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Wireless Security System?

04 Apr

Wireless security systems have to be the dumbest idea I’ve ever seen.  Companies are playing off your ignorance to make maximum profit for the least amount of effort.  Why do I say this?  Well lets look at a few things.  If you have a “wired” system installed the devices are usually cheaper, motion detector, camera, glass breakage detectors, etc… however running the wires is highly labor intensive.  Even in new construction where they pre-wire your house if you ask the installer for something the pre-wired home isn’t set up for they’ll try to talk you into doing it another way, or just flat refuse.

Don’t even get me started on the monitoring services.  You’re better off having the alarm system call your cell phones.

The biggest issue with a wireless system is vulnerability.  Radio waves go everywhere, and radio receivers listen to anyone transmitting a signal not just the people that are supposed to be transmitting to it.

I recently heard about a vulnerability with the Nest drop cams.  They leave the bluetooth receive on all the time, even after setup.  This makes it possible to cause an overflow situation to occur and the drop cam to reboot.  The camera takes about a minute and a half to start sending video again.  Bluetooth range is about 40 feet, and longer if you use a directional antenna.  You can even change the configuration of the camera so that once it’s off line it will no longer connect to your wifi router basically eliminating the threat of being recorded while breaking into your home.

Now the fine folks and Nest will probably address this issue, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more issues that either we don’t know about yet, or will be found in the future.  This means my rule of thumb is WIRED not WIRELESS!  Keep in mind that when a company sells you a wireless system they really don’t need installation personnel, they just need to ship you a box and be available online, or by phone to help you self install.  If they do have someone install your system, it can be done quickly and with minimally trained people.

This sounds great until you consider how easy it is to defeat these systems.  One thing the companies say in their ads is you don’t have to worry about your phone line being cut.  This is true, but some systems can detect that and trigger an visual and audible alarm.  If someone blocks your wifi signal what is your security system going to do?  Frankly a thief could work with someone half way around the world to disable your home network, send them a text message that it was all clear and then they could enter your home or business.

Maybe you use “the cloud” to send all your video to.  Well when your network goes down that’s not going to work very well will it?

Wired systems, DVR for under $200 located inside your home/business means you have control over your data.  You could even get creative and send the video to a 2nd, hidden recorder in case the thief destroys or steals the DVR.

Of course ANY system can be defeated.  Anything can be stolen, what you are doing is just putting a barrier in the way and hopefully they will go somewhere else where the pickens are easier.  There is much information that you can obtain about a wireless system, where a wired system you have to physically have access to before you can come up with a plan to defeat it.

Two things that I hear, or see, that make me shutter are wireless security systems and anything with “the cloud” in it.

The cloud is your stuff on someone else’s computer, how secure does that sound?





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Liberals Bringing Electronic Voting Near You?

27 Feb

Even after calls for Russian involvement in the hacking and changing the results of the last presidential election I predict that we will see a push from liberal democrats to move to electronic voting.

If you’re a liberal prepare to be insulted. 😉

Generally speaking liberals believe they are smarter than you, well unless you’re a liberal.  You know you’re smart enough to be a liberal so obviously you have something going on in the grey matter, right?

Liberals are like an advance alien race that need to keep things going in the right direction so the indigent lower life forms can live, and not just live but in the proper way.

Liberals have had a great shock to their obvious superiority largely due to the dumb people of America not listening to them.  This has the be resolved!  The non liberals cannot be allowed to hurt themselves.  Liberals can’t remove the right to vote because of that pesky “living document” the constitution so the next best thing is to make every non-liberal a felon!  Felons can’t vote!  And liberals are very much like jailers deciding what non-liberals can do what they eat, etc…

No wait, that won’t work.  Ahhhhh liberals need the ability to tweak the votes that are cast, this is where electronic voting enters the picture.  Even though these superior beings are, well superior, they still can be prosecuted and put in prison!  With electronic voting there is always a possibility that some hacker, Russian, North Korean, pretty any country that isn’t majority Muslim, could have hacked the vote!

Plausible deniability!

Yes I am being sarcastic, but I can see a bit of possibility in this happening.  Be very worried when any group of people think they know better than you.  Oh well I guess if they think it, it’s fine, it is when they actively try to usurp your ability to live your life, legally, in the way you wish when it’s a red flag.

I find it interesting that some liberals hate Church people, hate intolerance and H8 bullying, yet they think you should live a certain way (Church lady like), will verbally and even physically attack you if you don’t agree with them, and well that applies to the bullying as well.

