Lunch date with my sweetheart!
I nominate Daryl Davis for the Nobel Peace prize. This is the one and only way to combat racism, through one on one engagement, human being to human being, in a civilized, respectful, but firm way.
There is a profile of him in the UK’s The Independent. Here’s the money quote:
I never set out to convert anyone in the Klan. I just set out to get an answer to my question: ‘How can you hate me when you don’t even know me’.
“I simply gave them a chance to get to know me and treat them the way I want to be treated.
“They come to their own conclusion that this ideology is no longer for them.
“I am often the impetus for coming to that conclusion and I’m very happy that some positivity has come out of my meetings and friendships with them.”
There is apparently a documentary about him in the works called Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America.
As enjoyable and entertaining as it might be, venting your moral outrage on the Facebook is going to do exactly nothing. Just stop it.
Looking up the trunk of (what I think is) a live oak tree at Lee Farm Park.
The Internet Archive has digitized 28,000 78 RPM records and posted them online. Amazing. And they didn’t just do a batch conversion. Most songs were recorded with multiple needles, and an audio engineer picked out the best recording. They also used software to clean up the tracks further. So these are going to be just about as good as you can possibly get.
And they are all downloadable. As far as I can tell, these are all freely available to the public with no restrictions.
I did a couple of spot checks just for fun:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 8 recordings of 6 different songs, including “Shout, Sister, Shout!”
Hank Snow – 26 recordings! Including “The Rhumba Boogie”
Josh White – 6 recordings, including a recording of “House Of The Rising Sun”
It’s kinda hit or miss, but wow. what’s in here is a treasure trove!
Interesting article in the New York Times about why all those crazy password rules have been in place over the years. All those password rules originated from a document called NIST Special Publication 800-63. Back in my security software days, I just to subscribe to every release of the 800 series of documents from the NIST. A lot of business turned on those documents.
Turns out, there wasn’t much basis to those rules. The author did the best he could with the limited data he had available to him and no one objected because, well no one else had studied the subject much either.
There’s probably going to be a lot “I could have told you that a long time ago” from security expert wannabes. And it’s true to some extent. The catch-22 of password rules is that they only prevent a very narrow set of attacks, namely dictionary attacks. But the more rules you have in place, the easier it is for black hats to factor in those rules when they are attacking your password database.
But the fact of the matter is, we create very important policies and procedures, and “conventional wisdom” on less than perfect information every day.
The science is never quite settled.
According to the article,
The new guidelines, which are already filtering through to the wider world, drop the password-expiration advice and the requirement for special characters, Mr. Grassi said. Those rules did little for security—they ‘actually had a negative impact on usability,’ he said.
Long, easy-to-remember phrases now get the nod over crazy characters, and users should be forced to change passwords only if there is a sign they may have been stolen, says NIST, the federal agency that helps set industrial standards in the U.S.
Academics who have studied passwords say using a series of four words can be harder for hackers to crack than a shorter hodgepodge of strange characters—since having a large number of letters makes things harder than a smaller number of letters, characters and numbers.
I’m glad to say the rules I use and advise people to use still hold up under the new standard
So if I am logging into my Facebook account with my email@example.com ID, my password would be
The advantage of this scheme is