It’s summer, it’s hot, nobody wants to work. What we all want to do is look at pictures of cute kittens and go “ahhh”. So I’m going to exploit you all with an article about kittens and (vaguely about) security. It’s light-hearted, it’s fluffy, and it has a picture of two of our cats at the top of it. What’s not to like?
Warning: this article includes extreme footnoting, and may not be suitable for all readers.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I
like users. realise the importance of users, really I do. They are the reason we have jobs. Unluckily, they’re often the reason we wish we didn’t have the jobs we do. I’m surprised that nobody has previously bothered to compile a list comparing them with kittens[7.5], so I’ve done it for you. For ease of reading, I’ve grouped ways in which users are like kittens towards the top of the table, and ways in which they’re unlike kittens towards the bottom[7.8].
Please enjoy this post, share it inappropriately on social media and feel free to suggest other ways in which kittens and users are similar or dissimilar.
Hastily compiled table
|Capable of circumventing elaborate security measures
|Take up all of your time||Yes||Yes|
|Do things they’re not supposed to
|Forget all training instantly
|Damage sensitive equipment||Yes||Yes|
|Can often be found on Facebook
|Constantly need cleaning up after
|Often seem quite stupid, but are capable of extreme cunning at inopportune moments||Yes||Yes|
|Can turn savage for no obvious reason||Yes||Yes|
|Can be difficult to tell apart||Yes||Yes|
|Fall asleep a lot||No||Yes|
|Wake you up at night||No||Yes|
|Like to have their tummy tickled
|Generally fun to be around||No||Yes|
1 – at time of writing, in the Northern Hemisphere, where I’m currently located. Apologies to all those readers for whom it is not summer.
2 – see 1.
3 – actually, I don’t think this needs a disclaimer.
4 – sorry for wasting your time.
5 – for younger readers, “kittehs”.
6 – like the kittens.
7 – particularly those who object to footnotes. You know who you are.
7.5 – actually, they may well have done, but I couldn’t be bothered to look[7.7]
7.7 – yes, I wrote the rest of the article first and then realised that I needed another footnote (now two), but couldn’t be bothered to renumber them all. I’m lazy.
7.8 – you’re welcome[7.9].
7.9 – you know, this reminds me of programming BASIC in the old days, when it wasn’t easy to renumber your program, and you’d start out numbering in 10s, and then fill in the blanks and hope you didn’t need too many extra lines[7.95].
7.95 – b*gger.
8 – with some exceptions.
9 – unless you’re on support duty. Then you can be pretty sure that they will.
10 – see picture.
11 – unused.
12 – intentionally left blank.
13 – unintentionally left blank.