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Nude Surfing (And More Friday Fun)

Former White House CIO: You Are Naked Online

A former White House CIO and security consultant says people are giving away too much data and personal information online — to the point where the average American is stark naked in a digital sense.

Payton described one consulting client that actually thought its offices were bugged by competitors — but then realized that employees were spreading too much confidential information through social media. “Nobody needs to bug you,” she said. “They just follow you around on FourSquare.“” Read more..

I wonder if people are ever going to wake up? (It is the final days of Internet Safety Awareness Month Stay safe online. Stop. Think. Click.)

Friday Fun 1 (Seems appropriate to revisit)

The dark side of geo: PleaseRobMe.com

You know all those people who push their Foursquare and Gowalla locations out onto Twitter? Now there’s an aggregator for aspiring crooks who want to rob their houses.Read more..

Friday Fun 2

Friday Fun 3

Just for giggles, why don’t we play a game. Recognize these?

Let’s spend the day clicking completely random links/entering random search terms, bounce around all over the ‘net, and click on every one of these we see. Let’s do it for, say, an eight hour stretch. You can start with mine.

Friday Fun 4 Need some ideas for good movies to relax and watch this weekend? Check out my Top 30 Movies list, here.

Friday Fun 5 (For the Techies) Paul Vixie (a member of the heroic “Conficker Cabal“) is a very smart man. How do I know? He (seems to) think as I do, but said it long before I thought it (ha!). Here’s his noteworthy 2005 DefCon 13 lecture: The Internet’s March of Folly
(For those of you not holding a Networking cert, watching this might be .. challenging, but you’ll learn all you need to know about this Inter-web-thingy.)

Definition of FOLLY

1: lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight
2: criminally or tragically foolish actions or conduct 
3: a foolish act or idea
4: an excessively costly or unprofitable undertaking
5: an often extravagant picturesque building erected to suit a fanciful taste

Today’s quote:The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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June 29, 2012 - Posted by | advice, Internet, tech | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Interesting …The Internets March On Folly…TY, Paul.

    In the Minds Of The Designers…FUBAR

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    Comment by Gaia | June 30, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      The machine communication envisioned by the designers was perfect for what it was expected to do — connect a few universities and weapons testing centers and a few military installations — and be able to talk even though a city or two had been nuked. (And only a few top-level people could use it.)
      It was never dreamed it would be used for what it is now, by so many. And in my humble opinion, it shouldn’t be. The should have built a different system for that.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 30, 2012 | Reply

      • Yes…IK. I watched and listened to the complete vid…with “understanding”… because of a lot of Tech Stuff …you have talked about…i.e. The Future Of The Internet ???

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        Comment by Gaia | June 30, 2012 | Reply

        • Gaia,
          Any non-“IT type” who watched the whole presentation, well, there’s no question such effort merits a TP Gold Star Award.

          And I hope I have never given the impression that I think I can guess the future!

          As for the specific question (the future of the Internet) I can only think/guess that the situation will get worse before it gets any better. I do hope, though, that things will improve.

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          Comment by techpaul | June 30, 2012 | Reply


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