commented on We Do Not Trust Photos Anymore
You know it IS possible to authenticate a digital file hasnt been tampered with after an authenticated time. Location is trickier.
It requires stuff people don't usually do but there are probably cellphones up to the task.
commented on New Poll Proves Americans Have No Memory
For what it's worth; I think his 2nd term was an improvement on the 1st. That's damning with faint praise indeed but the swagger became milder and I got the distinct impression Cheney was knocked down a peg.
commented on Is Your Job Better Than Mine? (Almost Definitely)
Actuary is not a career casually entered into unless you have a strong opinion about Bayesian statistics (doesnt seem to matter that much which opinion. As long as you can explain your position and are passionate about it.)
commented on Do US Cities Need More Surveillance Cameras?
In Boston I got the impression that a lot of businesses and individuals handed in their pics and videos. I have less problem with a lot of cameras if they aren't part of some massive always on, always centrally recorded system.
It seems to me a little effort being required both slows down investigation some and improves privacy a lot over a single system.
Also the balance keeps shifting. Cheaper, higher resolution cameras, covering more spectrum, better automated tools, as pointed out in the article is worrisome and hopeful at the same time.
commented on Bad News for Microsoft
On a touch enabled laptop....or a tablet; I can live with Win8 as long as Im doing basically one thing at a time. It really seems appaling on a desktop though or even worse: a laptop with a cruddy touchpad. That is misery.
commented on "Reasonably Polite Seattlites" Build Guerilla Bike Lanes
@2: See paragraph one of the initial polite letter.
Obviously not a Jersey barrier but they do tend to make people less likely to drive into the
bike lane because driving in the bike lane guarantees hitting something (even if it is only
a plastic pole). Paint is rather less effective.
commented on Reinforce Your Passwords, People
The GPU cracking programs are extremely fast, large files of millions of actual passwords exist (and almost every clever trick is in there) rainbow tables exist of ALL possible MD5 encrypted passwords below certain lengths,
20 character sha hashes of random characters may well be OK for now. Haven't checked in a couple years. Too depressing. Many sites won't accept them of course. Some quietly truncate.
Now: do your system admins, the companies making network equipment and endpoint equipment use passwords to good standards?
For sanities sake 2-factor allows relatively human-friendly passwords. Google and Apple, among others, support that through cellphones for example.
Apple perhaps by way of apology fot not encrypting appleID transmission until now.