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  • Oregonians putting 'No Californians' stickers on for sale signs

    09/04/2015 5:16:58 PM PDT · 52 of 58
    palmer to Company Man
    why wouldn’t a home seller welcome higher home prices?

    The sellers are not placing the stickers.

  • The Other Donald Trump Interview with Hugh Hewitt

    09/04/2015 4:50:28 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    palmer to Cincinatus' Wife

    It is good parody because it is close enough to the truth but still over the top. I like Donald mainly because of reasons like this parody, nobody needs to know who thinks which European country is most important. It doesn’t matter in the least, particularly to a Trump voter.

  • Beshear reacts to Rowan County marriage license issue

    09/03/2015 6:30:59 PM PDT · 35 of 71
    palmer to ClearCase_guy

    you got it right. They are starting with any individual Christians they can target and destroy. They move to the public churches after that and destroy those. When the remaining Christians are meeting in secret, then they will be done, Islamic State of the US will take over from there.

  • Tech specialist who helped Hillary Clinton set up her private email server was paid with TAXPAYER..

    09/03/2015 5:13:22 PM PDT · 8 of 38
    palmer to Qiviut

    Taking the fifth means he won’t be taking the bus, or more precisely, he won’t be taking a trip under the bus.

  • Obama: Climate Deniers Who Ignore Science Are on ‘Their Own Shrinking Island’

    09/03/2015 3:04:44 PM PDT · 106 of 109
    palmer to Bob434
    The NASA site does not dispute what I said which is that water vapor is controlled by the weather regime. Among the many reasons we are in an ice age (although interglacial at the moment) is that Antarctica is cut off from Australia, India, etc and can hold lots of ice. Greenland has been moving north and gaining ice. The Isthmus of Panama is closed cutting off the Pacific from the Atlantic causing more cold currents, etc. The little bit of CO2 we do have causes welcome warming in this environment. There is little doubt that without CO2 the planet would be mostly dry and frozen.

    What it all adds up to is that geography, greenhouse gases like CO2 and solar activity determine the weather regime; the prevailing pattern of highs and lows, average dips in the jet stream, average strength of storms and thus the average water vapor. NASA says CO2 is a major player in "climate change", but that is missing the point. It is misleading because the climate is not changing. The reason for that is that geography is not changing, the sun isn't changing (much), and thus the weather patterns which dictate climate are not changing.

    The level of CO2 is a little low as pointed out in the 100 reasons link that you posted. Any rise is welcome at this point. The current level keeps us from becoming a planet of ice, but a change in the level doesn't do much. The level changed a lot as recently as 8000 years ago and there was no detectable temperature change.

    There is still a possibility that the rise in CO2 is natural, nothing is certain in science. But there are no natural causes that explain the rise, not vegetation, not volcanoes and not ocean warming. None of those are strong enough, even combined, to explain anything close to the rise we have seen and see every year (2-3 ppm per year which would require a large percentage of deforestation and/or hundreds of large volcanoes (every year) and/or 0.2-0.3C of ocean warming per year to have happened centuries ago. There is no evidence for any of those things.

  • Obama: Climate Deniers Who Ignore Science Are on ‘Their Own Shrinking Island’

    09/02/2015 4:17:45 PM PDT · 102 of 109
    palmer to Bob434
    I’ll ask one more time- How can 0.0037% of our atmosphere capture enough heat and then back radiate a fraction of that captured heat to cause global climate change?

    Same way that 0.028% CO2 warmed the atmosphere before mankind was ever in the picture. And then there were the ice ages where the world cooled, then the CO2 dropped, then the world cooled some more. If you look carefully at the lag you see it is not just lag but overlap. There is no dispute that warming causes more CO2. But it only causes a little (5-10 ppm per degree C of warming). There is also no scientific dispute that CO2 causes warming. Run any simple line-by-line atmospheric column with and without CO2 and the column is much cooler without it.

    The only dispute is whether an increase in CO2 from present levels will cause serious warming. The answer is no. The main reason is that the models are wrong, they presume that the warming is always amplified by increased water vapor. But water vapor is a function of the planetary weather, not temperature.

