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Use your own damn network

tcr! · Oct 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

To stop data theft, pull the plug - I, Cringely

To stop data theft, pull the plug - I, Cringely

It makes no sense, none, nada, for a bank to send financial transactions over the public Internet risking data theft.

In related news, I remember saying almost a decade ago that plugging Win95 into the Internet was the dumbest thing Microsoft had done for customers yet.

#geekystuff

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Abe Froman, tomato king of Geneva

tcr! · Oct 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

abe froman tomato king of geneva

#photos #foodies

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Oct 11th, 2014 at 8:59:56 am

tcr! · Oct 11, 2014 at 8:59 am

ufo sucking up town

#animatedGIFs #ufos

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The ‘Secure Golden Key’ mistake

tcr! · Oct 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

The Horror of a 'Secure Golden Key'

The Horror of a ‘Secure Golden Key’

This week, the Washington Post’s editorial board, in a widely circulated call for “compromise” on encryption, proposed that while our data should be off-limits to hackers and other bad actors, “perhaps Apple and Google could invent a kind of secure golden key” so that the good guys could get to it if necessary.

This theoretical “secure golden key” would protect privacy while allowing privileged access in cases of legal or state-security emergency. Kidnappers and terrorists are exposed, and the rest of us are safe. Sounds nice. But this proposal is nonsense, and, given the sensitivity of the issue, highly dangerous. Here’s why.

A “golden key” is just another, more pleasant, word for a backdoor—something that allows people access to your data without going through you directly. This backdoor would, by design, allow Apple and Google to view your password-protected files if they received a subpoena or some other government directive. You’d pick your own password for when you needed your data, but the companies would also get one, of their choosing. With it, they could open any of your docs: your photos, your messages, your diary, whatever.

Privacy is important. See also: Apple, iPhone and your privacy

#privacynews #apple

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Lunar Eclipse - Oct 8th, 2014 at 6:26:48 am

tcr! · Oct 8, 2014 at 6:26 am

Here’s a bad picture of this morning’s lunar eclipse if you’re into that kinda thing.

Lunar Eclipse - Oct 8th, 2014 at 6:26:48 am

#photos #cosmos

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Seinfeld at the CLIOs

tcr! · Oct 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Jerry Seinfeld Makes Fun of The Advertising Industry While Accepting a CLIO Award

Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and some time American Express spokesperson, took the opportunity to rib the advertising community while accepting a statuette at the 55th annual CLIO Awards during Advertising Week in New York City on October 1st. Seinfeld thanked the crowd for giving him “the award they give you when they don’t think you can actually win one,” before humorously digging into the industry for its deceptive practices.

I love advertising because I love lying. In advertising, everything is the way you wish it was. I don’t care that it won’t be like that when I actually get the product being advertised, because in between seeing the commercial and owning the thing, I’m happy. And that’s all I want.

#videos

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The Halloween spider web shirt

tcr! · Oct 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

halloween spider web shirt

The Halloween spider web shirt turned out much better than I thought it would.

Plus C’s skulls are fitting in the background.

#photos #halloween #spiders #fashion

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Eating cotton candy and watching Stephen Colbert interview Neil deGrasse Tyson

tcr! · Oct 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

eating cotton candy and watching stephen colbert interview neil degrasse tyson

Maggie’s eating cotton candy and watching Stephen Colbert interview Neil deGrasse Tyson.

#photos #tv #maggie

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I don’t care if it’s Fall pumpkin spice season

tcr! · Oct 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

christmas dinosaur socks

I’m wearing Christmas dinosaur socks.

#photos #christmas #fashion #dinos

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Oct 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

goddamrite!!!

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The white Inferno with Sharks Clove from VOLCANO eCigs

tcr! · Oct 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm

the white inferno with sharks clove from volcano ecigs

Can’t beat it: www.volcanoecigs.com

#photos #ecigs

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Oct 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

chuckling

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