Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

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Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:25 am

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Whatever happened to magnetic bubble memory I wonder?

Why don't all our computing devices have built-in biometrics or digital signing so that even if evil little sods get our passwords or credit card numbers they will be unable to use that data online? Surely the cost of defining a standard and fitting compliant hardware to these devices would be a fraction the cost of the losses incurred every year as the result of hackers breaching security.

And how about that heli-pilot deliberately risking loss of human life because the organisers of an event didn't want someone videoing it without permission.

Did you see anything else of interest on the wires this week?
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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby latewings » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:00 am

And how about that heli-pilot deliberately risking loss of human life because the organisers of an event didn't want someone videoing it without permission.


If he was in a Robby, the shame of being videod in one might have been the impetus.

WRT to Hacks, especially credit card fraud, the use of a rolling csc should be adopted, as per https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a23186/credit-card-number-change/. Voila, problem solved.
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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby par_annoyed » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:25 am

Hacks and security.

Really, I see this as an insurmountable problem.
Firstly, it's software. Sure, we can test and test and test, but given the nature of it, it's going to be impossible to say "this product is completely secure".
Second, whatever security is adopted (both at user end and comms end) has to be functional, and for the user reasonably simple to use.
This is one of the reasons why passwords are still very much in use - they are simple to use, and ubiquitous, it's the same interface everywhere - just a text box.
Third, users are ridiculously DUMB for security, viz passwords of '123456' or 'password', or your birthday - how stupid can you be ?

And even if we DO go for fingerprints and/or iris scans, whilst it may work for many, Hollywood has already shown that a finger (or eye) can be physically removed and used on the scanner..... Yeah, OK, not for ordinary people, but if you are mugged you can still be forced ... and so can the security people, so you may as well have no password at all.

I suspect that USER EDUCATION might yield better results than extra tech, but then there will always be the hacker threat - it's inevitable. Even if we were to go with encryption keys, they can still be stolen. Perhaps not storing your details on line would help too, but that of course falls into the supplier's area for credit cards etc. SCREW 'ease of use', you should put in your details every time, and they should be DELETED after use....but that is obviously too much hassle for the average dumb joe/jane.
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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby par_annoyed » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:30 am

Just a funny - I decided that my laptop password should be "F*CK_YOU_ASSHOLE" for a recent trip, so when the agent demands my password, I can say that out loud, wait a few seconds and then say ".....with underscores"

silly I know, but somehow satisfying. (Un)fortunately, I didn't get asked.....
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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:37 am

par_annoyed wrote:Just a funny - I decided that my laptop password should be "F*CK_YOU_ASSHOLE" for a recent trip, so when the agent demands my password, I can say that out loud, wait a few seconds and then say ".....with underscores"

silly I know, but somehow satisfying. (Un)fortunately, I didn't get asked.....


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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby phill » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:47 am

seems strange a helo pilot would force down a drone into a public gathering .. unless he already knew it would do no harm to anyone

we need 2 or 3 step authentication for esp online credit card transactions ... its always been a worry for me
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiney things i have got
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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby Kiwiiano » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:21 pm

I have struck a security problem apropos Quora’s hack. I opted to renew my password and let 1Password create a reasonably tough one to crack, knowing I’d never have to memorise it because 1Password and/or Safari would do it for me. The problem started when I tried to access Quora via a different device, it could be MacBookPro, iPhone, iPad or iMac. I checked with 1Password and all 4 copies of it were aware of the new password (within minutes of it being created) but when I went to access Quora with a different device, I wasn’t allowed to paste the new password in....WTF!! It’s 30 characters fer chrissake! I’m going to have to write it on paper to copy it across and we know that’s a no-no!!
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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby Kiwiiano » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:12 pm

Of serious concern is the heads-up today of the effects on our youth of porn. The relentless tsunami of ritual humiliation of women is warping young minds of all genders.
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Re: Magnetic memory, hacks and idiocy (5 Dec, 2018)

Postby Muscular Jam » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:33 pm

I saw an interesting story. There is probably a large meteorite with the power to destroy an entire city on a collision course with Earth, but NASA doesn't want to take money away from Scientific Research to look for it, even though congress told them too. Is it their job? The UN? Should we set up a give-a-little page? Or shall we just ignore it and hope it hits somebody else's city?
https://amp.businessinsider.com/asteroi ... rt-2018-11
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