Up is down, down is up

Monday. Here we go.

Mac Jones looked good. It wasn’t a win but this season just might work out.

According to Third Way, via NBC News, crime in red state Massachusetts is way up. But in Boston, part one crime is down 17%. Something is out of whack. Maybe it’s Cambridge pushing the numbers up for the state.

Video game maker Epic sued Apple. Apple won. Kind of. They also lost. And Epic kind of won. No matter, Epic is going to appeal.

Cressida Dick is a reasonable person but I think she’s on the wrong side of this issue. Fighting terrorism and child sexual abuse are important but there are no easy solutions without compromising privacy for the average person. Not to mention the potential for abuse. Consider this. And this.

And A&W tried to ‘one up’ the McDonalds’ Quarter Pounder with their own Third Pounder. It didn’t catch on because people thought a third of a pound was smaller than a quarter of a pound. And you wonder why our vaccination rate is so low.

Turning the tide

Friday, September 10th.

Fixing the RMV is still a work in progress. That something like this could happen means that they still don’t have solid workflows or quality control in their processes.

Billy Baker provides a history lesson on beach access in Massachusetts. Two Cape Cod lawmakers want to adjust the line from the low water mark to the high water mark so we can all take a stroll along the beach. It’s been tried before. Wealthy homeowners won’t like it and it probably won’t pass constitutional muster, but it’s still worth a shot.

COBOL. The gift that keeps on giving. Until it doesn’t.

There are only so many top-tier information security experts in the world. And none of them work in small town IT departments. A recent Massachusetts hearing on protecting the state’s computer infrastructure concludes that we don’t have the money or the expertise to protect ourselves from hackers. It’s a problem.

And it turns out that the deep state thing was real.

Making a living

Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer.

The upstarts are unseating the incumbents, who were formally the upstarts. The cycle of life. TikTok.

The Washington Post takes a Labor Day look at the Great Reassessment of Work. People are looking for work but there’s a shortage of workers. How can that be? The devil, as usual, in the details.

The Freedom Phone. It’s an actual thing. If, that is, you’re gullible and have money to throw away.

A new Bluetooth vulnerability, being called Braktooth, could use the protocol to remotely crash devices or, in some extreme cases, allow malicious code to be executed. More details here. Impacted vendors were notified and given 90 days to develop and release patches before the announcement. Some did. Some didn’t. Some say they’re still working on it.

And in Australia, the sharks are winning.

Damned if you don’t

Today is Thursday. Happy birthday to Billy Preston and Joe Simon.

Lotus sports cars are not a common sight on the road. That may be changing.

The Janey campaign can’t be too happy with the Globe’s framing of her lack of participation in campaign forums. I could easily have seen this story being a negative one if she had participated in all of of those events to the detriment of her official duties. So which is worse? Meanwhile the councillors campaigning full time while holding office pretty much get a pass.

States like Massachusetts are dragging their feet when it comes to allowing drivers licenses and state IDs to be stored on an iPhone. There are good reasons to be cautious. Each time you use your license/ID, that is a transaction. Currently, that physical transaction usually isn’t logged anywhere. As an electronic transaction it would be. So some privacy diligence would be called for. If that’s why Massachusetts isn’t on the list of early adopters that would be OK. But if it’s due to technical incompetence or bureaucratic inertia, that would be another story.

A presumably older viewer with imperfect vision wrote in to TV critic Matthew Gilbert complaining about characters texting in shows. That reminded me of the dialog in Only Murders in the Building, when Steve Martin and Martin Short are confused about whether to call or text Selena Gomez’ character. “Phone calls seem to upset them.”

And speaking of them, incoming freshmen are usually an optimistic bunch. They won’t be a voting factor for some years to come but the results of this poll are an interesting look at the future.

Free wheeling

Friday. The end of a long, hot week.

The Globe reports that rain, sharks, coyotes, and a resurgent virus didn’t damper tourism on the Cape this summer. Good to hear.

We all know that ‘Boston Magazine’ is not a magazine about Boston. But ‘Affluent Suburbs to the North and West of Boston Magazine’ doesn’t have the same sort of ring to it. Anyway, of the five Boston bike shops featured in this story, I’m impressed that a couple are actually in Boston. But why feature only 5 shops? What about Landrys, or Bike Barn or Bikeway or Crimson or Bikes Not Bombs or Serious Cycles or Bicycle Link or Grace Bikes, etc, etc.? There are hundreds of great bike shops in the Boston area and no indication as to why these featured five stand out.

Dan Kois reports that Netflix has been getting pretty clickbaity lately. I’ve noticed this too.

With Charlie Watts’ passing at 80, just as the Stones were getting ready to go on tour (currently rehearsing in Foxboro), I was curious as to the ages of the rest of the band. Ronnie Wood is 74, Keith Richards, 77 and Mick Jagger is 78. No spring chickens.

And the hacker responsible for the latest T-Mobile breach says that the carrier’s security is awful. Also, he’s crazy. That doesn’t mean he’s not right, though.