With the US higher education bubble bursting, a group of small colleges have managed to bully a firm to abandon the release of a report damning their dismal situations (archived). The report was going to project how many years of operation are left across 946 private US colleges in order to assist parents and prospective students weight the risk of school closure in their higher education decisions.
Intel has decided to burn its former "we support our products forever" marketing point by announcing they will pull firmware update downloads for "end of life" products from their website (archived). Their "being fast" selling point started to collapse back in January 2018. The reason why they lost their being fast selling point keeps them from presenting themselves as a "safe" choice. All they have left is their large existing install base of defective products.
Sergiy Usatyuk of Orland Park, Illinois was hit with 13 months in prison by a North Carolina based US Circuit Court for operating the "Exostresser" DDoS for hire service in partnership with a unknown "Canadian" (archived). The 21 year old plead guilty to running the service between August 2015 and November 2017. In addition to the 13 months of incarceration, Usatyuk will enjoy 3 years of supervised release and an order to forfeit 542,925 USD.
The Yellow Jacket rebellion against the French despot Macron has now been going on for an entire calendar year. Macronist forces deployed chemical weapons and water cannons against French resistance fighters, as is their custom (archived).
The resignation and departure of Evo Morales appears to have resulted in an escalation of civil unrest in Bolivia. While the fall of Morales has some elements in common with common color revolutions, the speed with which he was ejected suggests actual discontent with Morales and his obnoxious spin on "third way" socialism fueled his fall. Morales further failed to cultivate active urban male supporters capable of keeping the military and police in check along the line of Maduro's collectivos in Venezuela. Morales indefensibly failed to failed to develop an entrenched network of supporters inside the capital and bet his entire regime on the loyalty of the countryside.
The current increase in Bolivian unrest appears to be driven by Cocaleros and other agrarian supporters of Evo Morales slowly making their way to La Paz. Prolonged conflict in Bolivia around these lines can be expected to influence cocaine prices, especially in Europe, in the short to mid term.
This week has seen a number of flaws in Intel chips that leak data, but two seem to dwarf others publicized so far (archived). The first, TPM-FAIL allows private keys stored with the "Intel Platform Trust Technology"(TM)(R) "trusted platform module" to be acquired via timing leakage. The ST33 by MTMicroelectronics was also shown to have a similar vulnerability.
A declared "nitrogen emissions crisis" in the Netherlands is being used as a pretext to interfere in all manner of activity. Drivers are seeing speed limits reduced (archived). Permits for home construction are not being approved, infrastructure projects are being canceled (archived), and farmers are being encouraged to stop farming (archived). Apparently the Dutch nitrogen emission fixation was first legislated into being during 2015, but has now been elevated to crisis status as the Netherlands gets set to explore new frontiers in post-activity economics.
Medium.com, like its other free to "all comers" predecessors, has now fallen into use as a favored platform for spreading spam and malware payloads (archived). From Google's blogspot through Automattic's WordPress.com(TM)(R), to all of the various social media watermelon fields, no platform free to all comers has managed to avoid this fate. Some bleed more trying to clumsily stop the flood than others.
A Mexican military plane carrying Evo Morales and other recently resigned Bolivian government socialists into Mexican asylum was diverted to Paraguay to refuel after Peru closed their airspace to the plane's political cargo (archived). Chile and Ecuador are alleged to have closed their airspace and airports as well. In the end, Brazil allowed Mexico the use of its airspace to make the coca growing would be Aymaran Tito into a northern hemisphere problem.
After British Police SergeantOkechukwu Efobi plead guilty for "abusing" police databases to research cases against himself earlier this year, it turns out 237 cops and staffers at police agencies on Airstrip One were disciplined for a variety of infractions broadly classed as "misusing IT resources" (archived). Freedom of Information requests have been met with responses suggesting there is little access control or monitoring of internal police networks and databases within the Queendom (archived).