  • Obama: Climate Deniers Who Ignore Science Are on ‘Their Own Shrinking Island’

    09/02/2015 3:46:49 PM PDT · 98 of 109
    palmer to Bob434; TexasTransplant

    Yes, I would use the whole quote. It makes sense. As for the 100 reasons link, many are just facts that debunk various myths like “CO2 is too high” (it is not), “we will reduce CO2 output back to early 1900’s levels” (we will not without killing 99% of the population), “reductions in CO2 would make a difference in temperature” (they would not). That list is good not for “proving” CO2 doesn’t cause warming but for proving that CO2 makes no difference whether or not it causes warming.

  • Obama: Climate Deniers Who Ignore Science Are on ‘Their Own Shrinking Island’

    09/02/2015 3:35:05 PM PDT · 97 of 109
    palmer to Bob434; TexasTransplant
    There is the annual cycle that I showed above. CO2 rises in the (northern hemisphere) fall and winter and falls in spring and summer. That matches perfectly to uptake by greening vegetation and and output by dying vegetation. That means that natural uptake nearly balances natural output, at least for vegetation, and probably for annual warming and cooling of the oceans that outgas. In contrast to that, the secular rise over time is very small.

    That is why man's output is 3 or 4% of nature's, because nature has output and uptake. Therefore you have to look at the net output of nature and the net output of man over a full year. Then it becomes a process of elimination that the 2-3 ppm rise year over year is due to mankind. If it was warming 800 years ago that is causing the 2-3 ppm rise per year now, there would have to be 0.2 to 0.3C of warming per year. Quite impossible.

    If it is current vegetation loss that is causing the 2-3 rise per year then we would not see a 10 ppm rise and fall per year. If it is volcanoes causing the 2-3 rise per year, then we would have to see those and they are not there. Volcanic activity produces about 1/100 of man's output. For example a very large volcano like PInatubo produced about 42 Mt and mankind produces about 30Gt per year.

  • Obama Executive Order 13526 Makes Mrs. Clinton Guilty

    09/01/2015 6:49:18 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    palmer to Kaslin
    the order makes clear that there is one category of information that is automatically deemed classified: information from foreign governments

    The order says: “Foreign government information” means:  

    (1)   information provided to the United States Government by a foreign government or governments, an international organization of governments, or any element thereof, with the expectation that the information, the source of the information, or both, are to be held in confidence;
    (2)   information produced by the United States Government pursuant to or as a result of a joint arrangement with a foreign government or governments, or an international organization of governments, or any element thereof, requiring that the information, the arrangement, or both, are to be held in confidence; or
    (3)   information received and treated as “foreign government information” under the terms of a predecessor order.


  • Obama: Climate Deniers Who Ignore Science Are on ‘Their Own Shrinking Island’

    09/01/2015 4:23:19 PM PDT · 62 of 109
    palmer to Bob434
    man-caused’ climate change LIARS have convinced the world that man is causing global wamring

    What the liars say is that mankind is causing dangerous global warming. It is scientifically unknown how much warming is natural and how much is manmade. But all the warming is beneficial.

  • Obama: Climate Deniers Who Ignore Science Are on ‘Their Own Shrinking Island’

    09/01/2015 4:21:45 PM PDT · 61 of 109
    palmer to Bob434
    rising temps ALWAYS precede CO2 rises,

    CO2 is rising now, when did the temperatures rise? The nearest I can tell the lag is 500-1000 years, so the rise from the Dark Ages Cold Period to the Medieval Warm Period would be the relevant rise. But that rise only caused about 5-10ppm of CO2 rise at most.

    Currently CO2 is rising 2-3 ppm every year. If that was caused by past warming, there must have been warming centuries ago at the rate of 0.2 to 0.3 C per year using the ratio of 100ppm for 10C in the chart above.

    If past warming is not causing the current rise, then something else is. Volcanoes are not a very large source contributing about 1/100 of what fossil fuel burning and other human sources contribute. If the current rise is caused by vegetation changes, then we need to explain why the CO2 rises and falls by 10ppm every season

    That rise is when vegetation decays and releases CO2 in fall and winter and that fall is when vegetation grows in the spring and summer in the northern hemisphere (with a little lag).

  • Business E-Mail Compromise--An Emerging Global Threat

    09/01/2015 1:42:53 AM PDT · 18 of 21
    palmer to gunnut

    That’s generally true and that can have link security, but it’s not really secure.

