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12 March 2019

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.

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5 Comments to “Offline”

  1. Yup, the problem with locks that actually work is that they can be made to work against you.

    I’m reminded of those high-end safes that have a internal glass pane to prevent drilling – shatter the glass and the fragments jam the works so no one – not even the one with the right key/combination can get in.

    “But it’s the right key!”

    “To bad someone else broke their wrong key off in the lock …”

  2. Just so you know, if you’re locked out, you can contact your hosting company and they can let you in to your website. Sadly, I know this from experience.

    • And the downside to that if others have enough of your info they can trick that hosting company into letting ‘them’ into your website (sadly I’ve seen it done a few times …)

    • That was my next move when I managed to get in today, Linda.

      Now, I have multiple logins that let me act as an administrator.

  3. “Vox passivum”?

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