Been busy working, but a few things that have come to my attention over the past few days from two blogs that are well worth subscribing to:
Bruce Schneier writes about choosing good passwords, describing the scary software that can test 350,000 passwords per second and can find 25% of them instantly, and 50% of them within a few hours or days. Quick summary:
So if you want your password to be hard to guess, you should choose something not on any of the root or appendage lists. You should mix upper and lowercase in the middle of your root. You should add numbers and symbols in the middle of your root, not as common substitutions. Or drop your appendage in the middle of your root. Or use two roots with an appendage in the middle.
Muslim mothers who do not speak English at home are stunting their children’s literacy levels, one of the Government’s most influential education advisers said last night. Sir Cyril Taylor, the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said that the failure of parents to speak English at home was a key reason why some schools were at the bottom of newly-published-league tables.
Not Saussure does a perfect job of demolishing this argument so I don’t have to. What interests me about this is that it’s another example of how being anti-Muslim is becoming more and more socially acceptable. This is something that should concern us all.