Link blog: passwords, funny, liberal, cranks

How work changed to make us all passionate quitters | Aeon Essays
Alleges that neoliberalism encourages employees to see themselves as the CEO of “Me, Inc”, always looking for tasks that’ll help them get their next job. Interesting final section about the modern obsession with “passion”.
(tags: capitalism business work economics career)
Troy Hunt: Introducing 306 Million Freely Downloadable Pwned Passwords
A service where you can check the clear text (if you trust the site owner) or hash of passwords to see whether they’ve leaked in any of the site hacks over the years.
(tags: security passwords api)
Operation Luigi: How I hacked my friend without her noticing
Funny stream of consciousness thing about hacking a friend (with permission). Time to enable 2FA on your stuff, people.
(tags: hacking phishing funny email authentication passwords)
Steve Dutch: Conservative Cranks and Liberal Meta-Cranks
What are the differences between cranks on both sides? Conservative ones are generally stupid, liberal ones are clever rationalisers.
(tags: politics cranks conservative liberal)
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2 thoughts on “Link blog: passwords, funny, liberal, cranks”

  1. FWIW, I think your first one gets Hayek wrong: like Popper, he was keener on certain ways being wrong, and less convinced that “the best” even made sense. So rather than saying that markets are best, if it more correct to say that he thought central planning inevitably flawed. To suggest that he says it is flawed humanity that prevents this is also wrong. To suggest that he opposed all welfare is also wrong; ditto the idea that it required new people.

    The article kinda misses the overall point, too. The “ideal” I think – from both company and employee viewpoints – is that you the worker should be at a constant balance between quitting because you can get a better job elsewhere, and being fired because you aren’t worth your pay. Naturally that fine a balance is impossible; you have to factor in frictional costs on both sides, and “better” has to include intangibles not just raw pay.

  2. Oh, and as to Liberal cranks: the most persistent denialism I see from the Left is economic. Naturally, that denialism is invisible to your author, because he’s a Liberal 🙂

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