  • Business E-Mail Compromise--An Emerging Global Threat

    08/31/2015 6:56:28 PM PDT · 4 of 21
    palmer to Brad from Tennessee

    Solution 20 years ago is digital certificates to sign email (side benefit: recipient’s public key can be used to encrypt email). 20 years later there are other secure messaging solutions but good old signed email is still there waiting for those bankers to start using it.

  • ‘No limit to refugees Germany can take in’

    08/31/2015 5:44:32 PM PDT · 24 of 37
    palmer to ROCKLOBSTER

    Sojalent grüne


    08/31/2015 4:15:52 PM PDT · 57 of 70
    palmer to Bryan24 might be an IP address for 10 pieces of hardware all linked together, all operating as a single server.

    Or serving up 10 separate domains on 10 separate OS's (no hacker gold mine in theory). But there is what you might call a hacker silver mine which is that poor administrators would likely create linkages from one server to another or to a set of front end servers through a back end server running a database (hence a gold mine).

    I think your point is pretty valid no matter what the configuration especially considering the likelihood of cheapness and sloppy administration.


    08/31/2015 4:11:45 PM PDT · 56 of 70
    palmer to Bryan24
    In any sane universe, the fact that the Clinton Foundation and shared the same IP address...

    Means that they were routed through one IP. Means nothing about the servers behind that IP. It also does not mean that the email or web or any other servers were all running in the same OS although that could be true. For example domains in dreamhost all run on the same server so could be your "hacker gold mine" scenario. But domains on many other hosting services give you one IPV4 with some number of servers depending on what you want to spend. That is now, and back in the day IPV4 addresses cost more per month and there were several ways to have different domains on different (hardware) servers behind one IP address.


    08/31/2015 4:00:55 PM PDT · 52 of 70
    palmer to ken5050
    "A computer expert tells Breitbart News that the servers were probably operating on the same machine."

    Nowadays people run a lot of virtual "servers" all on the same hardware. In other words, you load the "host" operating system and then you load any number of "guest" operating systems aka "servers". That doesn't imply much collusion however. It is essentially like having separate servers each on their own hardware ("machine"). The only thing one administrator could do is mount the files from any of the servers onto the host although typically there will be files mounted from the host onto some of or all of the "guests".

    When an administrator sets up the above type of network, typically all of the guest servers will have the same IP as the host. The host NATs the guest servers, essentially relaying all the internet traffic as if it were coming from the host but in reality the host is running its own internal virtual network that all the guests use.

    But the above is no different than having multiple servers on hardware (machines) and NATing them through a router. In that case both the servers have the same IP address even though they are on different machines. That was certainly the cheapest way to set it up although nowadays you can set up your own servers each with their own IP for $5 a month. The bottom line is the fact that they could be NATed through a router versus NATed on a host does not matter much at all.

    The fact that they have the same IP means that the people who created the network were cheap and didn't want to pay for more IPs, although like I said, nowadays they are $5 per month with a virtual server (with minimal storage and processing), $10 or $20 a month would be enough to run anyone's email however.

    But back in those days (i.e. 5-6 years ago) the extra IPs would cost $50 a month more each especially to an unsophisticated buyer in an off-market like Arkansas. So they used NAT with a router or with host and virtual guests. The fact that they used one IP does not mean very much, and certainly does not prove that the servers shared files. In fact it is just as easy to share files across servers no matter how they are set up.

    One other possibility is two email servers on a single OS (in this case we would call that OS the machine). The two email servers would server different domains (e.g. @hillary-state-com and but that does not seem like a very strong possibility since it is harder to set up. It does have the advantage of being exceedingly cheap though.

  • A Ben Carson Surge May Test Trump

    08/31/2015 2:52:30 PM PDT · 59 of 108
    palmer to Buckeye McFrog

    That’s true.

  • A Ben Carson Surge May Test Trump

    08/31/2015 2:52:04 PM PDT · 58 of 108
    palmer to Buckeye McFrog
    Minor to you perhaps. Let the government dictate what you must put into you or your child's body...

    All true (I have no kids). The science is very strong that measles, polio, etc etc etc are all greatly diminished due to vaccines, but the catch is your kid is more likely to have serious injuries from vaccines (e.g. debilitating brain injury) than to have a serious injury from any vaccinated diseases in a well-vaccinated country like ours. A dilemma, but not a slippery slope if you elect and monitor local health authorities who mandate vaccination.

