Monday, May 14, 2012

5th Grade School Bus Chatter

So, in the middle of giving a canned final exam on XP this afternoon, I noticed this gem of an answer:

The first thing that came to mind was an insult exchange heard back in elementary school.

"Yo momma wears combat boots!"
"Oh yeah? Yo momma's like a machine gun. She shoots out stuff."

And before you all start asking what the correct answer is I'll break it down for you:

  7 characters using only numbers = 10000000 combinations
  Not enough.

  8 characters using lower and uppercase letters = 53459728531456 combinations.
  Common dictionary word.

  3 characters using lower and uppercase letters AND numbers = 238328 combinations.
  Too few characters.

Your mother wears size 12 Army Boots!?!
  39 characters using lower and uppercase letters, numbers, AND special characters =
  1.3527595427905617188002050084675e+77 OR a little more than 132 Quattuorvigintillion.
  This is the correct answer. (Yes, Windows XP allows the space character in passwords.)

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