Weekly Update: 2019-10-06 to 2019-10-12

The Church of Interruption

This is definitely me.

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How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability: The burst-height compensating super-fuze

I find this utterly fascinating and probably explains some of Russia’s recent actions that seemed odd, namely "leaking" the Poseidon ("nuclear-powered submersible robot" that’s basically an ICBM drone) and Russia’s supposed [Ed: probable] breach of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement.

Ken Thompson';s Unix Password Cracked

Spoiler: it was "q2-q4!" which is apparently a chess opening. Makes sense considering Ken Thompson’s background in computer chess.

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France to become first EU country to use nationwide facial recognition ID app

What the fuck? Really, france? via

Wells Fargo Prediction: American Banks Will Automate Away 200,000 Jobs By 2030

In banking specifically, resulting in "shedding 10% of all its jobs." Front office, call centers and branches. Kind of exactly what you’d expect. via

Chernobyl’s Infamous Reactor 4 Control Room Is Now Open to Tourists

Pass. via

Hayao Miyazaki’s Airships

I can never get enough Miyazaki. via

Getting a New Mobile Number in China Will Soon Involve a Facial-Recognition Test

Usual stuff, give up privacy for "protection." via

Cisco hit by an internal network outage

We have traced our disruption to an internal system change, and services are in the process of being fully restored.

Slack hits 12 million daily active users

37% YoY growth.

Red Hat CFO 'Dismissed' From Company, Forfeits $4M Retention Award

I wonder who he was having sex with?

Larry Wall Approves Re-Naming Perl 6 To Raku

I guess the argument for the rename is that Perl 6 is a significant departure from previous versions.

Richard Stallman Defies Push By 27 GNU Project Developers To End His Leadership

Hard to gauge how significant 27 people are, but it seems like a pretty serious effort to remove him from GNU.

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

From a sinking ship

Bell Labs Plans Big 50th Anniversary Event For Unix

Hard to believe it has been around for 50 years.