Thursday, December 14, 2017

What to buy for the crypto-phile who has everything

link to online store

Do you know any avid crypto-currency investors? I do and I have a sneaking suspicion that one or more of them might actually like these ugly crypto-currency themed Christmas sweaters. You can buy them at Hodlmoon with (surprise) crypto currency. Yes, someone is actually expecting you to treat crypto currency as real money rather than the volatile stock it more accurately mimics. Don't worry, you can also pay the normal way.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How to make public washrooms even less private

from here and here (source image)

I am so glad I've never encountered a washroom like this, but if I did - that looks like a convenient place to hang my jacket.

We take the credibility of your corporate responsibility assurances very seriously

found on the I've Been Mugged blog

If only PR people had Pinocchio noses. That would make corporate messaging about data breaches either more comical or force it to be more honest.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Don't even get me started on "hacker" or "virus"

from here

So it appears that "crypto" is joining the long list technical terms that are being redefined by people who don't even know the original definition.

To all those upset about this turn of events, welcome to the club.

Someone ought to make a filter for that

found on PMSLWeb

Can you imagine the fortune you'd make if you invented a spam filter that worked on real life things?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Smile! You're on home-made candid camera

from here

If you want to know how to check for them this article presents some ideas.

Drop dead gorgeous dead drops

found on Imgur

I mean, if I were on the lookout for hidden messages, that kind of hiding place might make me forget what I was looking for.

Friday, December 8, 2017

It sure moves a lot for something chained to a block

from here

For all the engineering that went into protecting cryptocurrencies against double spending, even single spending seems to be a rarity. People just buy, buy, buy, there's not much spending going on.

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine

found on Imgflip

It's pretty sad when the company that was supposed to protect you from unwanted garbage starts pestering you with unwanted garbage. Don't take advantage of your users and treat them like a captive audience, because they aren't one.

You have to be careful about being too commercial or you'll turn people against you, people like young Ralphie here

Thursday, December 7, 2017

There be no scanners here

from here

I kinda think I heard this joke (or one very much like it) somewhere else, but I can't find it.

You may have already won against the dark lord

found on The Meta Picture

If the news that you're a wizard didn't seem like it was too good to be true before, try being told over and over again by a flock of owls.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Just enter your credentials here

from here
One day the scammers will figure out the unique email address I gave to PayPal and maybe become mildly convincing, but today is not that day.

There's no such thing as too big to fail for databases

found on FRSecure

Not to long ago I tweeted:
That which is collected will eventually be breached
Large breaches like the one at Equifax prove this point in spades, but it really goes for anything. We can't stop all the breaches, so eventually one is going to succeed and the data we (whoever we happens to be) have collected will be released.

The best way to deal with this is to not collect sensitive data in the first place. The second best way is to not keep it for very long. The more data you have the bigger a deal such a breach becomes, so while some banks may be too big to fail it's actually the opposite that holds true for databases.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Only stinkers want to kill privacy

from here

I suppose this is also one of the benefits of living alone. You get lots of privacy that way.

No, but it is quite the weapon

found on The Meta Picture

I don't always agree with what airport security does, but in this case I'll make an exception because quite frankly a bottle of solid water would actually be more concerning to me than a bottle of liquid water. I'd also be concerned if someone came on a plane I'm on carrying a baseball bat, a brick, or a sock full of quarters.

Thanks to Madfur for sharing the story

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mother's maiden name: purple lunch bag

from here

If we all followed the advice that's going around these days with respect to online security questions, it really shouldn't matter what the questions are or even whether they're actually questions at all.

Feline Bureau of Investigation

found on Dump A Day

I wonder if this one also wants responsible encryption, or if it'll settle for chin scratches.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Nip and tuck your way to security

from here

Changing your traditional password regularly doesn't really prevent any of today's attacks, so why should efficacy stand in the way of applying the same logic to biometrics?

Clear out the DVD burner while you're at it

found on Pinterest

Technically, without the firewall there's an increased chance your computer will become host to unwelcome code that uses up more computing resources than you normally would, which by extension would make your computer slightly warmer than it otherwise would have been.