Sunday, August 02

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Daily News Stuff 1 August 2020

Don't Mess With Florida Man Teen Edition

Tech News

  • Twitter got hacked by a 17-year-old from Florida.  (TechDirt)

    Your security is only as strong as the weakest link, and the weakest link is probably an untrained minimum-wage support staffer.

    Twitter already knew this after the earlier incident with President Trump's account, but did nothing.


  • Microsoft wants to buy TikTok.  (Tech Crunch)

    That would certainly fix the security issues because no-one would use it.


  • TikTok is here for the long run, says TikTok.  (Tech Crunch)

    That's great to know.  I'm sure that when every country in the world except China has banned you for spying, and China itself has banned you for being useless, you'll look back at this moment with pride.


  • RedHat pushed a patch for Boothole.  The patch made systems 100% secure.  (Ars Technica)

    Because now they won't boot.

    There appear to be flawed patches out for Ubuntu and Debian as well.  Whatever you do, don't lesnerize.

    (As mentioned in yesterday's comments.)


  • Google won a case in Germany's high court over the fictitious "right to be forgotten".  (Deutsche Welle)

    I do have sympathy with some of these requests.  I removed the mention of someone's name from an old comment relating to a crime they were charged with and then later exonerated.  But I was able to look them up and confirm they were exonerated precisely because they hadn't succeeded in wiping all mention of this from the web.

    The solution to bad speech is more speech.  And alcohol.


  • The House Judiciary Committee isn't covering itself with glory in the current round of antitrust inquiries.  But neither are the companies under investigation.  (9to5Mac)

    Internal emails from Apple, Amazon, and Google have revealed blatantly anti-competitive practices.  Whether that arises to an antitrust case depends on whether the company is abusing a monopoly position in doing so.


  • Epic games wanted to offer its store on iOS.  (9to5Mac)

    Apple of course told them to get fucked.  That is blatantly anticompetitive, but Apple defends this by saying that their customers can switch to Android.

    But in the previous story, Apple removed Amazon's exemption from the 30% App Store tariff when Amazon pointed out the same fact.

    Oops.


Disclaimer: Never say in an email something that you can't defend later in court.

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1 Well, I guess I'm not rebooting my work laptop for a few days. Exciting!

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