"The sound of the dialup, pictured"
Newly-discovered Intel vulnerabilities in Skylake and Kaby Lake probably affects AMD, too:
– 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
Swedish ISP punishes Elsevier for forcing it to block Sci-Hub by also blocking Elsevier (and Swedish copyright authorities) https://boingboing.net/2018/11/03/balkanizing-the-balkanizers.html/amp
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
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)
Trump wants to kill the International Criminal Court to protect US war criminals from prosecution for Afghan crimes https://boingboing.net/2018/09/10/why-they-hate-us.html/amp
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 ... http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-03/capilano-and-supermarkets-accused-of-selling-fake-honey/10187628
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?
"Young Russians posting memes face jail for 'extremism'"// good reason (amongst many) to never set foot in Russia. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/01/young-russians-posting-memes-face-jail-for-extremism
"Nauru: a nation in democratic freefall propped up by Australia" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/nauru-a-nation-on-the-cusp-of-democratic-calamity
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