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New Lawsuit Attempting to Make Adversarial Interoperability Legal

Source: Schneier on Security

Article note: This is going to be a wild ride. The language in Section 230 that was probably inserted to protect content blockers (think porn blockers) potentially also protects Ad blockers (yay!) and likely also adversarial API access for removing content.

Lots of complicated details here: too many for me to summarize well. It involves an obscure Section 230 provision—and an even more obscure typo. Read this.

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Shibboleth

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Hey! Relatively coherent, adult writing about the current middle east situation that admits there are no "good guy" political entities, only dead and suffering civilians. I hate that decade old grim predictions about the widespread rooting of oppression Olympics as the singular lens on society could lead nowhere good, no where coherent, and to performative-victimhood-as-power-play at all scales, but here we are.
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With PowerPC, Windows CE and the WiiN-Pad Slate, Everyone’s a WiiN-Er

Source: Hacker News

Article note: What a weird object. Data General field data terminal thingy, running WinowsCE, on a PowerPC chip. Possibly the last new product introduced before EMC ate DG.
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Judge mulls sanctions over Google’s “shocking” destruction of internal chats

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: Turns out google understands privacy when it's them.
Kenneth Dintzer, litigator for the US Department of Justice, exits federal court in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2023, during the antitrust trial to determine if Alphabet Inc.'s Google maintains a monopoly in the online search business.

Enlarge / Kenneth Dintzer, litigator for the US Department of Justice, exits federal court in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2023, during the antitrust trial to determine if Alphabet Inc.'s Google maintains a monopoly in the online search business. (credit: Bloomberg / Contributor | Bloomberg)

Near the end of the second day of closing arguments in the Google monopoly trial, US district judge Amit Mehta weighed whether sanctions were warranted over what the US Department of Justice described as Google's "routine, regular, and normal destruction" of evidence.

Google was accused of enacting a policy instructing employees to turn chat history off by default when discussing sensitive topics, including Google's revenue-sharing and mobile application distribution agreements. These agreements, the DOJ and state attorneys general argued, work to maintain Google's monopoly over search.

According to the DOJ, Google destroyed potentially hundreds of thousands of chat sessions not just during their investigation but also during litigation. Google only stopped the practice after the DOJ discovered the policy. DOJ's attorney Kenneth Dintzer told Mehta Friday that the DOJ believed the court should "conclude that communicating with history off shows anti-competitive intent to hide information because they knew they were violating antitrust law."

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Counterfeit Cisco gear ended up in US military bases, used in combat operations

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: ...I was talking to a buddy in the Navy about how they're one of the last places with genuinely traceable, trustworthy supply lines. Apparently only in specific niches.
Cisco Systems headquarters in San Jose, California, US, on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023.

Enlarge / Cisco Systems headquarters in San Jose, California. (credit: Getty)

A Florida resident was sentenced to 78 months for running a counterfeit scam that generated $100 million in revenue from fake networking gear and put the US military's security at risk, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.

Onur Aksoy, aka Ron Aksoy and Dave Durden, pleaded guilty on June 5, 2023, to two counts of an indictment charging him with conspiring with others to traffic in counterfeit goods, to commit mail fraud, and to commit wire fraud. His sentence, handed down on May 1, also includes an order to pay $100 million in restitution to Cisco, a $40,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Aksoy will also have to pay his victims a sum that a court will determine at an unspecified future date, the DOJ said.

According to the indictment [PDF], Aksoy began plotting the scam around August 2013, and the operation ran until at least April 2022. Aksoy used at least 19 companies and about 15 Amazon storefronts, 10 eBay ones, and direct sales—known collectively as Pro Network Entities—to sell tens of thousands of computer networking devices. He imported the products from China and Hong Kong and used fake Cisco packaging, labels, and documents to sell them as new and real. Legitimate versions of the products would've sold for over $1 billion, per the indictment.

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The Adwaita Icon Theme no longer follows the FDO spec, breaking e.g. KDE apps

Source: Hacker News

Article note: The Gnome folk's "Let's break the ecosystem to support oUr ViSiOn, then act condescending to anyone who complains" behavior has been going on for over a decade. I essentially stopped using xfce as my daily driver because of trickle-down brain damage, and they just keep breaking more things. At least KDE has been generally good lately.
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Dune 3D 1.1.0 Released

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Interesting. OpenCASCADE geometry with SolveSpace's constraint solver, glued together by the HorizonEDA guy. FreeCAD >0.19 isn't _as_ horrible as people like to act, but I always like to see reasonable options in the FOSS CAD space. I compiled and made a quick NEMA17 mount plate just to jam a dimensioned thing in to it, it has some quirks about commit vs. cancel and not entering input fields when I expect, but the basic experience seems pretty decent.
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Roku plans to start showing video ads on your homescreen

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: Enshittification, full speed ahead...
Vector collage of the Roku logo.
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Roku has a plan to boost ad revenue. The company will start showing video ads on your homescreen at some point. Roku CEO Anthony Wood told investors during the company’s earnings call last week that the company will put the video ads in the “premier video app we called the Marquee” where static image ads live now.

It sounds like Wood is referring to the box on the homescreen that sits to the right of your Roku apps, which hopefully means the video ads won’t be full-screened. He said the company is also testing out “other types of video ad units” and looking into other ways to “innovate more video advertising” on the homescreen. The company’s push comes after it performed its third layoff in less than a year last September amid a slower...

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Reddit is full of bots: thread reposted comment by comment, 10 months later

Source: Hacker News

Article note: The web is dying under botspam and directed manipulation. This is a particularly egregious example.
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FCC fines largest wireless carriers for sharing location data

Source: Hacker News

Article note: That fine is small enough to be minor cost-of-doing business. Intentionally mishandling sensitive user data should come with existential-threat fines.
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