Google launches "plus codes": open geocodes for locations that don't have street addresses

In much of the world, addresses are difficult to convey because they refer to locations on unnamed streets, in unnumbered buildings, in unincorporated townships, sometimes in disputed national boundaries (I have often corresponded with people in rural Costa Rica whose addresses were "So-and-so, Road Without Name, 300m west of the bus stop, village, nearest town, region"). Read the rest

Names that break databases

Jennifer Null is impossible: her name can't be entered into most modern databases (plane reservations, wedding registries) because "null" is used to separate fields in databases themselves. Read the rest

Crummy passwords from Yahoo users

The dump of 450,000 Yahoo passwords by a group calling itself "D33ds Company" has been analyzed by Anders Nilsson (apparently these passwords were stored in the clear). Here's the topline:

Total entries = 442773 Total unique entries = 342478

Top 10 passwords 123456 = 1666 (0.38%) password = 780 (0.18%) welcome = 436 (0.1%) ninja = 333 (0.08%) abc123 = 250 (0.06%) 123456789 = 222 (0.05%) 12345678 = 208 (0.05%) sunshine = 205 (0.05%) princess = 202 (0.05%) qwerty = 172 (0.04%)

Top 10 base words password = 1373 (0.31%) welcome = 534 (0.12%) qwerty = 464 (0.1%) monkey = 430 (0.1%) jesus = 429 (0.1%) love = 421 (0.1%) money = 407 (0.09%) freedom = 385 (0.09%) ninja = 380 (0.09%) writer = 367 (0.08%)

Password length (length ordered) 1 = 117 (0.03%) 2 = 70 (0.02%) 3 = 302 (0.07%) 4 = 2748 (0.62%) 5 = 5323 (1.2%) 6 = 79610 (17.98%) 7 = 65598 (14.82%) 8 = 119125 (26.9%) 9 = 65955 (14.9%) 10 = 54756 (12.37%) 11 = 21219 (4.79%) 12 = 21728 (4.91%)

Statistics of the "450.000 leaked Yahoo accounts".

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Automatic generator for stupid PayPal product-names

The PayPal Product Name Generator automates PayPal's nasty habit of giving stupid product names to the companies they acquire. I got "PayPal Website Advanced Checkout Online," "PayPal Online Pro Advanced," "PayPal Payflow Payments Express," and "PayPal Payments Link Checkout."

PayPal Product Name Generator Read the rest