Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Send in our Wonder Woman jets

from here

You should have to pass a test before you can be put in charge of the worlds most powerful military force. Otherwise you get a commander in chief who sounds like he's bragging about his favourite toys.

Ignoring intelligence isn't very smart

found on Fail Blog

If you get an indicator that suggests an attack is eminent or even currently under way, the last thing you should do is put it off until dealing with it is more convenient, because by then it may be too late (as this historical tale demonstrates).

Monday, July 30, 2018

Invasion of privacy curtain

from here (image source)

Because a clear shower curtain wasn't revealing enough, someone made one that enables you to be seen naked by people on the Internet as well. This product is a real thing but so are apps that can take your picture without you noticing, so it may not be the best idea out there.

On the other hand, if you could mount it on a wall or something, I could see using it outside of the shower, where I'd be fully clothed.

How low can Bitcoin go?

found on Reddit

Gosh I hope that's not the price tag. Otherwise that is some expensive footwear.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Password Managers 1 : Scammers 0

from here

Some scammers have apparently taken to using peoples passwords found in past breaches in order to make their scam more convincing - see Brian Krebs story about it

Obviously, if you never knew your password in the first place, the code they send you purporting to be your password won't actually mean anything to you, won't be familiar, and will not make their incredible story seem any more credible. As if there weren't enough reasons to use password managers, now they help prevent a particular kind of social engineering.

James Veitch : More adventures in replying to spam

Watch on YouTube

Oh how I wish I had the patience to play along with scammers. It looks like so much fun.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

It's amazing what you get to see at a SECURITY conference

from here

The strongest part of the security behind RSA SecurID tokens is that the code on the little screen on the token isn't easy to guess and changes too often to be brute forced. None of that matters if an attacker can SEE it.

No protection is foolproof

found on Miami And Eunice

People who don't understand how protection works are doomed to fail at protecting what it is they want to protect.

That being said, wear a helmet when you bike. Breaking your head is a lot more serious than breaking your leg.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Let's just say it's an excellent source of iron

from here

I wonder if Hormel even filters their SPAM at all? If not, maybe they should.

A false sense of privacy

found on Meme Base

The fact that Facebook was ignoring your privacy settings when it was profitable means they have never had a commitment to privacy, only a commitment to making you believe there was privacy. After all, the CEO did once call everyone who trusted him with their personal information "dumb fucks". Disrespect for others is pretty deeply in-grained there.

The concept of the false sense of security has been around for a long time now. I think it's time we started talking about the false sense of privacy.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Because ubiquitous surveillance is un-American

from here (image source)

I've seen something similar done with make-up before but a tattoo shows real commitment.

I'm on to you, human

found on Just Viral

Obviously you need to step up your game if you want to catch this pup in the act of doing something wrong.

Monday, July 23, 2018

From Russia with Love

from here

The story about a Playboy playmate and Bond girl having an online romance with the people who cracked the DNC is pretty much the weirdest part of the controversy about Russian interference with the US election - so far.

It seems to keep getting weirder, though, so who knows what's going to be the weirdest part next week.

I didn't know this was an option

found on Izismile

I knew you had to get your picture taken when you won big at the lotto, but I had no idea you could still protect your identity this way. This is a great idea and I hope it's available in places other than Jamaica as well.

Here's a news article about it.

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ex-employee seems more appropriate

from here

I mean, it's not at the same level as leaving the nuclear launch codes set to 00000000, but leaving nuclear material in the back seat of your rental car overnight in a bad neighborhood does seem especially stupid.

Deterrent Dad knows what he's doing

found on Wanna Joke

Now he just has to figure out how to get that image on to their individual Facebook profiles.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Endorsed by the state

from here

I'm not trying to suggest this relationship involves payment for services rendered or anything like that, but a while back a distinction was made about certain Chinese attackers being endorsed by the Chinese government even if they weren't officially in the employ of the Chinese government. They do China's bidding while letting China keep their hands clean. An argument could be made that the relationship between Trump and these Russian attackers is very similar.

Little Bobby Tables' long lost cousin

found on Me.me

You'd expect bank-grade security to include input validation. That doesn't mean they have input validation, however.

