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Re: Fluff

Postby addams » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:51 pm UTC


This is Wonderful.
How did you find such a thing?

Pot-8-O's.
Where would such a Translation come from?

I think of Wharf Workers.

What Is This?
This is Pot-8-O's.
More than 8, Pot-8-O's.

1873. The Pot-8-O Famine was over.
No! 1773. One hundred Years!
That is a big deal.

I wonder what happened to the Stable Boy.
8, O's.....muse about that for a While.

In 1773 was he an Idiot Boy?
Was he simi-literate?

Did his grandchildren die in the Pot-8-O famine?
History is Weird. Horses are Weird, too.

1773? That was a long time ago.
All these many years later,
we know that Horse was Well Fed and Well Laid.

We don't know what happened to the Stable Boy.

We know he must have been Good.
That was a healthy Horse.

He may have been Proud.
Like a Nanny.

I bet the stable boy died.
What do you think?

EDIT: Ludite. I was a Ludite.
I was, simply, not an Early Adaptor.

Electric Candles.
I had an argument with another woman about Electric Candles.
I thought they were an Abomination.

Electric Candles are not an Abomination.
I was Wrong.

Electric Candles are like all Technology.
The Technology is not at fault.

How are you using it?
Becomes the Age Old Question asked, again.

I actually said the words, "You Can be Too Clean."
That stopped both of us. Not a thing I say.

She had said, "They are clean."
Of course, they are clean and she was right.

There are more reasons for her correctness than either one of us knew, at the Time.

Those Electric Candles are a thing a child can do.
Of course, I was Wrong, again.

"If they use candles that have No Flame, they will not know how to treat Flame."
That is, just, silly.

If a Child learns to do the Family Rituals before the age of reason,
It will not make the Rituals meaningless.

Besides, when a Child is old enough to carry the Communal Fire,
That Child is Old Enough to Handle Fire.

The Catholics make them take Catechism and First Communion.
That usually separates the Men from the Boys.

Now...For those special people we have Electric Candles.
I still like the Old Ways.

I like Electric Candles in the pockets of Children.
And; Those GoofBalls they keep as Keepers.

Maybe I am a Radical.
First I don't want any of the stupid things around.
Then I want everyone to have at least one.

That is radical.
The Middle Way is for people that want them to have them.
And; People I know.

If I know them, I don't want them lost in the dark.
Here. Light for when you are Lost.

An Italian gave me a light one time.
Those are Handy.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Fluff

Postby Jplus » Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:16 pm UTC

Stu Pickles wrote:A program that takes a random song off of Soundcloud and mixes it with two youtube videos randomly mixed together with pre programmed effects for the music video.

That sounds like an idea offor the red spider project. Mind if I add it to our list of free ideas? Or did you actually make such a program?
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Re: Fluff

Postby betafrogg » Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:58 pm UTC

My pockets are linty.

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Re: Fluff

Postby Stu Pickles » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:53 pm UTC

Jplus wrote:
Stu Pickles wrote:A program that takes a random song off of Soundcloud and mixes it with two youtube videos randomly mixed together with pre programmed effects for the music video.

That sounds like an idea of the red spider project. Mind if I add it to our list of free ideas? Or did you actually make such a program?

Take it. I'll never get around to learning that kind of sorcery.

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Re: Fluff

Postby Jplus » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:56 pm UTC

Thanks. Also, sorry for saying "sounds like an idea of the red spider project". Obviously it's your idea. I meant "sounds like an idea for the red spider project".
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Re: Fluff

Postby addams » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:22 pm UTC

Where is Whiners Corner?
rachel wrote:So instead of creating a new thread every time something crosses through your head (which you are all very inclined to do, from what I've noticed), I thought we'd have a thread here for random thoughts so that a whole lot of space isn't wasted on pointless threads.



I'll start!

I really hope that moving to NC in February works out, because I can not spend the rest of my life in this shit town.


The first Post in this Thread.
Don't start New Threads.

Rants go in One Thread.
Random Thoughts go in this Thread.

The Original Poster used a Personal Experience to begin the Thread.
Personal Experience has a precedence.