  • A Ben Carson Surge May Test Trump

    08/31/2015 2:27:26 PM PDT · 42 of 108
    palmer to Hostage
    Rove and surrogates have identified that polls have helped shape Trump’s aura of invincibility. Therefore, a launch of paid/push polls showing Trump is vulnerable might deflate his balloon.

    Insightful. Also Carson is a very low person to use for the tip of this spear as opposed to Fiorina or Rand Paul or someone like that.

  • A Ben Carson Surge May Test Trump

    08/31/2015 2:25:01 PM PDT · 38 of 108
    palmer to Buckeye McFrog
    he is anti-liberty on vaccines

    In other words, he treats vaccines as a public health benefit whether or not they benefit any individual. Sounds pretty rational to me. Also in the big picture it is a minor issue.

  • Three US Citizens Sentenced For Conspiracy To Start A Revolution Using WMDs

    08/31/2015 2:09:10 PM PDT · 21 of 26
    palmer to Ray76

    Considering the three perps pled to identical sentences means none of the three was a “leader”, wheres the article says Peace asked for the pipe bombs. That means the plant was the leader. Then there was the slight change in plans from the alleged inspirational attack on Feds to the attack on local LEO. That suggests there was no plan to do anything. The three patsies showed up for some reason that they would only know and got themselves a plea deal instead.

  • Three US Citizens Sentenced For Conspiracy To Start A Revolution Using WMDs

    08/31/2015 12:40:50 PM PDT · 7 of 26
    palmer to Former Proud Canadian

    Or at least turn down all pipe bomb offers made from chat rooms.

  • Is Government Aid of Elon Musk’s Ventures Actually a Good Call?

    08/31/2015 8:31:42 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    palmer to Erik Latranyi

    Not a Trump thread, but do you have any evidence of crony capitalism?

  • Is Government Aid of Elon Musk’s Ventures Actually a Good Call?

    08/31/2015 8:31:11 AM PDT · 8 of 13
    palmer to SeekAndFind
    Eventually, the output will expand to 50,000 tons per year,

    That's 83,000 overpowered Teslas per year, gimme a break.

  • Is Government Aid of Elon Musk’s Ventures Actually a Good Call?

    08/31/2015 8:14:12 AM PDT · 2 of 13
    palmer to SeekAndFind
    "Meanwhile, Musk pointed out, Tesla is adding 6,000 jobs directly, and 16,000 indirectly, to the Nevada economy. As a result of the construction, Moody’s has raised Nevada’s credit rating, which has made it cheaper for the state to borrow. The state will actually make money on the deal."

    The author is completely clueless. We all lose when states bid for politically correct industry. The most obvious way is that the other states lose. The second problem is that political correctness does not solve engineering or economic problems, it exacerbates them. In this case we have the relatively rare and expensive lithium being wasted on overpowered cars and uneconomical home power storage.

  • A Response to Free Republic Trump Critics

    08/31/2015 7:21:14 AM PDT · 310 of 1,028
    palmer to Erik Latranyi
    By electing a man who made his fortune via crony capitalism?

    Mainly capitalism, not much crony. Cato doesn't like Trump at all but they admit he is a capitalist, not crony capitalist other than his two attempts to eminent domain in the 90's to take land (both failed).

  • A Response to Free Republic Trump Critics

    08/31/2015 4:21:40 AM PDT · 183 of 1,028
    palmer to Fresh Wind
    And I now know that a goofy-looking candid photograph is a better predictor of success than experience.

    A single goofy picture is one thing and not the end of the world. The worse thing is the number of posters who eat it up, a worldview seemingly 1mm thick.

  • A Response to Free Republic Trump Critics

    08/31/2015 4:18:12 AM PDT · 180 of 1,028
    palmer to Resettozero; Cincinatus' Wife; chris37
    The picture made the poster's point.

    The picture is typical of the MSM attacking Trump. Google the images for Trump and you will see a number of MSM sources with Trump making a contorted expression. Obviously we can and should strive for a better level. OTOH, it doesn't hurt to mix it up a little. But do the same image search for Bush and they are all tasteful. Such the methodology of the MSM.

