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5901  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: As a counter-point to the SOPA/PIPA demonstration on: January 31, 2012, 01:28:05 PM
Think 'avoidance conditioning' and it all becomes clear.

Just the fact that you knew the name of it - off the top of your head presumably - makes me a bit uneasy...  Sad

Just 'so ya knows,' I did pull that term off the top of my head.  Cool

Helped my GF study when she was getting her Master's in cognitive psych.  Grin

I'm also a lifelong student of strategies and tactics - especially the 'neuro' variety.

Good thing I'm a basically nice person huh? tongue


But the "head on a stake" bit is truly an accurate description of the feds motive.

Times change. Regimes come and go. Laws keep being written and rewritten. Badges are sometimes displayed, and sometimes not. But tactics of coercion and intimidation remain the same no matter what.  

Mostly because they work.  Cry
5902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: As a counter-point to the SOPA/PIPA demonstration on: January 31, 2012, 09:42:05 AM
Well, looks like the government there is looking to delete the evidence...

You have to wonder... Why would you delete the evidence? Hmmm...

Hmmm, I say...

Think 'avoidance conditioning' and it all becomes clear.

Here, I think you're just seeing another example of abusing forfeiture laws to send a message to people.

The message is : Be very careful who you host things with. Because if you don't, and your host runs afoul of the law, your content may be destroyed - even though you had nothing to do with it. So if you see anything that looks even the slightes bit 'iffy' - you better walk away from it pronto lest you suffer the consequences.

Private schools use a similar tactic. In my old high school, three students got expelled - two for smoking marijuana, and one for having the bad luck to walk in on them doing it just before the Dean of Students (acting on a tip) did.

Rule was, if you were there - you're screwed. Even if you were not involved.

It's arbitrary, illogical, fundamentally unfair, and spiteful. And it's scary. But that's because it's intended to be. Fear is a powerful motivator.  

In the case of Megauploads, it's the Feds showing everybody what a badass posse they are in the hopes of further isolating sharing sites and ideally cutting into their revenue streams by scaring off legitimate would-be customers.

The RICO act gets used in a similar fashion. A favorite tactic is seizing things that clearly belong to parents, friends, and other innocent parties in order that their pain can be used for leverage in compelling "cooperation" from the person they're really interested in.

It's one more example of law enforcement terror tactics. Just like every other form of 'group punishment' or abuse of legal statute.

Megauploads is the proverbial "head on a stake" over the gate leading into the city. It says: You have been warned. Better watch you step, and mind your tongue, around here!
5903  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DC going offline to protest SOPA on Jan 18 on: January 31, 2012, 08:44:10 AM
It's always darkest before the dawn.

And the last act of a dying institution is to publish a bigger and more comprehensive rule book.

But there's nothing so big and unstoppable that you can't knock it flat on its ass.

It's only become a bigger chore, not an impossible one. And this is far from over.   smiley Cool

5904  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A call to all game design afficionados. Framework for making simple games? on: January 30, 2012, 06:34:40 PM
Take a look at Bryan Lunduke's Illumination Software Creator available from Radical Breeze.

They don't offer a trial version per se. It runs about $50 - but they offer a full no-questions money-back guarantee.

You can also download a free Linux live CD full version (it's multi-platform) if you'd like to give it a workout. Download here.

You can see Bryan doing a long discussion/presentation about it on YouTube:

<a href="" target="_blank"></a>

This might be what you're looking for. smiley

5905  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How I fought Firefox and won on: January 30, 2012, 06:14:38 PM
I won't post my code here, because I'm not even sure if QuoteText license would permit that, but if anyone wants my modifications, just PM me.

It should be cool to do that. It's released under the Mozilla Public License V1.1:

2.2. Contributor Grant.

Subject to third party intellectual property claims, each Contributor hereby grants You a world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license

 A)   under intellectual property rights (other than patent or trademark) Licensable by Contributor, to use, reproduce, modify, display, perform, sublicense and distribute the Modifications created by such Contributor (or portions thereof) either on an unmodified basis, with other Modifications, as Covered Code and/or as part of a Larger Work; and

If you distribute a packaged version of the modified add-on, the distribution obligations in section 3 may also apply. But it's mostly about requiring you make your source code available. If you're just posting source code hacks, then you should be covered even though the obligation doesn't really apply.


