The ROWHAMMER vulnerability in DRAM which allows running processes to fuck with memory allocated to other processes is being developed into reliable side channel leaks reading from memory (archived). The importance of computing hygiene continues to be supported by the unforgiving march of time.
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The Pantsuitist social warfare training camp doing business as Oberlin College was slapped with an 11 million USD verdict after one of their exercises gravely damaged the business of a local bakery (archived). The drama started when three Oberlin reparations agents of color were detained, arrested, and plead guilty to theft from Gibson's Bakery which has been operating since 1885. In response to student protests, the activist institution ceased business relations with the bakery and actively engaged in an activist campaign declaring the bakery a racist business. Oberlin tried to justify their institutional actions against the bakery by proposing the doctrine that "first time offenders", meaning persons engaging in theft up to the occasion they are caught doing so, ought not be turned over to police for prosecution.
During the trial Oberlin retained a professional witness and attempted to assert the value of the business they destroyed was a mere 35,000 USD, less than the tutition for charged for a single semester at Oberlin. To their credit, Gibson's attorneys and accountans defended the intangible assets of the business including nearly a century and a half in operation while suggesting a very reasonable 5.8 million USD figure for the damages inflicted by Oberlin's attack projected over 30 years.
The Chinese government is weighing a measure that would enable courts in Hong Kong to extradite suspects to mainland China for trial (archived). This move would represent a small step towards greater integration between Cantonese speaking Hong Kong and the Mandarin speaking mainland which share a common national identity under different systems of government. USG affiliated outlets are presenting the measure as a "grave violation" of the agreement that transitioned colonial stewardship of the territory from British to Chinese hands though the decision to extradite or not would still be undertaken in the Hong Kong courts system.
The Anglophone outrage highlights the always interesting problem of enforcement. What fleet and shipyards can the Anglophones act out their rage? What sanctions can the deindustrialized Anglophone economies apply to the economy that appears to have won manufacturing?
Sorry for your loss.
USG Madame Secretary Mike Pompeo has been caught in a leak lamenting the USG's political failure in Venezuela (archived). Per Madame secretary's laments, it appears the USG gravely misunderstood the mechanics of political parties in Latin America. In particular, the phenomenon where electorally untenable parties will fight their position all the way to their loss, repeatedly, instead of pursuing coalitions or moving on from dead movements appears to have been ignored.
Thusly with a grave lack of political and cultural competence in the Americas, the USG regime change team and Madame Secretary Pompeo found themselves in a hard place. Instead of uniting, "the opposition" in Venezuela came to offer more than 40 parties with "leaders" claiming to be the right and legitimate president of Venezuela, if only the USG could do all of the work for them.
News has emerged that Exim, the most popularly deployed piece of email transmission software, is confirmed to be remotely exploitable for version numbers between 4.87 and 4.91 (archived). There are claims that the exploitable portion of the software was accidentally fixed in version 4.92 released in February, though the historical trend for this sort of shennanigan suggests more plausibly that an intentional NOBUS backdoor was quietly tightented after the US set expanded.
In Julian Assange's birthplace of Australia, national broadcaster ABC has been raided by "law enforcement" for engaging in journalistic activity on the subject of war crimes committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan (archived). The broadcaster's managing director offered little more than:
It is highly unusual for the national broadcaster to be raided in this way
While the Australian Federal Police offered that no arrests were planned in spite of the journalistic activity in question mirroring the same activity for which Julian Assange faces the prospect of centuries in US prison. Sweden recently retracted their extradition request for Assange leaving the US extradition request the only one under consideration by UK courts.
The Chinese foreign ministry and ministry of culture and tourism have issued travel advisories for Chinese citizens considering visits to the US (archived, archived, archived). Both advisories list many of the normal reasons other countries advise caution when traveling to the US including dangers presented by defects of culture and high urban crime rates. The culture and tourism ministry's advisory however goes further in highlighting the hazards posed by US "law enforcement" including the arbitrary application of laws.
In Los Angeles, U.S. District Judge Carmac J. Carney dropped charges against members of the nationalist Rise Above Movemment (RAM) for violations of the 1968 Anti-Riot act on the grounds the act and its application in the case is too unconstitutionally broad (archived). The three men were charged with travelling with intent to riot and conspiracy to commit rioting for their attendance at a 2017 free speech rally that turned violent with the arrival of combatant antiFa activists. Carney determined the activity charged under the law was too far removed from the start of the violence and rioting for the Anti-Riot act to be consitutionally relevant.
Each charge carried a potential 5 year prison sentence. One other RAM member was charged, but they fell for the plea bargain scam. Four other RAM members similarly fell for the plea bargain scam in a another 2017 case.
Australians are shocked after three Chinese Navy vessels returning from the Gulf of Aden docked in Sydney for a reciprocal port call after years of Australian vessels visiting Chinese Ports (archived). The group consisted of one Type-054A frigate, a landing platform dock, and a smaller support craft. China has commisioned 30 Type-054A frigates into their Navy since the first entered service in 2007 and is currently producing more for export to select clients (archived, archived).
The "voice computing" surveillance scheme appears to be gaining further forced promotion as Amazon partners with firms to build their "Alexa" spyware into new multi-family apartment buildings and hotels (archived). This emerging trend stands to still further raise the cost of privacy for captives of the United States well beyond what they already could not afford.
Meanwhile unrest inside of the Google bring further light to that USG intelligence gathering firm's fraudulent marketing of human labor as "artificial intelligence" (archived). The firm which once dominated search through algorithmic superiority increasingly depends on hand curation and a six figure number of heads indirectly employed as "mechanical turk"1 contractors to meet the needs of its customers.