Original source: metafilter.com
Many of Pixar’s films can seem like magic, and while much of that relies on storytelling, the art of animation has many, many, many skills in it. Pixar has partnered with the Khan Academy to provide a free practical introduction to how the best-of-the-best do their job. Because who doesn’t want to understand how you simulate hair?
Note: The original Metafilter article contains links that I have not reproduced here.
Diceware creator Arnold Reinhold wrote “Six words may be breakable by an organization with a very large budget, such as a large country’s security agency. Seven words and longer are unbreakable with any known technology, but may be within the range of large organizations by around 2030. Eight words should be completely secure through 2050.”
Read the full article at arstechnica.com.
by Dan Goodin in arstechnica – 5/27/2013
“The ease these crackers had in recovering as many as 90 percent of the hashes they targeted from a real-world breach also exposes the inability many services experience when trying to measure the relative strength or weakness of various passwords. A recently launched site from chipmaker Intel asks users “How strong is your password?,” and it estimated it would take six years to crack the passcode “BandGeek2014”. That estimate is laughable given that it was one of the first ones to fall at the hands of all three real-world crackers.
As Ars explained recently, the problem with password strength meters found on many websites is they use the total number of combinations required in a brute-force crack to gauge a password’s strength. What the meters fail to account for is that the patterns people employ to make their passwords memorable frequently lead to passcodes that are highly susceptible to much more efficient types of attacks.”
Read the whole article at arstechnica.com.
“This question was first officially “answered” in 1974, and LEGO mathematicians arrived at the number 102,981,500. Eilers was curious about the mathematical methodology behind that number, and soon discovered that it only covered one kind of stacking—thus, it was dramatically low. So he wrote a computer program that modeled all the possible brick combinations. After running the program for a week, he ended up with a massive number: 915,103,765 combinations.” mentalfloss.com
The times involved by adding bricks seem to get into ranges we read about in articles about the times it takes to crack passwords.
Originally published by By Martin Brinkmann on February 11, 2017, at ghacks.net.
“Microsoft pushed patches to devices running Windows 7 and 8.1 in recent time that collect information and transfer data to Microsoft regularly.
One of the main issues that Windows users may have with telemetry is that Microsoft does not reveal what it is collecting, and what is included when telemetry data is transferred to the company.
The [linked article] provides suggestions on limiting Windows data collecting and transferring. There is no guarantee that nothing is collected and/or submitted after making privacy related changes to the operating system, but a guarantee that data collecting is severely limited at the very least.”
“Closing Words [from the article]
There is always the chance that new updates will add new services or tasks. This is why it is recommended to set Windows Update to inform but not download and install automatically.”
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