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  • Re: Saying that Java is nice because it works on all OSes is like saying...

    While that is recognizable, to be pedantic it certainly isn't the only one. There are a lot that look like function names in the rest of it "TrackPopupMenu", "SetCursor", "ShowWindow", etc.
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Password reset

    [quote user="Ben L."][quote user="anotherusername"]update: I was able to get ahold of a real live person this time and give them enough identifying information to convince them that I owned the account so they'd read me my security question answer. Apparently I thought it'd be funny to answer that with one of my least ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Secure FTP access

    [quote user="dkf"][quote user="morbiuswilters"]"All of our partners have been giving us CSV reports compressed as .ar files, encrypted with single DES and delivered over non-secure FTP for twenty years, so we see no reason to change."[/quote]It's what they learned in medical school[/quote] Actually it's more ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-18-2014
  • Re: The Yearning

    [quote user="blakeyrat"][quote user="Nagesh"]Why do you think Phd is not good?[/quote] Experience. PhDs are almost always hired to give an air of "intelligence" to the company. Invariably, they have the practical knowledge of a wet paper bag.[/quote] Difference in context is the big thing. I've known PhDs ...
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-18-2014
  • Re: This.... from a bank.... I'm.... WTF?!

    [quote user="Buttembly Coder"]I think the argument is that XORing results reduces the entropy of the overall process, essentially "averaging" the entropy of each part. Imagine I had two sources of randomness, one produces 0,1,2,3,0,1,2,3... And the other produces 0,1,0,1... XORing the results (and truncating to the two ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-16-2014
  • Re: Secure webmail

    [quote user="morbiuswilters"]Anyway, seems like having email that's encrypted client-side and which doesn't need special software to use would be cool, but why store the key in the browser cache (I'm assuming they mean "cookie"..)? You'd be way better off having them enter a password and generate a key based on ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-16-2014
  • Re: This.... from a bank.... I'm.... WTF?!

    [quote user="morbiuswilters"]Off-the-cuff, that sounds like it would substantially weaken the algo. Do you have a cite on how this works? It's probably just me being paranoid, but I'd like to see a crypto professional explain it.[/quote] [quote user="From wikipedia"]Although Provos and Mazières do not state the reason ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-16-2014
  • Re: This.... from a bank.... I'm.... WTF?!

    [quote user="morbiuswilters"][quote user="ObiWayneKenobi"]As a pet peeve I really hate sites that impose a password maximum.  A minimum is bad enough but understandable at least, but a maximum?  What if I want to use an actual phrase/sentence as my password versus some wonky characters?[/quote]bcrypt limits you to a ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-16-2014
  • Re: This.... from a bank.... I'm.... WTF?!

    [quote user="blakeyrat"]How is it possible to fuck up that badly?[/quote] More importantly, why is Mole's money in a bank that does this that badly?
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-16-2014
  • Re: Long Life bug : Do not use the letter 'j'

    [quote user="Snooder"]I actually like online monopoly. Mostly because it's the only way to get a game together without having your friends tar and feather you afterward for being "too cheap" when you stack 5 hotels on Baltic and Mediterranean avenue. Plus, it's much more difficult for the dealer to steal hundreds out of ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by locallunatic on 04-15-2014
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