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by Harold
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67556

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Looks like someone needs to lem to kem.
by Harold
Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 69022

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

I always thought that if I had to do a TV advertisement, I'd make it completely silent. The sudden change of volume would probably attract lots of attention. I'm surprised I've never seen one like this. Of course as soon as other people started doing it it'd stop being original. We have them Austra...
by Harold
Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32050

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Instead of steak, meal contained bobcats. Would stay again.
by Harold
Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317214

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Interestingly many people who don't trust low-bit encryption on a computer to keep a credit card number safe are perfectly willing to give their credit card number to the company over land-line phones -- messages which are sent in the clear. I'd be more worried about the person at the other end wri...
by Harold
Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317214

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Even easier, the script kiddie just injects a a snippet of code to record passwords. Entropy doesn't matter then when you're sitting on the plaintext. All having a ridiculous password does is inspire reuse, or sticky notes with bits of paper sitting on their desks. Is "correct horse battery st...
by Harold
Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317214

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

`correct battery hor∫e staple' might make it difficult for script kiddies to defeat your password I can not see any attack ever attempting that. Oh good. Your argument from personal incredulity makes me feel *much* safer. [/quote] Even easier, the script kiddie just injects a a snippet of code to r...
by Harold
Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317214

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Everyone in this thread is far over estimating the speed at which even a local attack can be mounted. I have experimented with this; some example hashes and 40 x iMacs running a distributed GPU based MD5 cracker. It still took an insane amount of time. But attackers don't just use brute force. Attac...
by Harold
Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317214

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

A lot of you seem to be glossing over the actual application for something like this. With a compromised database of million passwords, an attacker will just run a brute force attack with a character set not dissimilar to the following abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789 The most extreme search mig...
by Harold
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 165227

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

I thought the point was to get the clouds in perspective with the buildings? Then you'll need a clear view of the city and a large enough separation to see the clouds in volume and feel the distance to them. For me the interesting part is getting an idea on how far and high the clouds really are, c...
by Harold
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 165227

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

Still kind of wrong. I guess i'll wait for better weather and lighting. And we should stand on different buildings... Simple idea, devil in the details. You missed the point. The wild distortion (due to the parallax effect) you showed there is only going to effect photos of objects that are relativ...
by Harold
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 165227

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

I'm going to attempt something similar, just for kicks, sometime when I have a break from uni. Just to simplify things; I'm going to use two iPhone 4s and a MacBook. Through the wonders of wifi this should be fairly easy to set up, and with a decent AP I should be able to obtain at least 100m separa...
by Harold
Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Macs can get viruses
Replies: 35
Views: 14692

Re: Macs can get viruses

Sophos here is creating the illusion of protection; I'm confident that every 'threat' in that screenshot was simply a positive hit on a windows payload. While I am aware of several vulnerabilities in the wild, the vast majority require authentication (ie malware), the few that don't aren't typically...
by Harold
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Facebook data gathering
Replies: 7
Views: 1582

Re: Facebook data gathering

While not particularly uptight about data mining, I personally find the like buttons a little bit creepy. Password reuse: No clearly documented cases, although I'm pretty sure it's happened before, and are a big hole for internet security. I call it "phishing with consent". Passwords are f...
by Harold
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:28 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Melbourne meet-up?
Replies: 449
Views: 111561

Re: Melbourne meet-up?

If anyone is thinking of doing another meetup in Melbourne, I'd be up for it.
by Harold
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 51290

Re: 918: "Google+"

joee wrote: Should be interesting to see how it works when more people are on it


Why would anyone want to move, if their content is already on Facebook? Google+ offers no benefit to the end user, at least compared with the effort involved moving platforms.

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