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.

It's bark is definitely worse than it's bite

found on Tastefully Offensive

They may roll down stairs alone or in pairs, but the only way that's going to stop a burglar is if they're laughing too hard.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Minimize data breaches with this one weird trick

from here

Seems like a pretty good catch phrase, actually. Repeat it enough around your decision-makers and maybe they'll actually scale back their plans to gather all the data.

Russell Peters: "Terrorists vs Indians"

Watch on YouTube

I can't say I'd know a terrorist if I saw one (because terrorists can look like anyone), but I do feel reasonably confident that I'd be able to tell the difference between an Indian and someone from one of those 7 predominantly Muslim countries. That comes from having exposure to those groups. If people didn't live in bubbles and actually interacted with people from different cultures they might be less afraid of them. In the absence of that, things like the comedy of Russell Peters or Little Mosque on the Prairie should help normalize those different cultures at least a little and in so doing make them seem less scary.

Friday, March 17, 2017

By throwing darts at a map, just like before

from here

T'was Paddy what done that thing, that's who.