It's been interesting to watch the public reaction to COVID-19 and how it maps to how people react to infosec risk. And one thread I see in both places is the perception that caution or risk-aversion is "fear" and/or "weakness"
If I had a nickel for every decision-maker that dismissed a sober risk analysis as "paranoia" and followed it up with tough-guy talk, I could retire
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Seriously, Apple can go die in a fire for so many things, but pushing peripheral standards forward is such a weird thing to be upset at them for
Especially if you're not even using any of their products! The number of people who never wanted a Mac but are *still* mad about "dongles" (don't get me started on that bullshit) because Macs went all in on USB-C is too damned high
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There's the concept of "the Master's mind is the Beginner's mind", and I think that applies to things like OS and tool choice
A beginner doesn't care what OS they use, they just want to get their tasks done
As we advance, we start to see ways we can work better by choosing better tools and exerting control over our environment, so we start to have opinions about what OSes are best, what tools are most useful, and so on. Advanced users have an optimized workflow and are bothered by being forced to use an OS or toolchain that doesn't work in harmony with that
But if you look at the users who are true masters of their art, you start to notice it come full circle. They have preferences, of course, but you can sit them in front of any OS or toolchain and they can quickly be productive within those constraints. Like a beginner, they don't care much about the specific tools.
And as with the source idea, the difference is the master has moved beyond that need whereas the beginner hasn't yet discovered it
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