Burying the hatchet

Another beautiful rainy Sunday morning.

In case you were wondering, Bruce Schneier is not Satoshi Nakamoto.

Kim Janey is backing Michelle Wu. Things got a little contentious between the two in the preliminary election but apparently, now, all is forgiven. This is more of the pragmatism that I liked in Janey as acting mayor. I suspect her days of having influence in the city are not over.

Akela Lacy writes in The Intercept about how moderate Democrats derailed police reform. It’s an odd story of strange political bedfellows.

When Christopher Muther isn’t travelling, he’s writing well-researched articles on airport security.

And in London, Phil McCann is reporting on the fuel shortage. Who but?

Public enemy #1

Happy Saturday.

Calibrating all those app settings to protect your privacy can seem daunting. This WaPo guide would be a good place to start.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Covid-19 is the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the U.S.

Astronauts and engineers are becoming concerned about seemingly small problems popping up on the ISS.

That Arizona audit that was going to prove that the election was stolen has released its findings. Surprisingly, it found that the election was not stolen. In fact, despite its questionable methodology and a pro-Trump bias, the audit showed that the Biden over Trump gap was even bigger than we thought.

And if you like amazing vocal performances, check out Geoff Castellucci’s version of Blackbird. That last note! Here he explains how he gets so low.

Avoiding roadblocks

Friday. On this date in 1906, Devil’s Tower * became the nation’s first national monument.

Rachael Rollins must have pissed someone off. Her nomination for a US Attorney position is being held up by a Republican senator from Arkansas.

The State Police union’s request for an injunction on enforcement of the governor’s vaccine mandate for executive branch members is not playing well. The courts didn’t think it was a great idea either. That should be a signal to other public sector unions. Over on the legislative side, lawmakers were worked up over their own vaccine mandate. Lots of debate and a party line vote, in favor ultimately. Why we’re still arguing about this is beyond me.

Matthew Yglesias has a post-it note for Democrats: The median voter is a 50-something white person who didn’t go to college. (Eeeuuuwww, gross!)

When Apple switched from its original 30 pin connector for charging iPhones to the current Lightning cable, a lot of people accused them of grabbing for money because now they had to replace all their perfectly fine charging cables. I think that’s a big reason Apple hasn’t switched to USB C. They didn’t want to recreate that angry situation with customers. But the EU may force the issue. Apple may publicly object to the externally forced mandate but they also might be relieved to have someone else to blame for a disruptive switchover this time around.

And LA Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson bet against himself and won. And also lost. But somehow still won.

Your winnings, ma’am

Wednesday. It’s the autumnal equinox. Fall has arrived.

Sean Murphy has another tale of dysfunction at the DOT. Looks like they badly need training on ownership, problem solving and customer service.

Annissa Essaibi George is shocked, shocked to find that super PACs are supporting her in the election.

Reviews of the iPhone 13 are coming in. Raymond Wong tried out the phone, and especially the camera. He was impressed with the technical capability of the camera systems but found one big problem that Apple needs to fix.

A regional solution to the chaos at Mass and Cass doesn’t seem to be very popular in the region. We already knew where Quincy stood. Danny McDonald reports that now we’ve alienated Revere too. Whoever ends up being the next mayor will have to tackle this disaster. Despite all the campaign promises, there’s no easy fix.

And Bryan Lunduke recalls BYTE magazine cover artwork by Robert Tinney – the “Norman Rockwell of computer magazines.”