OK. I have something to say.
No one will talk or listen to me, much in 3D.
(shrug) can ya' blame 'em.

Spoiler:
I Confess.
I Post more Stuff than Any One!

Why? Why do I write so much?
Why? Why do I post so much?


One of Three very good reasons is;
Because my computer and I parted ways, twice.

I missed the darned thing.
I had started Posting into xkcd Comic Forum.

On the Computer I had stories I wrote.
Things like the Angry White Man.

Stored inside the Computer was stuff I wrote.
It was like having Loads of Notebooks and it was So Light!

I had lists and Journals and photos.
When I left the Computer behind,
All of that was lost to me.

Then Another Computer came into my life.
I loved it as much or more, than the other one.

I spoke on a Stage In 2013.
That day the window of my car was Broken and my Computer, Camera and Purse were stolen.

I think the Police did it.
Why am I writing this?

If I had been told I would be living like this, ten years ago,
I would not have believed it.

It has been Ten Years sense I walked up to a Potuim.
And; Made a Big Mistake.

I was asked to read the Pat Act and write a meaningful statement.
I not only had a Right to Read and Write, I had a Responsibility to Read and Write.

I was a busy girl.
I read the document.
I wrote a responds.
I walked to the Meeting from my Home.
I signed in.
I sat down and listened.
When my name was called, I walked to the Potuim.
Was it May? 2004.

I stood there and watched that Meeting Bog, the fuck, Down.
The Big Man up there, Sid Liken, said, “She can’t speak.”

Things bogged down.
The City Attorney said,
“There are fifty Attorneys in this room. You have to let her speak. These people will Sue the City!”

I spoke.
I am not an actress.
I did not Play the Crowd.

I read my statement.

I made a Public Statement in 2004.
Some people Clapped.

There must have been Fifty Attorneys in that Room.
They didn’t sign in with their Real Names.
They were not required to give their Physical Addresses.
I did.

They sat in the audience and clapped and laughed.
They were doing their Best.

Some of those people had taken a Vow.
They were supposed to Protect the Constitution and some other Stuff.

Not one of them was interested in Protecting Me.
That was My Job. (fuck)

I think I did not do it.
If My Job was to protect me.
I failed at My Job.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Fluff

Postby Angua » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:35 pm UTC

addams wrote:Where is Whiners Corner?
http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=108339
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Re:

Postby addams » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:43 pm UTC

MFHodge wrote:Uh-oh Nougat . . . a challenger appears!
Joystiq wrote:Image

Princess!
You really Must do something with your Hair!

The Hair Fairies are around, somewhere.
They have Hats With Hair.

You will Look Marvelous!

EDIT:
Angua wrote:
addams wrote:Where is Whiners Corner?
http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=108339

Thank you for the suggestion.
Sleeping is Hard

That is a good thing to Whine about.

I don't really want to bother the insomniacs with,
Gangsters and Thugs in High Places.

They are already sleeping poorly.
I placed it in spoilers.

Our fellow Posters can blow right by.
The format of this Forum is user friendly.

Both for the writers and for the readers.

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And; One More Thing.
https://www.google.com/search?q=dresden ... 484%3B2570
We are dwarfed by our own Architecture.
(phew. finely a link that works)

We are so tiny.
We created that.

I know, it's Normal.
Still...
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Fluff

Postby Lukasmah » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:34 pm UTC

I wonder if, once one of my posts has been approved, I need more approved posts or I'm recognised as a "not spambot".

EDIT: Apprently not.

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Re: Fluff

Postby felltir » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:10 pm UTC

you need 5.
Spoiler:
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Re: Fluff

Postby Stu Pickles » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:32 pm UTC

Lukasmah wrote:I wonder if, once one of my posts has been approved, I need more approved posts or I'm recognised as a "not spambot".

EDIT: Apprently not.

Super cool! You can post things now! I can't wait to post with you!

Have a burger, you!
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Mommy, look, I edited the title of my post

Postby Lukasmah » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:29 pm UTC

There sure are some weird user groups in here... Banana, commies, fridge citizens...