5906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: As a counter-point to the SOPA/PIPA demonstration on: January 30, 2012, 12:49:01 PM
What I find so amazing about all of this is how the media industry and their congressional lap dogs still don't understand the context that any of this is happening in - or exactly what the blackout day was saying.

I ran into this article at Forbes magazine. It's by Larry Downes and it's called: Who Really Stopped SOPA, and Why? (Web over to read it. Forbes get's pissy about quoting their text.)

I find it funny how the utra pro-capitalist and politically conservative Forbes magazine sees what's going on - and Hollywood and Washington still can't.


Or more likely won't. undecided

5907  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All-In-One Multi-Touch Computers - Thoughts? on: January 30, 2012, 12:07:58 PM
But in reality, no one (except maybe one of my friends) moves the computer, like, ever.  So there goes that benefit.  Secondly, if you know what hardware components cost and you understand the specs, you'll probably end up with the thought, "I can get this and that cheaper with dell (or hp, or build my own)".

I'm a big time nerd with computers, so I like to have my options open and flexible.  I like the cables, and the separate boxes, and a tower so ridiculously big, I can crawl into it.  But that's me.

+1 on both points. I don't think I've ever acquired a piece of technology or a tool that I haven't begun to disassemble and tinker with less than 15 seconds after I got it. Many times, I've only done it in my mind. But not always.

There's a certain inventor/DIY mindset a lot of us have that will never be totally satisfied with any canned solution - no matter how perfect it is.

And as far as neat, built-in, polished appliancey looking computers and environments go - you can keep them. I'm of the submarine/missile silo/matrix persuasion where everything's out in plain sight and easy to get to.

Look at this little crow's nest. It's the control center in a Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine. It's awesome.


I'll always prefer my computing environment to be a little funky looking. Part of that comes from building my own (either out of necessity or for the pure joy of it) as often as possible. To me, there are few things more intellectually gratifying than sitting it the presence (or middle  mrgreen) of some incredibly complex dogpile of technology - and realize you understand it all its complexity!

And it becomes an even bigger 'head rush' when you've built it yourself.  Cool

So please pass your pretty tablets and slick Apple designs over to someone else. Ūber-neat packaging leads to brain-rot! Besides, builders like to leave the hood open so they can admire their creations.

And fix them. Grin
5908  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 29, 2012, 01:01:28 PM
Whether or not Google goes and does evil stuff with the data it gathers is almost immaterial; what's important is being at their mercy. You just don't give someone the ability to do evil and count on them being kind enough to never use that ability.

And saying you'll "do no evil" while washing your hands of what somebody else may do, using the tools you've created, is one of the oldest acts of moral evasion known to mankind. Right up there with all the weapons scientists who deny any responsibilty for what their work gets used for. Nations have been trying to make that same argument about warfare for as long as wars have been fought.

The following soldier/taxpayer infographic sums it up far more neatly than I can. Click to expand it:


5909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 29, 2012, 12:29:54 PM
That's slightly conspiracy-ish.

Yes. There is a conspiracy.
No. It is not a theory.
Yes. It is well documented in countless places.
No. It is not well reported on in mainstream media.
Yes. It is in both government documents and other sources.

Quite simply... The road to tyranny is paved one brick at a time.

Speaking of government documents, this too from gHacks (who is on a roll this week. Go gHacks! Thmbsup )

The FBI is looking to develop an emergencies early warning system that works by “scraping” information in real time from social networks.  The US policing and intelligence bureau has asked contractors to suggest possible solutions and to come up with ways in which this might work.  In a post on the Federal Business Opportunities website called “Social Media Application” they say…

    The Federal Bureau of Investigations is conducting market research to determine the capabilities of the IT industry to provide a social media application. The tool at a minimum should be able to meet the operational and analytical needs described in the attachment.

This is actually harder than it might appear.  On the face of it such a program would scour Twitter, Facebook and other websites for key words.  However disasters can never be predicted and, as such, determining the language people will use at the time is extremely difficult.  Even harder would be to determine where an event is taking place.

In theory such a program would also be able to highlight major crimes when people mention them online.  People have until February 7th to submit their ideas to the bureau.

Download a copy of the actual document at this link.

It's a good read. Eye opening too. It comes right out and says it's looking to gather data from realtime and cached social media sources using a scrape and mash-up approach.

