The Value in XML

From Nicolas Fränkel: XML has a lot of advantages compared to other more alternative technologies. In addition to what I described above, it benefits from a rich ecosystem. It’s not considered hype by a lot of young (and not so young) developers. I believe would be beneficial if our industry would value more battle-proven technologies …

Ring Indoor Drone Security Camera is Just the Type of Crazy My House Needs

From The Verge: Ring latest home security camera is taking flight — literally. The new Always Home Cam is an autonomous drone that can fly around inside your home to give you a perspective of any room you want when you’re not home. Once it’s done flying, the Always Home Cam returns to its dock …

FFS Joe

From TechCrunch: A privacy bug in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s official campaign app allowed anyone to look up sensitive voter information on millions of Americans, a security researcher has found. Come on, man! Stupidity just runs through all of politics.

Giggle; laughable security

It’s best not to threaten the people trying to help you: Disclosure timeline: 07/09/2020: Reached out privately via Twitter DM 09/09/2020: Publicly reached out via Twitter 09/09/2020: Continued DM with giggle owner, Sall 09/09/2020: DI_Security Twitter account blocked 09/09/2020: JayHarris_Sec Twitter account blocked 09/09/2020: Saskia asked Sall to reconsider ignoring us 09/09/2020: ms__chief account blocked …

Hobby Software

Great thread. I needed to make a small change to my hobby Rails app I was maintaining since 2009. Web development is easy, so how hard could it be? Famous last words, as it turns out. (thread) — Mislav Marohnić (@mislav) September 3, 2020

John’s Mac Pro Woes

From ATP episode 393, this entire chapter is wonderfully entertaining. I love tech support stories, and the “process of elimination” we all follow when trying to figure out what is causing a ghost-in-the-machine type problem. Disconnect one thing Disconnect another … Disconnect everything and hope that solves it …Nuke and Pave John Siracusa has not …

Counting

From The LA Times: The California Department of Public Health has directed all laboratories to report positive results directly to county health departments until the problem is resolved. Some county health departments are resorting to counting the testing results by hand to get accurate totals. Counting. We’re having problems counting. Wikipedia: Notched bones were also …