2016 has certainly been an interesting year. Never mind some of the major events that have happened in the world in general, I have personally had an interesting year. Some of the major influences on my life this year I can’t post about because it has potential legal implications with the company I work for.
I had considered a clickbaity title for this, such as “How To Successfully Spam Google Assistant Users, 100% Guaranteed!” but lets keep this civil. What I will say is there’s a defect in Google’s services involving many of their services working together to make it really easy for spammers to annoy the shit out of anyone using Google’s new Assistant based services, and possibly their older service usable by Google search (ie: Google Now). It’s so easy to exploit and so difficult for the target to deal with, spammers should be creaming themselves over it. It’s that ideal a situation for spammers.
To some degree this is relevent to Christmas, but it really applies to any gift giving situation. These days when people ask me what I want for Christmas or birthday or whatever, I generally say “Nothing.” Most people view this as a polite response and that a gift is still expected. For me, though, the way I see it is I am literally asking for the gift of not more.
Update: This problem is actually not fixed. Shortly after publishing this, it crashed again with an out of memory error.
Last week, GoPro announced their Karma drone. It’s their first foray into drones. If you haven’t heard of GoPro (because you live under a rock or something), they’re very well known for their action cameras. In fact, many drone pilots use GoPro Hero cameras on their drones for their HD footage. The GoPro Hero line of cameras are basically the quintessential action camera for the action videographer.
The common people don’t really think much about security. The biggest security hole in almost any situation is the people involved. I’m a bit different in this regard.
Today I read an article that I found on Hackernews about a bit of a mystery when it comes to doctors helping patients they diagnose with Type 2 diabetes. The article starts off mentioning many of the expensive options that are explored, including a newer one approved fairly recently. Most people just go on drugs, including synthetic insulin, and many doctors explore bariatric surgery for those that can afford it.