Reblog: Half of IoT devices let down by vulnerable apps — Naked Security

Half of the apps used to control a range of Internet of Things devices are insecure in a variety of ways, researchers found.

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Last Week’s Music (Music Chart)

I’m going to start doing a weekly music chart of what I have been listening to. As you know, I use LastFm and I use this site to make the charts.

This is this week’s chart:

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I recommend the following bands:

-Red Snapper ( if you know Red Snapper, you should definitely check out the Redone album. Maybe you haven’t heard it yet)

-TV Girl is very good.

-Cujo is another name for Amon Tobin: the wonderful, innovative and creative man that uses amazing sounds to do futuristic and edgy music.

-Svedaliza is one of my go-to artists right now. It’s some sort of innovative r’n’b mixed with other genres and somewhat experimental. Ison is a great album.

-Abra’s genre is the same as Svedaliza: an r’n’b voice with a strong bass and edgy electronic beats.

-I’ve been listening to Ringo Deathstarr for about an hour and I’m still not sick of it. Catchy alternative tunes and great vocals. You should listen to their album Pure Mood.

-Salvia Palth is mostly there because I play I Was All Over Her almost every day, several times. I love that song.

-She Wants Revenge is an awesome band and you should listen to it.

This is it for this week’s chart. Thank you for reading.

How common is BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)?

Sometimes, we feel like we are alone. No one feels like us or struggles like us. There are many blogs about BPD and that suggests that it is not that uncommon.

A recent study on the prevalence of mental health disorders in the U.S. found that about 1.6 percent of the population has BPD. While that number may sound small, that means that there are more than four million people with BPD in the U.S. alone. Although many people have never heard of BPD, it is actually more common than many well-known disorders, such as schizophrenia.

So, you see, you are not alone and it is relatively common. Millions of people have it, all around the world. Furthermore, it seems that there are more women diagnosed with BPD than men. Correlation doesn’t always imply causation, so it unclear whether women are more prone to have BPD or if it has anything to do with the fact that it’s considered a women’s condition. Some men have BPD and are misdiagnosed as having depression or PTSD.

That 1.6 percent statistic may not be accurate because many people with BPD have not yet been diagnosed or they have been misdiagnosed. In one study from Brown University, more than forty percent of those with BPD had originally been misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder. One hypothesis for this issue is that bipolar disorder is more easily treated through medication, so it is more commonly diagnosed so that symptoms can be quickly managed with a prescription.

Maybe you think you don’t know no one with BPD in the real world but you probably do.


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Why are people with BPD so often misdiagnosed?

For years, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. One of my doctors said I had a form of bipolar disorder and only a few years later was I diagnosed with BPD. It seems that it is a frequent occurrence.

People with BPD typically also meet the criteria for multiple other diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and so on. These disorders, of course, are not independent of BPD, but are connected and related through shared psychological, social and biological pathways. However, when these other diagnoses are the focus of treatment, they can dominate professionals’ attention, preventing any significant focus on the whole pattern of difficulties, resulting in missed diagnosis of BPD.

This is one of the factors. It also doesn’t help that so many people keep important details about themselves a secret while being interviewed by a mental health professional.


The fact that the diagnostics requirements are so arbitrary is also a reason why so many people go undiagnosed.

To be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a person must demonstrate a number of core traits or symptoms, as identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).But there is an inevitable degree of randomness or arbitrariness built into such standards. If an individual experiences just a few of these symptoms intensely or in a broad range of situations, their lives might be disrupted even more than someone experiencing even more symptoms at a manageable level. Nevertheless, they would not pass the diagnostic threshold for BPD, and if they had a BPD diagnosis in the past they might now be considered “in recovery.” If borderline personality disorder exists on a continuum with varying levels of severity, its rate of incidence may still be underestimated, given the requirement that a certain set of symptoms be detected before a diagnosis can be given. Should standards ever change to include those seriously impacted by fewer symptoms, the rates of diagnosis for borderline personality disorder could rise once again.

This is a major problem and something that should be solved by the mental health community. You can be severely affected by only a few symptoms and improve with DBT or medication for BPD.

There is also the myth that BPD isn’t treatable.

Some of the problems with diagnosing result from the fact that there was no evidence of effective treatment for BPD until the 1990s. The first published evidence for the effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy was by Marsha Linehan in 1991. Before then, many clinicians blamed people with BPD for not getting better, rather than acknowledging that professionals had not yet figured out how to treat people with BPD successfully, or trying to find more effective pathways for treatment. Today, unfortunately, many professionals continue to think that BPD is not treatable despite growing evidence that it is. This leads some professionals to avoid giving the diagnosis even when someone meets the criteria.

It’s a shame that so many psychiatrists and psychologists don’t know about DBT and how helpful it is for people with personality disorders like BPD. Though, according to my psychiatrist, every kind of psychotherapy can be helpful. If you don’t have DBT in your area, you can buy a book or ebook and do the exercises. You can ask a psychotherapist to do exercises from the DBT book. Some psychotherapists agree to it. Mine did. In my case, DBT was very expensive and now I’m doing therapy for a fraction of the price.


