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  1. A closer look at greasy palms – Bribery pays—if you don’t get caught
  2. Fortnite ‘black-market’ part of billion-dollar hacker economy
  3. Malicious Chinese SDK In 1,200 iOS Apps With Billions Of Installs Causing ‘Major Privacy Concerns To Hundreds Of Millions Of Consumers
  4. Jed McCaleb, Ripple Co-Founder, Reportedly Dumps Millions of XRP Daily
  5. The block chain is called “Ledger” in Ripple
  6. How the Sacklers Shifted $10.8 Billion of an Opioid Fortune Built on OxyContin
  7. SEC Modernizes the Accredited Investor Definition
  8. Piracy On Wednesday, three indictments were unsealed against members of “the Scene,” an elite tier of people who rip movies and put them on the internet for free.
  9. “I love hotel room “safes”



“bandwidth egalitarianism”

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When will Comcast understand they are running a utility?

Telephone Service: telco tricks do not provide telephone or broadband service

  • 50% of these stu­dents do not have access to a com­put­er and more than 40% do not have inter­net access
  • 7,000,000
  • 30% of U.S. Indige­nous fam­i­lies access the inter­net only through a phone (if at all)
  • 30% of year­ly read­ing gains and more than 50% of year­ly math gains could be lost for stu­dents who received no instruc­tion since March
  • 52% few­er K – 5 stu­dents in low-income house­holds used the online plat­form Zearn Math in May than in Jan­u­ary, while high-income stu­dents used it more
  • $1,778,139 in addi­tion­al fund­ing could be need­ed for pan­dem­ic-relat­ed staff and logis­tics to reopen an aver­age 3,659-student dis­trict, yet many face cuts
On L3/CTL’s request, we’ve disabled all peering sessions until the situation is under control. Great to see industry-wide cooperation at what is undoubtably a hard time for AS3356.
[outages] Level3 (globally?) impacted (IPv4 only)

5G in US averages 51Mbps while other countries hit hundreds of megabits
Average 5G download speeds in the US are 50.9Mbps, a nice step up from average 4G speeds but far behind several countries where 5G speeds are in the 200Mbps to 400Mbps range. These statistics were reported today by OpenSignal, which presented average 5G speeds in 12 countries based on user-initiated speed tests conducted between May 16 and August 14. The US came in last of the 12 countries in 5G speeds, with 10 of the 11 other countries posting 5G speeds that at least doubled those of the US.

U.S. indicts Russian for attempted ransomware attack on Tesla factory

Chinese-made smartphones are loaded with malware that secretly steals money

This loophole lets the DMV sell your data to private investigators

TikTok must sell its U.S. operations by mid-November over fears that the app could be providing data to Beijing

TikTok Holocaust trend ‘harmful,’ says Auschwitz museum. “The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and memorial spoke out against a new trend on social media platform TikTok where users role-play as holocaust victims, in a statement released on Wednesday. ‘The “victims” trend on TikTok can be hurtful and offensive,’ said the museum at the site of the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in a statement, adding that some of the videos trivialized history.”


Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner investor

Facebook Employees Are Outraged At Mark Zuckerberg’s Explanations Of How It Handled The Kenosha Violence. Facebook employees slammed  Fucckerberg

A Kenosha Militia Facebook Event Asking Attendees To Bring Weapons Was Reported 455 Times. Moderators Said It Didn’t Violate Any Rules

The police are working with them. They’re going to completely overlook the unjust murder and equate property damage as more valuable than life and so RW nationalists with guns are warranted.

Facebook says Apple rejected its attempt to tell users about App Store fees. “Facebook Inc on Thursday told Reuters that Apple Inc rejected its attempt to tell users the iPhone maker would take a 30% cut of sales in a new online events feature, forcing Facebook to remove the message to get the tool to users.”


The RNC’s Puzzling Obsession with Socialism | Start Blaming the Government Response for the Spread of Covid. With a pandemic ravaging the country, a historically unpopular president and no platform to run on, the Republican Party has set its sights on attacking socialism. It doesn’t seem to be working. [Tech and Unions]

Want to Abolish the Police? The First Step Is Putting Them Under Democratic Control.

Leverage Is Everything
The striking NBA players have inherent power, but so do you.

Stop Blaming Individuals for the Spread of Covid and Start Blaming the Government Response By presenting collective, structural crises as separate, individual problems with separate, individualized solutions, the government abdicates its responsibility to meaningfully intervene.

Neither Republicans or Democrats benefit from mail-in voting

Justice Department prepares to file a landmark antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google

District Court Enters Permanent Injunction Shutting Down Telecom Carriers Who Facilitated Hundreds of Millions of Fraudulent Robocalls to Consumers in The United States.



KIDS SILENT CARRIERS—Children can carry the coronavirus in their noses and throats for weeks even if they don’t show any symptoms. “inapparent (asymptomatic) infections in children associated with silent #COVID19 transmission in the community”. Not good.
This demolishes new Trump WH-forced CDC guidelines to not test for asymptomatic cases. Dangerous.

