Newly-discovered Intel vulnerabilities in Skylake and Kaby Lake probably affects AMD, too:

arstechnica.com/information-te

– unrelated to Spectre, Meltdown or L1 Terminal Fault
– not reliant on speculative execution
– PortSmash currently poses a threat mainly to people using computers or services that allow untrusted people to use the same physical processor

#intel #amd #vulnerability #portsmash #cpu #infosec #cybersecurity #security

Swedish ISP punishes Elsevier for forcing it to block Sci-Hub by also blocking Elsevier (and Swedish copyright authorities) boingboing.net/2018/11/03/balk

Finally installed my ADS-B antenna for aircraft tracking outside. Another feed-through added to the nerd panel to get the cable inside. Hopefully it improves the pickup range.

I think the stereotype about engineers' choice of clothing might be true.... (well, 5 of us did without prior coordination!)

New Zealand Customs can now fine you $5k if you don't let them bend over your electronic devices and let them use the digital rubber gloves. Guess they'll catch the dumb criminals that haven't moved to the cloud yet. Good reason to root a phone, take a nandroid backup and then wipe it. Restore once through customs
radionz.co.nz/news/national/36

Is this the most useless pedestrian road crossing? Why even have it?

Time for another #retrocomputing show and tell!

I'm quite pleased to introduce you to the NEC MobilePro 900, a "handheld" PC powered by a XScale PXA255 processor and running Microsoft Windows for Handheld PC 2000 (build 9546-126)

(Photos taken on top of a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 for size reference)

Sometimes outsourced maintenance isn't a good idea. Particularly when it comes to painting aircraft.

I think I'm gonna start the church of the sphinx of black quartz. They are a benevolent deity, if not omnipotent

Hmm, upgrading to a phone with better 4G means I'm going to have to watch my downloads. Optus is 25x faster than my fixed line internet.

Trump wants to kill the International Criminal Court to protect US war criminals from prosecution for Afghan crimes boingboing.net/2018/09/10/why-

Australian 'honey' company tries to suggest that NMR-based test method to detect honey adulteration is flawed and the "official" method (that doesn't find any fake honey) is much better. Guess they didn't count on the other method being used ... abc.net.au/news/2018-09-03/cap

Funny to see Chinese govt spokes-droids getting all bent out of shape when countries put limits on cut-price Huawei and ZTE infrastructure. Hmm, just how much US or Australian tech is in THEIR telco backbones?
theguardian.com/australia-news

"Young Russians posting memes face jail for 'extremism'"// good reason (amongst many) to never set foot in Russia. theguardian.com/world/2018/sep

Starfleet UX designers learned that if they didn't make some bridge consoles explode, captains would ignore damage until the shields failed.

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