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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 241)
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Zang has challenged their master, Will Thompson and lost!
"Duuuude," a university student remarks, folded crosslegged on the couch. She sighs smoke. "If I had... an effin'... Sickle, I would totally like... rend righteous Will Thompson arse. I should be on this show."
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Zang was hunted down by their master, Will Thompson, for being truant.
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Jable has been defeated in the jungle by Zombie Kitten.
A Human contestant throws a comradely arm around Jable's bruised shoulders. "Listen, sug," she says, "if you're havin' problems with Zombie Kittens, of all things, you're in for a hell of a ride when you hunt down the Drive. Y'gotta practice with that Spork of yours."
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Contender Bobertina has defeated her master, Felicia to advance to level 3 after 7 days!!
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Contender Bobertina was hunted down by their master, Felicia, for being truant.
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Neal has defeated his master, Emma Blackman to advance to level 9 after 36 days!!
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mr enderson has been defeated in the jungle by Guy Who Keeps Running Behind You Whenever You Turn.
Dan turns away from a manky salvaged radio in the Prancing SpiderKitty. He nods authoritatively. "Right, you lot, whoever had a tenner on mr enderson, pay up."
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Donny has been defeated in the wild by Slash Fanfic.
Tomorrow's Enquirer headline reads LOCAL MONSTER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER ASSAULT BY RAMPAGING CONTESTANT: Network Officials advise Slash Fanfics to be on the look-out for Donny, full story on B12.
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Jable has challenged their master, Kouska and lost!
Corporal Punishment leans over Jable. Tendons in his neck positively bulge as he shouts. "On your FEET, conTEStant, one mustn't be DAUNTED by an EMPTIED HEALTH GAUGE -- it could be much WORSE, you could forced to RESUME the GAME from LEVEL ONE, not unlike playing the role of a PLUMBER without adequate SAVE CREDITS in a certain CLASSIC VIDEO GAME!"
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Zephyr Wigglez has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Korea has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Korea has been defeated in the jungle by Rap Scallions.
A camera zooms in on Korea as she sways on her feet, bleeding freely. "I think," she says, "I am beginning to rethink the wisdom of this Rank."
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Derek has been defeated in the jungle by Mad Scrabble Player.
A Mad Scrabble Player merrily skips rope on Derek's bloodied chest before fleeing as another contestant approaches.
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A Cold Draft of WindRapier has challenged their master, Felicia and lost!
"No, Mister Bond, I expect you to FAIL!" giggles The Watcher.
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A Cold Draft of WindRapier was hunted down by their master, Felicia, for being truant.
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Civilian Quinn the Eskimo has defeated his master, Kouska to advance to level 4 after 3 days!!
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Civilian Quinn the Eskimo has defeated his master, Felicia to advance to level 3 after 3 days!!
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Civilian Quinn the Eskimo was hunted down by their master, Felicia, for being truant.
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Topper Thomas III has defeated his master, Tom Carney to advance to level 2 after 3 days!!
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Topper Thomas III has been defeated in the jungle by New Day.
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. "Topper Thomas III!" she exclaims. "Wretched little snot, I always knew he'd come to no good."
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Lord High Badass Gurdjieff has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Lord High Badass Gurdjieff has been defeated in the jungle by Puppy.
"Stupid, stupid, stupid!" Lord High Badass Gurdjieff chants, clonking his head against the deck of the FailBoat.
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Citizen Pure-Strain Human has defeated his master, Emma Blackman to advance to level 9 after 10 days!!
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Rumpletum has challenged their master, Kouska and lost!
A Network intern carefully splices footage of Rumpletum together for a Greatest Clips special -- Rumpletum trapped in the stocks and being lashed with a Budget Horse Tail, Rumpletum thrashing hip-deep in the Skronky Pot, Rumpletum weeping helplessly before a Kouska...
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Snow Queen Vix has been defeated in the wild by Blonde Heiress.
A band of Midgets go scuttling by with Snow Queen Vix's limp body held inches above their tiny, dandruff-riddled heads.
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Snow Queen Vix has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Snow Queen Vix has been defeated in the jungle by Anti-Busker.
A Anti-Busker lingers close to an unconscious Snow Queen Vix, poking her repeatedly in the cheek with its unfair expectations and a rather sturdy guitar.
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Zullin has earned the title Someone had better buy a custom title for for having destroyed the Improbability Drive 126 times!
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Zullin has destroyed the Improbability Drive. The shockwave was felt, and celebrated, all across the island!
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Audax has challenged their master, Tiffny Figg and lost!
"No, Mister Bond, I expect you to FAIL!" giggles The Watcher.
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Zullin has defeated his master, Anne Bassett to advance to level 15 after 6 days!!
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Zullin has defeated his master, Reventlov to advance to level 14 after 6 days!!
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Zullin was hunted down by their master, Reventlov, for being truant.
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Donny has defeated his master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 17 days!!
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Donny was hunted down by their master, Tiffny Figg, for being truant.
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Felladudley has been defeated in the jungle by Midget Paladin.
A camera zooms in on Felladudley as he sways on his feet, bleeding freely. "I think," he says, "I am beginning to rethink the wisdom of this Rank."
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Vlam has been defeated in the jungle by Hollow Chocolate Bunny.
A troop of baby Hollow Chocolate Bunnys gambol and frolic around Vlam's partially eviscerated body. Unhappily for him, he is still quite conscious. "This is just brilliant," he groans through hazy pain and excited chirrups. "Effin' brilliant."
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Citizen Pure-Strain Human has defeated his master, Will Thompson to advance to level 8 after 9 days!!
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Grand Master Badass of Improbability Ytrewq has been defeated in the wild by Malfunctioning Camera.
"Cor, Trev, you think that's real?" A Malfunctioning Camera sends Grand Master Badass of Improbability Ytrewq's Double-Barrelled Cat Launcher flying. The camera zooms in on his well, shit expression. "It's effects. They all die, they all come back. Look. Bastard can't even act." The Malfunctioning Camera drags Grand Master Badass of Improbability Ytrewq out of the frame by his ankle as he screams. Trev takes a doubtful sip of lager. "Dunno, man. Dunno."
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Zullin has defeated his master, Effie to advance to level 13 after 5 days!!
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Zullin has defeated his master, Devvo to advance to level 12 after 5 days!!
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Zullin was hunted down by their master, Devvo, for being truant.
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PhantomGemini has challenged their master, Tiffny Figg and lost!
"Now, Leather Trenchcoat is a real powerhouse for a contestant of your calibre," Sheila says to a customer. "Beautiful protection. You'll --" "Uh, 'scuse me," the contestant interrupts, "but didn't PhantomGemini have one of these?" "Yes... why do you ask?" "Oh, nothing, just. Just, you know." The contestant lapses into awkward mumbling about Tiffny Figgs and death, death and Tiffny Figgs.
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Grand Master Badass of Rage John Watson has defeated his master, Clairvius to advance to level 10 after 12 days!!
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Zullin has defeated his master, Vitoleone to advance to level 11 after 5 days!!
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Zullin has defeated his master, Clairvius to advance to level 10 after 5 days!!
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Zullin was hunted down by their master, Clairvius, for being truant.
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PhantomGemini has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Grand Master Badass of Improbability Ytrewq has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Oliver has been defeated in the jungle by Enchanted Stewpot.
Tomorrow's Enquirer headline reads LOCAL MONSTER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER ASSAULT BY RAMPAGING CONTESTANT: Network Officials advise Enchanted Stewpots to be on the look-out for Oliver, full story on B12.
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