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My new cat, Pink, ran away last week.
Haven't seen her in 8 days now, but someone ate all her food a few nights back.
She's probably near and coming home every few nights to eat.
To make sure, I bought a camera with night vision that can detect and follow motion, notify me of any motion and record up to a few days.
I'm aiming it directly at the cat hatch so I know when she's in.
Not a fan though, this kind of stuff is often badly secured and I wouldn't be surprised if the manufacturer is now following my every move.
I hope I get Pink back soon and I can unplug and box this camera again.
My cat flap is very basic, it has but one mode.
It also has to be open permanently (using tape, because I cannot remove the flap without disassembling the whole thing) because she doesn't know how a cat flap works yet.
In hindsight, it would've been worth it to pay a little extra for a good cat flap
She "escaped" when the door was open.
I let her, because she was meowing at the door every night.
Two weeks ago she went to explore, but something scared her and she came running back, so I thought it would be alright.
Last week she also started off exploring the garden and did not go too far, until she did
I doubt that they watch the cat door. More likely they would like to make it a Bot. I connected one to the Internet via a spare router and a PC with a separate public IP address and all was fine. I used a spare computer with an NVR program on it. All isolated. One day, the camera said "aha, I have an update". "OK" says I, "go for it". I watched the log in the router and within 15 minutes, the camera contacted Tanzania or some such place. Since I had carelessly used the same admin password in both the camera and the PC (this is theory), it logged in to the PC and created 2 new administrator accounts (this part is fact).
So, never trust an IoT device connected to the Internet unless you make sure it can't phone some home besides yours. Real firewalls are your friend.
I use firewalls with VPN servers, never port forward. I used to be young and dumb. Now, I am old and dumb.
If you can keep your head while those about you are losing theirs, perhaps you don't understand the situation.
If my owner called me Pink, I probably would, too...
I guess that if both you and your owner called you Pink, that could be considered your name, or at least nickname
In the old days of silver photography and photolabs making color prints for us, there was a well known story from Norways biggest lab about the strangely distorted colors in the photo of this cat: It looked more or less green no matter how they set the color adjustment when making the print. By going to the very end of the adjustment scale, they managed to make the cat "sort of" brownish.
But the customer complained. The very reason why they had taken this closeup photo of the cat, before cleaning him, was that he had jumped into this tray of green paint.
Back in the day, computing was a specialist job, and was taught by people who understood it, who knew what they were doing. And that rubbed off in how they taught, what they taught. And mostly, what they taught was "language basics" and "how to think like a developer".
Now, governments are pushing "developing" as a school course. So it's taught by teachers who don't know the subject outside the curriculum, who don't genuinely care about development, who haven't written much more than "hello world" for themselves; and taught to kids who don't care either - they just have to pass the course.
Worse, they course it taught like any other: "Read this and remember it" works fine for History, English Lit., and so forth - but development needs you to think, not remember: that's a very different mindset and that isn't taught.
And if the teachers don;t even know the debugger exists - and most don't - how teh heck are the students supposed to know?
Software is seen as a simple way to make a load of money - it's well paid, with no heavy lifting - so it's a route a lot of people want to take, even if they have no interest, skill, or abilities in that direction.
And of course, everyone who can run an app on an iPhone assumes they are computer geniuses.
This is just the impression I get - mostly from QA - and is probably well and truly wide of the mark in a lot of cases: but we don't get those case except rarely ...
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It is interesting - as all my teachers were... teachers. Not developers who take on teaching as a second job... However, all of them were writing some more serious software to teach and help teaching - so not only 'hello world' there...
I think the problem with today teacher, that they can get anything ready-made from the internet. So they have no experience at all (which means they can not even pick the right sample from the internet). Lack of experience leads to lack of confidence when standing in front of the students and to avoid any 'scary' questions teachers going on the boring-but-well-walked path...
The other part IMHO is the connection with the tools... Back then we had a no 'middle-men', no OS or IDE or such... We new our hardware and the means to communicate with... We were tool and language agnostic as we done our job on the lowest possible level (without soldering iron). Today you do not move without a few GB of installation before you try to write a single command...
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