Weekly Update: 2019-10-13 to 2019-10-19

Hot Online Bank Startup Leaves Customers Without Access to Their Cash

Chime outage prevented customer’s from accessing cash for "much of the past 24 hours".

DoNotPay App Waits On Hold For You

$3 suite of services that will get a human on the phone so you don’t have to wait. This is where we find ourselves.

Samsung: Anyone’s Thumbprint Can Unlock Galaxy S10 Phone

I can’t wait to hear how Apple did this first.

Hands On With the Delightful Madness of $500 Topre Keyboard Housings

I’ve been using topre keyboards exclusively for years (Type Heaven and a RealForce 87U) and part of me has been glad I couldn’t get sucked into the world of custom mechanical keyboards.

Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd Passes Away

I don’t know how much of HP resurgence was attributable to Hurd or just the economy recovering, I don’t follow it closely enough, but certainly surprised he passed away at a relatively young 62.

Facebook Portal Sales Are 'Very Low'

Least shocking headline in history. Anyone with one of these in their home needs their head examined.

Canonical Releases Ubuntu 19.10 'Eoan Ermine'

Touting Gnome 3.34, Light Theme and Raspberry Pi 4 Support. 5.3 kernel and all the latest software you’d expect.

Unpatched Linux Bug May Open Devices To Serious Attacks Over Wi-Fi

Essentially worse case scenario. Kernel buffer overflow, dates back to 3.10.1 from 2013. The guy who discovered it doesn’t have a working exploit that produces a remote shell, but its theoretically possible.

Forbes Raves Upcoming Linux Desktop Will 'Embarass' Windows 10 and macOS

Funny to see something like this on a mainstream site like Forbes in 2019. I think I’ll stick with dwm.

Russian Cyber-Espionage Group Controlled Its Malware Partly Through Reddit Posts

Nothing earthshattering, C&C have used things like this for years (read: IRC).

Paris Zoo Unveils the 'Blob,' An Organism With No Brain But 720 Sexes

"It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn (…​) and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other," David added.

Youth Suicide Rate Increased 56% in Decade, CDC Says

The suicide rate among people ages 10 to 24 years old climbed 56% between 2007 and 2017, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Possibly related to social media and smartphone use.

Tesla gets cleared to start manufacturing cars in China

I guess we shoudl celebrate any US company allowed to actually operate in China.

Senators Propose Near-Total Ban On Worker Noncompete Agreements

Appears to be somewhat bipartisan as well.

Malware That Spits Cash Out of ATMs Has Spread Across the World

"Anyway, anyway, guys guys guys, come on. I’m in this computer right? So I’m looking around, looking around, you know. Throwing commands at it. I don’t know where it is or what it does or anything. It’s like, it’s like …​ choice! It’s just BEAUTIFUL, ok? Like FOUR hours I’m just messing around in there. Finally, I figure out …​ that it’s a bank. Right? Ok, wait, ok. So, it’s a bank, so, this morning look in the paper some cash machine in like Bummsville, Idaho spits out seven hundred dollars into the middle of the street."

Tiling Window Manager Descended from Ratpoison – sdorfehs – Pronounced “starfish”.

I have a soft spot in my heart for ratpoison and appreciate a tiling successor.

via from blog

Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed

As of 12/14 all content will be permanently deleted.

FCC Votes To Approve T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

I may be in the minority, but I currently see the market in the US as Verizon vs ATT. This merger seems like it might produce a viable third option.

SEC Blocks Telegram’s $1.7 Billion Planned Token Sale

"Our emergency action today is intended to prevent Telegram from flooding the U.S. markets with digital tokens that we allege were unlawfully sold," said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, in a statement. "We allege that the defendants have failed to provide investors with information regarding Grams and Telegram’s business operations, financial condition, risk factors, and management that the securities laws require."

UK Drops Plans For Online Pornography Age Verification System

I cannot belive anyone thought this was a good idea or the very least made it far enough in the process before realizing what a truly bad idea this was.

US claims cyber strike on Iran after attack on Saudi oil facility

Claims "physical damage". Iranian response was "they must have dreamt it." I can’t wait to find out what actually happened.

Google Chief: I’d Disclose Smart Speakers Before Guests Enter My Home

Well then.

Samsung to Invest $11 Billion in QD-OLED Panel Production

I’m not sure what QD-OLED is but it sounds expensive. Presumably the Samsung response to LG et al dominating high-end OLED TV (which look incredible).

Flaw In Sudo Enables Non-Privileged Users To Run Commands As Root

Have to have sudo access, but can run commands as root even if restricted. No bueno.

This robot can build a house in 3 days

Uses 3D CAD models to build a house out of blocks. An internal saw blocks to size as necessary before installing them. And that’s a "3 bedroom, 2 bath house" in less than three days.

Building China’s Comac C919 Airplane Involved a Lot of Hacking, Report Says

Well knock me over with a feather.

Recreating Lord Nikon’s Laptop From Hackers

I love this.