Thursday, August 17, 2017

How I benefit from your privacy

from here

Your privacy is good for you and for me, and I would very much like it if your confidential info didn't intrude into my life.

And the backdoors are gonna be YUGE

found on Sizzle

He knows the best hackers. They hacked the election for him, after all.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Not looking so 'smart' anymore

from here

When it comes to failing smart locks, both failing open and failing closed (unlocked or locked) have problem. You need to be able to open the door but you also need to be able to prevent others from doing so. If you can't get in you may be less secure as a result. If everyone can get in you may be less secure as a result. If there is no good failure mode, the possibility of failure should not be accepted.

Terminal Stupidity Authority

found on Webcomic Factory

The scary thing is, a 10 year old girl isn't even the youngest child I've heard of being subjected to a "pat down" at an airport terminal, and because of the nature of the touching, the outcome is often pretty bad. Don't bother trying to figure out what the TSA is thinking, though - they aren't.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Did I staple a horse, or the horse, or your horse, or...

from here

I don't know about you but I find that remembered phrases are prone to slight alterations that have little bearing on the meaning of the phrase but make a computer completely fail to match them against the reference phrase that was entered months ago. That's a problem with passphrases that I rarely hear anyone talk about.

I'm feeling so confused right now

found on Memebase

Could someone explain to me what AVG is supposed to be doing? Are they supposed to be making us feel more secure or are they supposed to be making us feel more productive? Because I'm pretty sure booting up 1% faster (who can even tell that?) has precisely no impact on feeling more secure.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Illustrate your point with cave paintings if you like

from here

The catch phrase "There's no patch for human stupidity" is a fairly successful meme within the information security community, but that doesn't make it good. It's actually exotoxic in the sense that it implies that it's not worth the effort to pass on knowledge to people who don't already have it, thereby denying those people the tools with which they could better control their outcomes and by extension thrive.

The fact that we aren't still living in caves proves that it's not just special individuals who are capable of learning but in fact the entire human species as a whole.