Threat models

Tom Business, IT, Reading, Tech 2 Comments

This is hilarious and so true. Security types read and learn. Basically, you’re either dealing with Mossad or not-Mossad. If your adversary is not-Mossad, then you’ll probably be fine if you pick a good password and don’t respond to emails from If your adversary is the Mossad, YOU’RE GONNA DIE AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. …

Obesity is incurable

Tom Personal, Reading, Science 6 Comments

Wow. One of those rare change your opinion reads (for me, of course, YMMV). A must read and the devastating summary I’d select is this: …the terrible truth is that, except through surgery, for the great majority of sufferers, obesity is an incurable disease. This won’t be the case for ever, but really does seem that it is true for now. …

The Sikhs who saved Parmesan – BBC News

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What a great and totally unexpected combination. What do Punjab and the Po Valley have in common? More than you might imagine, which is why Sikhs have played a key role in Italian cheese-making. Source: The Sikhs who saved Parmesan – BBC News

China now and then

Tom Hong Kong / China, Reading, View Leave a Comment

You’ll hear plenty more about Jing-Jin-Ji, I’m sure. [linking] Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei into [a] city the size of Uruguay and as populous as Japan As usual, China has incredibly aggressive plans for its own development. Few nations come close to expressing this kind of strategy let alone execute it. Some interesting photos from a collection taken in the 70s in …

No democracy here

Tom Government, Hong Kong / China, Reading, View 8 Comments

Extraordinary voting result. Why did only eight pro-Beijing-plan lawmakers vote Yes? Worried about their future from both directions?     [update] the answer from Reddit. Bill is taken to vote because nobody requested to speak Pro-gov’t camp want to wait for Lau Wong Fat before voting proceed. Their strategy is based on the rule that at least 35 members have to be …

Disney’s wearable

Tom Business, Reading, Tech 11 Comments

Great look inside a controlled sandbox of the context- and location-aware internet of things. Can this scale to all of us everywhere? I think its within our capabilities, but it won’t be simple. Disney’s $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED.


Tom Reading Leave a Comment

Must read on the purpose of ISIS. Tl;dr a real threat to the region based on a strict interpretation of the prophet’s writings. Not the only available interpretation, but definitely Islamic. Having declared a caliphate, the scripture requires certain elements that will only increase the killings and destruction.

A lady’s impressions of Hong Kong

Tom Hong Kong / China, Reading 1 Comment

Well worth reading this talk about the turn of the 20th century Hong Kong. A quote of relevance to the Lunar New Year: A respectable Chinaman must begin the New Year free from debt, so that amongst the trades people there is great activity, collecting in their accounts, and discharging their own liabilities. The last day of the year the Chinese streets …