Weekly Update: 2019-08-18 to 2019-08-24

The FCC Has No Idea How Many People Don’t Have Broadband Access

The current FCC is the textbook definition of regulatory capture. It is beyond embarassing.

Phone Companies, State Attorneys General Announce Broad Campaign To Fight Robocalls

Finally moving forward with STIR/SHAKEN which is probably the best chance we have for beginning to stop these.

VMware Buys Carbon Black and Pivotal, Valued Together at $4.8 billion

Not surprising. Carbon Black integration makes a lot of sense given and anything they can do to help customers deploy applications to vmware is obvious.

Backdoor code found in 11 Ruby libraries

It’s always been amazing to me that this doesn’t happen more often. But maybe we are just starting to discover it. It seems like it would be pretty easy to convince an overburdened maintainer to allow someone to ease their pain and get commit access on a widely used open source tool or library which could then be backdoored.


Apple, Google, and Mozilla Block Kazakhstan’s HTTPS Intercepting Certificate

Fascinating story, Kazakhstan required every citizen to install a root certificate in their browser so they could MiTM all HTTPS traffic. Major browser vendors subsequently black listed the cert.

Windows 95 as an Electron App

This came out a few months back but it has popped up again and it is worth mentioning. Someone put Windows 95 in electron. Seriously.

'World’s oldest webcam' to be switched off

I remember in the late-90s and early-00s there was a lot of interest in setting up webcams, especially within the tech community. The idea of being able to, in real time, see other places in the world from your computer was exhilirating.


IBM to open the Power CPU ISA (free!)

Seems a little late, but interesting nonetheless.

Slashdot limits anonymous posts to registered users

Thank god. Slashdot discussion is basically a thing of the past, but the spam was really out of control.

Nmap 7.80 DEF CON Release: First Stable Version in Over a Year

Worth mentioning just because its a great version number.