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Daily Archives: October 21, 2015

Password Security – How to Memorize a Random 60-Bit String

How to Memorize a Random 60-Bit String. Marjan Ghazvininejad, Kevin Knight – Information Sciences Institute, Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California:

“User-generated passwords tend to be memorable, but not secure. A random, computer-generated 60-bit string is much more secure. However, users cannot memorize random 60- bit strings. In this paper, we investigate methods for converting arbitrary bit strings into English word sequences (both prose and poetry), and we study their memorability and other properties.”

World Bank Revises Down Forecasts for Oil Prices, Other Key Commodities

“In its latest commodity update, the World Bank is lowering its 2015 forecast for crude oil prices from $57 per barrel in its July report to $52 per barrel. The revised forecast reflects a further slowing in global economic performance, high current oil inventories, and expectations that Iranian oil exports will rise after the lifting of international sanctions, according to… Continue Reading

Article calls out harassment, disparagement of highly underrepresented female Wikipedia editors

It may well be that nobody knows if you are a dog (canine) on the internet, but if you are a female editor at Wikipedia, you are in a small and disparaged minority, The Atlantic:  “..In 2011, an internal study estimated that less than 10 percent of Wikipedia editors are female. The disparity is even… Continue Reading

First Chairs at Trial More Women Need Seats at the Table

First Chairs at Trial More Women Need Seats at the Table – A Research Report on the Participation of Women Lawyers as Lead Counsel and Trial Counsel in Litigation. American Bar Association. Stephanie A. Scharf, Roberta D. Liebenberg. “This report and the research underlying it were inspired by our everyday experiences as trial lawyers. We… Continue Reading

Post Sandy Hook Gun Law Case May Get to SCOTUS

FindLaw – “The push and pull of gun control laws and the Second Amendment continued regarding firearm restrictions passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. New York and Connecticut passed stricter gun laws in 2013, and a federal court upheld some of those restrictions while invalidating others. The 2nd U.S. Circuit… Continue Reading

2012 Annual and Monthly Estimates of Income and Earnings

“Using data from waves 11, 12, 13 and 14 from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents annual income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for 2012 for the nation. Annual estimates by selected demographic characteristics of the householder, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, marital… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Drug Control, Indian Energy, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Unaccompanied Alien Children

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Electricity Grid Requires Continued Attention, GAO-16-174T: Published: Oct 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2015. Drug Control: Additional Performance Information Is Needed to Oversee the National Guard’s State Counterdrug Program, GAO-16-133: Published: Oct 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2015. Indian Energy Development: Actions Needed to Address BIA… Continue Reading

Rovi and Michigan State University Establish Largest U.S. Library Media Collection

News release: “Rovi Corporation and Michigan State University (MSU) today announced that Rovi has donated a rare and valuable media collection to MSU. This donation establishes the largest media collection held by a library in the United States. The new “Rovi Media Collection” is comprised of close to one million CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs, and video… Continue Reading