The curse of the Potato, the joy Of grains

Maybe we need to be more precise about what we call a “blessing”:

But the fact that grains posed a security risk may have been a blessing in disguise. The economists believe that societies cultivating crops like wheat and barley may have experienced extra pressure to protect their harvests, galvanizing the creation of warrior classes and the development of complex hierarchies and taxation schemes.

Source: The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves – The Washington Post (by way of Facebook)

 

Cataphracts: Armored Warriors and their Horses of War | Ancient Origins

Whilst the armor of the cataphract was able to withstand attacks from swords and arrows, they seemed to be useless against blunt weapons. During Aurelian’s battle against the Palmyrenes, he had troops from Palestine armed with clubs and staves that were used specifically “against coats of mail made of iron and brass”.

Source: Cataphracts: Armored Warriors and their Horses of War | Ancient Origins

Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI – Charlie Stross

The FBI thought they were asking for a way to unlock a mobile phone, because the FBI is myopically focussed on past criminal investigations, not the future of the technology industry, and the FBI did not understand that they were actually asking for a way to tracelessly unlock and mess with every ATM and credit card on the planet circa 2030 (if not via Apple, then via the other phone OSs, once the festering security fleapit that is Android wakes up and smells the money).

Source: Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI – Charlie’s Diary