Graph of best-case/worst-case scenarios for smart home security, by xkcd


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/13/graph-of-best-case-worst-case.html


#2

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#3

which one of these two organizations is more devoted to keeping your appliance working and not getting thrown out into the trash?


#4

that’s the tooltip joke!


#5

I already knew this.

sent from my iPhone


#6

Yes but now you have a 1-panel ‘splainer you can forward to your less tech savvy relatives* and you can get back to your coffee/heavy drinking faster.

*offer only valid for relatives who ask before buying.


#7

Egads. How did you accomplish this wizardry?


#8

Well, I often write in raw HTML when I’m on the Internets ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(It’s easier than trying to figure out how to use the embedded-editor-of-the-moment)

<A href=“https://xkcd.com/1966/”><img src=‘https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/smart_home_security.png’ title=“If they’re getting valuable enough stuff from you, at least the organized crime folks have an incentive to issue regular updates to keep the appliance working after the manufacturer discontinues support.”></a>


#9

I’m not too worried.
After all, the “S” in “IoT” stands for security.


#10

great minds think alike, and also me and that randall munroe guy evidently


#11

What does the graph look like if your vendor qualifies as organized crime?


#12

If you’re a developer/hacker yourself, the longer it goes on, the more chance it becomes a three-sided battle as you lose patience with the POS.


#13

You, sir, are a wizard. I can tell because your whatever man has an intact left arm.


#14

I’ve been worried since that Mr. Robot episode where the Evil Corp executive’s home was hacked.


#15

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