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Stanford’s password policy shuns one-size-fits-all security

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Finally a fresh idea about password policies. I really can’t understand why in 2014 there are still companies (including banks) forcing a maximum length for passwords. Stanford University network engineers have unveiled a refreshingly enlightened password policy. By allowing extremely long passcodes and relaxing character complexity requirements as length increases, the new standards may make it easier to choose passwords …

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Apple: The Next Thing and Low Hanging Fruit

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I don’t agree with David. It’s easy to say that the tablet was a low hanging fruit now, but before the iPad the very concept of tablet did not exist… Apple took a huge risk in launching a completely new product category, which became mainstream. We should also remember that people were laughing at the idea of Apple making a phone, as …

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Linode Introduces Hourly Billing

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Finally Linode moved to hourly billing, following DigitalOcean‘s model (hourly billing by default, capped at the monthly price). I don’t see Linode moving more into DO’s territory: Linode’s cheapest instance costs four times more than DO’s, but it is also more powerful and only comparable to a similarly priced instance on DO. Since I switched from Linode to DO, I …

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Imagine no SSL encryption, it’s scary if you try

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Some sound advice. To test a website, you do not need to put in the port number. The test will default to port 443 (HTTPS). So I was able to test Dreamhost.com by just using “dreamhost.com” in the form. At the time I tested, dreamhost had not updated to the fixed version of OpenSSL, and so the test reported it …

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Disqus is Testing a New Form of Advertising

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At some point I was considering switching to Disqus for comments, now I am glad I did not. Also, I find it interesting how the explanation sounds defensive (and not clear). Do not get me wrong though, I think it’s completely legitimate to try to monetize the huge community Disqus has built; I just believe there should be a way …

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