Spear Phishing: “…threat actors that operate this type of campaigns, would first run reconnaissance tasks in an effort to identify potential targets within an organization and a sender that would trick the potential victims into acting first and thinking later.”
I had to go to Walmart Thursday evening (the only alternative would have been to do without something I wanted), and the shopping trip went pretty well — in about 7:00, out in ten or fifteen minutes with a bottle of 7 Crown (okay over ice, or with soda.)
Walmart was a (not un)pleasant surprise. The place was very crowded, but everything was moving along in good order. There were lots of employees walking around. One saw me and lead me through some special route (he’d probably been warned in the pre-shift briefing about sketchy-looking old men with bottles) to a staging point where three or four people were waiting for the next register. A lady with a full cart invited me to go ahead of her. Everyone was at least polite, and most were friendly. People were smiling and saying “Happy Thanksgiving.” Maybe by this morning people are tired and tempers frayed. There will probably be appalling reports in the news later. But at least last night things were okay here.
“…most people are obviously far more anxious to express their approval and disapproval of things than to describe them. Hence the tendency of words to become less descriptive and more evaluative; then to become evaluative, while still retaining some hint of the sort of goodness or badness implied; and to end up by being purely evaluative—useless synonyms for good or for bad.” — Studies in Words, by C.S. Lewis, 1960
“Only the company’s top decision-makers know why they did what they did, but I would bet money that this was not about markets, but about its executive leadership class getting tired of them and their spouses being stink-eyed by fellow rich and upper middle class peers at social gatherings.”
unless you’re a Nazi
or a homophoboe, transphobe, racist, bigot, misogynist, fascist, Islamophobe, or hater, I assume. But if you’re tolerant and accepting of everyone then check out Google’s plans to offer checking accounts next year.
If she’d done it on purpose she’d be a hero of feminism. Since it was unintentional, she’s a murderess.
New Atheism: The Godlessness That Failed
This is quite long and I have only skimmed it, but it looks interesting.
Beware the Mediocre Robots, says some guy.
The title reminds me of a cartoon by B. Kliban(?): A farmer sees a couple of seedy aliens stumble from a dilapidated flying saucer. They say, “Greetings Earthling! We are emissaries from a third-rate planet!”
In honor of Christopher Columbus, who discovered America on October twelfth 1492.
UPDATE 1 November 2019: Largest Child-Sacrifice Graveyard Strikes Huge Blow to Native American Innocence Myth