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(The Hollywood Reporter)   From the Department of You Don't Say: The older members of the Academy are having trouble with online voting for the Oscars   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 16
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2012-12-28 03:49:29 PM  
So many snide comments to make...decisions, decisions...

OK.  I'm going to go with, "If it's good enough when voting for president, it should be good enough for them."
 
2012-12-28 04:39:41 PM  
Given that "the older members of the Academy" is most of the membership, this could be an interesting Oscars.  "And the award for Best Actor goes to... Burt Lancaster?"
 
2012-12-28 05:07:43 PM  
SHARKTOPUS FTW, LOLOLOLOLOLOL
 
2012-12-28 05:57:22 PM  

Osomatic: Given that "the older members of the Academy" is most of the membership, this could be an interesting Oscars.  "And the award for Best Actor goes to... Burt Lancaster?"


Or the opposite.  The older members votes won't get through.

"And the award for Best Picture goes to.... 21 Jump Street?"
 
2012-12-28 06:29:08 PM  
Could be a tight race this year between "Matlock" and "Murder She Wrote."
 
2012-12-28 06:48:11 PM  
So...every member of the Academy?
 
2012-12-28 06:57:01 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: SHARKTOPUS FTW, LOLOLOLOLOLOL


DAMN YOU, SHARKTOPUS!
 
2012-12-28 07:28:09 PM  
FTFA They then had to create a voting password, distinct from their member password, that met very specific criteria: It must be no shorter than eight characters and no longer than 16; it must include at least one alpha and one numeric character; and it must include one special character, such as !, @, # or $.

So basically the idiots who designed the system didn't understand that 'usability' is a key feature of any service.  If your users can't use it and you create arbitrary bullshiat requirements like the one above - you should be fired.

/pet peeve
//designs such systems
 
2012-12-28 07:55:09 PM  
cdn.inquisitr.com
 
2012-12-28 08:21:29 PM  
"It's easier to break into the CIA," one member told me.

Member must be one of these guys:

www.thefilmpilgrim.com
 
2012-12-28 10:40:47 PM  

gingerjet: FTFA They then had to create a voting password, distinct from their member password, that met very specific criteria: It must be no shorter than eight characters and no longer than 16; it must include at least one alpha and one numeric character; and it must include one special character, such as !, @, # or $.

So basically the idiots who designed the system didn't understand that 'usability' is a key feature of any service. If your users can't use it and you create arbitrary bullshiat requirements like the one above - you should be fired.

/pet peeve
//designs such systems


Oh, you design public-facing websites designed to handle highly secure and confidential information? Because that's what I did for a long time, and if you suggested to any one of my project teams that they reduce password rules like that or get rid of multi-factor authentication, you'd be laughed out of the room. The people FTA espousing concern about hacking were right, even if those idiots were turning around and asking for plain text passwords with their next breath.

So yes, you have to have a physical security component. Yes, you have to have a strong second password if you want anything approaching a secure interface. And actually, based on recent advances, I'd recommend passwords be 9 characters minimum.

Now, it's not like whoever did this site is blameless. They clearly farked up somewhere in communication and education. Ironic that the masters of Hollywood couldn't come up with a good marketing plan! Surrounded by creativity and talent, and nobody thought to make a video or something?
 
2012-12-29 02:32:10 AM  
 
2012-12-29 02:38:30 AM  

johnnyboog: [cdn.inquisitr.com image 460x356]


I love how they desribe the people getting pissed off at them saying "This is my big night and you better not fark it up!" And they proceeded to say "Dude this is Hollywood! The whole thing is a big joke!" Also liked they took acid and went just imagine what Joan Rivers ugly craw would of looked like on that shiat.
 
2012-12-29 05:09:22 AM  

John Nash: Oh, you design public-facing websites designed to handle highly secure and confidential information? Because that's what I did for a long time, and if you suggested to any one of my project teams that they reduce password rules like that or get rid of multi-factor authentication, you'd be laughed out of the room.


Any system that puts an arbitrary upper limit of 16 characters on a password can be presumed to be pure crap, and the special-character requirements are security voodoo.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-12-29 11:58:55 AM  

chrylis: Any system that puts an arbitrary upper limit of 16 characters on a password can be presumed to be pure crap, and the special-character requirements are security voodoo.


Special character requirements are to prevent dictionary attacks. Yeah it's not perfect, but it stops the script kiddies. And with a site like Oscars voting, you definitely have to worry about the script kiddies.
 
2012-12-29 05:45:57 PM  

John Nash: Special character requirements are to prevent dictionary attacks. Yeah it's not perfect, but it stops the script kiddies. And with a site like Oscars voting, you definitely have to worry about the script kiddies.


And it's objectively less secure (both in entropy and memorability) than using a passphrase. There's no good reason why a properly-hashed password(phrase) setup should have such an absurdly low character limit.
 
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