Category: Interesting Reads

  • Thinking of throwing your own Chickpox-party?

    Apparently, some people believe it is better to expose their children to full-strength deadly diseases and hope for the best than to vaccinate them. Thankfully, Ars Technica has the explanation of why this is a bad idea: Though most children who get the itchy, highly contagious viral disease go on to recover after a week […]

  • Do I need a VPN?

    TechRadar looks at the simple question: “Do I need a VPN?” (Spoiler alert: Yes, you do). The real value in this article is that it explains just why you need to use a VPN, and what benefits there are when you have one. It also discuses the disadvantages of using a VPN, and offers advice […]

  • What Is Malware?

    This is a surprisingly in-depth article over at MalwareBytes regarding just what it is that makes software fall into the category of malware. Finding information or a short definition of malware is easy. Finding this much detail on what is malware, how can you tell when you have malware, how you get it, and more. Other […]

  • Our Youth aren’t watching as much TV

    While this is probably generally a good thing, I’m sure television executives aren’t happy that TV viewership hours go down significantly as viewing ages go down: Of course, I’d guess they are eating up that TV-free time with other screen-based activities, like watching game streamers, YouTube/Vimeo/et al, chatting, and so on. But wow, what a […]

  • Homeopathic “medicines” Recalled Over Microbial Contamination

    Thanks to Ars Technica for pointing out this recall of kids’ homeopathic “medicines” over microbial contamination concerns. The fewer homeopathic products on the shelf, the better the world is. Because homeopathy doesn’t work. Really – it just doesn’t work.

  • Insufficient Passwords

    I love computer security. Worked in the field for half a decade, but got out of it when I moved to Memphis. Would love to get back into it, if I had the opportunity. So when I see stories like this Register article about a Western Australia Auditor General report on poor password security, I […]

  • Horrific Experiments

    Popular Science with a story on 7 psychological experiments that were ill-conceived, unethical, horrific, or all of the above. Project MKUltraFrom 1953 to 1973, the CIA funded covert research on mind control at dozens of reputable institutions, including universities and hospitals. A source of inspiration to horror-fueled shows like Stranger Things and films like Conspiracy Theory, the covert project […]

  • The Skim Reaper – a Credit Card Skimmer Detector

    If you have heard about credit card skimmers, you probably know the advice to tug on a credit-card scanner before using it. That’s not really that effective against more and more of the scanners, as they are getting smaller, and more easily hidden within or on top of real scanners in such a way that […]

  • The World is Warming

    Earth is warming. Slowly, and not noticeably so to most people, but nevertheless it is happening. More ways to see this are available in this Washington Post titled “Red hot planet: This summer’s punishing and historic heat in 7 maps and charts” and published Friday. I expect some people will read this and have something […]

  • Encrypting NFSv4 with STunnel

    I don’t have anything to add to this. Here’s a guide to setting up encrypted NFSv4 on Linux. Very detailed guide on the how and why.

  • Gettin’ all Sciency in Here

    As a follow-up to yesterday’s brief bit on the Parker Space Probe, I thought it was worth taking some time to share more information about the project. This is some of the best we have going on in the scientific community (in my not so humble opinion), and I thought it was worth learning and […]

  • Drive Fast, Speed Turns Me On…

    So if you ever wondered just how fast we puny humans can make things go, it turns out that right now something around 430,000 miles per hour is our peak achievement. That’s the projected speed of the Parker Solar Probe which will be launching tomorrow morning, just a few hours from now. I have more […]