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Re: Mommy, look, I edited the title of my post

Postby Adacore » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:57 pm UTC

Lukasmah wrote:There sure are some weird user groups in here... Banana, commies, fridge citizens...

Most of the non-obvious ones are in-jokes from times past, I believe.

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Re: Fluff

Postby cplns » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:27 am UTC

Totally went to a yarn convention today. It's almost shameful how much money I've just spent on string.
(But it's such pretty string!)

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Re: Fluff

Postby ahammel » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:30 pm UTC

cplns wrote:Totally went to a yarn convention today. It's almost shameful how much money I've just spent on string.
(But it's such pretty string!)
TIL yarn conventions are a thing.
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Re: Fluff

Postby addams » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:15 am UTC

What words were replaced with the words, "I lost twenty-dollars and my self respect."?

There was an xkcd word filter with that in it.
What filtered out to leave, "twenty-dollars and my self respect"?

I think about these things.
Other stuff, too.

A woman said to me, "You think too much."
I said, "I Can't Stop Thinking! I can stop talking."

We sat in silence for a very few minutes.
It was nice.

I was still thinking.
But, not much.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Fluff

Postby poxic » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:19 am UTC

I'm not sure if that filter still works. Let's see:

I lost twenty dollars and my self respect.

Edit: it still works! The original sentence is "I lost the game".
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Re: Fluff

Postby addams » Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:42 am UTC

poxic wrote:I'm not sure if that filter still works. Let's see:

I lost twenty dollars and my self respect.

Edit: it still works! The original sentence is "I lost the game".

Thank you.
You have SuperPowers.

If you type, "I lost twenty dollars and my self respect."
It reads, "I lost twenty-dollars and my self respect."

That makes sense.
It's the same thing.

Sort of.
edit:
Yes. It's still working.
You Do have SuperPowers.

How were you able to by-pass the filter?
Nah. Don't tell me.

It will waste your time and will not enlighten me.
It's like teaching Algebra to a Dog.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Fluff

Postby poxic » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:18 pm UTC

Oh, it's a way to cheat around the filters (one that the mods love to dink with during Madness). You can type the word "game", for example, then put your cursor in the middle of it and click the "s" or "sub" button. This puts some bbcode brackets in the word, which will make the filters ignore the word. Like this:

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I lo[s][/s]st the ga[sub][/sub]me.

If you type that in a regular part of the post (rather than between "code" tags, like above) then it comes out looking like this:

I lost the game.

(I think I learned this from someone else. Not sure who.) Anyway, you can quote this post to see what the bbcode looks like.
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Re: Fluff

Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:46 am UTC

poxic wrote:Oh, it's a way to cheat around the filters (one that the mods love to dink with during Madness). You can type the word "game", for example, then put your cursor in the middle of it and click the "s" or "sub" button. This puts some bbcode brackets in the word, which will make the filters ignore the word. Like this:

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I lo[s][/s]st the ga[sub][/sub]me.

If you type that in a regular part of the post (rather than between "code" tags, like above) then it comes out looking like this:

I lost the game.

(I think I learned this from someone else. Not sure who.) Anyway, you can quote this post to see what the bbcode looks like.

Thank You, Poxic;
Under supervision I might 'Get It'.
Until then...

Thank you.
Your directions are clear as a bell.
Any motivated person could use your post to Conquer the Word Filters.

I may, simply, allow the word filters to wash over me, my posts and my mood.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: Fluff

Postby ChronosDragon » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:09 am UTC

I watched a hour-long studio walkthrough of electronic music artist legowelt. Interested in his sound, I went to his website to see if he had anything free for download. Little did I expect to see this monstrosity:

http://www.legowelt.com/

Last updated in February, 2014. This isn't shit from 2002, this is actively maintained. (Well, it might be both.) Design atrocities aside, from an HTML standpoint it's utterly horrible: doubly-nested frames (which serve to keep the entire site under a single web address, making linking to specific pages impossible), use of deprecated elements (<big> and <marquee>) while SIMULTANEOUSLY using newer standards like inline styles on elements, and styling everything on a per-element basis (no .css files for this guy). This page had to have been built in something like Frontpage from the Dark Ages of website creation because I could not imagine writing this deformed a site by hand.

