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Comment Re:If you think Twitter is bad... (Score 1) 113

I am not an admin, I only need to remember my passwords. Personally, I have a less-secure "story" and a more-secure "story". So I basically have 2 variations on the story behind my passwords. That doesn't mean I have only 2 passwords of course. So even if someone cracked one of my passwords they would be able to guess my others. And I have been using the secure scheme since 1996. The password looks totally random, but I know the story behind it, and remember the variations I made. So I can write down a single letter (or number) and know what the password is.

I think my point is that people need to THINK about their passwords, and make it unguessable yet something they can write down reminders for without compromising the guessability. Now making it 'uncrackable' is a different story completely.

Comment Re:If you think Twitter is bad... (Score 1) 113

True, to some degree... I only use this type of naming scheme where I am required to change my password - which is pretty much everywhere except on things that I control. Sometimes you have to deal with reality, and that means having to change your password. Is DaisyRIPyy99 harder to crack than DaisyRIPzz00? Not at all, but it is a method to help the user remember it.

Comment Re:Who cares..?? (Score 1) 677

... and elect a ho-hum stay-the-course centrist....

You misspelled "unprincipled sociopathic war criminal" there. Unfortunately it's not a choice of stepping into a dog turd to avoid a bullet, it's falling on a sword to avoid a bullet.

The only thing to do in that situation is use all available means to push the system into giving you more choices next iteration. Vote Green or Libertarian and demand electoral reform.

Comment Re:If you think Twitter is bad... (Score 1) 113

Well, all this IT tech has done is forced the user to come up with a new password and WRITE IT DOWN ON ANOTHER POST-IT. He may think he is being clever, but what he has done is ensure that they will just do it again because it's a new password.

What he should do is come up with a method by which they can create a secure password and write down the hint to remember it, and distribute that process to everyone. In other words, TEACH them how to do good passwords.

1. Think of a very memorable event in your life.
2. Come up with a password based on that event.
3. Make it follow convention. (e.g. capitals, letters, length, etc)
4. Make it able to be changed easily without changing the event.

Example: My dog Daisy died in 1998
password: DaisyRIPxx98

Now when you have to change it in the future, you could "increment" the xx to yy, then zz, etc.
Or you could increment the 98 to 99, 100, etc. Or better yet both.

So next password is DaisyRIPyy99, then DaisyRIPzz00, then DaisyRIPaa01, ......
The user can write down a hint "puppy c3" in plain sight, and without knowing the scheme, nobody would ever be able to guess it. (in this case, DaisyRIPcc03)

Comment The IRS ? (Score 1) 105

I went so far as to look into the IRS Criminal Investigation manual, and I will admit it was a challenge to take it all in. But I found it quite curious that the IRS were the ones who initiated this investigation. (see page 21 of https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndil/file/877591/download ) Not much more is said about it, but I have to question why was the IRS investigating a torrent site? Is it because someone running it may have been in the US, and may have been profiting from it? That is the only thing I can think of, but that leads to all kinds of other questions.

Comment +1 Re:Thanks Nvidia (Score 0) 134

I too thought it had something to do with the programming language. I remember taking C and Pascal the same semester in college. Big mistake!
Why not just refer to it as "Pascal architecture" in the story summary? I get that people who follow this might know that is what was meant, but not everyone spends thousands of dollars on video cards or follows things like this. I would think that for a summary story, it would be a little more front-page-friendly. But then again, I prefer the /. of old.

Comment Re:Always been doing it (Score 5, Interesting) 107

So since you are hearing ads (and I'm assuming you a relatively young anonymous coward) you would rather hear irrelevant ads shilling restless leg syndrome aids VS cheap flights to cancun?

Can't speak for the AC, but if I can't avoid corporate mind control (a.k.a. advertising) entirely I'd like it to be as mistargeted as possible. Facebook sometimes seems to think I'm in Sri Lanka or Laos and sends me ads I can't read, that's perfect.

Comment APPS ?! They use APPS ?! (Score 1) 252

Seriously, they don't have specialized equipment for high altitude jumps or to detect radiation?!
I can only hope that for a special forces tactical assault kit they are getting some custom designed ones and not off-the-shelf phones.

The article links to another article at dodbuzz that gives some better info.

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