Bennett's Five Links #061
This is fine; wooden goggles
Ze goggles …
I’ve linked to note taking apps in the past. I’m still taking notes, but not so diligent about tagging and linking and indexing them. It never occurred to me to think about what that ‘indexed second brain’ resource might look like in an augmented-reality world.
I can’t decide if I hate it or desperately want it.
Got wood …
Usually when I’m choosing what to link to I like to provide a mix of short and snappy stuff and some longer burns. This one is a lot like the ASMR Leatherworking stuff I linked to last year.
It’s a weird fetish, but I am who I am ..
It’s better without context ..
An Apple a day ..
We have had a spate of of large-scale public data breaches in Australia. Telecommunications, health insurance providers, grocery stores, football clubs. Just like my hay fever - as we come out of winter this shit gets extreme.
So this long-read on data security in the health sector is particularly relevant. It’s for a US audience and at times it gets a little salesman’ish, but there’s some really good stuff in there if you have the time to scroll through.
Some snips -
That data is very valuable because it is extremely rich in terms of the types of information that are included in it. You obviously have your personal information, very often social security number, medical records, insurance information. Criminals are buying this information on the dark web in order to obtain prescription medications that could be part of drug trade. There’s also medical insurance fraud. Credit card information is obviously part of that as well. It’s very rich and robust information that can be used to generate economic benefit for a criminal. That’s really the motivation.
It’s a huge problem. Healthcare providers are the most likely organizations to actually pay the ransom. The ransomware attackers know very well that this has a huge impact. You can’t get medical records, you can’t get tests back, you have to delay procedures, you have to divert ambulances from emergency rooms. That is a severe impact on the quality of care, and the attackers are going to continue because they know they are more likely to get their money and to get it very quickly.
The FBI has said this; I have heard them say it over and over again. If you pay the ransomware ransom, they know you are going to pay, so they are going to come back at some point and try again.
Zip it up, and zip it out ! ..
I don’t think I’ve linked to this one before, but I may have. I checked. I did searches of old issues and couldn’t find it - so I’m linking to it now - but apologies if it’s a double up. But really lands for me and so I’m willing to risk it.
This piece on the ‘it gets better’ parenting fallacy really shook me. I’ve had Gabor Mate’s Hold On To Your Kids on my shelf for a while and haven’t read it yet, perhaps because I’m sick of holding on to them and waiting for someone to hold onto me.
But I should get off my bum and do the work because it won’t get any easier.
Some snips -
There is this tiny window of say nine to 11, when they’re pretty robust and independent and dare I say it, compliant, where you can trust them to cross the road, wipe their own bum, make a toastie, walk home from the bus, and still be in bed by 8.30pm.
They’re not sending pics of their boobs to some weirdo from an internet chat room, they’re not sneaking your booze, or obsessing about being fat.
They’re still your baby. Enjoy that bit. It’s the eye of the storm. When everything goes quiet, and you think 'oh great, this is going to be easy now - it’s Mummy’s time!' That’s when you get smashed.
It’s by their peers that they take on their values; they inhabit their worlds. Instead of being the sun shining on your beloved bairns, you are the lurking shadow, trying to interpret who’s ok, who’s at risk, who’s lyin, who’s truthin.