Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Low-tech cat burglars can't be far behind

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On the one hand this seems like an ingenious effort by a Vietnamese tactical team, but then on the other hand I realize in horror that there is literally nothing stopping anyone else from doing exactly the same thing.

Well, nothing except the fact that you've got to transport a suspiciously long pole.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Keyless entry into the secured area

from here (image source)

I mean, if they'll confiscate a belt buckle shaped like a ray gun, or a coin-sized toy gun off of a sock monkey, they'll confiscate just about anything gun shaped. Better not make finger guns in their general vicinity.

As if they could catch a real bomb

found on Imgur

With their 95% failure rate, I suspect confiscating water bottles at TSA checkpoints does more to drive the sale of bottled water in the shops beyond the checkpoints than it does to stop terrorism. I wonder if anyone has looked for a money trail there.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Sharks are for wusses

from here (image source)

Clearly Dr. Evil didn't give enough thought to the idea of sharks with frickin' laser beam attached to their heads when he came up with it. This walrus was a badass.

Life Pro Tip

found on Imgur

Apparently this comes originally Reddit but the poster on Imgur didn't include links. I didn't know there was a LifeProTips subreddit. If I had more free time I might check it out (watch there be a pro tip about increasing your free time)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Should have just used Google

from here (source article)

You'd think an employee of one of the web's earliest search portals would know better ways to find stuff than rifling through users' email accounts.

A cartoonish disguise

found on Huge LOL

This is what happens when you learn your trade-craft from Saturday morning cartoons. Everyone has seen this on TV so no one is going to fall for it. Also, it doesn't seem to look nearly as good in real life.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Maybe we should ask Alexa

from here

The number of things they're sticking Alexa into is getting a bit creepy, if you ask me.

I guess other people must find it creepy too, since there's now a proposal to label everything that has mics or cameras in them.

Know your enemy

found on Izismile

This is a very particular kind of deterrent. Can you guess what group it's aimed at?

Did you guess Jehovah's Witnesses? Because if you did, I'm pretty sure you got it right.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

CafePress was breached and all I got was this lousy t-shirt redux

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Product Page

When I originally made this design on the CafePress site itself, I kind of expected it wouldn't last and it didn't and that was OK. It wasn't my expectation to sell the shirts, it was more like performance art getting CafePress to host products discussing their own failings. A little like I was pranking them.

It has been suggested, however, that I may have underestimated the appeal of the shirts and so in order to allow people to get them I've made use of a backup shirt vendor (always have a backup). I hope CafePress appreciates this shirt being available on Zazzle and not their own platform.

Also, just in case there's also a problem at Zazzle or if you know an even better shirt vendor, here's the 2 image files I made so you can go get it printed where ever you like.

Now that's what you call a long con

found on Reddit

While this tale may not be true, it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility either. Pretending to be from an official organization is certainly a real thing, and some crooks will even get authentic looking uniforms to help pull off the ruse.

The hardest part of the story to believe is never missing a day of work for 25 years. If there was a con-man who pulled that off, I tempted to say he deserves the money because that is more work and dedication than most legitimate employees display.

Monday, October 7, 2019

I know what my vote would be

from here (image source)

Urgent flaws that that are more than a decade old are still present in the voting machines being used. I'm tempted to say that governments shouldn't be buying voting machines unless they come with lifetime support/upgrades from the vendor. Democracy is too important to be a cheapskate about it.

There ought to be a greeting card

found on Funny Junk

I see this as being something like the "Get Well Soon" cards you can get, or maybe the condolences cards. I don't know if parents would buy these for their kids (they might be too close to the situation), but I could see aunts, uncles, or grandparents doing it.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Cafepress was breached and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Product Page

Lots of sites get breached, and this time it was CafePress' turn. But I wonder how they feel about hosting products that remind them of the fact. We shall see how long this lasts.

[EDIT 2019-10-07: Apparently how they feel is that mentioning the CafePress data breach violates their content usage policy, based on the notification I received. I wonder if censoring mentions of it will have the desired effect.]

Unlockable content

found on Meme Center

Well, that's certainly one way to make sure your kid does his homework before playing games.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Easier said than done

from here (image source)

Every time a vendor issues a shoddy update it undermines what would otherwise be good security advice. For all effort Google seems to put into security research, their inadequate quality control harmed it by giving people yet another reason to avoid applying updates. Vulnerabilities and threat actors may be sexy security topics, but people are still failing at the basics like applying updates. Maybe Google should focus more on helping them with those basics.

Finally a good use for surveillance

found on Imgur

I always thought cats weren't interested in what was on the TV because it went over their heads, but it turns out that TV is just boring to cats. Show them a CCTV feed of mice running around and they'll get the hint apparently.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Guard that hen house well, Mr. Fox

from here and here (image source)

There couldn't possibly be a conflict of interest in Amazon writing the very rules governing the use (and therefore potential sales) of their products. Surely they would never behave so unethically.

Strongest Door Ever?

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That's the kind of door you want protecting you. Honestly, I think it might have been faster if they'd gone through the wall. These police definitely lost the element of surprise and I bet the people inside had ample time to destroy evidence.