Correct Horse Battery Staple

BBC reports: Password guru regrets past advice.

“For example, the more often you ask someone to change their password, the weaker the passwords they typically choose.”

And I have only been screaming this for the last 20 years! Nice to see that these shibboleths are finally getting re-evaluated.

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August 9, 2017. IT, Security, Sensible. Leave a comment.

The headline you never thought you would ever have to read

You remember how we spent almost every breath from the rise to the fall of the Berlin Wall berating the Soviets for their restrictions on free movement? Well, weep in shame because this is currently the headline on the BBC News:

Yes. That is the UK talking about itself. Not Stalin talking about Ukraine. Not Mao talking about China. Not Hitler talking about pretty much everywhere. That is the UK talking about itself.

Take a moment. Stare at it. Notice how it looks like it fell in from another century, from another continent, from an aberrant parallel universe. Well, it didn’t. That is us. Right here. Right now.

It is the betrayal of everything that we are supposed to be. It is the betrayal of everything we ever pretended to believe in. It is a particularly vicious sort of hubris that ensures that when nemesis comes (and oh boy is it ever coming!) not one of our former friends will feel inclined to lift a finger to help us after what we have done to them. We are now the people we despised when we were children.

But don’t worry, Donald Trump still loves us. I’m sure that chlorinated chicken will soon be the very least of our worries.

July 27, 2017. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible, Travel. 1 comment.

Is money going out of fashion?

I believe that I have mentioned before that I am not an economist.

So lets talk a bit about “austerity” and so on…

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July 8, 2017. #Brexit, Money. Leave a comment.

“Patriotism”? Seriously?

BBC report: Brexit: Andrea Leadsom says broadcasters need to be patriotic

Seriously? This woman is an MP? Somebody who once aspired to lead her party?

I think it would be unpatriotic not to denounce her as an imbecile.

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June 24, 2017. #Brexit, Books, Politics. 1 comment.

A River in Egypt

If you look in the Nile today you might find a moses basket bobbing gently along, unheeded by the wider and wiser populace. Don’t worry. It isn’t an abandoned baby in danger of being eaten by crocodiles. It is today’s newspaper reviews courtesy of the BBC.** Given that this is the British press, you won’t be surprised to hear that there is bullshit among the bullrushes. Any croc foolish enough to take a bite out of this crock would not enjoy the taste. Most of the papers feature Theresa May looking even more ashen faced and Palpatine like than normal but lets see who is really in denial…

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June 10, 2017. Media, Politics, Silly. Leave a comment.

WTF?

I always said that this election was a stupid idea.

No shit, Sherlock! What do you want for that pearl of wisdom, a bloody biscuit?

Actually, that’s not a bad idea. I’ve not had breakfast. Let me get a biscuit. BRB.

[Returns from biscuit tin empty handed]

It transpires that I am unable to decide which sort of biscuit I want. Some were too hard and some were too soft. Others were decidedly flaky. Then I lost confidence that I ever wanted a biscuit in the first place. Also the tin is showing signs of weakness and instability.

FFS! Is that some sort of stupid metaphor?

It might be. What was the question again?

Just say something vaguely coherent about the election and go back to bed.

OK. The United Kingdom has looked into the abyss and it has spoken with one voice. It has said “Ummm”.

There is going to be another stupid election now, isn’t there?

Why are you asking me? Just go back to bed.

June 9, 2017. Politics, Silly. Leave a comment.

Prediction

I predict that whoever wins tomorrow’s UK General Election will soon end up wishing that they had lost when the Brexit chickens come home to roost.

Update (Friday 00:37 BST): Of course, that is assuming that anybody does win this election…

Update (Friday 08:46 BST): Some signs of chickens coming home, albeit headless, but instead of roosting they just seem to be shitting everywhere.

June 7, 2017. #Brexit, Politics. Leave a comment.

Clever and Modest and Misunderstood

As the UK gears up its diplomats to find out wtf “Brexit means Brexit” actually means, and as Satan gears up construction on a new ring in Hell, people may be wondering what the UK’s attitude is to the rest of the World, and to what is left of itself, will be going forwards. Well, wonder no more:

(Flanders and Swann in 1967. Fifty years ago. Fifty years!)

And how is the rest of the World going to take to this newly confident/delusional* rump UK? Early indications suggest that they are far from impressed.

* –  Delete as applicable depending on whether you are Nigel Farage or not.

March 31, 2017. #Brexit, Music, Politics. Leave a comment.

A little empire

Have just realised what Trump reminds me of…

I mean the song, not the band, obviously.

It seems that I am not the only person who has had this idea. Indeed there are a few YouTube videos of Trump set to this song. I’m not linking to those because I don’t want to see his face and, besides, I slightly prefer this version of the song.

February 26, 2017. Music, Politics. Leave a comment.

President Ubu

Have just realised who Trump reminds me of…

February 18, 2017. Art, Media, Politics. Leave a comment.

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