Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Opus 2016-206: DEFCON: Mouse Traps

One of the sessions I attended yesterday involved the vulnerability of cordless mice.  To hackers vulnerability means that there is a way that the device can be used or controlled by a person who has no right to mess with it.  For instance if you have an electric outlet on the outside of your house anyone with a plug can use your power without your permission.  If you had a phone jack on your back porch someone could come into your yard with a plug in phone and make calls.  You are vulnerable.

Wireless mice have that little gizmo that you plug into the USB port on your computer.  It is designed to receive the signals from the mouse you bought with it.  Evidently there is a simple way for a hacker to send a signal through that gizmo and make the computer think you are typing on the keyboard.  Think of the fun you could have in a classroom with teachers that leave their computers on all the time. 

I don’t understand the tech.  I am not a geek but my son and I have begun to make it a habit to pull the gizmo out when we are not using our laptops.  We have over 30,000 hackers and wanna be hackers at this convention and the odds are that some deviant person is trying the tricks that were shared.

Be alert.  They are out to get you.

homo unius libri

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