I can only guess as to his reasons for keeping it like this. As an indie artist, he may be going for irony - well, there's irony, and then there's nausea. It could be laziness or lack of funds to hire a decent web designer, though he seems to have been successful enough to afford a plethora of synthesizers. The only other plausible explanation is that he has carefully designed it to narrowly filter for an audience who he thinks will appreciate his music (that is to say, early 90s kids who are so attuned to listening to certain kinds of music that their eyes have ceased some higher-level function, or at least, that is what it seems).
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Re: Fluff

Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:03 pm UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:I watched a hour-long studio walkthrough of electronic music artist legowelt. Interested in his sound, I went to his website to see if he had anything free for download. Little did I expect to see this monstrosity:

http://www.legowelt.com/

Last updated in February, 2014. This isn't shit from 2002, this is actively maintained. (Well, it might be both.) Design atrocities aside, from an HTML standpoint it's utterly horrible: doubly-nested frames (which serve to keep the entire site under a single web address, making linking to specific pages impossible), use of deprecated elements (<big> and <marquee>) while SIMULTANEOUSLY using newer standards like inline styles on elements, and styling everything on a per-element basis (no .css files for this guy). This page had to have been built in something like Frontpage from the Dark Ages of website creation because I could not imagine writing this deformed a site by hand.

I can only guess as to his reasons for keeping it like this. As an indie artist, he may be going for irony - well, there's irony, and then there's nausea. It could be laziness or lack of funds to hire a decent web designer, though he seems to have been successful enough to afford a plethora of synthesizers. The only other plausible explanation is that he has carefully designed it to narrowly filter for an audience who he thinks will appreciate his music (that is to say, early 90s kids who are so attuned to listening to certain kinds of music that their eyes have ceased some higher-level function, or at least, that is what it seems).

I don't know.
I enjoyed listening to his Documentary.

That web site is difficult to navigate.
The way I experienced it was like a Library of Sound.

Some of the Name are funny.

One is named Acid School.
Did that Guy take Acid and go to school?

An acceptable thing for a Young Adult to do in the NeatherLands, I suppose.
I wonder about these things sometimes.

It is like a Good Family vs a Bad Family.
A good Family allows many Wild and Wooly things.
Yet; Draws the Line at what a Bad Family considers Normal.

You can take LSD and You can ask for Help, if you need it.
You can Not wear Ear Buds at School.
You can Not Indulge in Mindless Violence.

You can find your own way and think your own thoughts.
If you are going to Behave Badly, a good family Behaves Extraordinarily Well in responds.

oh. The Web Site...
He got the Music onto a Web Site and it works.
What more do you want?

If you know how to do it and understand and respect his music,
Then Contact Him.

Don't destroy the old Web Site.
It may be a Treasured Project of His.

If you know how,
You can make it look like You think it should look.
He might like it, after he gets used to it.

quick edit:
Sound Proof Stone Walls make a lot of sense.
If he were my neighbor and the walls were like the ones in my quarters, now.

I might want to discuss Ear Buds at Home.
Not allowed at School. Required at Home.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
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Re: Fluff

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:17 pm UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:Design atrocities aside, from an HTML standpoint it's utterly horrible: doubly-nested frames (which serve to keep the entire site under a single web address, making linking to specific pages impossible)

Right-click > open frame in new window
right-click link > open link in new window
Status bar - just read where the link is taking you
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Re: Fluff

Postby Tomlidich the second » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:19 pm UTC

Holy balls guys.

"Heartbleed" An OpenSsl vulnerability, a very big one.

Advises changing all your passwords. All of them.
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Re: Fluff

Postby roband » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:23 pm UTC

Yay. Thoughtless overreaction.

I'm not even smart about this kind of thing, but I know changing your password isn't smart.

Change your password. Don't rely on the site you're changing it on from fixing the vulnerability. Have the new password stolen.

Success?

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Re: Fluff

Postby Tomlidich the second » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:34 pm UTC

roband wrote:Yay. Thoughtless overreaction.

