Weekly Update: 2019-11-10 to 2019-11-16

Still cannot believe this will have to go all the way to the supreme court. And given the conservative slant of the court now I really have no idea what to expect.

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The Org That Doles Out .Org Websites Just Sold Itself To a For-Profit Company

Also worth mentioning that ICANN agreed to remove price caps* on .org domain names June of this year. I’m sure these two things are TOTALLY unrelated.

(* only six of the 3,000 public comments were for the change, by the way)

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NUVIA: New Server CPU Startup Going After Intel and AMD

Some CPU designers from Apple took about $50M from Dell (and friends) to build a new CPU to compete in the datacenter.

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Google to begin rolling out RCS

Upgrade to SMS that includes things like typing indication, presence, location sharing, group messages, longer messages, better media support. But, not encrypted. Really wonder what the reasoning for not encrypting it can be and my only guess involves law enforcement.

Mirantis acquires Docker Enterprise

Seems like the plan of supporting docker with docker enterprise, which I assume was built mostly around commercializing what kubernetes ended up doing, apparently didn’t work so well.

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Stadia Launch Developer Says Game Makers Are Worried 'Google Is Just Going To Cancel It'

I had to post this one just because it made me laugh. Finally, Google’s OCD and constant killing of products is catching up to them.

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TPM-FAIL Vulnerabilities Impact TPM Chips In Desktops, Laptops, Servers

It seems to me that more and more the TPM functionality is being moved on-chip with TPP. But, there are still milions of these TPM chips out there that will be affected by this for years to come.

A local adversary can recover the ECDSA key from Intel fTPM in 4-20 minutes depending on the access level. We even show that these attacks can be performed remotely on fast networks, by recovering the authentication key of a virtual private network (VPN) server in 5 hours.

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Seagate Announces FireCuda 520 PCIe 4.0 SSD

This might be kind of an unusual item, just the launch of an SSD. But what is interesting is that, with the launch of Ryzen 3000’s X570 chipset, we now have commercially available PCIe 4.0 motherboards and thus, commercial PCIe 4.0 SSD. And while of course, regular desktop performance won’t be affected, the peak throughput on these is mighty impressive: 5,000MB/s and 4,400MB/s sequential reads and writes, respectively. Also 760K and 700K IOPS. Of course these numbers happen at unrealistic queue depths for most people but still the numbers are just staggering to me.

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Google’s secret ‘Project Nightingale’ gathers personal health data on millions of Americans

Google has been quietly collection health records on millions of Americans while "neither patients nor doctors have been notified." I don’t think we can write laws fast enough to keep up with Google.

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Phones and PCs Sold In Russia Will Have To Come Pre-installed With Russian Apps

Russian continues to clamp down on technology. Given how we’ve seen it used all over the world to overthrow dictators I’m not surprised.

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IBM’s 200,000 Macs Have Made a Happier and More Productive Workforce, Study Finds

I’m making the shocked pikachu face right now.

Turning to employee satisfaction, the first-of-its-kind study shows that Mac users were 17 percent less likely to leave IBM compared to their Windows counterparts. Mac users also were happier with the software available, with 5 percent asking for additional software compared to 11 percent of Windows users. A team of seven engineers is needed to maintain 200,000 Macs whereas a team of 20 is needed for that number of Windows PCs. During setup, the migration process was simple for 98 percent of Mac users versus only 86 percent of those moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Windows users were also five times as likely to need on-site support.

That last sentence I think is the most telling.

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Debian Project Drafts General Resolution on Init-System Diversity

This was just a matter of time. First you claim to support all init systems but systemd slowly, over time, snakes its tentacles into everything and it becomes impossible to support any alternatives.

I understand the problems systemd is trying to solve, but none of them affected me, at least to a degree I needed to replace my init system with all the complexity that comes along with systemd. It’s just wholly unnecessary for my purposes. I don’t need my computer, that I reboot once a month, to start up in 11 seconds intead of 12. I don’t need systemd to automount usb drives. I don’t need it to pre-launch services and buffer connections for the 2 seconds before the service is active. I don’t need you touching my networking at all. You can keep all of it.

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Termshark - wireshark for the terminal

I forgot all about this! Recently updated to version 2.0, glad to see it is still under development. Being able to review a packet capture in place without having to pull it down to my workstation sure is handy. Plus being able to leave it running, in a console, in a terminal multiplexer, just all the advantages of it being console based, is really great.

Facebook Bug Has Camera Activated While People Are Using the App

The issue came to light with several posts on Twitter, showing that their cameras were activated behind Facebook’s app as they were watching videos or looking at photos on the social network. After clicking on the video to full screen, returning it back to normal would create a bug where Facebook’s mobile layout was slightly shifted to the right. With the open space on the left, you could now see the phone’s camera activated in the background. This was documented in multiple cases, with the earliest incident on November 2.

We really need regulators to do something. Maybe 5-10 years ago would have been ideal but now would be great, too.

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