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How this Password Chart is Giving You A False Sense of Security

You may have came across this infographic being shared on various social media platforms. However, at face value and taken out of context, it can be considered misinformation — and I will explain why.

This is giving people an absolute false sense of security! It gets much more complicated than just a simple chart like this. This chart gives NO information on the contributing [critical] factors towards these calculations.

Neal Stephenson’s Most Stunning Prediction

But Stephenson is far more pessimistic about today’s AI than he was about the Primer. “A chatbot is not an oracle,” he told me over Zoom last Friday. “It’s a statistics engine that creates sentences that sound accurate.” I spoke with Stephenson about his uncannily prescient book and the generative-AI revolution that has seemingly begun.

tongue-in-cheek ha-ha no-seriously images

made some more tongue-in-cheek ha-ha no-seriously images to help you manage replies in lieu of affordances to help you manage replies please steal and use if you find useful or so help me funny

  1. Do not reply unless you have direct experience
  2. Do not reply with a software suggestion
  3. This is an observation. Do not attempt to help. No reply necessary.

you can check if a site uses cloudflare

you can check if a site uses cloudflare by appending /cdn-cgi/trace to the domain.


I need privacy, not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are

copy and paste

I hate apps that don’t allow you to copy text from a comment field. It gives you a taste of the world without Larry Tesler and Tim Mott, and it’s not a magnificent one

[Note: Tesler worked at Xerox PARC, Apple, Amazon, and Yahoo!. While at PARC, Tesler’s work included Smalltalk, the first dynamic object-oriented programming language, and Gypsy, the first word processor with a graphical user interface (GUI) for the Xerox Alto. During this, along with colleague Tim Mott, Tesler developed the idea of copy and paste functionality and the idea of modeless software. ]

European Commission broke data protection law with Microsoft

In particular, the Commission has failed to provide appropriate safeguards to ensure that personal data transferred outside the EU/EEA are afforded an essentially equivalent level of protection as guaranteed in the EU/EEA.

"Furthermore, in its contract with Microsoft, the Commission did not sufficiently specify what types of personal data are to be collected and for which explicit and specified purposes when using Microsoft 365."

The EC has been ordered to suspend all data flows through the use of Microsoft 365 to Microsoft and any of its tentacles that might reside outside the EU / EEA and not covered by an adequacy decision.

We talk about tools as though they were 1 thing, but there are really two…

ChatGPT is a great example of a not-thinking tool: a tool that you use to avoid having to think.

Not-thinking tools have the appearance of creating efficiency, but ultimately they just make you faster at doing the wrong thing.

Product tools have created a leadership crisis. Only tools from the outside can solve it. | by Pavel Samsonov

Product professionals (whether designers, PMs, or developers) would do well to take away the same lesson: we ask too much of our tools. Doing perfect Agile will not produce good software, but that’s not Agile’s fault.

A lot of people ask me, what should we use instead? My answer is always: use your brain.

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