Like I said earlier: It's called data mining.

And it works.


And if all this is starting to sound exactly like something the 'conspiracy yahoos' have been worried about, please don't be alarmed. It's only a superficial and unintended resemblance. Trust me! tongue


5910  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 29, 2012, 12:06:11 PM
But relying on the likes of Google or Facebook to help keep you safe is plain naive.

Apparently Twitter feels the same way about it and is saying as much. Once again from gHacks:

In other Twitter news the company behind the hugely successful micro-blogging site has today announced that they have developed a way to selectively censor tweets on a country by country basis.  In it’s blog they said they could now “reactively withhold content from users in a specific country”.

It is curious as to why Twitter, a company that has always encouraged free speech, would make such a move.  Social networks were used extensively in the uprisings in Egypt and the middle-east last spring, and were widely hailed for helping protestors galvanise such huge crowds of support.

Having the ability to censor specific types of tweet in individual countries could potentially prevent this type of thing from ever occurring again.

As justification the company said “that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression” going on to cite France and Germany for banning pro-Nazi speech.

Gee, isn't that wonderful? Even if it is a pretty obvious dodge attempting to invoke that old 'banning pro-Nazi speech' bromide as part of your justification.

And which, if you think about it, is a rather silly argument...

Unless, of course, Twitter's management refuses to see the fallacy of mentally equating blatant hate speech with public demands for reform of government corruption, and its cessation of vindictive and brutal oppression against those who ask for it.

Hmm...I was just thinking...

But never mind.

If someone can't see the moral and logical problem with arguing something like Twitter is arguing - and using that as their excuses - well...they're beyond hope and not worth the bother.

I'd have had a lot more respect for them if they just came out and said: Look. We're looking for market domination. And we'll do whatever we have to do - and go along with whatever we have to go along with - to get where we want to be.

But public candor is an increasingly rare commodity these days.

About only place you do find candor any more is in hate speech.

Funny how the pro-Nazi crowd can find it in themselves to show more backbone than companies like Twitter.


5911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 29, 2012, 08:24:53 AM
Just to get in some outside (although hardly unbiased) comment and opinion, courtesy of gHacks website. (link to full article here):

Microsoft’s Guide For Gmail Users To Switch To Hotmail

Google recently revealed the plan to merge the privacy policies and terms of service for most of the company’s products. This move gives all Google services direct access to all user data. Google search for instance can take into account what kind of emails a user gets in Gmail to personalize the search results based on that. This even goes further for Android phone users, who may now reveal their favorite restaurants, shops and locations to all other Google services.

A new post by Microsoft employee Dharmesh Mehta on the Inside Windows Live blog highlights core reasons why users might want to switch from Gmail to Hotmail, before explaining the actual steps that migrates their email account to the Hotmail email service.

Note: gHacks does point out that significant differences between Hotmail and GMail (i.e. Hotmail's lack of IMAP support and 2-step authentication) doesn't make moving to Hotmail a simple swap since you're dealing with 'apples and 'oranges' comparisons between the two services.

Something to keep in mind.

5912  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 28, 2012, 11:57:46 PM
Can you say: criticize your employer or the government and later face repercussions - and then wonder how they knew? Especially since you only did so in an email sent to your best friend?

That's slightly conspiracy-ish. But at the same time, anyone having potentially damaging conversations over someone else's network pretty much deserves to be caught IMHO.

Ah yes. Once again the "blame the victim" mindset reveals itself. And not for the first time.  

Ok  i guess if somebody is so stupid as to speak their mind in private, they obviously "deserve" whatever happens by way of payback. Any rational and even slightly moral adult couldn't help but reach any other judgement. undecided

Very sad.  No wonder we have the world we do.

And BTW: Hardly conspiracy-ish. My company and I stopped dealing with private investigators some years back after watching how they operate. And what they're being hired to dig up. And by whom.

And I'm going to have to stop here. Because I'm too disgusted for further words right now.

5913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 28, 2012, 03:00:20 PM
This e-mail has started showing up in  GMail inboxes.

Dear Google user,

We're getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that's a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.

We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.

Be sure to go to the link in the letter. It spells out Google's new policies. It's an interesting read. Less informative than it could be due to a liberal sprinkling of "may" and "may or may not" hedge-wording.

