[Dumpsterfire] Introduction, apology, and vague hand-waving at a list charter

Rich Kulawiec rsk@gsp.org
Fri Jan 11 11:55:13 EST 2019

Thanks for joining.  My apologies to everyone who bumped into difficulties
signing up around 11 AM EST yesterday: the server was slashdotted.
I have the logs in hand and will figure out how to avoid a repeat.
(Of course, no failure analysis is complete without responsibility
avoidance and blame assignment, so I intend to pick one of you at random
and lay it at your feet.  You're welcome.)

We're here to talk about the ongoing litany of IoT failures -- which features
new entries almost every day.  Perhaps in time we'll be able to construct
a taxonomy of privacy and security mistakes.

	"When we're about to do something stupid, we like to catalog
	the full extent of our stupidity for future reference."
    		--- Commander Ivanova

Maybe, MAYBE, if we're very fortunate, we'll be able to stop making those
mistakes.  Or perhaps more realistically, we'll be able to understand what
trouble ensues from continuing to repeat them.

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