Late Night Xmas Leftovers Open Thread: Cybersecurity Compliance






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    Fair Economist says:

    Similarly to with the innumerable Facebook breaches, I note this data security breach is being reported after the fact rather than before Christmas when it could have been used to inform consumer decisions.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    The idea that Santa Clause can know if we’re awake and see us if we’re sleeping is actually really creepy. The things we tell our kids are sometimes really screwed up

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    Similarly to with the innumerable Facebook breaches, I note this data security breach is being reported after the fact rather than before Christmas when it could have been used to inform consumer decisions.

    Santa Claus is above the law. He’s an immortal who can know when people are asleep and see us when we’re sleeping.

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    NotMax says:

    So old can remember when most everyone and every place abided by the ‘social security number NOT to be used for identification’ rule.

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    Yutsano says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: At least we dropped the Krampus myth. You think Santa as stalker is bad…

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    JFever says:

    @Millard Filmore:
    Song about baby birds.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @NotMax:
    Hey, it’s only the last 4 digits. Usually.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: It’s Claus. Santa Claus. No “e”.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Millard Filmore: That one bugged me when I was a kid. I never sang it to my babies.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Yutsano: YES! And the Scissor Man, who seems to have been A Thing to tell thumb-sucking children in Britain at one time.

    *shudder*

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    NotMax says:

    @Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)

    Craving creepy Santa? Seek out Rare Exports. Not exploitative schlock, a tight (albeit darkly off kilter) little production.

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    @NotMax:

    So old can remember when most everyone and every place abided by the ‘social security number NOT to be used for identification’ rule.

    Which is silly. The SSN was developed specifically to be a globally unique identifier, so it makes perfect sense for people to use it that way. The problem comes from confusing identification and authentication. Effectively, people are using SSNs not just as usernames (reasonable) but also as passwords (crazy). Knowing my SSN proves you know who I am; it doesn’t prove you’re me. Behaving as though that last step is true is where the problem comes from.

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    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:

    Hey, it’s only the last 4 digits

    That’s not very reassuring, because the first three digits are a code for the place where the SSN was issued and thus are guessable to somebody who knows where you were born.

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    NotMax says:

    @opiejeanne

    Not to mention the Yama Yama man.

    Yama, Yama, the Yama man,
    Terrible eyes and a face of tan.
    If you don’t watch out he’ll get you without a doubt,
    If he can.
    Maybe he’s hiding behind the chair,
    Ready to spring out at you unaware.
    Run to your mama,
    For here comes the Yama Yama man.

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    smike says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:
    You know you can go to hell for such statements, right? You know what hell is, right? It’s this scary place where you will be in pain forever. Really! It’s in a book or something. You should have your kids read it. /s

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Yutsano:

    While eight flying reindeer are a hard pill to swallow, our Christmas story remains relatively simple. Santa lives with his wife in a remote polar village and spends one night a year traveling around the world. If you’re bad, he leaves you coal. If you’re good and live in America, he’ll give you just about anything you want. We tell our children to be good and send them off to bed, where they lie awake, anticipating their great bounty.

    A Dutch parent has a decidedly hairier story to relate, telling his children, “Listen, you might want to pack a few of your things together before you go to bed. The former bishop of Turkey will be coming along with six to eight black men. They might put some candy in your shoes, they might stuff you in a sack and take you to Spain, or they might just pretend to kick you. We don’t know for sure, but we want you to be prepared.”

    Still one of the greatest holiday monologues of all time.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Millard Filmore:

    A lot of old fairy tales and nursery rhymes are not kid-friendly by modern standards.@Yutsano:

    M4 posted about Krampus a week or so ago. I’ll watch that video tomorrow.@opiejeanne:

    I blame Tim Allen and that crappy movie. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
    @NotMax:

    I swear that movie has been mentioned round these parts before. I’ll definitely check it out. It’s based on the Krampus legend.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: Google Liam Neeson auditioning for Mall Santa to see just how creepy that surveillance is.

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    Ruckus says:

    @NotMax:
    I like that there is another vet at the VA with the same last name and same last 4 of the SSN as me. Last appointment he was at the same clinic that day. Didn’t get to met him. My name is somewhat common and there are only 10,000 combinations of the last 4 digits so the odds aren’t all that bad that there will be multiple people with that. Still seems weird. Of course when I was in the navy I ran into a guy with the same first and last name and same middle initial. And he wasn’t from the family that lived in the next town where I grew up, the dads met on a bus, and introduced each other and they had the same first, last and middle initial with a son with the same name as me and a daughter with the same name as my sister, other than we had differing middle names but with the same initial. Always thought that was a bit unusual.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:
    Liam Neeson tends to play menacing, super serious characters. If that was a mall Santa I got to meet when I was a kid, I probably would have pissed myself in fear.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @oatler.:
    Jesus Christ, the pictures of the scissor hands thing. Thanks for the nightmares.

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    oatler. says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: It might have been the 18th century German dress mode that disturbed you more than the severed thumbs and children burned/starved to death and…oh Jesus Christ you’re right.

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    Duane says:

    @NotMax: The state of Missouri used our SSN as a driver’s license number for several years. Gave it to everyone, we did.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    They might put some candy in your shoes, they might stuff you in a sack and take you to Spain, or they might just pretend to kick you. We don’t know for sure, but we want you to be prepared.

    The best option is candy with toe jam flavoring? How Calvinist.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: That movie spelled it “clause” not as his name but as a legal clause in a contract. Or didn’t you bother to watch The Santa Clause.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: If you were four or younger, yes, you might have been afraid of Santa Claus. My youngest worked at Disneyland and the children who freaked out when they met a character were about that age, and it wasn’t because they hated the character, it was just too overwhelming for them. I had the same reaction to Santa when I was about 3. Kids over 5 are usually just happy to meet him and tell him what they want for Christmas.

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    Geeno says:

    @Roger Moore: One benefit of old age. My SSN wasn’t issued until much later in my childhood, but that also means my siblings and I have sequential SSNs since my parents got them for us at the same time..

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Yutsano:
    Have you ever heard David Sedaris’s “6 or 8 Black Men”? It is about the Christmas tradition in Holland.

    edit: obviously @Mnemosyne: has!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @opiejeanne:
    “You can’t fool me. There is no sanity clause.”

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    Chyron HR says:

    You better watch out,
    You better watch out,
    You better watch out,
    YOU BETTER WATCH OUT.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Chyron HR: If you’re Trump, you better watch out for Mueller. He’s coming to get you.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I understand that Dutch people are getting a bit uncomfortable with the Black Pete thing.

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    Chris Johnson says:

    @Chyron HR: Ah, Gritty Claus :)

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    randy khan says:

    The GDPR folks clearly do not want risk coal in their stockings.

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    mapaghimagsik says:

    @NotMax: One of my favorites. Its well done.

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    Ken says:

    Of the several Santa comics XKCD is done, my favorite.

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    BigJimSlade says:

    “he uses cookies”
    I’m a big-time user myself.

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