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by FoolishOwl
Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 22167

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

As a Millennial, Iet me take this opportunity to say that I dislike those John Hughes high school movies. Ferris Bueller is a jerk, and The Breakfast Club is a muddle of stereotypes that ends up endorsing the very conformity it pretends to reject. I love you Lazar. John Hughes movies pretty much ju...
by FoolishOwl
Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 33228

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Are we seeing an epidemic of early-onset Parkinson's here, or what is causing this widespread inability to get a password right? Randall's "correct horse battery staple" is not only easy to remember, it's easy to type. However, on most occasions when I set a password, the rules for creati...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

The point of the comic was that a pass phrase composed of four words randomly selected from a list of common words is sufficient for a medium security password, so we don't need all these cryptic techniques for selecting a password. If you prefer your method, that's fine, but it's not intrinsically ...
by FoolishOwl
Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I wonder if there are good (as in, reasonably secure) methods to have a random password generator pop up when a user is prompted for a password. Random password and pass phrase generators are easy: several have been posted in this thread. The hard part is getting people to use them, and the more con...
by FoolishOwl
Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

My partner just found this: A Grammatically-Correct Random Pass Phrase Generator . Here's what it looks like from the command line: $ java password/PassGenerator $PWD/ 5 [83LoopsLitterTyrant] 90LatestLimesSip[] ^CashedVoidBiting44^ 50UpendSleepySpices|| !FruitsBowled88Givers! Attempts: 27 Words: 990...
by FoolishOwl
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Telling others which specific method you use is a good way to weaken attacks against your accounts, but I doubt many of us will be targetted so specifically, so it's probably a non-issue. Kerckhoff's Principle: A cryptosystem should be secure even if everything about the system, except the key, is ...
by FoolishOwl
Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

You're gonna want to use --random-source=/dev/urandom on that. Also, I'd use a dictionary that's shorter than /usr/share/dict/words. For example, get 12dict and run perl -ne 'print if /^[a-z]{1,6}\s*$/' 6of12.txt on it; you should get 8257 words, 1-6 characters in length, that are relatively common...
by FoolishOwl
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

So why are so many posts about single word passwords when we just learned that aBc@r9U3% is not nearly as strong as "correct horse battery staple"? Actually, unless I'm just not getting it aBc@r9U3% looks like gibberish, and would have 2^45 bits of entropy (the maximum for a 9 digit passw...
by FoolishOwl
Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

The goal isn't perfect security, which is impossible. It's more like harm reduction -- or vulnerability reduction, to be more accurate. Lots of people use ridiculously obvious passwords -- look at an analysis of hacked password databases . I've read several, and they're all similar. You could just c...
by FoolishOwl
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 288657

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I usually generate a completely random password from a random password generator, and record it with Bruce Schneier's Password Safe . I think I'll give some variant of Randall's suggestion a try, though. I think the dangers of writing passwords down is exaggerated, especially if you can get people t...
by FoolishOwl
Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 25503

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

A few months ago, I was sent a link to an article, Cell phone exposure increases brain cell activity , by a concerned person, who highlighted that one of the doctors involved always uses a wired headset with her mobile phone because, "We don't know anything for sure, so why not?" From what...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 175114

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

I was a bit surprised by the Wikipedia entry on the Nolan chart -- it's a rather long, laudatory article for a very simple idea, one that isn't particularly insightful. While the language of the test and the char are biased in favor of libertarianism, it seems to me a reasonably accurate test, as fa...
by FoolishOwl
Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 26381

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

What I got from Torvald's later comments on the Tanenbaum-Torvalds debate was that the point of a microkernel-based system was abstracting the CPU architecture, allowing for easier code porting. But as it's critical to have an efficient kernel, that's a bad place for such abstraction, and as most mo...
by FoolishOwl
Wed May 12, 2010 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 40218

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

I love that someone made reference to "real world consequences", as if Wikipedia is the real world... What world is Wikipedia in, then? I'm reminded of a comment from a friend of mine, who came back from a meeting with activists who were planning a political demonstration, at which the ac...
by FoolishOwl
Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Puzzles from the xkcd book (big puzzle SOLVED!)
Replies: 147
Views: 158946

Re: Puzzles from the xkcd book (big puzzle SOLVED!)

Hey, it's walking distance from where I live. So I'm planning to be there.
by FoolishOwl
Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

The fact that you cite flyers and Craigslist as more legitimate ways to meet people than face to face meetings is more than enough to invalidate your argument. You've mischaracterized my point. You set up a misleading analogy -- between travellers in remote areas seeking shelter for the night, and ...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

How did we reach this point in our society? There was a time when it was commonplace to invite a total stranger into your home, let them dine at your table and sleep under your roof, and see them off the next day as their travels continued. And that time was a much more dangerous and crime prone ti...
by FoolishOwl
Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 47670

Re: "RPS" Discussion

If you don't want to carry the graphing calculator around, you can access mathematics software through a Web browser:

Sage Notebook
by FoolishOwl
Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

I didn't notice this either, until it was pointed out: the (imagined) comment is, "Hey, cute netbook." Notice "cute." If a heterosexual man was curious about another man's netbook, would he initiate the conversation by describing the netbook as "cute?" It's implicitly f...
by FoolishOwl
Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

