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Changes in Password Best Practices

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NIST recently published their four-volume SP800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines. Among other things, they make three important suggestions when it comes to passwords:

  1. Stop it with the annoying password complexity rules. They make passwords harder to remember. They increase errors because artificially complex passwords are harder to type in. And they don't help that much. It's better to allow people to use pass phrases.

  2. Stop it with password expiration. That was an old idea for an old way we used computers. Today, don't make people change their passwords unless there's indication of compromise.

  3. Let people use password managers. This is how we deal with all the passwords we need.

These password rules were failed attempts to fix the user. Better we fix the security systems.

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hansolosays
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CallMeWilliam
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A meeting recently:
Developer Team: Our passwords require special characters, and max out at 30 characters.
Me: Why on EARTH did you do any of that? Why do you have a max?
Devs: Because ... it's hard to remember something long? How long do you want it to be?
Me: ... Get rid of the max. Get rid of the special characters.
CIO: Wait. Why do we have passwords at all? Can we link to google/linkedin/facebook and make it their problem? We are not in the security business.
Devs: Yes!
acdha
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I’ve been happy watching such sensible guidelines make it through the review process
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Watch the first trailer for The X-Files’ 11th season

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The first trailer for the 11th season of The X-Files is here, having debuted at New York Comic Con over the weekend.

It looks like the stakes are pretty high, as we get chilling voiceover threatening the extinction of the entire human race throughout the trailer, and Gillian Anderson as Agent Scully croaking vague commands to David Duchovny’s Agent Mulder from a hospital bed. There are guns, cigarettes, jump scares, and threats of “hell on Earth.” But don’t worry — “The truth still lies in the X-Files.”

Fox announced the limited 11th season of The X-Files back in April, promising the return of Anderson and Duchovny, as well show creator Christ Carter as an executive producer. The 10th season of The X-Files, which aired a full 15 years after the end of the original series’ run, was only six episodes long.

At the time, The Verge’s Liz Lopatto wrote that the new episodes fell short of the old show’s power to mystify and terrorize viewers, saying “It's a shame that a show that once dealt so well with symbols of cultural anxiety has retreated into trying to figure out how to fit aliens into the modern consciousness. The point of The X-Files was never the aliens, not really; it was the inexplicable phenomena of ordinary life, the feeling you never quite knew your neighbors or your own family as well as you might like, that the world was even stranger than you had imagined.” If anything, it looks like the new episodes will double down on aliens, but perhaps with another season and more space it can find a reason to exist again post-Black Mirror.

The new season of The X-Files will have 10 episodes and premiere sometime in January 2018.

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:D love this show!
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Striking B&W photos of humpback whales

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Cresswell Humpbacks

Cresswell Humpbacks

Jem Cresswell swam with humpback whales, took over 10,000 black & white photos, and whittled them down into his series, Giants. From Colossal:

In addition to being intrigued by the animals’ size, the Australian-based artist is also fascinated by their brains. In 2006, spindle cells, which were only thought to be present in humans and great apes, were also found to exist within the brains of humpback whales. These cells, which are tied to social organization, empathy, and intuition, were found to be more than three times as prevalent in humpback whales than they were in humans.

Humpbacks aren’t blue whales,1 but that reminded me of a passage I read recently from Robert Sapolsky’s Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst:

Many neurons are also outlandishly large. A zillion red blood cells fit on the proverbial period at the end of this sentence. In contrast, there are single neurons in the spinal cord that send out projection cables many feet long. There are spinal cord neurons in blue whales that are half the length of a basketball court.

Anyway, here’s a behind-the-scenes of Cresswell doing his work.

Beautiful. I may have to add “swimming with humpbacks” to my bucket list.

  1. Duh. As the largest animal ever known to swim the ocean or walk the earth, blue whales are almost twice as big as humpbacks and can live more than twice as long.

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Net neutrality comments are being spammed with anti-Obama boilerplate

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Enlarge / Actual people who support net neutrality, rallying in front of the White House in November 2014. (credit: Stephen Melkisethian)

The FCC this week has received hundreds of thousands of new comments on its proposal to dismantle net neutrality rules, and more than 128,000 of them are identical comments calling for the reversal of the Obama administration's "power grab." It seems likely that the influx of anti-net neutrality identical comments is coming from a bot, but the FCC hasn't addressed the matter publicly yet.

Searching the FCC's net neutrality comment proceeding for the text of the spam comment today turned up 128,323 results:

The FCC's comment system has been struggling intermittently today, so you might have trouble loading the search string or filing comments of your own.

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hansolosays
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GOP learns to bot...
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rto
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The jerk goes through all the trouble but can't make up more than one version of the text?

The Americans vs. The Beastie Boys

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Some genius took footage from The Americans and cut it into an alternative music video for The Beastie Boys Sabotage. Compare with the real thing:

Pretty good! Plus it’s always great to hear that song. (thx, steve)

Tags: Beastie Boys   music   remix   The Americans   TV   video
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hansolosays
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this makes me want to watch that show
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robertdx
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The Americans is great
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winder

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hansolosays
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relaxing gifs...
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