PG was using an unfamiliar computer to sign in to TPV yesterday.
The computer had been working fine, then PG entered what he thought was a perfectly normal password and the TPV security plugin decided he was an alien invader and locked him out for six hours.
PG thought he had fixed the problem but was then locked out for an additional six hours.
Before he was locked out for the remainder of 2019, he decided to stop for the day.
This morning, all was forgiven and PG was once again allowed to enter the hallowed halls of TPV.
Lest anyone think PG is overly concerned, OCD, paranoid, etc., TPV’s security plugin regularly reports hacking attempts from various third world countries and locks those folks out, so it does serve a purpose.
That doesn’t mean PG is free from OCD, paranoia, etc., however.
For some reason, an apt Latin phrase drifted into his mind, post hoc ergo propter hoc.
The meaning of the phrase did not drift into PG’s mind, however, so he looked it up:
Post hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin: “after this, therefore because of this”) is a logical fallacy that states “Since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X.” It is often shortened simply to post hoc fallacy.
A logical fallacy of the questionable cause variety, it is subtly different from the fallacy cum hoc ergo propter hoc (“with this, therefore because of this”), in which two events occur simultaneously or the chronological ordering is insignificant or unknown.
Post hoc is a particularly tempting error because correlation appears to suggest causality. The fallacy lies in a conclusion based solely on the order of events, rather than taking into account other factors potentially responsible for the result that might rule out the connection.
A simple example is “the rooster crows immediately before sunrise; therefore the rooster causes the sun to rise.”
Perhaps PG needs a Latin password for TPV. Sounds logical.
Incidentally, the Latin term for locked out is clausus ab.
PG just heard a rooster crow, so he’ll sign off for now.