Asymptomatic Children Carry Higher COVID-19 Viral Load Than Adults In ICUs

Household Cleaning

Astronaut Jeanette Epps to become first Black woman to join an International Space Station crew

Here Are 6 Myths About Masks That People Really Need to Stop Sharing

A tiny Texas company is running most U.S. drive-thru Covid-19 testing

Covid-19 vaccine may be mandatory in Portugal

Nicholas Christakis on fighting covid-19 by truly understanding the virus
The latest coronavirus is different from past ones, so requires a different response

World-first database catalogs 1,000s of viruses in our gut microbiome. “Researchers from Ohio State University have created the first catalog of viral populations known to inhabit the human gut. Called the Gut Virome Database, the study suggests each person’s gut viral population is as unique as their fingerprints.”

A.I. Tool Promises Faster, More Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis. “By detecting subtle differences in the way that Alzheimer’s sufferers use language, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed an A.I. algorithm that promises to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s without the need for expensive scans or in-person testing. The software not only can diagnose Alzheimer’s, at negligible cost, with more than 95 percent accuracy, but is also capable of explaining its conclusions, allowing physicians to double check the accuracy of its diagnosis.”

Anchorage Assembly passes ban on conversion therapy – Alaska Public Media

2020 birthdays

2020 birthdays

Lyft: 8
Snapchat: 9
Instagram: 10
Uber: 11
Twitter: 14
Reddit: 15
YouTube: 15
Facebook: 16
Tesla: 17
Google: 22
Mozilla: 22
Netflix: 23
Amazon: 26
Qualcomm: 35
Apple: 44
Microsoft: 45
AMD: 51
Intel: 52
Sony: 74
HP: 81
Samsung: 82
Disney: 97
IBM: 109
Nintendo: 131

Get the Ring Camera out of your house now!

24/7 surveillance ring camera

Your Police want to GIVE you the Ring Camera so they can practice total surveillance over everybody, just like China!

If you don’t take the camera from them you’ll get put on the list of people who aren’t cooperating with the police! Your Social Credit Score is going to go down Just Like Happened In China!

Get Ready America! get used to 24/7 surveillance and giving up your privacy rights.

Your Police Department is being used to shill for Amazon and get you to allow them to defeat your privacy. Ring has essentially enlisted police departments as salespeople for its video doorbells.

police surveillance with ring camera give away

Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon’s Home Surveillance Network

Ring also launched Neighbors, which is essentially a neighborhood watch app that allows residents to post doorbell footage and interact with each other.

  1. Ring, the doorbell-camera firm, has partnered with 400 police forces
    Aug 28, 2019 … “If the police demanded every citizen put a camera at their door and give … has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance concerns …… The company said it began phasing out the giveaway program for new …
  2. Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring …
    Jun 5, 2019 … Your Ring camera could be a part of a police surveillance network …. While police need to ask for permission to get footage, a giveaway …
  3. Cops Are Offering Ring Doorbell Cameras in Exchange for Info –
    Aug 2, 2019 … Some departments have given out free or discounted Ring devices to the …. by lobbying for Community Control Over Police Surveillance laws.
  4. Report Says Ring, Police Signed Secret Agreement to Give Away …
    Jul 30, 2019 … While an increased number of surveillance cameras and a larger data pool for police to dig through —as well as the ability for residents to …



‘We Don’t Feel Safe:’ Waterbury Family’s Ring Cameras Hacked …

Staten Island man hacked into Ring camera to spy on teenager

Hacker Accesses Ring Camera In Little Girl’s Bedroom to Tell Her …

Ring security cameras keep getting hacked:


This Is How Elon Musk Can Fix The Damage His Starlink Satellites Are Causing To Astronomy

This Is How Elon Musk Can Fix The Damage His Starlink Satellites Are Causing To Astronomy (Forbes)

The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it.
On November 18, 2019, approximately 19 Starlink satellites passed over Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, disrupting astronomical observations and hindering the science being undertaken in a real, measurable way.

In any field of business or industry, the prevailing rule has always been that if there isn’t a law against it, you are free to do it. If there are no rules protecting a resource, you are free to use or take as much of it as you want to further your own ends. Until regulatory measures are put into place, disruptors and innovators are free to regulate themselves, often to the extraordinary detriment of those who depended on those now-scarce resources.

In astronomy, the greatest resource of all is a dark, clear night sky: humanity’s window to the Universe. Traditionally, its enemies have been turbulent air, cloud cover, and artificial light pollution. But very recently, a new type of pollutant has begun to pose an existential threat to astronomy itself: mega-constellations of satellites. If Elon Musk’s Starlink project continues as it has begun, it will likely end ground-based astronomy as we know it.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 Starlink satellites on November 11, 2019 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Starlink constellation will eventually consist of thousands of satellites designed to provide world wide high-speed internet service, but the cost to the science of astronomy is already substantial, and is poised to rise significantly over the coming years.

Launching satellites to provide services to those of us living on the ground is an essential part of modern-day living. GPS and telecommunications satellites enable our cellular signals and support our mobile internet today. With the coming upgrade to 5G services, a new set of infrastructure will be required, and that necessarily means an upgraded set of satellites equipped to provide that service must be launched.

One of the first companies to attempt to serve this market is SpaceX, under the guidance of Elon Musk, which plans to initially deploy 12,000 satellites in a mega-constellation known as Starlink. Ultimately, the constellation hopes to extend to a total of 42,000 satellites. As of November 20, 2019, only 122 of these satellites have been deployed, and they’ve already had a detrimental impact on astronomy on a global scale.

If we hope to mitigate this, either regulators or SpaceX executives themselves will need to mandate a change…