US Men’s curling team look like a bunch of average Joes who are wearing their company-branded business casual shirts and softball team hats at a backyard barbecue. I keep looking for where they stashed the beer cooler and the gas grill with the hotdogs & burgers. Seriously, someone should get fired for those “uniforms”.
To keep this post from being totally negative, Team Sweden have it going on – cool uniforms and athletically fit with well groomed facial hair. It’s almost as if they, I don’t know, want to win and look good while doing it.

Hmmm. Amazon has separate store apps for Japan and the US in the associated App Store but only one app for Kindle, Music, Prime Video, …

Evaluating the U.K.’s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program:

In November 2016, the U.K. government its Active Cyber Defence (ACD) program with the intention of tackling “in a relatively automated [and transparent] way, a significant proportion of the cyber attacks that hit the U.K.” True to their word, a little over a year on, last week the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published a (over 60 pages long) of their progress to date. The report itself is full of technical implementation details. But it’s useful to cut through the specifics to explain exactly what ACD is and highlight its successes—how the program could benefit the United States as well.

There are three defining features of the ACD program: government-centered action, intervention, and transparency.

(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)

Read the article for a nice summary of the report, including the section towards the end that talks to potential benefits for the U.S.

I hate it when I encounter a Westerner who speaks Japanese. To be clear, I hate the experience and not the person. The experience reminds me I am lax and tardy in my study. There is exactly one person who can do something about it.

I am applying my tech purchase model, never a new product or release until its proven, to subscription software. If the developer shows a benefit to me, the user, to support the model over a reasonable stretch of time, the odds are good I will participate. But if the app development progresses at roughly the same pace as the point-purchase model, then there is little reason to subscribe. Implementing “X-as-a-Service” doesn’t constitute a feature if it isn’t optional.

El entierro by Francisco Proaño

I want to start by clearly stating that I am not “rage quitting” my social media. I am reducing my footprint and reliance on them. To that end …

I removed the share buttons for social media from my site. I do not like how they call home even if you chose not to share my post. It’s rude. And the buttons row on my posts is ugly. I might reverse my decision at any point.

I removed the automatic post sharing on social media. Blasting my posts across the Social Media with no tailoring is inconsiderate at best. While all my written gems are exactly that, it is not my place – after this post – to demand your attention on every utterance. I might reverse my decision at any point.

How will I follow your crazy shenanigans“, you ask?

The best way to track my site is to subscribe to the full text RSS feed.If you’re not interested in every one of my whims, each category has its own RSS feed as well. If you’re my parents and siblings, your email updates will not change.

If you, Dear Reader, would like an email newsletter of some kind, please leave a comment on this post to let me know.

Another note for the more technically interested in website hosting, I am playing with removing CloudFlare from my site. I experienced odd behaviors I thought my CDN caused. Turns out that my site was no longer redirecting to the HTTPS page, maybe due to the service.

In other news, all requests are once again going to the HTTPS version of my site. I don’t know when, why, or how my old .htaccess file changed, but it is again serving up the correct version of my site.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a comment on this post.