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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Laptop: Don't Leave Your Hotel Room Without It

The Intel and AMD chip flaws are just one example of how seriously we all should pay attention to our computer or device purchase and their manufacturers' supply chain. Add to that the recent flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) where just typing a Control-P during the boot process and using the password "admin" to gain instant root access, and we have a new mantra:  "Don't leave your hotel room without your laptop." See the UK Register story here.

Why not leave your laptop unattended? Simple: A hotel maid looking to supplement her income can have malware installed on your computer within 60 seconds.

So you're wondering why the government doesn't deal with Lenovo computers any more? Or why Huwei is on the blacklist? Answer: SUPPLY CHAIN.

Of course, I just swallowed hard and purchased a screaming new iMacPro with a 27-inch Retina display. It shipped from (gulp) China. Just shows there are some risks I'm willing to take for a spectacular product.

Taman Shud.

Monday, October 16, 2017

HACK-THE-HACKERS Bill Gets Castrated by Morons in Congress

The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) reported by the UK Register (read the article here) got its nuts cut off in vitro. Great idea, allowing hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them. Unfortunately, you can only hack hackers who hacked you from computers on American soil.

The bill's co-sponsor Tom Graves, Republican Congressman from Georgia (photo above) clearly took too many shots to the head in his high school football career. Come on, Congressman! Read Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution for the real solution. You can read, can't you?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hacking the Hackers, Today's WSJ Ad

Page C12 in the REVIEW section of today's Wall Street Journal.  The next time you get a robocall, spam email, a phishing attempt, or an actual hack, Daddy's Little Felons could give you some ideas for striking back. Of course, it could also get you tossed into jail for a very long time. But Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution might be your GET-OUT-OF-JAIL-FREE card. Selah.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Anticipating Saturday's WSJ

Thank you WSJ cartoonist Stu Heinecke for the above cartoon, which will be appearing on Saturday, August 5th, in the REVIEW section of The Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Casting Suggestion to Jerry Bruckheimer for the Ultimate Silicon Valley Hack: I DO NOT COME IN PEACE

There is a game afoot in Silicon Valley. In Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, Marc Benioff lobs a shot across Larry Ellison's bow. On Thursday's, Larry's ad runs:
Get some popcorn. Enjoy the show.