The Internet of Insecure Things

Here’s why I have no interest in an Internet-connected refrigerator, washing machine, or thermostat for my house.

But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind.

Read the whole thing and consider what it would be like if the SJWs had access to such a distributed system to monitor your microaggressions.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

I was going to do a post about the increasingly weak web presence of the various Kimberlin-related websites, but all day yesterday, I kept getting this when I tried to check on breitbartunmasked dot com—BUdownI got this when I tried to view jtmp dot org—JTMPdownA bit of snooping turned up the fact that the server was either down or disconnected. The connection was good into the server farm, but failed at the IP address of the hardware that hosts the websites.

Did anyone else notice?

I didn’t think so.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

The IT drones at the Massachusetts National Guard loaded a bunch of filtering software on to the computers of the 1/20th Special Forces which prevented them from being able to access certain websites.

This site is prohibited. Reason: weapons/violence.

The software was part of a effort by the Massachusetts Adjutant General to end workplace violence.

Honey, we are a special forces company. We are all about workplace violence!

The software stayed, but the Green Berets were able to accomplish their work using personal computers and a cellular Internet connection.

Read the whole thing. Scroll down to Number V.

Apple v. Google and Advertising

Jason Calacanis has an interesting piece at LinkedIn Pulse about Apple’s deliberately adding the ability of developers to create ad blocking apps that run under iOS 9. Those third-party apps improve the web experience of iPhone users at the expense of ad-based websites and, especially, Google. His conclusion.

Publishers are screwed.
Google is really screwed.
Consumers win.
Apple really wins.

Read the whole thing