Toldja so, techtyrants
Latest big hack
turns out to be running via 'internet of things'.
The cartoon is a bit of a stretch, but the rule is obvious:
When your things are not tied to Central Control, your things are strictly under YOUR control.
The Empire can't use your things to sabotage you
, or to sabotage anyone else.
I've made a strong point
of avoiding and eliminating software. I can't go all the way, but I've stayed minimal. My computer and its peripherals (printer, mouse, keyboard) are tied to the Net. Everything else in my house is either mechanical or analog-era electronics, not only disconnected but totally incapable of being connected.
This DDOS showed another big problem. Because Twitter was mostly down, every website that used Twitter resources was down.
I tried to avoid this in my final courseware project last year. The NYC publisher insisted on using JS code running from Twitter because it was the easiest way to keep up with the latest COOOOOL look for buttons and blanks. I pushed hard against it but lost the battle. Fashion beats function every time. Now their courseware is down along with everything else that uses external resources.
Google and Twitter have extended their tentacles into everything by providing these various resources and codebits and fonts. Even when you're not intentionally searching via Google or communicating via Twitter, you're using them.
Labels: defensible spaces, Patient things