Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Stuff - 12/5/2012

Slashdot - Strong passwords cracked in using 25 GPU machine running HashCat.

Gosney's system elevates password cracking to the next level, and effectively renders even the strongest passwords protected with weaker encryption algorithms, like Microsoft's LM and NTLM, obsolete.

The Register - Microsoft needs to cut Surface RT prices and make it available at locations other than it's own stores in order for it to be competitive according to an analyst:
DFG said mixed reviews and the $599 starting price were putting off customers, but the major issue has been its go-to-market strategy. "Lack of distribution is killing the product," the equity analyst stated, "[lack] of retail exposure at Best Buy and others is severely depressing sales."

Seattle Times - Starbucks is opening another 1500 US stores. Great News! I was just thinking the other day, you know what America needs? More Starbucks that's what!

NY Times - Border Agents’ Power to Search Devices Is Facing Increasing Challenges in Court. Good, The way I look at it is if you are a non-US citizen entering the US then your devices should be open for inspection. If you are a US citizen then the 4th amendment applies. Once you are in the country citizen or not the 4th amendment applies.

ZDNet - Microsoft opens its Socl social-search site to any and all testers. I looked at it last night. Interesting but I found it unusable
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