"Everything that's connected to the internet is unsafe in some way."

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    Three basic rules of security:

    If you want a totally secure computer, do not buy one.
    However, if you DO buy one, do not turn it on.
    Howecer, if you DO turn it on, do not connect it to the internet.

    (Yes, I know it's not the correct quote, but I forgot the correct one)
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    It doesnt have to be connected to the internet to be unsafe
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    "We will all die soon."
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    @musician Your comment makes me want to build a small robot that seeks out USB ports.
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    Reminds me when things had RS232 ports instead.

    Apparently safer. :-)

    Ironically, whilst my new MB is likely to be compatible with one of the "every RS232 PCI card model in existence.." so I can finally have an RS232 port back on my main machine, where as my previous MB didn't like a single RS232 PCI addon card at all..

    But no, once I plug in two graphic cards, the PCI slot is covered up and I can't use it ! :-(

    So I will have to try and hunt down one of those, somewhat expensive and reliable USB to RS232 converters that actually works with modems.. (So I can have a FAX option !)

    Which reminds me of folk who used to burn offices to the ground by sending dodgy faxes to make the machines overheat..

    Related links:


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    @Nanos you could try to use a pcie riser (like the ones used by miners) to make the actual slot available
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    There is like less room than a gnats cock in there !

    Unless you can get a riser with a cable thinner than a piece of paper kind of connection..
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    I'm connected to the internet for much of the day, so i must be unsafe.
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    @Nanos Overheating faxes with just data?
    Meep. I had no idea that was possible.
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    Related link:


    Related link:


    > Rocky's Printer - Eye of the tiger

    > on a dot matrix printer

    One can have so much fun with hardware. :-)
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    That's my takeaway from that reddit thread.

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    @Nanos I've seen the Floppotron a few times before. It's silly and kind of neat
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    One of my favorite things to quotes that I totally forgot until just now:

    The only system which is truly secure is one which is switched off and unplugged locked in a titanium lined safe, buried in a concrete bunker, and is surrounded by nerve gas and very highly paid armed guards. Even then, I wouldn't stake my life on it.
    -- Gene Spafford, Director, Computer Operations, Audit, and Security Technology (COAST) Project
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