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I have to write a blog post for work that details the myths about passwords and what the best practice is. Anyone got any thoughts or pointers to good references? The XKCD post is always used and I hate when people are advised to use numbers instead of letters. Anyone got any further tips?
Personally I like long passwords of at least 15 characters and normally have at least 1 number and one capital in them. Different passwords for each site and not changing your password every 30 days. I hate the systems that enforce a password change as people get lazy then and go for simple and easy to remember passwords rather than having a good long password.
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Last Pass is my go to solution, specially with 2 factor auth.
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Gotta love iSheep , make sure you read the comments and look at some of the context. People really are stupid. 
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And so it begins again. A fool and his money are soon parted.
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Built a Plex HTPC using a chrome box and had 3 weeks stability out of it so far. Plex is really very good these days and the Chromebox attaches nicely to the back of the TV and is completely silent. TV and Chromebox boot to us able in under 10 seconds once you apply power.
Anyone who has a Plex server will tell you that there are countless ways to access it. Plex has apps out for just about any device or OS you can think of. When it comes to watching Plex on a HDTV, most people plug in a Roku or Chromecast and call it a day. While this obviously works, the interface is a little slow and clunky and you wind up with a functional solution without much wow factor. One way people solve this is by building a...
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Virus and bacteria : This is something humans have been grappling for years. Since the beginning of life, cells of all living creatures have been in a pitched battle against bacteria and viruses. But not all bacteria and viruses are the same. Read on to know more...

Antibiotics are limited : Antibiotics have been used for three quarters of a century to treat bacterial infections. Evolution is real. And so bacteria have evolved resistance to the antibiotics we use to kill them. We then invented new antibiotics, in response the bacteria evolved again — and the cycle repeats. The problem is that we are already running out of new antibiotics, but bacteria won't run out of evolution.

Enter bacteriophages : It turns out that there is a living creature that kills bacteria — a virus called a bacteriophage. The name literally means 'bacteria eater'. In the 1920s, bacteriophages were used to treat bacterial infections in both the United States, and in Georgia in the Soviet Union. Nothing else worked - antibiotics had not yet been invented. Bacteriophages were developed and used in Georgia until the present day. But in the West they were abandoned  after the introduction of antibiotics. Antibiotics were cheap, easy to make, store and prescribe. On the other hand, bacteriophages had to be individually blended, on demand. Furthermore, antibiotics could attack a whole range of different bacteria, while bacteriophages would work only against very specific bacteria. If you wanted to kill a different bacterium, you needed to use a different bacteriophage.

Bacteria eaters : Your typical bacteriophage virus looks a bit like a moon lander - a tall skinny body on top of a bunch of spindly legs. The bacteriophage lands on a bacterium, legs down. The legs then bend and the body of the bacteriophage makes contact with the much larger body of the bacterium. The tail of the bacteriophage then penetrates into the bacterium and injects some of its genetic DNA. The bacteriophage DNA then forces the host bacterium to start making more bacteriophages — sometimes within 15 minutes. Bacteriophage viruses are so potent that they kill about half the bacteria on Earth every two days.

Guided missiles : _Each type of bacteriophage has evolved to attack only a very limited range of bacteria. But this turns out to have advantages.

If you take an antibiotic to treat an ear infection, it will also accidentally kill many of the essential and friendly bacteria that live in your gut. Bacteriophage therapy will leave these friendly bacteria alone. Bacteriophages are more like a guided missile than a nuclear bomb._

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Main article: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/11/18/4130318.htm#artComments

More about viruses: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/21143412

Beware of  Pseudoscience (scienceblogs) : http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/08/07/beware-genetically-engineered-t4-bacteriophage-nanobots/

Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteriophage

Related Nanoparticle article: http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=14121


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Apple’s own iPhone 6 isn’t perfect enough for Apple’s marketing department!

As we reported last week, the iPhone 6 is so thin that there isn’t enough room for the camera optics, which stick out. Apple hides that fact, however, in its marketing photography. Silhouettes of the phone show the protuberance Photoshopped out. Apple is such a perfectionist that even its own products aren’t perfect enough for Apple marketing. 
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