A letter written by France's leading opthamologists has been published in local media one month after it was sumbitted to the goverment of French Autcocrat Macron. The letter calls for a ban of 40mm flash ball "rubber" bullets enjoying liberal use among Macronist forces (archived). The problem projectiles carry the kinetic energy of a .38 special round to their target with a low degree of accuracy. Yellow Jacket rebels are in their 17th consecutive week of action against Macron's autocratic rule.
More than 20 eyes have been lost to Macronist forces wielding these weapons. Macron is one of several western autocrats who, after achieving narrow margins of electoral victory, wants to engage is regime change against Venezuela's democratically elected President Maduro who enjoys overwhelming margins of electoral victory.
Stanley Black and Decker is suing Sears for breach of contract after buying the "Craftsman" brand from the once large retailer (archived). When Stanley Black and Decker bought the "Craftsman" brand from Sears, the agreement left Sears the ability to use the "Craftsman" brand to market a "limited line" of tools. In a case of if you can you must, Sears proceeded to have a high end line of "Craftsman Ultimate" mechanics produced and used to market their ailing chain as the "the real home of the broadest assortment of Craftsman" after emerging from bankruptcy. Stanley Black and Decker apparently perceives this as incredibly unfair to their other, larger retail partners.
Profound blackouts have sticken Venezuela after sabotage at Guri dam's Simón Bolívar hydroelectric plant (archived). The dam, originally built in the 1960's has been continually upgraded through its life to a generating capacity of more than 10,000 megawatts. A portion of the complex's power output is normally exported to Colombia and Brazil. At this time it is uncertain whether the sabotage was carried out by a stuxnet type attack or by the other guys, but terrorism carried out by a rogue state leads the list of possible causes.
Of course, these "humanitarian interventions" have always tended to be very destructive and expensive for the humanitarianly aided (archived).
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the S(+) enantiomer of ketamine under the new generic name eskatamine1 to be used as a fast acting treatment for depression (archived). The dissociative anesthetic drug is being marketed as a fast acting nasal spray offering relief within hours. Attached to the approval are conditions that this dissociative experience only be administered at select clinics with individual doses costing 900 USD per hit or 7000 USD for a month of biweekly doses as recommended by the label instructions.
Huawei is suing the United States government, including the United States Congress, over the unconstitutional blacklisting of their business in the "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019" under the US Consitution's Bill of Attainer clause and other Federal Statutes prohibiting the individual targeting of companies and persons for punishment without trial. The complaint alleges that Congress illegally deprived Huawei of due process while trashing Congress's own:
general reputation and its specific commitment to honoring the laws of the United States.
Huawei filed the suit in the Eastern District of Texas. The full complain is reproduced below: Continue reading
A weakness in the way addresses are speculated in the memory subsystem of Intel CPUs makes all manner of attacks much easier to pull off (archived). Particularly ROWHAMMER. This speculation weakness appears to be particular to Intel CPUs with AMD, ARM, and others not being weak in this specific way. Across Intel processors however, this weakness is endemic stretching all the way back to when Intel first started using the "Core" branding to label processor models.
Intel was reportedly informed of this defect in their products on December 1st. The fellows who sinfully waited 90 days later before going public would like for this property of Intel's late model CPUs to be dubbed SPOILER, an all caps name that in this case is not an acronym for anything.
RSA's Adi Shamir missed this year's RSA Conference because his visa application failed to receive approval (archived). It is difficult to divine if the reason Shamir failed to get his visa is a stealth denial or simply because the USG is no longer capable of handling its own forms.
The two south Asian giants in a hot border dispute are enjoying very different relationships with their major foreign arms suppliers. Indian managed to sign an agreement with Russia allowing them to produce more than 700,000 AK-203 assault rifles to replace their current standard issue INSAS rifle (archived). The move is being hailed as an end to the hunt to replace INSAS which disappoints in many of the environments where India needs the rifles to be used.
Meanwhile the US State Department is investigating whether Pakistan broke a clause in their F-16 purchase agreement which supposes that Pakistan needs to ask the US for permission before deploying the fighter jets in any situation where they might be useful (archived). For this reason Pakistan is producing and deploying Chinese designed JF-17 fighters to complement/replace their US made F-16 fleet. Pakistan has already lost one of their F-16 fighters in combat against Indian MiG-21 fighters during this conflict (archived).
The world's number one ranked Bridge player Geir Helgemo has been suspended from competition until November 20th after testing positive for synthetic testosterone and clomifene during an event in Florida last year (archived). While this sort of doping may not appear to be very relevant to competitive play in this card game, the World Bridge Federation let itself come under the purview of the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency rules that come with trying to make a card game more Olympic. Thusly if you want to play in World Bridge Federation competition, you have to submit to drug testing like the track and field athletes.
This week a Forbes "contributor" finally gave Ripple's XRP token a look and was shocked to find unbacked pump and dump monopoly money is exactly that with the entire Ripple labs business model hinging on the pump (archived). The same outlet had up through this month been treating Ripple and their XRP token as serious business (archived) despite the Ripple network being dismissed by actual cryptocurrency authorities in 2013 for its severe and inherent defects. Sorry for your loss, but what else were those six years good for anyways?