Link Post - Debunking The Hack

MikeNM

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October 28, 2018

STH - A thorough analysis of how the Bloomberg story about hacked motherboards is technically implausible if not impossible. It appears that in some cases the story conflates previously known hardware vulnerabilities like Spectre/Meltdown and exploiting BMC with a custom chip for spying, and in others, they are explicitly playing into fears . . .

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Link Post - Wellness Traps Can Kill

MikeNM

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October 25, 2018

Nuerologica - It's little more than the return of patent medicine, complete with unaccountable ingredients listing, and worst than that it can kill. This poor guy survived the massive overdosing on Green Tea, but his health isn't likely to be the same. Regulations might not always protect you, but the supplement industry repeatedly . . .

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Link Post - Filed Under Things Only The Richest Company In The World Can Do

MikeNM

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October 25, 2018

NYT - While the process that allows Apple to take a slower and more thoughtful approach to aggregation matches their ethos, it probably isn't the panacea the media industry needs for its problems. As TFA says, their model isn't making a lot of money for the linked stories. It's also likely that aggregation costs more than the 30% . . .

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Link Post - The Spookiest Place On Earth

MikeNM

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October 25, 2018

Boing Boing - In addition to being home to the biggest population of plastic headed rodents, turns out that Disney theme parks are also home to the scattered ashes of fans.

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Link Post - Role Playing A Political Education

MikeNM

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October 25, 2018

Polygon - Using gaming to explain politics as a process with a specific set of rules that govern the process is a great idea. Divorcing people from idealogy allows them to see the sausage making for what it really is, as well as showing how things are changing as news is decentralized.

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Link Post - The Publishing Scam

MikeNM

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October 25, 2018

Antipope - After hearing that apparently scammers are trying to get their hands on manuscripts, Charlie Stross teases out how badly a publishing scam would really go.

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Link Post - The Novels Of 9-11

MikeNM

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October 23, 2018

The Quietus - The idea of using a novel's place in the cannon to properly review is certainly a grandiose thing to do for a new release. On the other hand, when people write about 9-11, things are going to get heavy. I have two complaints about the review. One, this list is missing Jonathan Safran Foer's excellent Extremely Loud And . . .

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