While IBM doesn't operate any major platforms of the sort which would be affected by changes to Section 230 and many of its supposed competitors do, the firm's activity in recent years has consisted mostly of shedding business units to focus on satisfying niche interests specific to the USG. These niches consist of an assortment of kinks, collected artifacts demanding curation, and rituals which grow like fungus in the cracks generated by USG complexity.
A term that is applied mostly to newer, trendier USG "Big Tech" behemoths ↩
Metropolitan Police Sergeant Okechukwu Efobi plead guilty to 3 charges of under Airstrip One's 1990 "Computer Misuse Act" after he used his access to the police database to view information on investigations into himself (archived). For putting his own name into the system and seeing what resulted, Sergeant Efobi has been ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay the sum of 540 Pounds split between prosecution costs and a victim surcharge tax though he remains employed on restricted duty with the force.
Britain's newest capital ship, the 3.1 billion once sterling pound helicopter carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth had to return to port after taking on roughly a quarter million liters of water and putting three crew members into mortal peril (archived). The ship was undergoing sea trials when a pipe carrying sea water burst leading to flooding and accompanying bucking, bending, and splitting damage to the ship. This is the third confirmed time that the sea has breached HMS Queen Elizabeth during her short life. Lacking catapults and arrestors for launching and landing traditional fixed wing aircraft, the ship is expected to carry a mix of the 'B' V/STOL variant of the beleaguered F-35 fighter and a complement of helicopters should the boat survive to reach initial operational capacity in 2021.
Clinton family friend and New York Pantsuit networker Jeffery Epstein was arrested overnight for allegedly trafficking several dozen pre-teen and early teen girls through his residences in New York and Palm Beach, Florida between the years 2002 and 2005 (archived). The indictments will supposedly be unsealed tomorrow. In the interim, rumours and inuendo carry word Epstein will face a single count each of "sex trafficking of minors" and "conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors" with the case being prosecuted by Southern District of New York's pompously titled "Public Corruption Unit" providing ample fuel for conspiracies on how far this investigation will either go or not go.
Following on the heels of yesterday's Cloudflare outage, USG intelligence gathering firm Facebook is failing to serve requests for images (archived). Facebook's primary user population, women aged 40-65 use the platform primarily to share captioned images. They confused this captioned image sharing activity with memes as they do so.
Today issues with Cloudflares's MITM goverment data collection network lead to down time for numerous popular, high traffic websites and social media services (archived). Cloudflare's value proposition is allegedly reduced downtime through mitigating DDoS attacks. This service is offered in exchange for allowing Cloudflare to intercept customer traffic.
Evidence is mounting that the bulk of the US pharmacopoeia full of quick fixes imposes an increased dementia risk with chronic use of the drugs (archived). At issue is the anti-cholinergic action where the problematic quick fix drugs antagonize the cholinergic nervous system. The problem spans from the seemingly innocuous over the counter antihistamines recommended for everything from allergies to a quick fix for sleep all the way to the US psycho-pharmacopoeia where nearly every drug in use carries substantial anti-cholinergic effects. Anything with a label indicating "dry mouth" as a side effect is usually going to have an anti-cholinergic effect. The association between regular use of anti-cholinergics and dementia is especially pronounced in cases where the patient with dementia is under 80 years of age.