    As for Trump the candidate, it is early and needs to keep steamrolling the Dems and RINOs which will pave the way for an antiestablishment candidate like Cruz. Otherwise I would be very happy with Walker being the last man standing. Walker may be a little nerdy but he has stood up to the big government types who are ruining our country. But with some input from posters here using the same tactics as the MSM, Walker cannot beat Bush.

  • Earth to Paul Krugman and The New York Times: Debt Is Not Good

    08/29/2015 5:34:57 PM PDT · 13 of 20
    palmer to zeestephen

    I think you are generally correct that raising prices is more difficult with informed consumers. There might not be general inflation psychology like I remember from the late 70’s but there could be some misinformation of sorts passed around creating various bubbles. People might start to unload dollars for some things that might go up like a beanie baby. Perhaps Amazon will become more of a bazaar.

  • I Like Donald Trump. I REALLY do. But...

    08/29/2015 10:00:02 AM PDT · 76 of 353
    palmer to cuban leaf
    but we really must ask ourselves what he REALLY believes and what solutions he would attempt to implement and how he would respond to his political enemies on each issue - especially if WE are his political enemies on an issue

    The worst case that I see is "sensible gun control" after a big massacre. He could bully enough pro-second reps to get something passed. OTOH, I do not see anything wrong with his pro-American or pro-capitalist stances. Those are essentially anti-authoritarian. A couple other commenters are decrying his nebulous or changed stances on moral issues. But once again those are pointing to authoritarianism, mostly the opposite.

  • Seeking funding (vanity)

    08/29/2015 9:47:18 AM PDT · 6 of 27
    palmer to Graybeard58

    I know, I was just calling my accountant to wire him the money.

  • Earth to Paul Krugman and The New York Times: Debt Is Not Good

    08/29/2015 6:33:08 AM PDT · 8 of 20
    palmer to zeestephen

    Not really off topic. The Fed and the politicians know that inflation is one way to erase debt, slowly or not so slowly, depending on the level of inflation. Of course there is no such thing as a steady rate of inflation, 2% or otherwise. Inflation will depend on fluctuating economic factors but also inflation psychology. Part of the reason the Fed wants inflation is to stimulate consumption. When they inevitably go too far the unwashed will unload dollars and inflation will shoot up.

  • Gay Activists Fume Over de Blasio’s Role in raid

    08/29/2015 5:10:17 AM PDT · 36 of 42
    palmer to HiTech RedNeck

    “Barry’s twitter followed Rentboy” means Bathhouse Barry was listening to their tweets. But AFAIK there is no way to know that unless you log in on either account and look.

  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/26/2015 7:28:03 AM PDT · 48 of 50
    palmer to tacticalogic
    thousands of servers and tens of thousands of users and accounts

    On the contrary, that's where it is most useful. The more users you have, the more chances an attacker will have with social engineering techniques. I noticed a couple years ago my bank stopped sending me the "ok it's time to change your password" crap. I asked them not to and I'm sure other people did as well. Consequently I have had the same password there for about 5 years (30 year old password plus trivial crap added for "complexity"). I assume the hashes are stored securely. I assume their attackers will go after accounts or money directly. I assume if the attacker wants to just log in as me, I'll accept that risk, the odds for a properly secured hash file and hash comparison SW are extremely low.

    The way it works is very simple, my password is sent in a secure channel, the confidentiality is assured. A small amount of secure SW salts and hashes that password close to arrival on the server. Another secure piece of SW, preferably on another secure machine, checks the hash against the stored hashes. If no other SW (attacker) ever sees my single password or the hashes of all passwords, then the passwords are secure. There are a few more details of course, but not a lot of complexity which is the enemy of security.

    Other access to the database (no password info there), transaction interfaces to steal money, etc are all more complex and vulnerable. That's where the attacker will go, and so far that has not happened at my bank.

  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/26/2015 7:14:48 AM PDT · 47 of 50
    palmer to tacticalogic
    Forcing the changing of passwords gives an opening to attackers via social engineering. The problem comes with remote passwords. How does a user know that a remote password change request is legitimate?

