Reclaiming Clamshell Mode Under Lion (and maybe Mountain Lion, too)

Something that I noticed immediately when I moved to Lion was that  my MacBook’s display would no longer remain disabled when I opened the lid after entering clamshell mode. Continue reading

You can’t have this (yet).

A post in Slashdot points towards an interesting article posted at the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School entitled, “What Could Have Been Entering the Public Domain on January 1, 2012?“. This article gives us an idea of some valuable artistic and scientific works which, for thirty-nine more years the public in general won’t be able to freely use, take advantage of, and build upon, due to the Copyright Act of 1976. Of particular attention is the section “The Public Domain Snatchers” which details what could we as public could exploit right now if the 1976 law wasn’t around.
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“Hurray for Bob & Alice” or “Gibson’s Insights into Passcode Length”

Two weeks ago through Security Now! Episode #303, Steve Gibson declared that our current view on passwords is not entirely correct. The most common philosophy is to have a completely random string of characters composed of alphanumeric characters, special symbols, between eight and sixteen characters in length. The downside of such passwords is that as these increase in length and randomness they also increase in difficulty of both memorization and input by the user. He argues that the length of the password is more important than randomness and that with length both ease of input and memorization can be achieved.
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