The Effectiveness of Publicly Shaming Bad Security

The Effectiveness of Publicly Shaming Bad Security:

If a company is going to take a position on security either in the way they choose to build their services or by what their representatives state on the public record, they can damn well be held accountable for it:

Whether those rejecting shaming of the likes I’ve shared above agree with the practice or not, they can’t argue with the outcome. I’m sure there’ll be those that apply motherhood statements such as “the end doesn’t justify the means”, but that would imply that the means is detrimental in some way which it simply isn’t. Keep it polite, use shaming constructively to leverage social pressure and we’re all better off for it.

(Via Troy Hunt’s Blog)

A long read. Troy captures several examples supporting his thesis. Sadly, he’s right. My concern is that, as society becomes immured to security issues, this tactic will work less and less frequently.

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Wake me when we get there: Apple Maps Transit Missing Features

Wake me when we get there: Apple Maps Transit Missing Features:

Apple Maps Transit in Japan has a great transit data supplier, the same one as Google, but I don’t use it much. It’s just not that handy at finding the fastest route or cheapest route or route with the fewest transfer points, it doesn’t let me sort results or search for different train times on fly. For a map app the geosynchronous functions of Apple Map Transit are curiously weak. Even after engaging a route Apple Maps Transit has trouble keeping track of where it is. Forget about geo anything if you are riding the subway, you’re in the dark the whole way.

Apple Maps Transit is a plodding one trick pony. That’s why everybody Japan uses dedicated transit apps like Yahoo Japan Transit or the venerable Eki-supato (cleverly combining station-eki + expert = eki-supato, get it?). Not only do these dedicated apps find great transit routes quickly they let you sort results quickly by fare, fast, number of transit points, etc., or just quickly move to earlier~later block of departure times.

After you engage a route you have all kinds of granular alerts for transit points and destination points, and great geosynchronous feedback. Eki-supato really knows their user base though, I mean a transit app really isn’t a Japanese transit app without “Drunk Mode” to make sure hard-working, hard-drinking salarymen don’t miss the last train home.

Maybe the Apple Maps team should create “Eddy Mode” to keep Eddy Cue awake and focused at Apple Map team meetings. Who knows it might help the Apple Maps Reboot make some real progress.

(Via Ata Distance)

I am downloading 駅すぱあと as I write this. I already have Yahoo! Japan’s transit and maps apps. The trouble, nee opportunity, of all three is that they are Japanese only.


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17 Years Later: Applying Post-9/11 Lessons to Potential Cyber Attacks

17 Years Later: Applying Post-9/11 Lessons to Potential Cyber Attacks:

Cyberattacks don’t produce the unmistakable, crystallizing violence that our nation experienced on 9/11. Instead, they unfold more insidiously. And, in that sense, we’re not still waiting for a cyber 9/11. It’s already here.

(Via Just Security)

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