A Weird Mix Today
The Science Of Engine Failure - Ars Technica breaks down how jet engines fail and shows the causes of similar incidents to the blown engine on the Southwest flight.
Taking The Fight To Xenu - Brian Krebs explores the ways that Scientology uses fake reviews to drive people to its rehab centers.
Can I blame a glitch for not putting this up until after work?
Tax Crash - Government IT is in quite a state. While the military and intelligence services seem to be at least recruiting smart people, the actual day to day functions need a significant overhaul. I wonder if like the ACA site, this is because the contracting business is dominated by people who know how to work the bid system rather than . . .
A Vending Machine For Lists Of Links
Pirates Run The Navy - The Navy is involved in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over alleged software piracy. While no one is likely to walk the plank, it is a lesson in managing software in large organizations. Make sure agreements are signed and in place, before you do rollouts, or you can cost your company significantly more money.
Sorry for no post on Friday, but headed to Chi for a concert.
A Centrist Manifesto - An argument for pragmatism over idealism isn't likely to garner much favor in the current debate, but it's a voice I think is more popular than its place in public life is given.
The Molar - A look back at an odd education-only iMac.
The Next Step - The Register runs down the early details from . . .
This blog fueled almost entirely by caffeine
Fake It ’Til You Replace It - I suppose that it shouldn't be that surprising, but many Android OEMs are not applying security patches. Instead, they're just assuring users they're okay, meaning even the security conscious might be at risk.
Speaking Of Updates - Apple begins notifying users that their old apps are going to . . .
Why "Break It Up" is a stupid response.
I'm already pretty annoyed with the narrative around the Cambridge Analytica data and Facebook. Granted, Facebook should have done more to ensure the data gathered by skillful developers exploiting weak data protections. That said, if this is your smoking gun for the last election, you weren't paying much attention. CA would . . .
Turns Out The Replicants Run Mostly In Python
Old Infrastructure Is Insecure Infrastructure - Considering that it would be quite costly to do something like this when the system was developed, it shouldn't be surprising that it is trivial to trigger a broadcast of emergency sirens. Interesting though, and shows why there is no security through obscurity.
Right To Repair - . . .