If you feel like you have been misdiagnosed, find another doctor. Find one that specializes in BPD or personality disorders. Don’t give up. It happened to me and a lot of us. Be as descriptive as you can, take notes during the week to discuss with your therapist. This helps doctors and therapists to have a clearer picture of what is going on with you.


Crowdin – Volunteer Work For Translators

I would say that translating is one of my favorite things to do. It’s a fun mental exercise and practicing it is very important.

If you’re a translator and would like to volunteer, there is a great platform for that. It’s called Crowdin. Crowdin is a translation platform for different projects. From social media sites and apps to games, there are a number of projects you can help translate. There are strings to translate and various phases of translation. Sometimes you are asked to write the translation, other times you have to upvote existing translations that you find accurate.

There are open projects that everyone can work on and others that you have to apply to. You should complete your profile, in order to be accepted more easily. You also have to write why you want to work in that project and that will be reviewed.

There are a number of languages that they need so if you’re a translator and wish to volunteer, Crowdin is a great platform for that.

Minecraft, Discord and other projects have been or are being translated there. You can cooperate with interesting and innovative projects.


Tudo Na Nossa Pele — Alegria Na Simetria

os nomes substituem-se as caras os cheiros os dias fantasmas de pessoas que já morreram ou que já não voltam é igual todos nós morremos tantas vezes em cada vida o homem que chega à campa não é o homem que era à partida na despedida somos nós e um somar subtrair multiplicar e dividir […]

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Night Thoughts

I stayed up for over 24 hours and slept until 7 pm today. I feel much better, With more energy and more focused. There was a lot of thinking and reflecting. Life has been weird in some aspects. Disappointment, mourning but a better outlook of the future and more motivated.

I wrote a post the other day but didn’t publish it. There’s been a lot of procrastination on my part. I have to stop procrastinating if I want to get anything done. Writing and chores are my priority. Everything else is extra and can wait.

This week I need to take care of some affairs and I hope that I can do them all. This has to be a productive week. What I have to do isn’t complicated. I’m going to see if I can go with one of my friends. It’s better than going alone. I have to plan each day, to do at least one thing.

It’s easier to go outside now but not completely easy. I still struggle a little. It’s so odd. I like going outside but it’s hard to go, for some reason. It’s good to feel the breeze on your face, to see people and things. To walk and maybe run a little. My legs feel stronger and I don’t get tired so easily.

I’m slowly falling out if love. It’s sad but it’s also good. Some people are not compatible and that’s okay. It happens. I feel a bit sad but I know that I’m doing the right thing. So is life.

I may do a silent retreat at home, for one or two days. Zero contact with people and no chatting online. No Facebook, just writing, reading, gaming, etc. It’s going to be good for me.

I hope you are okay.

Image from Pixabay. 

Poema: Obsessão — Alegria Na Simetria

dias perdidos em volta do que não volta dias perdidos em volta do que se perdeu porque se devia perder porque doía e não devia doía como uma fractura sem tratamento sem cuidado e mesmo assim esperava-se e mesmo assim chorava-se quando se vai perdendo o rumo o norte a vontade até a maior mentira […]

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A beautiful, wild cat from a farm

This cat is magnificent. Just look at him! It was him and a group of female cats. He only allowed female cats in the property and around him. When we had dinner outside, he and the other cats would come and eat with us. We would buy a big can of cat food and share bits of our food. Cats are amazing and my favorite animal.

Poem: I Lost A Boyfriend But Kept A Friend

I’m mourning you

I’m mourning us

What we had

What we could’ve had

I lost a boyfriend

But kept a friend

You are so sweet

The day is brighter when you are near me

I feel such tenderness in my heart

When I listen to our songs

You’re amazing and I miss you

But you didn’t change

Things didn’t change

Problems piled up

Monotony killed romance

But I will always love you

We didn’t fight

Or scream

You gave me peace and love

I really needed it

You supported me

You saw me at my worst

And still loved me

You carried me in your arms

When I couldn’t walk

The weight of the world on your shoulders

And you were still standing

You’re so strong

You didn’t have any emotional baggage

Your mind was organized

Everything in little boxes


Unlike mine

But you got me some little boxes

And lent an ear

These five years

Almost six

Gave me the peace and stability that I needed

To be with someone that has no baggage

Is a blessing

We lived unforgettable moments

Of pure magic

I hope you can find someone who loves you

As much as I did

I was crazy about you

When your eyes met mine

I was complete

When you leaned over to kiss me

I was in awe

My eyes lit up

My heart raced

Time seemed to slow down

And then it would speed up

Hours flew by

There was a time

When we were together every day

I spent almost all day with you

Depression and psychosis

You handled it like a pro

Made me feel normal

And loved

I would wake up at 5 am

And immediately call you

By 5:30

We were having breakfast together

At a local café

You made me laugh

You saw me cry

You cried, too

My dear kind soul


I got better

I got sober

But there were so many problems

Things that could be solved

But no one would take a stand

And I couldn’t do anything

I felt helpless

Days turned into weeks

Weeks turned into months

Months turned into years

And there were no changes

I had to make a decision

But it was too hard

I was used to you

I was grateful for everything you did for me


I put myself first

And here I am

Thinking about you

But taking care of me


Image from Pixabay.