For a bit of enjoyable at the back close of 2017, we imagined we’d revisit some of the weirder and wackier difficulties we have penned about in the past year.
Of class, we’re very well conscious that “stories about stories” are a bit of a copout, and though most viewers do not brain – it is the season of goodwill, after all – we figured we’d try to make ours “stories about stories with a difference”.
Actually, like arithmetical expressions penned in C, that last phrase could do with some brackets to make the precedence apparent: we signify
(stories about stories) with a difference, not
stories about (stories with a difference)“.
And the difference in this scenario is that we questioned our writers to include a assortment of difficulties that had piqued our collective curiosity before in the year, but penned to match into a solitary tweet.
Ironically, tweets them selves underwent a big revolution this year, abruptly doubling in maximum duration from 140 figures to 280 figures.
As a Bare Safety writer who desires to continue to be anonymous put it:
Tweets acquired for a longer period. Nonetheless very small, while.
In scenario you are questioning, 140 bytes is the maximum duration for a solitary message using the mobile cellphone Limited Messaging Peer to Peer protocol, and so choosing 140 figures as the original tweet restrict authorized early twitterers to use old-college text messages to be part of the new-fangled microblogging scene. But who sends tweets by means of SMS any extra? And when extending the dimensions of objects in the IT environment, what far better way than outright doubling? For illustration, when you replace your 16GB USB sticks, you can move up to 32GB or 64GB, but when did you hear of an in-concerning ability this kind of as 22GB or 48GB?
First up is Maria Varmazis, who was profoundly grateful for the fact that tweets finished the year twice as very long as they ended up at the start out.
That is due to the fact we established Maria the tough process of summarising the Mr Robotic Television collection – and not just this year’s season but the overall box established of a few collection, right back to the pilot from June 2015
As a Mr Robotic viewer who viewed the pilot episode but skipped out on the relaxation, I found this an enormously valuable way to capture up swiftly!
MR Robotic (small version)
Unreliable narrator in haxx0r hoodie utilizes his powers for superior, not Evilcorp. Innocents die, cryptocoin comes about, society's effed, also late-phase capitalism. Father difficulties & time journey? Ends up remaining the smartest guy in the room gets old fast, still 3 seasons (and counting) of this.
Up coming at bat is Taylor Armerding, whom we questioned to to encapsulate the US debate on internet neutrality, the theory by which services companies are intended to carry every single others’ traffic devoid of panic or favour.
The base line is that after back-and-forth arguments possibly way, a decision was finally designed to make it possible for ISPs to favour their very own traffic…
…except that it turns out not to be the close, or even the beginning of the close, and possibly not even the close of the beginning.
Taylor took the bold approach of telling this ongoing saga not only squashed into in a Twitter-duration of text, but also encoded as a limerick, like this:
HOW Net NEUTRALITY Finished UP (Limerick version)
6 months of debate on repeal On what was a selected done deal When it came to a vote Only 1 facet could gloat But the other has vowed to appeal
Mark Stockley took on the epic Equifax breach, which you’d imagine would need each 1 of these 280 figures.
On the other hand, by concentrating on the breach alone rather than the seemingly never-ending fallout from, Mark was capable to match the overall tale into a haiku:
EQUIFAX (interpreted through haiku)
Crack seems in Struts 140 million SSNs tumble Land in a Dark Internet
And last into bat is Lisa Vaas, who took on the troublesome difficulties of surveillance – not by the authorities, but the form of surveillance by people today we’re performing business enterprise with, still who have little or no excuse far better that pervy creepiness for maintaining their digital eyes on us, even in the shower.
Remember that tale about an AirBnB operator who had booby-trapped his guests’ bed room with a digital camera disguised as a movement detector?
SURVEILLANCE Modern society (items to seem out for)
I am there, I am there, like a webcam in a bear, perched upon a shelf like a naughty resort elf.
Do you fancy observing your favorite 2017 security stories encapsulated in a tweet?
Why not have a try oneself, in the responses?
You have 280 figures, such as areas. (You should note: we just cannot assure to publish each submission.)
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