I'm not even smart about this kind of thing, but I know changing your password isn't smart.

Change your password. Don't rely on the site you're changing it on from fixing the vulnerability. Have the new password stolen.

Success?


If they do not fix a vulnerability this massive, one wonders why you would use their site at all.
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Re: Fluff

Postby roband » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:35 pm UTC

One assumes you checked that the forum is safe?

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Re: Fluff

Postby Ubik » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:37 pm UTC

Changing the password before the flaw is fixed doesn't necessarily sound like being worth it. It could be just stolen again by an eavesdropper who has found out the encryption secrets.

Also yeah, there are places like the forums that are not secure to begin with, at least when it comes to the connection.

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Re: Fluff

Postby Tomlidich the second » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:40 pm UTC

Not within my capabilities i am afraid.

Someone with admin type privileges would use this to find what version of SSL this host is using:

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$ openssl version


Then, if it is versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f (inclusive) or 1.0.2-beta, it will need to be upgraded.

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade


Restart services after upgrade:
(shows services that need restart, and i believe restarts them)

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ps uwwp $(sudo find /proc -maxdepth 2 -name maps -exec grep -HE '/libssl\.so.* \(deleted\)' {} \; | cut -d/ -f3 | sort -u)


And that should take care of it.

I am not actually sure if this site is using ssl at all, I don't see (https) in the url bar.
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Re: Fluff

Postby Adacore » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:41 pm UTC

I believe that most sites that require a high level of security have already been patched, but were patched recently, and thus your details could well be compromised. So changing all your passwords now is indeed a very good idea.

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Re: Fluff

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Re: Fluff

Postby Tomlidich the second » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:44 pm UTC

How about this:

change them now, to a temp password. wait a week for those services to catch up and update.

one week from now, we all change them again to a new permanent password to keep.

its the most secure thing.
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Re: Fluff

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:09 pm UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:I am not actually sure if this site is using ssl at all, I don't see (https) in the url bar.

I believe that was Ubik's point. Lots of sites aren't affected, because they weren't even using SSL before, and connections to them remain as unsecure as ever (and, in fact, they are more secure than sites using an affected verion of OpenSSL). If you've reused a password from an affected site and then reused it somewhere unaffected (like here), then you should a) stop reusing passwords and b) treat that password as compromised and change both the password here (now) and on the affected site (once it's patched). If you used a unique password for the fora, it's as secure today as it was last week.
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Re: Fluff

Postby FierceContinent » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:43 pm UTC

Designing the ultimate geek childhood:

Age 0-7 years :Stuff from before 1950s: Fairy tales, Doctor Dolittle, Robin hood, King Arthur, Lewis Carroll, The Hobbit, no videos games or Colour TV. Golden age comics, Flash Gordon, etc

7-9 Stuff from the Sixties/seventies: Star trek TOS, original Doctor who, Marvel comics of those decades, D&D, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, TV but only primitive games etc.

10-13 Stuff from the Eighties/Nineties: , Nintendo/Sega/Playstation game systems, more comics, , Star trek (TNG, DS9),Back to the future, Star wars, Terminator, Harry Potter( one book a year from age ten), The Matrix etc.Twilight zone(50s-60s), The Lord of the Rings book.New Dr Who

14-16 Stuff from the Noughties: X-box/Gamecube/ the later Playstations/PC games, Firefly, Pixar, Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, etc.The X-files.

16+ Stuff from 2010 on, Modern games, Modern Sci-fi, The Avengers, Frozen, Rapunzel, etc, whatever else is great in the next Fifteen+ years.

This should give your kid a deep appreciation of the games, comics, books and TV series's of geekdom.

...

You would probably have to be clinically insane to actually do this.

Edits. Some fictions moved around for age appropriateness
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Re: Fluff

Postby PictureSarah » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:06 pm UTC

7> is a little young for LoTR. I read "The Hobbit" for the first time when I was 7, and I loved it, but I think the whole LoTR trilogy might have been a bit of a slog at that age. 13> might be kind of young for The X Files, too, depending on the kid. There are some pretty scary episodes.
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Re: Fluff

Postby eSOANEM » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:03 pm UTC

I'd put new who earlier, I think ~12 is ideal for episodes like the empty child (season 1) because then the kid's about your age.