    The argument against length and complexity is simple. An attacker can increasing cracking by orders of magnitude with GPU's and custom hardware. Why keep lengthening and complexifying when there's a much simpler answer: secure the hash file. Any modern OS will have a root readable shadow file. The paranoid can go further and make it unreadable except when it is needed. An attacker with root privileges does not need your password, all he needs is the data he is after. If the password is useful to attack a different system then that is an argument for diversity which is never enforced across systems. Password changing hinders diversity or forces people to use a horrible password tool like lastpass.

    There are a couple bloggers who argue convincingly against complexity and forced changing, but I don't have them handy. The people sticking to the old mentality that the hash file will always be stolen and cracked are stuck in the last century. Systems that allow distriuted external guesses are flawed. Flawed systems are not a good reason to apply password changing when that creates other vulnerabilities.

  • US Federal Reserve still expected to raise interest rates

    08/26/2015 5:38:26 AM PDT · 14 of 49
    palmer to expat_panama
    About five years too late. Part of the reason China is tamking is rates left too low for too long resulting in a bubble there that is now popping. The next stage of easing will be more printing for QE purchases or walking-around money.

    The problem now is that the credit pricing distortions are ingrained and there will be a large economic shock when removing them.

  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/26/2015 4:58:54 AM PDT · 44 of 50
    palmer to tacticalogic
    Yes for social engineering and dumpster diving, no for packet capture and keystroke logging (if you are on the machine you don't need a password). Social engineering and dumpster diving are successful precisely because of artificial password churn that result in sticky notes with passwords and endless password update screens that people get routed to. With no password changes people are going to reject a fake password change screen or password change link. Granted they can still be routed to a fake login screen, but that problem is not solved by changing passwords.

    You seem to be punting on the probing for passwords. The thing to understand is that when a password system is implemented securely, as are more and more these days, there is no probing. There is simply a secure channel for entering the password (e.g. https) and a password hash comparison. There is no place or moment to probe for passwords since they are never cleartext or unhashed except momentarily in some server software which is easy to implement securely.

    Things like requiring minimum password lengths and complexity, and periodic changes are basic good practice

    Simply put, they are not. My 30 year old, relatively short and simole password is perfectly adequate for what I use it for. I run numerous servers using that password. The security of the ssh authentication is 100% indpendent of password size and complexity. An attacker can steal my salts and hashes and perform a brute force attack. But to do that he would already be in the server and can set up his own account or install a back door for access.

    OTOH, I just looked at my logs and I have numerous probes hitting many potential weaknesses. Password complexity, length and changing interval protect against none of those. One injects "cat%20/var/www/secret.passwd" another looks for "...../../../../../var/tmp/voip.cfg%20%26...", etc. In contrast my server with the crown jewels has absolutely no probe attempts in any logs and the reason can be seen by typing "sudo iptables -L"

    All probing attempts are obvious including the attempts to find the obfuscated ssh ports. The number of password tries is limited to three and then the attacker will have used up an IP address. Suffice to say my password is not going to be brute forced from outside.

    There are two choices to getting my password: from outside by keystroke logging on my laptop, or inside by getting in via a vulnerability. Password complexity and length does not add any protection against either of those. Password changes are only going to stop the attacker within about a month or two. In the meantime the attacker will have the prior password. A month or two is certainly long enough to get what he wants.

  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/26/2015 1:38:25 AM PDT · 42 of 50
    palmer to tacticalogic
    there are multiple ways of doing this

    Such as?

    Changing the passwords forces a potential intruder to have to be continually probing systems trying to discover the new passwords, and risk potentially being discovered themselves in the process.

    Probing for passwords? How exactly? If an intruder wants data he will take the data. If he wants a salted hash file, he can have mine. I'll send it to him.

    Also, when the password changes attempts to log on using the old password will be recorded by the security systems, along with the source of the attempted logon.

    The source will be someone's compromised home computer or a server in Poland or China.

    Having access to a set of credentials with a password that never expires allows an intruder to quietly access and monitor a system for months or even years without setting of those alerts or hitting the tripwires.

    Makes sense, but that many intrusions were short.

  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/25/2015 6:48:50 PM PDT · 40 of 50
    palmer to tacticalogic

    Can you give me a good reason why my almost 30 year old password is no good anymore? The only one I can think of is someone gets ahold of discarded unix hard drives that had weak hashes back then. Even if they get the password it won’t do much good in a rainbow table nowadays since almost every hash is salted. I would argue that with the maturity of such techniques the need for changing passwords is basically gone.

