April 11th, 2015

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A lovely indictment of modern password practices

Just came across this ruefully funny story on Ars Technica. Summary: a French TV station got hacked, and it looks like it may have been because they interviewed one of their employees -- who had his passwords on a sticky-note on the wall behind him.

The worst part is, this is totally unsurprising. Much of corporate IT has promulgated idiotic practices (eg, requiring you to change your password every eight weeks) that leave the typical user with little choice but to do dumb things like this. It's long past time for companies to wake up to the fact that this is a problem...
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Akka on .NET

Fascinating: I'm not sure whether any of my friends are still working on .NET (I was the heaviest engineer I knew on that side of things), but if you are -- they've just released a .NET port of Akka.

Akka is the large-scale-programming Actors environment that Querki is fundamentally based on. It's a radically different architecture than what most folks are used to, but it's the way of the future, especially when combined with the Reactive Streams that are now being built on top of it. Following this architecture faithfully lets you build systems that are designed for scalability pretty much from the outset, and tends to be much less bug-prone than traditional multi-threaded programming.

This isn't a fork of Akka -- it couldn't be, since Akka is deeply Scala/Java based -- it's a line-by-line rewrite into C#. So it's best thought of as an architectural cousin rather than part of Akka itself. But folks who are doing serious work in .NET should check it out: if I was still Windows-based, it's what I'd want to use...