I had said before that, at the very least, Google's policies remove any anonymity you think you may have when working with their services and products.

The following, taken from their new policy, confirms that to be the case:

(Note: I took the liberty of highlighting the key areas thay merit a closer look in case you still have doubts.)

Log information – When you access Google services via a browser, application or other client our servers automatically record certain information. These server logs may include information such as your web request, your interaction with a service, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your account.

User communications – When you send email or other communications to Google, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services. When you send and receive SMS messages to or from one of our services that provides SMS functionality, we may collect and maintain information associated with those messages, such as the phone number, the wireless carrier associated with the phone number, the content of the message, and the date and time of the transaction. We may use your email address to communicate with you about our services.

Most disturbing is the retention of private user generated message content, which has no value whatsoever for Google's marketing - but which is very valuable for fishing expeditions conducted by various parties. Can you say: criticize your employer or the government and later face repercussions - and then wonder how they knew? Especially since you only did so in an email sent to your best friend?

A simple information request made as a favor - or through a subpoena - would be sufficient. Big Brother doesn't exactly watch you. But he does record every single word you utter and log every thing you do for later recall  - and evaluation.

It's called data mining. And it works.

Right now, these things have been perceived as fairly benevolent. Largely because egregious invasions of personal privacy have remained relatively rare - and were downplayed when reported.

But that's only because those who could most benefit from stripping privacy from all walks of personal life haven't felt sufficiently pushed against the proverbial wall to move on it. And the unfortunate truth is there's no guarantee they'll continue to feel that way in the future.

When you consider the huge degree of public disenchantment with politicians and the political process(mostly  over rampant corruption and excessive corporate influence mongering) governments worldwide have cause to be concerned. Because one message is now emerging loud and clear: "Business as Usual" is becoming less and less acceptable. And the public is getting fed up with it. The Arab Spring and Occupy movements are just the tip of the iceberg. There's a seismic shift starting. And when it finally goes into full swing - there will be some serious pushback by those who seek to maintain the status quo.

My biggest concern, with the heightened and heated level of rhetoric we're hearing in political circles, is the very real chance of us seeing our government switch into "wounded rhino mode." That's where the large and lumbering animal feels threatened, or becomes wounded, and lashes out with deadly and indiscriminate fury at anything and everything around it.

It's a very real concern...

Especially in an era where government sanctioned "shock & awe" is becoming the preferred response to everything: from a full-bore terrorist attack, all the way down to a local arrest for a minor felony.

No matter what town or city you're from in the USA, you'll see ninja-suited heavily armed police units responding any time an arrest is expected to be made. And that includes arrests for some of the most minor offenses imaginable.

Guess they need to do something to justify all the spending on "homeland security" training and equipment that's been used to militarize US local police forces in the last ten years.

The problem with tech like that is, once it's out there, it begs to be used. And often creates justification when justification can't be found.

So it goes. undecided

5914  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for password "scheme" suggestions on: January 27, 2012, 06:34:48 PM
O.T. ALERT !!! Feel free to skip the following post. You have been WARNED!!!

It could be me, but I have the impression that most of the kids from today only know when "internet doesn't work" and that they (gladly) look to the previous generation to fix the problem they experience.

Besides that, I overheard some conversations between CS students (at a LAN party) how they solve networking issues and I was amazed about the bullcrap that came out of their (Microsoft-orientated) mouths. How they could come to their interpretation of the study material baffles me. Actually one of them is responsible for the IT in his fathers (fancy lawyer) office and already makes more than me. But he asked me to help out setting up the LAN for his LAN party, because he was not able to set it up properly.

That's been my impression more often than not.

But in the world of tech, the "digital plumbers" (as I like to think of myself) are fairly rare. You either love it and "get it" or you don't. If it's not for you, I won't fault you. But please don't come bothering me because you're simply too lazy to learn something about basic networking. It's not particle physics. I can teach a chimpanzee everything it needs to know in a few hours. And that includes having the chimp set up a basic secure network and a file/print server for itself. (Maybe even glom down some pizza and get in a quick few rounds of Snood while we're at it!) And then get chimp-boy/girl to repeat doing it two more times just so we're sure it wasn't luck.

Network and server technology isn't hard. Video and graphic applications are ten times harder to get good at. And most kids are great at those. So I'm skeptical of excuses about not being able to learn basic data network skills because "it's too hard."

