Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding The Register (Chuck L)
American ex-diplomat refuses to leave Norway Nordic Page (resilc)
Bitcoin tumbles as South Korea plans trading ban Financial Times
How the robocall industry outwitted the government and wrecked the Do Not Call list The Washington Post (Chuck L)
Meltdown and Spectre
Intel’s telling some customers to avoid its fix for the Spectre and Meltdown attacks — because of a big bug Business Insider (David L)
Keeping Spectre secret The Verge
EXCLUSIVE: How the UK’s Cop Became a Committed Drug Legalization Activist Sputnik. Chuck L: “Of course, since it’s at Sputnik people will dismiss it. But the MSM probably wouldn’t take it since too many institutions and people have vested interests in continuing the unwinnable drug war.”
Scots firms with business model tied to $1bn fraud probed STV. Original story broken by our Richard Smith and Ian Fraser, see here and here.
How the US failed to rebuild Afghanistan Vox (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo… The Register. Chuck L:
Having been closely involved with SCADA systems my entire career, mainly with regard to their application to electric utilities, this is scary. There were some of us who strongly urged that grid SCADA and energy management systems (EMS*) be kept entirely disconnected from the internet as the latter was gaining traction in the late 80s and 90s. However with the deregulation movement being driven by the finance industry as it was, we were ignored.
* The same phrase and acronym are used in the HVAC industry but the underlying software and much of the hardware is entirely different.
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is changing its news feed so it’s actually ‘good for people’ Business Insider (JTM). The only way FB could change what it does to be better for people is to do things that would make users spend less time on it. Na ga happen.
Trump Unpopular Worldwide, American Image Suffers Pew Research Center (resilc)
Immigration Talks Muddled Amid Vulgar Trump Comments Wall Street Journal
Christ, Trump Is an Asshole Vice. Resilc: “We’re in Baltimore. The bar is rolling in the aisles over Trump tonight.” Folks, this is the real problem. It’s not Alzheimers. People want to attribute his vulgarness and anger to senility, when you see his sort of crudeness often a lot in the RE industry 9at least in NYC), as well as from rich men among peers. Trump has always been surrounded by retainers, aka toadies, and appears never to have had to develop impulse control, indeed, he seem to have persuaded himself that it gives him advantage in negotiations.
Trump Losing Ground With Women, Especially in the White Working Class New York Magazine
More layoffs at Indiana factory Trump made deal to keep open Reuters (resilc)
Donald Trump says an FBI agent once involved in Russia probe committed “treason.” Wall Street Journal (furzy)
Are Americans Going to Vote Their Hopes, or Vote Their Fears? Esquire. Resilc: “They have Bernie policies and …….?”
‘I have dad moves’: Barack Obama discusses dancing on David Letterman’s new Netflix show – video Guardian (JTM). OMG this is cringe-making. Why should I want to know this?
Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence The Register (Chuck L)
Report: Issa considering running in district next door Los Angeles Times (UserFriendly)
Study finds salty cocktail changing pH of freshwater rivers Minnesota Public Radio News (UserFriendly)
Fed’s Dudley says tax cuts lift prospect of rate rise Financial Times
James Damore is wrong. It’s fine to discriminate against bigots and bullies Guardian (Chuck L). Not very well argued. Author exhibits considerable prejudice versus conservatives. But there is a case to be made that Damore behaved badly and that was why he was canned. But as I’ve said, Google fired him in such an inept manner that he may have a case. Top execs made incredibly dumb public statements.
Wal-Mart Raises Its Minimum Wage, Plans Bonuses After Tax Overhaul Wall Street Journal
Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars New Republic
Antidote du jour. Jeff N:
This my parents’ new adopted cat. His name is Bailey.
Funny story – the shelter she got it from set up a social-media-esque entry for the cat, so that the adopter can update information like “His vet is ______”, he got his immunizations on _________”…
Anyway, this website shows that the cat is a Chinese Li Hua breed, which my mom didn’t know about while adopting. And my whitebread/Republican mom is all aghast. “That’s not a CHINESE cat!!! It’s a tabby!”
She wants me to edit his information to show “tabby” instead, but it’s a field that the adopter doesn’t have access to change. As if anyone else is going to surf to this random cat’s page on that website, anyway!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.