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About this Heartbleed Bug stuff
Admin CavemanJoe2014-04-10 16:32:08
Hey, folks. There's been a lot of talk in the news the past couple of days about the Heartbleed Bug, and you're probably wondering if the Island's data is safe.

Long story short: yeah, you're fine. To be extra-safe, don't re-use passwords.

Long story slightly longer: The Island doesn't use OpenSSL, so it isn't affected by Heartbleed. We're using very, very, very old code - but code that's stood up to pretty much everything that's come along. The Island's codebase is like your grandmother's toaster that's all rusty and ugly but has been going just fine since the 1960's and has yet to burn the house down.
We store passwords in encrypted format, and your browser encrypts them via Javascript before they've even sent to the server - that way, any naughty programs squatting on your computer, or on a computer between you and the Island, sniffing at any data you send to a website, will only get the encrypted password. (you might have noticed that when you hit the Log In button, your password seems to grow longer in the password box - well, that's why)

HOWEVER. If you use the same password on the Island as you use on other websites that have been affected by Heartbleed (and a lot of big websites have been affected (and everybody says "Don't re-use passwords" but everybody totally does)) then you should probably change your password to something long but memorable like donkeydonkeydonkeydonkeydonkeydonkeylion or everybodyasksmysecretbutnobodyknowsimactuallyaduck straight away.

Common misconception about passwords: kcr32bh98 IS NOT A GOOD PASSWORD. You can automate the guessing of passwords very easily, and basically the only thing that protects you is length. This is a six-panel comic about how to make good passwords, and everybody should read it.

In other news, work continues on new Place features to destroy and/or rearrange Doors, Rooms and Pages - I should have more of an update for you in the next few days.

Have fun!