  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/25/2015 6:42:23 PM PDT · 39 of 50
    palmer to Swordmaker

    Yep, I’ve been there and had that done to me. I own my own mac with my own careful browsing etc and don’t need any “help” from corporate IT. I’ve used one password since around 1987 with minor variations and a second one for about 10 years.

  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/25/2015 8:59:51 AM PDT · 25 of 50
    palmer to Swordmaker
    Not misleading but simply a puff piece for Microsoft's policy settings. For a decade or more our corporate admins could set passowrd policy in a setting in Windows security policy. In fact there are dozens of relevant settings. E.g. Enforce password history, Maximum password age, Minimum password age, Minimum password length, Password must meet complexity requirements, and Store passwords using reversible encryption.

    For that last one it says "Do not use this setting unless you use a program that requires it." In contrast Unix and MacOS store passwords in the most secure way possible: a salted one-way hash. As someone pointed out on stackexchange it would take 2000 years to crack an eight character password. All the other policies are feel-good window dressing with almost no practical security value. Real security comes from a simple and public implementation of secure storage (salted multiple-iteration hashes) and comparison (timeout and try-limited). There's no reason to enforce a length or complexity requirement other than very trivial ones (e.g. a small length requirement and blacklist).

  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 5:43:30 PM PDT · 16 of 32
    palmer to Pentagon Leatherneck
    The opposite is more like it. Before man came along there were boom and bust forest fire regimes across the US lasting decades or centuries. Then the indians came and started massive fires. The eastern US in particular was burned a lot. Now we have a lot less fire in general. Sure there are issues with our fire control approach like putting out small fires and ending up larger ones, but for the most part fire is way less than it was.

    These facts are all recorded in layers of charcoal that have been dug up and inspected. Here's one of many example studies:

  • The weekend is over and stocks are falling again (Sunday night futures down)

    08/23/2015 5:31:08 PM PDT · 13 of 79
    palmer to Jim from C-Town

    There will be intervention. That’s what will change and even if it isn’t imminent, the thought of intervention will reassure investors.

  • The weekend is over and stocks are falling again (Sunday night futures down)

    08/23/2015 5:29:43 PM PDT · 9 of 79
    palmer to 11th_VA

    The Fed will step in more reluctantly than the Chinese govt. Also our govt won’t execute short sellers, although Obama is probably envious. The PTB would not care one way or another if Obama ends up with the best economy ever or not, but they probably won’t let him take the fall for the inevitable collapse. So we are not going to have the inevitable collapse now, besides the ride is really just starting. Don’t fight the Fed even if the Fed hasn’t made up its mind.

  • Tech oligarchs tightening their grip on Democrats

    08/23/2015 2:58:01 PM PDT · 10 of 12
    palmer to FiddlePig
    Planned Parenthood

    Part of the deal there is that the oligarchs need the baby parts to become quasi-immortal. The "human-in-a-vat" harvested for organs is still off-limits so pre-term babies will have to do for now.

  • Online Exchange Shows Jeb Bush as the GOP’s 2016 Favorite

    08/23/2015 10:31:22 AM PDT · 17 of 41
    palmer to AU72

    They don’t need Jeb’s money. Such a thin market can be completely controlled by a couple of players, Jeb’s backers with some fun money.

  • Biden consults with Warren as he mulls 2016 Presidential bid.

    08/23/2015 7:34:17 AM PDT · 22 of 40
    palmer to Din Maker

    Draft Warren -> Draft Biden -> Draft Wiener

  • This 2 Day Stock Market Crash Was Larger Than Any 1 Day Stock Market Crash In U.S. History

    08/23/2015 3:59:19 AM PDT · 32 of 60
    palmer to billyboy15
    Agree 100%, this is an article written by someone trying to impress those uninformed.

    That's nothing. I am in thirteen thousand points of agreement!

  • Apple and Google Pour Billions Down a Green Drain

    08/23/2015 3:48:51 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    palmer to Swordmaker
    It's true, $40 billion seems high. But FoxConn made $130 billion in 2014 (4 trillion new Taiwan dollars) So it is plausible to get $40 billion in that revenue from Apple and maybe even just iPhone. You point about worldwide components is valid, I don't know who makes the parts.

    I realize is including transportation and all but I think they are lowballing the super inefficient China component.