I just came across some blogs discussing this comic. While I'd been concerned about the sexism in this discussion, it hadn't occurred to me that part of the trouble was the comic itself. I've got my own blinders, I suppose. The trouble is, most of this discussion (aside from some of the most recent ...
by FoolishOwl
Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0644: "Surgery"
Replies: 110
Views: 25048

Re: "Surgery" Discussion

What would always bug me when I'd read cyberpunk -- I'd be really, really anxious about keeping those sockets clean. And I'd be seriously irritated if the cap got lost.
by FoolishOwl
Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

I was unaware that there was a wide spread problem of men being arrested for complimenting netbooks. Oh, indeed there is. And for various other compliments. Particularly for one that goes something like this: "Nice tits." Lots of arrests over that. I don't believe for a moment that anyone...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

People are different. Even if there are statistical trends among genders, I'd put it down more to nurture than nature. Boys keep hearing "don't be a wimp", "men don't cry", and so on. Girls keep hearing "don't dress like a slut", "when are you going to get a husba...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

At more length: I don't believe that there's any real danger of being arrested or thrown off a bus or train simply for trying to initiate a casual conversation with a woman. I have, a handful of times, seen a woman angrily (but only verbally) reject someone's attempt to initiate a conversation. I ha...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77543

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

I was unaware that there was a wide spread problem of men being arrested for complimenting netbooks.
by FoolishOwl
Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0621: "Superlative"
Replies: 136
Views: 28444

Re: "Superlative" discussion

Randall, get out of my head!

I deleted my blog. It was too depressing to think about anymore.
by FoolishOwl
Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 30416

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

Thanks to Google, I've found that there are efforts to port Linux (or some subset of its functionality) to 8086, but it doesn't seem to be in working order yet:
http://elks.sourceforge.net/
by FoolishOwl
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 30416

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

Most good FLOSS applications get ported to Windows anyway. One of the reasons I finally switched to GNU/Linux as my primary operating system was that I realized that most of the applications I used regularly in Windows -- OpenOffice.org, Firefox, The GIMP -- were FLOSS anyway. I further realized tha...
by FoolishOwl
Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 30416

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

I don't get where the idea could come from that Ubuntu only works in a "carefully controlled environment." It usually works right out of the box. Ubuntu's been designed to be easy on *nix novices, which is an advantage. Since it's Linux, it's modifiable all the way down, so being easy on n...
by FoolishOwl
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 30416

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

There's a weird moralism about technology that people lapse into. One thing I don't like about message boards for commercial computer games, for instance, is that when I've asked for technical advice, there's usually been a few responses that implied that I'm a failure as a human being for having an...
by FoolishOwl
Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 30416

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

At the top of the Free Software Foundation's High Priority Free Software Project list is Gnash, the free version of Flash. So it's not like the GNU folks are ignoring the issue. Randall's made it clear he's a free OS supporter. It's reasonable to argue that GNU/Linux, as it is now, is generally func...
by FoolishOwl
Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 85993

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

accessory to oranges wrote:I would like to move that this thread have a copy on the "Serious Business" section

Seconded.
by FoolishOwl
Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0087: "Velociraptors"
Replies: 93
Views: 23663

Re:

I am totally going to think about raptors every time a crow looks down at me and says "graw!" now. As in, "there's probably a dozen more in hiding waiting to attack". (yeah, my school campus has crows, and dark forrests, and graveyards) ....Did anyone else have that 3D dinosaurs...
by FoolishOwl
Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 85993

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

andrewclunn, maybe you can explain something that's been puzzling me. It's hard for me to miss the fact that many people involved with FLOSS (free / libre / open-source software) describe themselves as libertarians or Objectivists, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, describes himself as an Objec...
by FoolishOwl
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0613: "Threesome"
Replies: 87
Views: 29982

Re: "Threesome" Discussion

Does anybody know why, when looking at the first page of this thread, I get a "jsMath" button?
by FoolishOwl
Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 85993

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Even Marx and Engels argued that nationalizing property is not socialism. Engels pointed out that if state control of industry was all that socialism meant, then Otto von Bismarck, who nationalized industries but persecuted socialists, would have been a champion of socialism. As I said before, I'm a...
by FoolishOwl
Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 85993

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

And yes, socialism is a Godwin. The point of Godwin's Law is that once you compare someone's views to those of the Nazis, it nearly always means that rational discussion is over, because very few people are not upset to be compared to Nazis. On the other hand, frequently, the response to, "Tha...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0612: "Estimation"
Replies: 109
Views: 25279

Re: "Estimation" Discussion

I've seen a lot of unstable time estimates in progress bars, but it's specifically the progress bar for Windows file copy operations that seems to have this sort of absurd fluctuation. I can understand fluctuating time estimates for downloading a file, in which the bandwidth may vary from moment to ...
by FoolishOwl
Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 85993

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Your *entire philosophy* is incoherent to those of us who have been forced to observe that the world really doesn't work that way, and that our lives mean more to us than your abstract principles. Well said. During the 2008 US presidential election campaign, there was a furor over comments by Rever...
by FoolishOwl
Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 85993

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

RanCorp wrote:What is Randall's worldview?

I am not prepared to offer a specific label for his views, but I gather he doesn't like elitist arguments for eugenics, doesn't respect the Ronpaul, and doesn't admire Ayn Rand.

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