It isn't. So grow up.

It is really 'who you know, not what you know' that gets you ahead over here in these parts of the world.

Pretty true most places I would guess.

In the USA there's enough of the shadow of a hint of a whisper of a meritocracy that it's kept its people from generally taking up arms for about the last 150 years. Or at least in most places. A stable economy and a high standard of living covers a multitude of sins.

What the future will bring, however, is anybody's guess. tellme

5915  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: January 27, 2012, 04:31:36 PM
Sorry man. Can't help it. I'm a BOFH.
Me to (e.g. I can't get yelled at about bw usage), hence the initial response.

P.S. - where's the "fun" in lower profile? Cows may come, and cows may go - but when the cobras begin to strike you want to firing magnum double-loads. Remember: you can only be punished if there are survivors left to do the punishing.

First it's "Not worth it"/risky...Then LP is no "fun"/to weak...  undecided Okay, now your just screwing with me.  cheesy

Maybe just a little? Wink  Grin

But I was quite serious about the "not worth it" part.  Cool
5916  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steam Lovers Rejoice: Android and iOS steam client now in beta on: January 27, 2012, 03:31:59 PM
Now if they could just get the offline mode hassles fixed first... tongue

5917  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 27, 2012, 03:27:16 PM

"Mouser denies ever having carved open a hole in a cantaloupe and turned it into a pomegranite ice cream scorpion punch bowl!"
"I never said that!"
"So you're not denying it?"
"Uh, wait, what?"

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Not even TaoPhoenix's 200th post and already I'm becoming a fan. Thmbsup

5918  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: January 27, 2012, 03:15:18 PM
Oh don't be so practical, I'm trying to have fun (there's always lower profile alternatives). smiley


Sorry man. Can't help it. I'm a BOFH.

P.S. - where's the "fun" in lower profile? Cows may come, and cows may go - but when the cobras begin to strike you want to firing magnum double-loads. Remember: you can only be punished if there are survivors left to do the punishing.
5919  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for password "scheme" suggestions on: January 27, 2012, 03:09:49 PM
Seen similar stupidity here. I had a client's server compromised because the owner of the company insisted on using Administrator as his login name coupled with a password so obvious it was laughable.

When I asked the local admin why she didn't follow the recommended practice of disabling or renaming that account, she said she did. But the owner insisted she put it back - and give it to him.

He seemed to think having Administrator (as an ID) conferred some über-Ninja powers not held by any other domain admin account. He figured if he had that, he could never get locked out of HIS server by someone else.

He had done some "reading up" on Windows 2003 Server don't you know?

Amazing! In this day and age...a guy running a successful multimillion dollar marketing operation, who's that technically clueless.

And he's younger than me!

I didn't think there were any of those left. Grin

5920  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: January 27, 2012, 02:44:42 PM
Search the server logs to find out what IP the scraper is coming from. Then setup a redirector that will send that IP/them something they will never forget (like 90GB of garbage files) the next time they come by for a scraping.

Not worth it. All it does is start a pissing match and chew up bandwidth you're paying for.

It can also provoke something really nasty (like a DoS attack) if whoever is doing the scraping just so happens to speak Russian or Chinese, and is having a particularly bad day. (Not that I'm naming names or pointing fingers. Wink )

That's a major headache that can cost an ISP or web host hassles, downtime, and money.

If your host has to deal with one of those, and their admins (who are all closet BOFHs) spotted you were playing amateur cyber-vigilante games with some jackass before it happened, you're very likely to get your account closed.

And I wouldn't blame them.  Cool



5921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: January 27, 2012, 02:19:12 PM
@40hz, problem is that the images and content clearly shows that it is her property. I mean it's obvious that your pic is YOUR pic which is hosted on your blog, right? If any scraper is copying that content and asking you to prove that if it's your property (even after getting an email from the same scraped domain email) then it is offensive. Hostgator removed that content from above site and is taking further action on webmaster. Problem with giving proofs to such scraper is that, if you look at their scraped sites content, there is no need for giving any proof to thieves. It's like giving proof to murderer who is standing next to the corpse with blood on his clothes and knife.

I feel her pain and understand where you're coming from.

But as Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, US courts are courts of law - not courts of justice.

And like it or not, the accused has the benefit of the doubt - and the accuser the burden of proof.

