Friday, March 16, 2018

That sounds too much like hard work

from here

Does anyone else get the feeling the authorities have gotten lazy?

So that's why it's so advanced

found on 9Gag

I was surprised by how advanced the facial recognition technology was in the new iPhone, but maybe I shouldn't have been surprised after all.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Butter the OK button to continue

from here

It appears that there's some curiously impractical advice about securing IoT devices going around. We have enough trouble getting people to apply updates to their computers, and those are designed with the idea of users modifying the contents in mind. The idea of people applying updates to each and every smart appliance in their home when those appliances are designed to have the same user experience as their non-smart counterpart (rather than that of a computer) is ridiculous.

Know who's watching

found on Izismile

I've seen kidnapping-oriented tailgate art before and I remarked at the time that it was a good way to get in trouble with law enforcement because people will keep reporting you.

This time, however, my guess is that no one in Russia is going to care if they see you driving around with Obama and Merkel in the back of your pickup truck.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

At least the kittens won't be harmed

from here (image source)

The more the FBI whines about encryption, the ridiculous they seem.

The "Going Dark" problem can be solved, but the FBI is barking up the wrong tree. The solution is old-school trade-craft like they would have used before the digital revolution gave us communication tools that were accidentally able to let anyone listen in. That means planting bugs and developing human assets inside organizations they're investigating, not stamping their feet and demanding evidence be given to them on a silver platter.

Keep an eye on your privacy settings

found on Fail Blog

I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of Facebook always opting me into stuff instead of leaving it off by default. I hate having to patrol my privacy settings just in case something changed without me knowing about it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Your threat model sucks

from here (image source)

If you have long hair and a robot vacuum, I would suggest not sleeping on the floor like this poor woman.

Don't bring a gun to a chair fight

Watch on YouTube

Obviously this could have gone a lot differently, and the samaritan is lucky it didn't, but it's still fun to watch the tables get turned on a bad guy.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Give up your data like a good little consumer

from here

It's amazing how different the reactions are to governmental and corporate surveillance. One people will pay to avoid while the other they'll actually pay to have.

Prove your worth, meatbag

found on Dump A Day

I'm not sure how I feel about this alternate explanation of what a CAPTCHA is. It's like the machines are judging us or something.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Best Buy Peek Squad

from here

I always wondered about the privacy issues involved in repair shops, and now we know for sure that they violate customer privacy. Something to keep in mind next time you're considering taking your machine in for repair.

Feline Bathroom Inspectors don't care about your privacy

found on Dump A Day

The FBI are always sticking their noses into other people's business.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Next Action: Develop sophisticated VR reminder technology

from here

Right about now the entire Oculus company is finding out how important a particular person's job is the hard way.

Jack Vale: NSA Webcam Spying Prank

Watch on YouTube

It's easy to believe it doesn't matter if the government spies on you because you have so little concept of what it means until you get a demonstration like this and find out just how unsettling it really is that someone knows about ever booger you dig out of your nose, ever itch you scratch, every embarrassing dance you do in what was supposed to be the privacy of your own home, etc.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Vulnerabilities written in stone

from here

While there may be tricks and kludges out there enabling you to write smart contracts that can be updated, it's not a property they have by default because they're stored on the blockchain. On the other hand, being prone to errors is a property they do have by default by nature of them being code (all code has bugs, nothing is perfect).

The reason patches become mandatory

found on Reddit

When they're big and intrusive and they just keep coming over and over again it's no wonder people get sick of them and don't want to put up with them anymore. It's only a matter of time before people start trying to interfere with the update process, but the vendor can't fix problems without the update process being in place. Therefore customers and vendors eventually enter into a kind of adversarial relationship with respect to updates, where the vendor actively works against the customers (potentially misguided) interests.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Talk about dressed to kill

from here (image source)

On the one hand it doesn't look physically comfortable, but on the other hand some people just aren't emotionally comfortable without weapons to protect themselves with.

Keeping your kids safe and secure

found on Distinguished Baloney

Putting teachers in charge of preventing every threat that your kid might face is pretty much this. I'm not sure how a teacher is supposed to actually teach like this, but I guess learning isn't the point of school anymore.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Malware naming is the real joke

from here

I suspect the name Mirai was based on the character from the Naruto anime/manga, but it translates to "the future" which I further suspect is not the name the anti-malware industry would have selected if they'd have known. Either that, or there are some lame punsters in the anti-malware industry and this is exactly the joke they were making with that name.

At least they have a sharp sense of humour

posted to Instagram by the TSA

The puns are strong with this particular TSA employee. I can only assume this isn't one of the ones who got their job from  a pizza box.

Also, who tries to sneak a comb-knife past security in a sheath that clearly says "comb knife"?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Someone might step on a brick

from here

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I don't believe in Lego terrorism. Whatever threat may have been made, it was almost certainly empty. If the teen had current access to a real gun he most certainly could have posted a picture of that instead. Heck, he could have even googled for a picture of someone else's gun, but instead he used a picture of a child's toy. I don't know how anyone takes such a threat seriously.

Some assembly required

found on Izismile

Presumably this cartoon can actually be found at (as suggested by the lettering at the top) but I couldn't find it there, nor most of the artist's other work either.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Someone forgot the meaning of the word "private"

from here
Not only does Trustico not appear to understand the meaning of the word "private", but they also appear to not understand the meaning of the word "compromise" as they claim the private keys they had (which should only have been in the hands of their customers) had never been compromised. They were either compromised by someone else and Trustico acquired them that way, or Trustico always had them and compromised them by emailing them to DigiCert. There is no way they weren't compromised by the time DigiCert got them.

Now that's sick-urity

found on Team Coco

The Skunklock is an interesting idea, but if it catches on I think people should just paint their regular U-locks to look like Skunklocks in order to fake the bike thieves out.