How I Met Your Girlfriend, Google Opt Out Village, and Other Security Thoughts

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Everyone who has an email box and a friend or two gets semi regular stuff in the form of shared jokes. Sometimes stuff comes around multiple times. What is really interesting is how something that has already been around once not too long ago generates entirely different responses on the second pass.

Take for example this bit of Internet humor from Onion News Network (BTW I love Onion News it is really fun): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMChO0qNbkY (Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village). That particular bit of humor was released in August of 2009. Yet it has come through the internal office "fun" email list 3 times in the last year. Apparently some people keep running over it, forgetting they saw it before and then send it out to share.

Of course each time it comes round there are other shared funny bits. But, this time a real gem came out:

On Tue 11/2/2010 at 3:46 PM Patrick Ryan wrote :

The ACLU did a future parody around privacy: http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf

A presentation at this year’s AppSec USA showed how someone could find your exact GPS coordinates without you knowing by abusing Google’s geolocation service if you happened to have a WiFi access point that still had the default admin password (for certain models): http://vimeo.com/15492594

One of my favorite Bruce Schneier talks (about privacy): http://bit.ly/d7eZNZ

So I watched the associated new videos over my morning coffee and was both laughing and concerned all at the same time. Which of course led to this post combining ROFLMAO and security tags (which is an odd combination that I think I like).

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