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“Bandwidth Caps Means Bad Security”

June 14th, 2009 Comments off

Don Franke at the (ISC)2 Blog brings up an interesting point about bandwidth caps: they’ll discourage users from downloading patches.

So customers using bandwidth caps need to be parsimonious with their Internet usage.  Gone are the days of being able to download anything that caught their fancy.  No more movies from iTunes, not so many songs from Napster, and no more huge OS updates.  Wait, what?

This is another reason bandwidth caps are the devil and should never be implemented.  On the other hand, I suppose it could cut down on the number of sites that send 40 AJAX requests for everything you click on.  If web apps get less flashy and chatty and complex, their security would probably improve by default.

Still, they’re the devil and they should never happen.  I’m already paying too much for my bandwidth and not even being allowed to use it how I wish.

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WCGW: “Sixth Sense” technology

March 11th, 2009 Comments off

I read an article on Gizmodo today that falls squarely into the What Could Go Wrong category: “Sixth Sense Technology May Change How We Look at the World Forever.”  Excerpts:

The camera recognizes objects around you instantly, with the micro-projector overlaying the information on any surface, including the object itself or your hand. Then, you can access or manipulate the information using your fingers.

The true power of Sixth Sense lies on its potential to connect the real world with the Internet, and overlaying the information on the world itself.

Don’t get me wrong – this looks very, very cool.  I just don’t want to be wearing one when the spammers take over, with context-sensitive ads for all to see – or worse, context-unrelated ads (click to enlarge):

I do NOT want to be on a date when this happens.

I do NOT want to be on a date when this happens.

Yep.  Very cool idea, but what could possibly go wrong?

Categories: What could go wrong