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Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

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Safer Email

Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about how to keep the email demons at bay!


Reverse Turing Test

The Turing Test is a well-enough known concept, where it’s supposed to be a hallmark of a “good enough” AI to have an algorithm converse with a human in such a way that the human cannot tell the difference between another human or the algorithm any better than predicting the outcome of a coin flip.


But do you know humans who could pass a reverse Turing testUnintentionally?  People whose responses remind you of a computer’s: present them with the necessary input and conditions and you get a predictable, useful response.  But remove or fuzz-out some of the starting info and all you get is a blank stare.  If not a meltdown.  It can be maddening, in real-world situations where all the necessary information is never available up front.

By the way, the greatest chess players have no leg up on even mediocre poker players in this respect.


It’s Pronounced Gif, Dammit

This is peanut butter.

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format.  Which is not pronounced jraphics….

Yes, I know Wilhite says it’s pronounced “jif”.

He’s wrong.

Take a Modeling Job

Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about how to apply common sense before dropping a lot of cash on information security technology.  Do a little threat modeling to be sure you know what you’re protecting and what it should be worth to protect.

Don’t do this. Just don’t.

What’s Missing

What’s missing from this pretty-good article?  Give it a read, but the TL;DR is, a NY Times cyber-security writer tells what she does to make herself safer online.

Check out the post over at Safer Computing


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