Weekly Update: 2019-12-15 to 2019-12-21

Microsoft Starts Showing Non-Removable Ads In Windows 10 Mail, Calendar Apps

The "new" Microsoft strikes again.

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Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites To Beam Data To Devices

This would have been a great opportunity for a relationship with Tesla and Starlink, right?

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Epilepsy-Triggering Suspect Expected To Plead Guilty

I wonder if this has ever happened before or if this is the first time someone committed aggraveted assault with a gif?

Declining Dementia Rates May be Due to Generational Differences in Lifetime Lead Exposure

The implications of this I find fascinating. I wonder how far this will drop over time?

Das Reboot: Uni forces 38,000 students, staff to queue, show their papers for password reset following 'cyber attack'

Not trying to "Monday Morning Quarterback" because I don’t know the details, but I am very curious how this was the best possible option.

House Calls 'Save the Internet Act' One of Its Biggest 2019 Accomplishments

For anyone who isn’t clear, Democrats are the ones who want to save net neutrality. Just something to keep in mind when you are headed to the polls.

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House Impeaches President Trump For Abuse of Power, Obstruction of Congress

I think regardless of your political views we can agree this impeachment has been a very, very strange process. It will be very interesting to see when Pelosi is willing to send these along to the Senate (the timing, given the election in 2020 will be interesting) and under what conditions.

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Judge Rules Edward Snowden Can’t Profit From His Book

I wonder if they didn’t see this coming or if they just didn’t care?

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How a Whale Crashed Bitcoin To Sub-$7,000 Overnight

Currently bounced back up to about $7200. I wonder when someone will manufacture the next bitcoin rally.

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Facebook Owns The 4 Most Downloaded Apps Of The Decade

I’m not sure how it isn’t immediately obvious to anyone that Facebook has established a monopoly on social media.

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Centaur unveils its new server-class x86 core

Apparently they have a license through the old Via agreement. Looks like they are done with the consumer market and focusing on the datacenter. Which makes sense, even AMD is having trouble competing in mobile and I wouldn’t want to face down the inevitable march of ARM.

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New Jersey’s Largest Hospital System Pays Up In Ransomware Attack

It is very concerning that people are paying ransomware demands, for obvious reasons.

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Ransomware Gangs Now Outing Victim Businesses That Don’t Pay Up

This is a new, and to me, far more dangerous methodology. It’s one thing to have your data encrypted and going through the hassle of having to restore it from backups. It is another entirely to have all of your company’s internal data exposed publicly. This changes the calculus when considering whether or not to pay ransomware demands.

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iPhones and iPads finally get key-based protection against account takeovers

Apple will now begin supporting WebAuthn natively in iOS (iOS 13.3). Currently only availble via Safari but presumably we will see support in other iOS based browsers soon.

Intel Acquires AI Chip Startup Habana Labs For $2 Billion

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Why Won’t Foxconn Tell Wisconsin What It’s Building?

The slow collapse of the Foxconn "eighth wonder of the world" continues.

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Controversial Sale of .Org Domain Manager Faces Review At ICANN

Thank goodness. I find it very hard to believe that the sale of .org to a private corporation who already indicated they will continue to raise prices is in the best interest of the .org TLD.

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Russian media group Rambler attempting to hold Nginx hostage

For the TLDR: F5 bought bought NGINX, Inc. Former developer who wrote nginx while working there now works for Rambler (think "Russian Yahoo", major but smaller player). Apparently this is a standard Russian shakedown, now that F5 is involved there’s really money to be made by going after ownership of nginx.

Google Achieves Its Goal of Erasing the WWW Subdomain from Chrome

Google isn’t dumb so there is either a good reason or a nefarious one I just cannot figure out which one it is.

According to a Google engineer, www is considered a trivial subdomain because "this isn’t information that most users need to concern themselves with in most cases".

America’s FCC Votes Unanimously To Divide 'Safety Spectrum' Into Wifi and Auto Applications

I guess the expectation is 5G will provide connectivity for the auto industry?

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Nebula VPN Routes Between Hosts Privately, Flexibly, and Efficiently

Uses UDP and a "lighthouse" server to negotiate connections between endpoints. Developed by the guys and gals at Slack.

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

Smaller and "meltdown proof". They have "secured permission" to build a 12-reactor plant at Idaho’s National Laboratory and claim to be generating power "as soon as 2026."

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Broadcom Launches Another Tomahawk Into The Datacenter

Trident 4 is 31 billion transistors and an aggregate 12.8Tb/s

Now, shift to a single Tomahawk 4 ASIC, and you can have 256 100 Gb/sec ports all hanging off the same device, which in the case of the prototype platform built by Broadcom will be a 2U form factor switch with 64 ports running at 400 Gb/sec and four-way cable splitters breaking each port down into 100 Gb/sec ports.

Cisco Outlines Silicon, Software Roadmap For Next Generation Internet

Key points are a new 8000-series chassis ("carrier class router") built using this new Cisco Silicon One(tm) strategy. Claims "near-term" 25Tb/s routing performance. The first model, Q100, is over 10Tb/s, allegedly with all the same bells and whistles we’re used to from the current silicon in terms of features (programmability, buffering, etc) in a single 1RU.

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The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

That individual — Ernest Byaruhanga — was only the second person hired at AFRINIC back in 2004. Byaruhanga did not respond to requests for comment. However, he abruptly resigned from his position in October 2019 shortly after news of the IP address scheme was first detailed by Jan Vermeulen, a reporter for the South African tech news publication who assisted Guilmette in his research.

I guess I’m not clear, was this criminal? Embezzlement maybe?

UPDATE: Looks like yes although not clear on the charges.

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Cox Owes $1 Billion To Record Labels for Harboring Music Pirates, Jury Decides

This is staggering and will hopefully be overturned on appeal or at least significantly reduced.

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