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There are two types of home working. Working From Home Today, Remote Working, and unclassifiable versions.

They are the same, mostly. WFH Today is a little easier, but if you do it frequently you are also Remote Working.

I am a Remote Worker. I am writing this on my sofa, with a dog to one side and a cup of tea to the other. I’ve been full time working remotely for the last three years, before that I had a “normal” commute-in job for a year, and before that I was self-employed as a freelancer, and therefore working remotely. I’ve…

You know what the X card system is, right? If not, I’ve cunningly linked the definition in the previous sentence. …

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The current world’s gone a lot towards cyberpunk.

I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’m regularly using a massive network of computers, a lot of those networks are corporate-owned and most of the “normal” people use those, but the underground have a completely separate network with high encryption that they use to share illegal data and drugs trades, as well as forced-text communities and highly protected boards where you can buy anything from cookies to assassin services if you know the right keywords, though that’s not really the good parts, I suppose. …

The Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May, took the opportunity of the London Bridge terror attacks to say:

Second, we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet — and the big companies that provide internet-based services — provide. We need to work with allied, democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.
PM statement following London terror attack: 4 June 2017)

A friend asked a question:

People who are experts in something: what are the known unknowns, the great mysteries, of your field?

And I said:

If sufficiently complicated passwords can’t be remembered, and increasingly decreasing levels of simplicity in passwords can trivially be guessed by renting a subsection of a cloud platform for a couple of hours, how do you secure a website without making the registration and login process put users off?

…and I spent a while on a thread explaining why 2FA doesn’t solve that problem. So, let’s discuss that a bit.

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Expressing The Problem

I am a reasonably security-conscious person…

Twitter went down: The worst thing ever happen to the millennial Twitterarti

I will never forget today.

I was asleep when I found out that Twitter was down, and awoke to my partner reading Facebook. “Oh my god” they said, “Twitter has gone down”. I couldn’t believe it.

It doesn’t seem to be that long since Twitter’s health was a daily part of the background news of our lives, the fail whale, the tendency to shut down when a light breeze wafted past it, but recently there have been a spate of them, hasn’t there? BBC News and Steam towards…

One man’s attempt to watch a damn movie

Yesterday, I wanted to watch Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright’s tribute to cop movies and small village life, on my desktop computer.

I own a dedicated mediacentre computer that serves video to any device in the house. It is the only Blu-ray device I own, and it was in the living room where my girlfriend was doing other things. But I have a fully specced gaming-rig quality PC, so I could use that.

I own a copy of Hot Fuzz on Blu-Ray. It was a christmas present. It comes with a free licence for a digital version of my film.


Nicholas Avenell

Aquarion is Nicholas Avenell of I are computer person, I computer all the things. My baked cheesecake is the stuff of legend.

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