John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.



Support this show

Learn More

#67: Everything That’s Good About Garlic

December 14th, 2017 · 113 minutes

This week kicks off with some discussion of humidity, noisy clothing, an attempted delivery, and that whole ongoing “are flats a thing?” debate. Under protest, Merlin is persuaded by John to discuss a recent acquisition of new technology. Merlin thinks security is a little like a mall, and John gauges success by a relative dearth of complaints. The pronunciation of “aunt” is discussed.

In a mini-topic, John has some things to say about garlic. Merlin’s convenience cubes are explored, while John shares several ways to leverage and deploy this pungent treat. The complex relationship between children and garlic is appraised.

This week’s main topic goes into kids and security. Or, more specifically, what kids learn (or don’t) about password hygiene and the broader landscape of basic InfoSec. Merlin is at the end of his rope, while John declares that no system is good.

Are schools missing an opportunity to model better behavior when it comes to using devices? How even could you teach kids why they can’t use the cat’s name as a password? Will they end up just reverting to the mean, such as it is?

Things wrap with some spoiler-free TV talk. Both of your hosts enjoy that cowboy show with the lady from Downtown Abbey.

(Recorded on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.)

This episode of Reconcilable Differences is sponsored by:

  • Eero: Never think about WiFi again. Use code DIFFS for free overnight shipping.
  • Squarespace: Make your next move. Enter offer code DIFFS at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase.
  • AppOptics: A next-gen Application Performance Management system.

Stream this episode

Download: MP3 (77.91 MB)

Links and Show Notes

Dorot Crushed Garlic (2.8 oz) from Whole Foods Market - Instacart
View Quote ... Full Metal Jacket ... Movie Quotes Database

GUNNERY SERGEANT HARTMAN: If it wasn't for dickheads like you, there wouldn't be any thievery in this world, would there?

AgileBits Blog | Toward Better Master Passwords
Flavor Flav - Wikipedia
iOS 11 Horror Story: the Rise and Fall of iOS Security | ElcomSoft blog

If you are working in a sensitive environment, is front door security all you need to secure a building? Don’t you need additional checks or e-keys to enter some rooms? This no longer applies to iOS. Once you have a passcode, you then have access to everything. Let us have a look at what you can do to the user and their data once you have their i-device and know their passcode.

Essays: The Process of Security - Schneier on Security

"Security is a process, not a product. Products provide some protection, but the only way to effectively do business in an insecure world is to put processes in place that recognize the inherent insecurity in the products. The trick is to reduce your risk of exposure regardless of the products or patches."