This anti-bullying sounds great, and seems logical and like common sense, except when people that would normally fear a punch in the nose now don’t yet lack to show the basic respect for another’s thoughts and opinions.  I don’t like the idea of physical violent, I’m just saying when you think you could get punched you tend to behave better.  You know they way your Mommy and Daddy taught you with punishment when you misbehaved?

Unlike liberals (lol no not all liberals) I do like hearing other opinions.  It’s a chance for me to learn something new!  If you have an opinion on this please type it in the comments!





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FourSquare and Gun Control

16 Jan

Well after a couple of years, I’m off of FourSquare.  I like trying Internet things, and even though I didn’t like the idea of being a willing participate in tracing myself, I joined.  I was always forgetting to check in.  Eventually, with enough self abuse, I started to remember to check into places.  Work I was able to become Mayor pretty quickly.  In a building with 1000 employees there were 3 people checking into FourSquare.  Then to my surprise I was ousted!  I was checking in daily.  Slowly I went from 1 day away from becoming Mayor to 2 then 3.  I was really confused since I was checking in EACH AND EVERY DAY.  A little Google research and I figured it out, CHEATER!

I started looking for ways to report the cheater.  Many people had the same problem as I.  I know what’s the big deal, but it was the principle!  Apparently FourSquare could care less about cheaters, so they don’t do anything about them.  I thought about it and then it dawned on me.  Fine!  I’ll just check in on weekends, holidays, etc…  Soon I was Mayor again.

If you are a kid of the 60’s you may get this reference.

Are you a Mayor more often but enjoying it less?

It was clear that with my many FourSquare friends (none of which were within 700 miles of me) that all I was doing was remembering to check into places.  I found NO benefit from using the service.  So about a week ago I deleted my account and deleted the app off my phone.

FourSquare had about as much interest for me as following professional sports.

What in the world does FourSquare have to do with GUN control?  Nothing, well nothing I can think of.

It is truly a sad situation with a crazy person takes a gun and attempts to or does kill people.  This is especially horrible when it is a child.  Every child should be able to grow and experience their lives.  Sadly this is often not true.  I believe it was in Darfur that 750,000 men women and children were slaughter.  Not with a gun but with a cheap, inexpensive, machete.   Okay, I’m sure they used more than one.  Evil exists in this world.  It takes on many forms.  The gun control nuts believe that removing the number of bullets one can carry in a clip is going to save lives.  They believe that removing guns from society will save lives.  This is illogical, it’s stupid, and it’s dangerous.

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I’m Not Exactly Normal…

30 May

Years ago it became very apparent to me that, well, I’m not exactly normal.  Peer pressure really REALLY pisses me off.  I would rather have people dislike me than to be controlled by their wishes.  As you can imagine this has caused all sorts of issues, but in a way I’m pretty happy with the results.  I think I could have been much more successful in my jobs, relationships, but I wouldn’t have been very happy with myself.

I credit my bizarre behavior in keeping me from smoking, anything.  Drinking alcohol, especially beer.  I’ve never tried drugs, and I doubt I would have done it even had I been a slave to peer pressure.   I learned early on that because of this lack of peer pressure concerned gene I’d never be very popular.  Being a relatively positive person I spun this to “well at least the popular people know my name”.

Over the last several years the social media explosion has occurred and I’ve been using it.  Facebook is fine, but it’s more of a people that you know, and family thing.  Not that there is a problem with that all those people are very nice to interact with.  What has been different for me is Twitter.  Twitter is used by many celebrities.  Living in Houston, and not traveling very much, or often, there is little likelihood that I would ever meet someone that I see on TV or movies.  It may seem silly but what I like best about interacting with celebrities is to let them know just how much it has meant to me for their entertainment.

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Carrying Cash It Just Doesn’t Make Cents!

16 Apr

Ahhh you see what I did there (in the title) with the clever use of CENTS instead of sense?  Yes hard to believe I’m not a professional writer isn’t it? 😀  For some time now it has stuck me funny when I see people paying with cash.  I understand there are some people that just don’t trust banks, love the feel of money in their hands, or just don’t feel comfortable in the brave new electronically connected world.  It’s all what we get used to I guess.  I mean that $1 bill isn’t worth anything but a promise.  Still if you have one you know that there is a very high likelihood that someone will accept it in exchange for something.  Although it wouldn’t be much of anything these days.

I work at a company that has literally thousands of employes and that’s just at this location.  They are professionals and I see at least half of them paying with cash.  I haven’t carried cash in five years, or longer.  I just don’t see the need.  There are places I find from time to time that won’t accept a debit, or credit card.  When I find those places I just say thanks and leave never to return.  Usually it’s places that sell food.

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