Let them paste passwords | NCSC Site

Let them paste passwords by Sacha B (ncsc.gov.uk)
Allow your website to accept pasted passwords - it makes your site more secure, not less.

One of the things people often tweet to us @ncsc are examples of websites which prevent you pasting in a password. Why do websites do this? The debate has raged – with most commentators raging how annoying it is.

So why do organisations do this? Often no reason is given, but when one is, that reason is ‘security’. The NCSC don’t think the reasons add up. We think that stopping password pasting (or SPP) is a bad thing that reduces security. We think customers should be allowed to paste their passwords into forms, and that it improves security. Continue reading “Let them paste passwords | NCSC Site”

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Walter B. Rudin: "Set Theory: An Offspring of Analysis"

Set Theory: An Offspring of Analysis by Walter B. Rudin (YouTube)
Prof. Walter B. Rudin presents the lecture, "Set Theory: An Offspring of Analysis." Prof. Jay Beder introduces Prof. Dattatraya J. Patil who introduces Prof....

Hacks/Hackers Los Angeles meetup on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hang out with our friends from ONA LA for fun conversation about digital journalism, the future of media and new projects for 2017! Maybe you'll find a new colleague, a kindred spirit, or a collaborator for that new digital media adventure that you've always wanted to pursue! ONA LA and HH/LA are kicking off the new year with an informal get-together on January 26th at the Library Bar near the intersection of 6th and Hope St. - one of the coolest venues in DTLA. We'll eat and drink and talk about technology, digital journalism and more! Also, if you're interested in helping out with either ONA LA or with Hacks & Hackers LA during 2017, then come along and lets chat!

If there’s one thing that’s abundantly true recently, it is that journalism can get all the help it can. Won’t you join me in helping to effect some change?

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MyScript MathPad for LaTeX and Livescribe

MyScript MathPad for LaTeX (myscript.com)
MyScript MathPad is a mathematic expression demonstration that lets you handwrite your equations or mathematical expressions on your screen and have them rendered into their digital equivalent for easy sharing. Render complex mathematical expressions easily using your handwriting with no constraints. The result can be shared as an image or as a LaTeX* or MathML* string for integration in your documents.

This looks like something I could integrate into my workflow.

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A WordPress plugin for posting to IndieNews

WordPress IndieNews by Matthias Pfefferle (github.com)
Automatically send webmentions to IndieNews

I just noticed that Matthias Pfefferle has kindly created a little WordPress plugin for posting to IndieNews.

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PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 19, 2017

PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 19, 2017 from PBS NewsHour
Thursday on the NewsHour, on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, the nation prepares for a new leader. Also: The president-elect's picks for Treasury and Energy face Senate scrutiny, a rocky presidential transition on national security, one woman's story about losing it all, Josh Earnest's years in the briefing room and a film explores the poetry of everyday life.

This Week in Google 387: Mommy’s Special Shawl

This Week in Google 387: Mommy's Special Shawl by Leo Laporte, Stacey Higginbotham from twit.tv
Stacey's LONG list of great IoT gadgets at CES. The Ara modular smartphone's rise and fall. The death of Google Hangouts API. WayMo makes LIDAR way cheaper. Marissa Mayer to leave Yahoo after sale. Bogus "inventor of e-mail" sues Techdirt. Aaron's Thing: The Onion Omega2 Stacey's Do Buy: truMedic Instashiatsu Plus Neck and Shoulder Massager Stacey's Don't Buy: GE Z-Wave Wireless Smart Door Sensor Leo's Thing: Project Fi - A World of Thanks

Jetpack 4.5: Monetize your site, brand new VideoPress, and many new shortcodes and widgets | Jetpack for WordPress

Jetpack 4.5: Monetize your site, brand new VideoPress, and many new shortcodes and widgets by Richard Muscat (Jetpack for WordPress)
New Jetpack release including site monetization tools, ad-free video hosting, new shortcodes and sidebar widgets.

How 1995! JetPack v4.5 now has a widget for “blog stats: a simple stat counter to display page views on the front end of your site.”


Welcome to Jetpack 4.5, available now for upgrade or installation. We’re starting the year in style with some very exciting additions and improvements that we can’t wait for you to try. This release includes:

  • Jetpack Ads (WordAds)
  • Brand new VideoPress
  • New shortcode support
  • More sidebar widgets
  • An update to our Terms of Service

Continue reading “Jetpack 4.5: Monetize your site, brand new VideoPress, and many new shortcodes and widgets | Jetpack for WordPress”

PressForward and Hypothes.is Work Great Together

I’ve just noticed that the metadata PressForward scrapes is enough to allow highlights and marginalia from Hypothes.is on the original web page to also appear in my copy on my own website! How awesome is that?

Example: http://boffosocko.com/2017/01/19/obamas-secret-to-surviving-the-white-house-years-books-the-new-york-times/

#ownallthethings

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Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books | The New York Times

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books by Michiko Kakutani (nytimes.com)(3 days 9 hours 38 minutes 31 seconds)
In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.

Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.

Continue reading “Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books | The New York Times”

🎧 A deep dive into cucurbit names

A deep dive into cucurbit names by Jeremy Cherfas from Eat This Podcast
Continuing the short season of bits and pieces that didn't quite fit in the year's episodes by getting to grips with the origin of "gherkin" and other names we give cucurbits.
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