Friday, March 24, 2017

Vendors keep trying to take away our weird machines

from here

If you only look at vulnerabilities as bugs to be eliminated, you might never look deeper and learn about the concept of weird machines. Not that that justifies the existence of vulnerabilities, mind you, but sometimes advancement requires us to look at things with new eyes rather than just following the same mental shortcuts we built up in the past over and over again.

Dude, where's my car?

found on Ebaum's World

In reality, I suspect this paint job is actually a theft deterrent, because nobody want a car that ugly.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What blows up more, batteries or bombs?

from here

It's almost as if the people who decided any electronics bigger than a phone have to go into checked luggage were trying to create air disasters. That or they've magically never heard of exploding batteries, even though there was a news story recently about a woman's face getting burned by a battery in her headphones exploding.

Whatever the justification, this is a disaster waiting to happen - a time bomb, if you will.

The House Chore Games

found on Imgur

This mom must be dealing with a clever kid if she has to devise a countermeasure for replay attacks.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't tempt fate, or the Internet

from here

I kind of feel sorry for the site operator featured in this Ars article. He was clearly out of his depth. Now when you load the page there's nothing there. I suppose that's more secure, but it's not very useful.

How to get a 'free' printer

tweeted by Blake Messick

Supposedly this is just a prank, which I hope means that any ill-gotten gains were eventually returned to their rightful owners with an explanation, otherwise I think this might qualify as some sort of fraud.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Free WiFi and banking - What could go wrong?

from here (source image one and two)

Thanks to KetchupandBeer for tweeting the photo of a rather disconcerting billboard. That appears to be an actual hotspot stuck to the billboard where literally anyone could tamper with it (because why not find a way to make free WiFi even more risky). I wouldn't connect to that if you paid me.