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The most ridiculous tech problems make the best examples

In the UK, nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases were unreported by the government agency Public Health England.     The core reason?  The use of Excel’s XLS format rather than XLSX, which limits to only 65,000 rows of data rather than one-million plus rows.

Unrelated but also from the UK, security firm Pen Test Partners have detailed a flaw in the Qiui Cellmate internet-connected chastity lock – which has an open API and no password, which would allow anyone to take control of any user’s device…. Which in this case would activate the chastity lock, which has no emergency override function.

Why do we care?

These are two absolutely ridiculous stories that are useful to discuss technology that deliver the message in an instantly understandable way.

Having customers hold out on legacy versions of software?  Here’s a simple, easy to understand difference between versions that illustrates why you must keep on top of it.

Having customers not understand the reasons to invest in protections around online access?   The longer story includes the lack of investment by the software developer in thinking about security — and illustrates why not every device needs to be online.  

This story does give a whole new definition to security protections, the problem is not as small as they say it is.

Source: BBC

Source: Tech Crunch