Friday, July 20, 2018

Not-so-high security

from here

I can't imagine how you can call something a prison (even a rural prison) if people can just leave when they feel like it.

Too hard; Didn't take

found on Dump A Day

I guess this is supposed to be motivation to do better in math, but it seems like a pretty good way to keep something secret. People who've been out of school long enough to forget calculus wouldn't be able to figure it out. Just gotta watch out for those meddling kids.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

No, literally tell me more, Microsoft

from here

I kept getting pop-ups about sedlauncher.exe wanting to this or that, but did Microsoft make it easy to determine what it was? Of course not. And this is just the latest example. Windows 10 seems to have far more tiny little apps than earlier versions of the OS for no apparent reason, and it makes operating a whitelist harder.

Who can you trust?

found on The Art Of Trolling

I imagine anyone who would write in to an advice columnist probably trusts that columnist. Maybe that's not for the best.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Without the service what you have is a paper weight

from here

I've been thinking about this for a while, especially with regards to what the vendor is actually selling you. You think they're selling you a device? No, they're selling you a service that provides you with some convenience. You have to use their proprietary thing in order to make use of that service. You interact with the service through that thing - maybe also through your browser, but also through that proprietary thing if you want to get the benefits of the service.

You interact with a hydration tracking service by using a supposed smart water bottle supplied by the hydration tracking service provider. You get the benefits of the sleep tracking service by laying your head on a pillow-shaped sensor linked to that service. You get the convenience of app-enabled entry into your home by replacing the lock on your door with a device controlled by servers in some far away place.

So since smart devices aren't really smart and aren't really the device you think they are but rather special purpose dumb-terminals connected to a remote service, I figured a catch phrase might be a good way to clear things up. And since the "There is no spoon" model worked so well in the past, I give you
There are no smart devices, just digital services that have physical avatars

Thinking outside the box

found on The Humor Train

Tell the truth - if you were trying to smuggle something into an event, would the thought of exploiting time itself have even crossed your mind? It's certainly not the first place my mind goes. It's pretty ingenious, in fact.