-CMJ


News since the last new Game Day (Items 1 - 50 of 103)
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has challenged their master, Devvo and lost!
"Wow," says The Watcher. "I guess I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up about his Lightning Suit -1."
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq was hunted down by their master, Devvo, for being truant.
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Cassie has defeated her master, Amir to advance to level 6 after 22 days!!
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has been defeated in the jungle by Large Hardon Collider.
"If I had a cigarette for every time a Large Hardon Collider knocked me out with its typo gremlin apocalypse cultists," Grand Master Badass Ytrewq groans before he spits out a tooth.
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has challenged their master, Devvo and lost!
Grand Master Badass Ytrewq whoops, punchdrunk, as he staggers out of an impact crater. "No!" he shouts after a retreating Devvo, "that was effin ace! Bloody brilliant! Come back, I want you to hit me in the face again with your Budget Horse's Tail, I LIKED IT! Needle-licker!"
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq was hunted down by their master, Devvo, for being truant.
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has defeated his master, Vitoleone to advance to level 11 after 8 days!!
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq was hunted down by their master, Vitoleone, for being truant.
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been slain while travelling by Titan.
Two Retraining Officers unceremoniously heft Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas into the FailBoat, then chuck his Plasma Gun after him. It thops off of his head and slides to the deck. "Man, that's the third time today!" "I know, right? It's like She wants 'em to drop out there. More work for us..."
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Returning Contestant masato has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been slain while travelling by Titan.
"The thing about failure" says The Watcher thoughtfully, "is that it happens to you when you least expect it. Or all the time, whatever."
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been slain while travelling by Titan.
Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas lands on his arse on the FailBoat. Picking hisself up, he proceeds deliberately and calmly to the railing, where he takes a deep breath. "GODDAMNED BONCE-LICKING NANNY CUDDLER!" he screams before turning away. Nearby contestants shrink back.
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has defeated his master, Clairvius to advance to level 10 after 8 days!!
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq was hunted down by their master, Clairvius, for being truant.
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Returning Contestant masato was last seen aboard a small boat.
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Contender Pure-Strain Human has defeated his master, Will Thompson to advance to level 8 after 7 days!!
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The broken, whimpering body of Grand Master Badass Ytrewq was found partially submerged by the rocks under a waterfall.
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AgentCaboose and Emily were seen heading up the stairs in the inn together.
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has defeated his master, Emma Blackman to advance to level 9 after 7 days!!
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq was hunted down by their master, Emma Blackman, for being truant.
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Pythias has defeated his master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 4 days!!
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Pythias was hunted down by their master, Tiffny Figg, for being truant.
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has defeated his master, Will Thompson to advance to level 8 after 7 days!!
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq was hunted down by their master, Will Thompson, for being truant.
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Zullin has defeated his master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 3 days!!
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Zullin has defeated his master, Kouska to advance to level 4 after 3 days!!
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Zullin was hunted down by their master, Kouska, for being truant.
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Fair Feathered Jake the Boxer won 121 Requisition after rolling 3 sixes in the Raven Inn.
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Grand Master Badass Ytrewq has been defeated in the wild by Velociraptor.
Victoria Badcrumble, an ancient schoolteacher with pendulous breasts and a pinched mouth, looks up from a pile of ungraded spelling tests as Improbable Island comes back from commercial. "Grand Master Badass Ytrewq!" she exclaims. "Wretched little snot, I always knew he'd come to no good."
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Returning Contestant masato has challenged their master, Kouska and lost!
Returning Contestant masato coughs as he picks bits of broken Nudity from a puncture wound. A camera zooms in for a testimonial. Returning Contestant masato curls his lip and sardonically obliges, "Yeah, uh, that... that could've gone a lot better. Than it did. Just now. That epic defeat I just took part in." Returning Contestant masato sighs and shakes his head. "...yeah. Not a good day."
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Beckit has defeated her master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 8 days!!
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Zullin has defeated his master, Felicia to advance to level 3 after 3 days!!
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Zullin has defeated his master, Tom Carney to advance to level 2 after 3 days!!
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Zullin was hunted down by their master, Tom Carney, for being truant.
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Maar has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Maar has been defeated in the jungle by Maxwell's Demon.
The Watcher checks Maar's pulse and shakes her head. "Bloody bunch of incompetents, all of them."
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Technical Sergeant Boyd has defeated his master, Clairvius to advance to level 10 after 3 days!!
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GigaDrake has been defeated in the jungle by Generic Monster.
A blogger watching the show at home chortles, clicking his pen to take notes. " GigaDrake," he dictates, "rising star of Season Two, brought to her knees by a generic attack..."
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Returning Contestant masato was hunted down by their master, Kouska, for being truant.
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Returning Contestant masato has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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GigaDrake has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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GigaDrake has been defeated in the Proving Grounds by Slash Fanfic.
Marie Cruplebottom, president of the local GigaDrake
Fancier Association, peeps from behind a pillow and a bowl of popcorn. "No, no, no, no -- ohhh, no, please don't -- please don't cry, oh, I would save you if I could, I'm sorry GigaDrake snoogums..."
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Returning Contestant masato has been defeated in the jungle by Sinister Dexter.
"Tum-titi-tum, coconuts," a Joker sings as she judges the size, shape, and heft of Returning Contestant masato's skull. She'd like to go bowling tonight! Returning Contestant masato whimpers faintly as his eyes roll back in his head.
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been slain while travelling by Titan.
Dan turns away from a manky salvaged radio in the Prancing SpiderKitty. He nods authoritatively. "Right, you lot, whoever had a tenner on Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas, pay up."
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GigaDrake has been defeated in the jungle by Orc.
"Shoo! Hsst! Scat!" GigaDrake weakly urges the KittyMorph rolling on her sucking chest wound.
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas has been slain while travelling by Titan.
A Failor hoots and jeers as Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas passes by. "Oi darlin'! Oi! Lookit me, I'm th'mighty Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas
, got me arse handed to me by a Titan!" He fixes him with a shit-eating grin. Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas stares coldly before stalking off.
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Current game time:
3:09 pm

Next Game Day in:
1h, 28m, 21s

Newest Player:
Groin Groper

Online Characters (24 players):
Royale Badass with Special Sauce Mr Roivas
Civilian Dragondawn
The Gentleman Horatio
Returning Contestant Fog
Horizon Walker Will
Grand Master Badass Ytrewq
Civilian Suzuha
sirbob
Contender Pure-Strain Human
Ashielf
AgentCaboose
TheyCallMe, Mr. Chubbs
Returning Contestant Newt
Carver, Mrs. Lillian
Maar
Cassie
Pythias
TheGhostHybrid
Returning Contestant masato
dose
Happykid
Rodrigo
Jair
Fair Feathered Jake the Boxer








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