Friday, July 13, 2018

That won't protect you from shit

from here (image source)

When you see it....

Invalid pawsword

found on Meme XYZ

That's the surprised look of a cat that's never gotten the password wrong in all his 9 lives.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I see London, I see France, I've seen who gets in your pants

from here

Stalkerware - a subset of spyware used by spouses, parents, and bosses, because of course it's easier to use technology to spy on people than it is to build and maintain healthy, trusting relationships.

A deterrent most fowl

found on Reddit

If there had been a warning about geese, and if I were still little, that kind of sign would have worked on me (because when you're little it's legitimately scary when a bunch of geese chase you). As an adult, I can't see either of those two threats being effective on me - especially if I was hungry.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

You're gonna need a bigger board

from here (image source)

If you're going to go kite surfing, you might want to check and see if the waters happen to be shark infested. That seems like an important detail.

Don't advertise your limitations

found on Izismile

This seems like it's supposed to serve as a deterrent but if there's one thing I know about cars it's that a faster one always comes along eventually. The above is just a challenge, and one which I have no doubt criminals will accept - and they'll probably thank the publication this was printed in because it gave them the information they would require to counter this.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Made out of solid irony

from here

You'd sort of expect lock makers to understand security, wouldn't you? Apparently, that's not always the case.

Exploiting law enforcement for fun and profit

found on Reddit

It may be an urban legend according to Snopes, but tricking people (even the authorities) into doing what you want is not unheard of. It's the basis of just about every scam and no one is completely immune.

Monday, July 9, 2018

What anti-PoC software would be like

from here

Does anyone actually make anti-PoC software? I mean there's anti-everything-else, so why not anti-PoC?

Goodbye privacy

found on Meme Base

Some pets seem to appreciate the value of privacy (at least their own privacy), but there are also some pets that are jerks.

Friday, July 6, 2018

An unforgettable intrusion

from here (image source)

I know if I were going to the washroom and an elephan trunk came out of nowhere and dipped between my legs to get at the water, I would definitely never for get it.

Getting carded just got weird

found on Whisper

I'm not sure what to think about getting carded now, especially since nobody has ever carded me (even when they should have). Perhaps being unattractive is protection against stalkers?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

You should thank me for keeping private things private

from here

There are any number of well thought out, expertly articulated counter arguments against the "nothing to hide" argument, but the people who say they have nothing to hide aren't big thinkers. All that mental effort to debunk them is likely wasted. I think a simpler and more visceral counter argument is called for.

Too much security, not enough fence

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

That is more than enough to keep me out, but possibly not enough to keep him in. It looks like he could hop that fence easily and then we'd all be in trouble.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

That's one heck of a 'bug'

from here (source article)

There's a lot of things going on in the description of this bug, and frankly, I wonder how much of it is actually unintended. The app is sending photos (or entire albums) to a contact chosen seemingly at random at a time when the phone isn't being used and no trace of the sent message is left behind. That seems like an awfully well hidden 'bug'.

 It's certainly not unheard of for people in privileged positions to misuse their position for personal gain. I wonder if perhaps the only accidental part of this is how the recipient is selected.

Is being watched our patriotic duty?

found on Img Flip

Far be it from me to tell  you to disappoint creepy Uncle Sam, but you really ought to be resisting, for your own sake.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Basics First

from here

Don't bother worrying about state-sponsored attackers if you haven't figured out how to keep out the kids yet.

Good Guy Government Spy

found on Funny Junk

My, what a serious expression that paramilitary agent has on his face. I sure hope he doesn't get ambushed with his hands full of dairy.

So, I guess it's a sign of the time but it appears that "Government Agent Watching Me" is now it's own meme. I suppose since they're watching all of us this shouldn't be surprising.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Don't get left out of the loop

from here

I have to admit, I'm actually kind of proud of this pun. Both because of the cleverness (I got both loops and whorls in there) and because it actually caused someone to learn something about fingerprints right in the comments of the Imgur post.

You had one job, parking barrier

Watch on YouTube

Access controls aren't perfect. Locks can be picked, barriers broken, etc. Nothing is perfect, but I have to admit, even I didn't anticipate that a car could drive under one of those barriers.