Doctor, doctor, give me the news

Happy Thursday. It’s Fluffernutter Day.

Spencer Buell, who is currently living without an oven, writes about the home appliance shortage of 2020.

The New England Journal of Medicine has been politically non-partisan up to this point. But now they write in an editorial that, “truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.”

Now that was a debate. Substantive issues civilly discussed by two adults running for Vice President. (Admittedly, the bar was set low and there were plenty of non-answer answers.) The next presidential debate will be virtual. But the Trump campaign doesn’t think their man will do well in that environment, mute button and all, and is threatening to pass on it. A still infected Trump told Maria Baritomo, “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. It’s not what debating is all about. … It’s ridiculous.” OK then.

Sam Curry and team spent 3 months hacking Apple‘s infrastructure, finding 55 vulnerabilities, 40 of which were critical or serious. All were fixed. And the bug bounties were, presumably, paid out. Also, a good catch by Kaspersky, which found a BIOS/UEFI exploit that persistently installs spyware even after a drive is cleaned.

And in Oakland, activists wanted to cut the police department budget by half. Crime doubled. The math checks out.

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