if any direct personal benefit from the invention, beyond the odd bonus, or maybe, if they prove able to repeat the trick, a promotion. Where's your wage slavery now?

It's not communism to assert that a large part of the knowledge and skills that enable a person to come up with a new idea are the end product of centuries of shared human endeavour, and that therefore all ideas ultimately must become public property. What kind of a world would we have if everyone kept all their ideas to themselves, and every human interaction had to be a commercial transaction? Not one I'd want to live in.

You talk of the "true and unknown market value" of a patent -- I'll give you "unknown", for sure, because the state-granted monopoly of a patent exists to guarantee an artifical scarcity of the idea and results in the patent owner being able to extract a much higher "value" from the invention than a free market would provide.

You seem to be arguing on the side of the patent trolls who are the original topic of this discussion. You can't believe it's right that some a**hole, who was probably not even remotely involved in creating the idea, but happens to have acquired the rights to a dubious patent, should be able to live off of license fees and hold to ransom companies which need to make use of the idea to make real products and employ people, robbing them of the ability to make an honest living?

Also, who is going to compensate the inventors whose inventions are not commercially successful -- 90% patents don't make money.

The simple answer is that nobody owes anyone a living, so nobody's going to compensate people who come up with useless inventions. I hope you didn't think I was suggesting that "society" should fund the assorted crackpots and chancers who attempt to game the patent system.

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