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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
6/6/2016 12:27:19 PM
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Re: The concern with security
@faryl: So has it come in yet?  How is it working for you?

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faryl
faryl
5/29/2016 1:57:17 AM
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Re: The concern with security
I just (finally) ordered one!

Figured it's worth $6 if it just lasts me the trip up and back down again :-)

(I think I actually had one of these to use with my discman back in the day, now that I think about it)

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faryl
faryl
5/29/2016 1:42:23 AM
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Re: The concern with security
LOL!

I'll have to use that next time someone asks me my age: Old enough to know what phreaking is; young enough to still worry about the statute-of-limitations for events that may or may not have occurred back then :-)

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/4/2016 7:04:45 AM
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Re: The concern with security
@faryl: You're absolutely welcome!  Glad I could help.

For my own part, though, when it comes to drives like those, I prefer to devote at least a modicum of listening time to the traffic reports.  (Ah, alas, if only every major metro area had all-traffic-all-the-time radio stations.)

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/3/2016 8:30:19 AM
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Re: The concern with security
@John: Reminds me of the BBS (Bulletin Board System -- I wonder how many people here are both old enough and nerdy enough to remember those) days when, if you were a SysOp or Co-SysOp, every users' password (even those users with higher levels of administrative access than you) was viewable in plaintext.  Bizarre.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/3/2016 8:18:40 AM
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Re: The concern with security
@faryl: I'm not so young that I don't know what phreaking is.

But I'm not so old that I'm convinced I can tell you any stories about it, statute-of-limitations-wise.  ;)

jk!

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/1/2016 1:44:23 PM
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Re: The concern with security
Silly password story that sets out how much things have changed:

When I was in college I had a night job for a while at a Proctor and Gamble sales office, operating a modem (yes, they once needed operators) to download (we didn't call it that yet) the official copies of sales reports to a mainframe, and then running report-writer programs to print a paper copy of a giant report that I would then cut apart, distributing the proper pieces to the proper desks. This required that I have a password.

I did not know that the manager kept a printed list of everyone's password on his desk (not even in a drawer) to make sure we were all following the rules for passwords.

So I got called in for an early morning reprimand for use of an inappropriate password, which, it being P&G, was because my password was ... IvorySoapSinks.

 


When I used to relate that story among my academic and artist buds it was about the bizarre uptightness of the bizworld. Nowadays it's a tale of how weird things used to be: a printed list of everyone's password on the manager's desk. 

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/1/2016 11:38:28 AM
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Re: The concern with security
@John: I'm having trouble finding it now, but I remember playing a game a couple years back online wherein you had to guess the most popular passwords.  As you might expect, most of them were variations on the word "password," number sequences, popular names, and popular profanities.

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faryl
faryl
4/27/2016 8:51:00 PM
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Re: The concern with security
I just saw this comment and am absolutely delighted to know this is an option!


I'm going to be going on a 3 hour (each way) drive in a couple of weeks - I'm going to be sure to look into getting one of these.


Thank you!

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dlr5288
dlr5288
4/27/2016 8:40:29 PM
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Re: The concern with security
Haha good point!

I feel like Verizon is always going to be working on security, as they should. I don't know how long it will take for security to become unbreakable, but it's slowly getting there!

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