Friday, December 19, 2014

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

from here

I have to admit I'm as guilty as the next person when it comes to giving far too much attention to the laughable claim that North Korea (aka The Hermit Kingdom, aka The Great Dark Spot) is responsible for launching a 'sophisticated' computer attack against Sony. The thing is, this site is very much about the laughs, so a laughable claim is kind of my bailiwick. But other more serious people seem to be giving it even more attention than I do, and that just seems wrong.

Kim Jong-un As A Spaceballs Villain

found on thechive

With all the nonsense about the Sony breach being about a movie, I think it's only fitting to make movie referenced jokes like comparing The Great Leader to President Skroob from the movie Spaceballs. And with the talk of the US government taking 'appropriate action' in response to a Japanese company being attacked by North Korea, I can only guess we've somehow found ourselves in the universe of Team America: World Police.

On a side note, if I were to ever start a business in North Korea, I would sell pens and note pads. Everyone is taking notes.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All We Want For Breachmas

All we want for Breachmas
is an APT,
an APT,
yeah, an APT!

Gee if we could only have
an APT,
then we could say
"It wasn't our fault"

Well, it looks like Sony's Breachmas wish came true. Not only did Kevin Mandia write them a 'get out of blame, free' card, now the US government is playing along and blaming a nation state that can't even keep the lights on. I guess there won't be any big shake-ups at Sony (at least not because of the compromise itself, though the leaked email contents could still put someone out of a job).

Yes, Breachmas is a portmanteau of breach and Christmas, and the lyrics are a parody of the chorus from the following kid's song

'Tis The Season For Giving

tweeted by Jennifer Granick

You remember when the world found out that OpenSSL (that hugely important encryption library used by most of the internet) was being maintained by just a couple of people because they were so strapped for cash? Remember how the technology industry came together and donated a ton of cash in recognition of how important OpenSSL is and how it really needs more people working on it in order to make it better and keep the bugs squashed? Well now might be a good time to consider the importance of encrypted email and donate to GPG. 'Tis the season for giving, after all, and if email encryption improves we can all benefit.

Thanks to Jennifer Granick for raising awareness.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peepers And Hammerhawks Beware

from here (source image)

Better not peek or you might get poked.

Taunting Policemen Before Lunchtime

found on the meta picture

Taunting the police? What could possibly go wrong?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congratulations! You Are The 1,000,000th Discoverer Of This Fact

from here

Inspired by a tweet from Alexandre Dulaunoy. I especially like the disclaimer on the linked page that reads in part:
Don't be an asshole. I take no responsibility...
 Because don't those two statements together sound wonderfully hypocritical.