In this particular case, I'll agree it leaves a lot to be desired. But doing it the opposite way (like DMCA takedowns do) is even worse in the long run.

As for ownership clearly being proven by the fact it's on your own site...I'll have to disagree.

I once had something (an infographic) taken down from a friend's site by someone who filed a DMCA on my buddy because he had supposedly 'swiped' it. As proof, they claimed it was clearly hosted on their site for over a year - and further, they claimed they held a copyright for it.

Fortunately, I had a fully registered copyright on it. Signed, sealed, and delivered by the Library of Congress no less! Yowza. mrgreen

I got in touch with the people who were hassling my friend, explained that I was the legal owner of the graphic in question, and asked them what was up with that. I explained I didn't want to file a DMCA on them - or suggest my friend take legal action against them for knowingly filing a false DMCA takedown (which you can btw) - but I would appreciate knowing why they felt the need to harass my friend over something that wasn't theirs to begin with.

After a few emails with some rambling talk about how infographics weren't copyrightable (wrong) - and a vague threat about suing me for "tens of thousands" (not millions? they apparently think small) because I was engaged in "a clear case of defamation" against them (wrong again) - and a complaint to my friend's ISP about being harassed (I think they thought my friend and me were the same person) - it all stopped just as quickly as it started.

My friend went through the necessary actions needed to get the takedown removed. And my infographic disappeared from the other site in the meantime.

I understand that other site did eventually get shut down by their own ISP following numerous DMCA complaints filed against it. Guess my piece wasn't the only thing they borrowed. But I just can't help but wonder why they were so stupid as to draw attention to themselves by filing bogus takedowns if that was the case. Everybody knows somebody on the web. And it doesn't usually take too long for word to get around.


5922  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for password "scheme" suggestions on: January 27, 2012, 10:18:41 AM

Like I've said before, a password is only as secure as the server it's stored on.
If somebody gets in, it doesn't matter if your password is d1O@n3A$t or mickey mouse.

Excellent point, and very true.

Also don't leave out "as secure as the device it's entered on" (and the network it's connect to) since keyloggers and network sniffers also have their place in a blackhat's toolkit.

Not so much an issue for home users. But it's definitely a very real concern in business IT environments.

5923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for password "scheme" suggestions on: January 27, 2012, 09:47:33 AM

For anything <20 characters, I use Password Card as mentioned here, kudos to joby_toss btw.
I have a pair of these laminated back to back, after using a password, (selected off them), a few times, I no longer need the card to look it up but it is there if I need it.

The card idea is a good one. We used to do a variant of that by creating a card using data generated using tools over at  Kiss

We'd then post it in the locked server room and pass out smaller pocket cards for the local server admins to use. All they neede to remember was a letter and two numbers for row, start position, and # of characters (ex: M-20-22).

It worked great until some idiots started highlighting their sequences so they'd be "easier to find."

And like a dummy, I always wondered why they'd ask us for fresh copies every other month when password changes were mandatory. Call me DUH!  undecided

Which further goes to show any security system is only as good as dumbest moron using it.
5924  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: January 27, 2012, 09:19:09 AM
She could make a complaint to the domain registrar, which is a US company. They won't do anything. But it gives them a heads-up about it. If enough people complain they sometimes stop accepting domain requests from the party named. Also the webhost if it is a US or Euro operation. Most have policies about acceptable use and practices. Content scraping is usually forbidden. As is openly defying DMCA notices. Unfortunately, most heavy-duty scrapers host their own servers for exactly that reason.

But to the point, there's nothing which makes you have to accept a DMCA at face value since there are so many bogus ones filed. Asking for proof of copyright is something I'm surprised more sites and hosts don't request. I guess they just feel it's easier to do a CYA and act immediately on receiving notice.

I've had content I've created scraped.  

It's annoying.

You get over it eventually.

In your friend's case it might be beneficial to try to get a link plus her name added to the article. At least that way she'll get some exposure value out of it. Maybe people who see the scraped article will then discover her website.

Hardly ideal, or even fair, but it's still better than nothing. Especially since the scrapers realize (correctly) that there's little most people can do about it.
5925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: January 27, 2012, 09:05:57 AM

There are other blackhat ways to deal with blackhats. Wink

Don't you mean 'asshats' rather than 'blackhats' when referring to scrapers? Wink smiley
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