Microsoft “Authenticator” and the Cautionary Tale of the Seven Doorstops

So, Microsoft “Authenticator” seems to want me to authenticate about four times a day now.

I think someone in security should call Microsoft and tell them the cautionary tale of the seven doorstops.

It goes like this:

Once upon a time, there was a government agency that had a room that was so secure it could only be reached by passing seven doors that required seven different managers to come and open them with seven different keys.

Unfortunately, this room contained the fax machine, so it was a huge inconvenience because whenever someone wanted to send or receive fax they had to get the seven different managers with their seven keys to open the seven doors.

All this extra administration soon brought the government agency to the brink of collapse!

And then, a resourceful employee went out and bought seven doorstops…

So now, whenever I need to send or receive fax I know where to go…

That final twist is actually based on true (but unverified) events (rumors?)

Back in the day, I heard of someone that used to troll for unprotected WiFi nets… apparently, it happened that he found one in a convenience store (PressbyrÃ¥n) and would print something on their printer, walk into the store and tell them to fetch his printout.

The employee was usually so caught off guard/unaware they just went and got the papers.

I expect that expectation to be wrong…

Checksum validation failed, expected <html> but is aa163ea9976e95abbdfd985fd6fd239297c14ff3 from sonatype-nexus-snapshots for https://oss.sonatype.org/content/repositories/snapshots/com/google/guava/guava-parent/23.0-android-SNAPSHOT/maven-metadata.xml

Yeah, Maven, if you expect “<html>” as a checksum… I bet something very special is going on…

Start with the Character Waking Up in the Morning

Start your story with the character waking up in the morning. Keep writing until something interesting happens. Then go back and remove everything before that point and keep writing.

Never allow any of your stories to escape the last round of editing with characters waking up in the morning. It’s a worn and tired cliché and it’s been done to death already!

Key events of the 21st century – Homework quiz

Future POV on the 21st century:

John’s mom: name two key events of the 21st century?

John: oh, the 21st… was that when they invented telepathy or teleportation? I always confuse those two…

Mom: neither… population reached its peak and fossil fuels were depleted.

John: fossils?

Mom: fuels…

John: what does fossil mean?

Mom: I think, like dinosaurs…?

John: they had dinosaurs in the 21st century?

Mom: I think it was a bit earlier…

John: like the 20th?

Mom: something like that…

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