Sunday, November 03
It's A Wall Edition
- BrainNet is the first multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving. (Nature)
What could sibly go wronggggggg
ENEURON BrainNet interface not found. Connect brain and press any finger to restart.
- Did I mention that Google is run by idiots? (ZDNet)
A bug in Android 8 and later removed security protections for apps delivered to your phone over NFC WHY IS THIS EVEN A THING?
If your device has a feature called Android Beam, turn it off.
- Politicians routinely oppose right-to-repair bills. Their stated reasons are usually vacuous nonsense. (TechDirt)
Whether their stated reasons are their actual reasons we can't be certain; stupidity, corruption, a combination of the two? For the record, in this instance, a New Hampshire Republican.
- New York Times attacks Facebook, gets flame-broiled in return. (TechDirt)
They posted an opinion piece by Aaron Sorkin on the dangers of free speech. Mark Zuckerberg responded with Sorkin's own words.
- The Washington Post hasn't been having a great time either.
- Nobody likes the 9th Circuit. (TechDirt)
In this case, the 9th seems to have got the relevant law dead wrong. To put it in words even they might be able to grasp: YOU CAN'T FUCKING COPYRIGHT A THREE-WORD PHRASE.
- Forget regulating social networks. Regulate the payment processors, and the social networks will take care of themselves. (One Angry Gamer)
It's One Angry Gamer, so don't read the comments.
- Python BDFL Guido van Rossum is leaving Dropbox and retiring from his leadership position on the Python project. (ZDNet)
Benevolent Dictator for Life, Guido. You knew the terms when you signed up.
Art by gemi333 on Twitter
- How to tell if you're living in a dystopia: The government has the ability to shut down the internet. (NPR)
Yesterday Iraq and India. (CNet)
Also Australia. Yay us.
- Chinese scientists have found a way to get rid of the protein that causes the damage in Huntington's Disease. (Ars Technica)
Of course, being China, it probably makes you explode.
- The NordVPN story gets worse, with multiple files of usernames and passwords dumped onto the Web. (Ars Technica)
The lists of passwords circulating don't necessarily indicate another security breach at NordVPN itself, though. Since they're small lists of plaintext passwords, the most likely source is users reusing passwords from another site that got hacked.
The best solution is to use a password manager, and when that gets hacked, give up, move to Idaho, and raise potatoes.
- The entire editorial staff of Deadspin has resigned when faced with the threat of being required to do their jobs. (Axios)
Saving the site's new owners a fortune in redundancy packages.
- Apple's AirPod Pros get a rating of 0 from iFixit. (iFixit)
$249 for disposable earphones.
- The 2019 Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet looks like a bargain at $165, but is it any good? As it turns out, yes.
If the HD 8 had the same specs at the same price, I'd have no hesitation in buying it. Unfortunately it's a much less powerful device. It is cheaper, but it's not that much cheaper - $125 vs. $165 for a 32GB model without "special offers".
Video of the Day
But first, let's check in on how the rumours went over the past 18 months.
So... No battleships sunk with that lot.
Disclaimer: Nai wa.
Links to Gemi 333's Twitter.
So being surrounded simultaneously by cute girls and pleasant light novel covers is the warning sign.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sunday, November 03 2019 03:18 AM (5iiQK)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, November 03 2019 05:21 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, November 03 2019 06:28 AM (Iwkd4)
You could also stop buying $1000 smartphones.
Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, November 03 2019 06:31 AM (Iwkd4)
"Disposable" is why I won't spend more than $20 on headphones or earbuds.
Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, November 03 2019 06:37 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Jay at Tuesday, November 05 2019 01:44 AM (mrlXS)
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