Also the ideal Harry Potter reading order is one a year (or so) starting from ~10. Otherwise you either have them starting seeming a bit young or ending a bit too dark.
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Re: Fluff

Postby Adacore » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:09 pm UTC

PhoenixEnigma wrote:I believe that was Ubik's point. Lots of sites aren't affected, because they weren't even using SSL before, and connections to them remain as unsecure as ever (and, in fact, they are more secure than sites using an affected verion of OpenSSL). If you've reused a password from an affected site and then reused it somewhere unaffected (like here), then you should a) stop reusing passwords and b) treat that password as compromised and change both the password here (now) and on the affected site (once it's patched). If you used a unique password for the fora, it's as secure today as it was last week.

While this is reasonable advice, I think the importance of not repeating passwords is strangely exaggerated sometimes. I have indeed reused the password that I use on the fora, and you know what, I don't particularly care. I really don't think it would be more than a minor inconvenience if someone compromised the account. Even if they made it unrecoverable via my actually-secure email account, I could just create a new login. I guess they could troll the fora by pretending to be me without any way to prove which of us is real, but honestly, I strongly doubt there's anyone in the world who cares enough about messing with me to do that, and it's ridiculously unlikely that if such a person does exist that they also managed to acquire my login details from elsewhere, then find me on the fora; and I don't think anybody here has enough private information about me that it would be a useful ploy from a social engineering attack standpoint.

There are many websites I use which I don't care about at all, but which forced me to register in order to use their services. For many of these I just use my full name as the password. A quick search would probably now let you log in to some of the sites I'm registered on. Oh no. Security disaster.

EDIT: Having said all that, I'm seriously considering taking this 'change all passwords' advice as an opportunity to switch to using a proper password manager and actually use proper long, randomized passwords for everything I consider important. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? Would people advise standalone programs, or an internet-based solution? The standalone option seems like it would be significantly more secure but much less convenient one (and you'd better have a reliable backup, or you lose access to everything if you lose the encrytped password database). I guess I can just memorize the passwords I need frequently, but not having access to my passwords on computers other than my home PC could be extremely annoying. If you use a standalone, offline password manager, can you just take the database and program with you on a USB memory stick?

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Re: Fluff

Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:03 am UTC

FierceContinent wrote:Designing the ultimate geek childhood:

Age 0-7 years :Stuff from before 1950s: Fairy tales, Doctor Dolittle, Robin hood, King Arthur, Lewis Carroll, Lord of the Rings, no videos games or Colour TV. Golden age comics, Flash Gordon, etc

7-9 Stuff from the Sixties/seventies: Star trek TOS, original Doctor who, Marvel comics of those decades, D&D, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, TV but only primitive games etc.

10-13 Stuff from the Eighties/Nineties: Twilight zone, Nintendo/Sega/Playstation game systems, more comics, The X-files, new Star trek,Back to the future, Star wars, Terminator, Harry Potter, The Matrix etc.

14-16 Stuff from the Noughties: X-box/Gamecube/ the later Playstations/PC games, Firefly, Pixar, new Dr Who, Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, etc.

16+ Stuff from 2010 on, Modern games, Modern Sci-fi, The Avengers, Frozen, Rapunzel, etc, whatever else is great in the next Fifteen+ years.

This should give your kid a deep appreciation of the games, comics, books and TV series's of geekdom.

...

You would probably have to be clinically insane to actually do this.

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Re: Fluff

Postby ahammel » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:07 am UTC

Adacore wrote:While this is reasonable advice, I think the importance of not repeating passwords is strangely exaggerated sometimes. I have indeed reused the password that I use on the fora, and you know what, I don't particularly care. I really don't think it would be more than a minor inconvenience if someone compromised the account.

Assuming you don't care about the security of any of the other accounts for which you used the password, this is a reasonable attitude.

But yes, basically, holy shit change every password you care about.

EDIT: and use 2-factor.
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