Weekly Update: 2019-09-01 to 2019-09-07

The Top Idea in Your Mind

Paul Graham always has these really interesting insights. Great reminder to resolve conflicts and create plans to let you stop worrying about things that shouldn’t be on the top of your mind.

Feds Allege Adconion Employees Hijacked IP Addresses for Spamming

Quite a scam. They would produce LOA to convince carriers to route otherwise unused address space to them, which they could then use for spamming.

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Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69

I’d never heard the name before, but she along with Van Jacobson "invented" random early detection, which is a technology that’s used to help more efficiently manage buffers when routing packets to more failure utilize bandwidth between hosts.

Streaming Makes Up 80 Percent of the Music Industry’s Revenue

My how times have changed. Fits along nicely with the next item.

Revenue made from streaming services in the United States grew by 26 percent in the first six months of the year, according to trade group Recording Industry Association of America, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. That makes for a revenue of $4.3 billion, according to research conducted by the group, which represents approximately 80 percent of the music industry’s overall revenue.

Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986

Of course no one buys CDs anymore - first it was iTunes albums downloads (and before that Napster et al) and now its streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, etc.

Back to School: With Latest Attack, Ransomware Cancels Classes in Flagstaff

I’m really not really sure how to prevent the never ending ransomware attacks. But I think some basic security hygiene could go a long way. But I really wonder if it’s time for businesses to realize that anything other than plaintext email is unnecessary and probably the single most dangerous attack vector. I think that combined with web filtering that blocks any newly observed domains could cut this down massively.

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GNU Wget2 1.99.2 (beta) released

Complete rewrite of GNU wget, described as a "file and recursive website downloader". Build on libwget which provides the basic web client functionality, but wget2 is multi-threaded, supports HTTP2, compression and parallel connections.

Human Speech May Have a Universal Transmission Rate: 39 Bits Per Second

They found that Japanese, which has only 643 syllables, had an information density of about 5 bits per syllable, whereas English, with its 6949 syllables, had a density of just over 7 bits per syllable. Vietnamese, with its complex system of six tones (each of which can further differentiate a syllable), topped the charts at 8 bits per syllable.

Apparently despite the number of bits per syllable, the same amount of information is conveyed which ultimately comes to 39 bits per second.

Exploit for wormable BlueKeep Windows bug released into the wild

Exploit code released for metasploit. This will open the flood gates for the script kiddies.

A glut of iOS 0-days pushes their price below cost of those for Android

Not sure how much to read into this, but presumably it means they have more working iOS exploits than Android, but could also mean that they just see far more interest in exploiting Android phones. Possibly because in countries like China, Android is far more popular than iOS.

Belgium And The Netherlands Swap Land, And Remain Friends

Appears to be to solve some logistical problems. Apparently the area was difficult for Dutch authorities to reach. So it was being used for loud parties and other shady things. But then …​

Referring to the discovery of the [headless] body, Jean-François Duchesne, the police commissioner of the Lower Meuse region, told The Associated Press last year that the journey to the area had been arduous. “So we had to go there by boat with all that was needed — the prosecutor, the legal doctor, the judicial lab — we had to do round trips over the water,” he said. “It really was not very practical.”

Geeks in Cyberspace (Video)

The story of how slashdot and everything2 came about.

Librem 5 Shipping Announcement

I’m probably more interested short term in the PinePhone due to the low cost for tinkering around with, but paying attention to this and the long term prospects.


Was Etsy too good to be true?

Etsy essentially being pressured by amazon to offer free shipping, but actually an interesting history of Etsy in general.


Economics of Electric Vehicles Mean Oil’s Days As A Transport Fuel Are Numbered

The future is not looking bright for oil, according to a new report that claims the commodity would have to be priced at $10-$20 a barrel to remain competitive as a transport fuel.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Announces Formal Withdrawal of the Extradition Bill

City’s leader finally agrees to one of protesters’ five demands after weeks of insisting bill would not be withdrawn

The protests in Hong Kong have been absolutely fascinating. Unfortunately there is simply no way that China will every stop putting pressure on Hong Kong and I am convinced that when the "One Country, Two Systems" expires in 2047 that Hong Kong will be brought in line, if not sooner.


Upcoming Firefox update will decrease power usage on macOS by up to three times

Good news for Firefox and hopefully will lead to an increased usage by macOS users.


Yokohama at Night

Beautiful image of Yokohama at night.

Mastadon Terminal User Interface (TUI)

I am really pulling for Mastadon to become popular.