Weekly Update: 2019-12-1 to 2019-12-15

Vim 8.2 Released

I haven’t updated yet, but looks like a lot of bug fixes along with some new features like pop-up windows.

Less Than 10 Percent of Americans Are Buying $1,000 Smartphones, Report Says

I think the headline I’d go with is "nearly 10% of people are buying $1,000 smartphones." I’m shocked it is this high.

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Two of China’s Largest Tech Firms Are Uniting To Create a New 'Domestic OS'

The two companies are China Standard Software (CS2C) and Tianjin Kylin Information (TKC), two of China’s largest software firms, with known ties to the Beijing government.

I’m not sure this plan of cutting of China from US tech is going to work out well. Part of me assumes that the Chinese will produce software that is a decade behind US tech companies and rife for exploitation by bad actors, including nation state actors (read: NSA). But I’m probably just underestimating them.

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World’s First Fully Electric Commercial Aircraft Takes Flight in Canada

Feels like we still need a battery breakthrough, but once that happens all the other pieces will presumably be in place.

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Maze Ransomware Was Behind Pensacola 'Cyber Event,' Florida Officials Say

The same malware has been used to exfiltrate data and when they didn’t pay the ransom the data was published publicly. This could be a whole new angle for these guys and could definitely push more people to pay. Losing your data is one thing, having it publicly disclosed is another altogether

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New Plundervolt Attack Impacts Intel Desktop, Server, and Mobile CPUs

The hits just keep coming for Intel.

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If they make it this easy to watch movies directly from your browser I think we can expect a huge effort from MPAA et al to attack The Pirate Bay. It seems like within the last few years they seemed to have been really pushed through the margins. Maybe it is because of the abundance of legal streaming services along with the complexty of using torrents, especially with magnet links. But this could restart the fight all over.

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Buyer of Used Hard Disks Gets 27TB of Government Data

I don’t expect this to stop happening any time soon. This time it was Japanese government data.

FCC Tries to Bury Finding that Verizon and T-Mobile Exaggerated 4G Coverage

I don’t think this is surprising anymore.

Magic Leap, a Startup That Has Raised Over $2.3 Billion, Has Sold Just 6,000

Units of Its $2,300 VR Headset — Far Below 1 Million Units Its CEO Initially Hoped

Is this going to be a massive flop or is it ALREADY a massive flop?

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Jury sides with Elon Musk in “pedo guy” defamation case

If insults like this on twitter were illegal we’d have to arrest most of the people on the planet. I think this is a genuine win for freedom of speech online.

China Resurrects Great Cannon For DDoS Attacks On Hong Kong Forum

It is mind boggling that a government would do this.

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Larry Page, Sergey Brin step down, Sundar Pichai will be CEO of both Google

and Alphabet

And the transition from the Google we knew, the Google of "Don’t Be Evil" into what it is now, is compelete.

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ICON Unveils the World’s First Village of Affordable 3D-Printed Homes in


I just have to assume this is the future of construction in a large portion of the world. Building these in "24 hours" feels disingenous, I assume there was a lot of setup to get everything ready to "print" but while latency on a single home might be high I assume the throughput of printing an entire "neighborhood" of these is incredible high if they can build one every 24 hours.


China Orders All Foreign Software Removed From Use

I wonder how well these will be able to function with Microsoft Office? Could these be the types of actions that finally displace Microsoft as the dominant desktop platform and force interoperability?

Russia Banned from World Sporting Events Due to Doping, to Include Olympics

and World Cup

Not enough, but it’s something.

Can We Kill Fake News With Blockchain?

With increasingly sophisticated DeepFakes showing up, we’ll need some way to actually vaildate someting is legitimate more and more.

Two malicious Python libraries caught stealing SSH and GPG keys

Looks like none of these repositories are safe. I’m actually surprised this isn’t far more common.

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Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue

Instilling calm, confidence and connection. Sounds like exactly what the world needs right now.

Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank


It is "draining bank accounts" of victims. Yikes.

All New Cellphone Users In China Must Now Have Their Face Scanned

I really feel like facial recognition will be inevitable once countries see how well China uses it to manage and control its population.

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Putin Signs Law Making Russian Apps Mandatory On Smartphones, Computers

They literally don’t even know what the applications will be yet.

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