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.
Not to be confused with Amazon's Mechanical Turk(TM)(R) service ↩
As the People's Republic of KKKalifornia continues its progressive deindustrialization, the local Public Utilities Commission has decided to allow electric utilities to implement mass blackouts during period of high fire risk in order to insulate themselves from liability should a fire break out (archived). As much of this People's Republic is a precariously irrigated desert, this means locales including San Francisco, San Jose, and the "ritzy" suburbs of Los Angeles are all candidates for preventative power outages, depending how the wind blows.
Certain special classes of utility determined by the composition of their ownership had been granted this authority as early as 2007. Calistoga in the Napa Valley enjoyed a prophylactic service outage last year that was surely sold as entirely for the people's own protection.
More than 50,000 machines running Microsoft SQL server have been captured through a piece of malware calling itself Nanshou (archived). The captured machines have pressed into service of their new masters and made to slave away in the altcoin mines. Microsoft SQL server software listening on a port open to the attacker provides all the opening Nanshou needs to capture root on affected boxes.
Protonmail, notable for featuring "privacy" in its marketing and being a being a "private" email service commonly recommended outside the republic, is facing serious allegations of cooperating with criminal organizations styling themselves as "law enforcement" in various fiat jurisdictions (archived). A spokesperson has tried to mitigate the criticism by suggesting the don't "voluntarily" cooperate and are "obliged" to cooperate with criminal demands.
Such derpy weaseling ignores the example of Ladar Levison, who when faced with criminal FBI demands supported by the local courts circus against his Lavabit email service did the right thing. Rather than break the contract he was marketing to customers, Levison shuttered Lavabit when the forces of evil made continuing under the conditions he marketed to customers impossible.
Several packages in transit from a vendor in Japan to Huawei in China have been routed through the US state of Tennessee despite the substantial milage involved in the detour (archived). This malicious misrouting raises serious concerns of organized industrial espionage in light of FedEx's history of extra-legal collaboration with USG organs.
Meanwhile the US based "Professional" organization has depersoned its Huawei affiliated members. Employees of Huawei and academics affiliated with Huawei are being barred from participating in peer review, editing of the organization's journals, and anything else that involves access to papers before their publication (archived). This is merely yet another demonstration of the way USG affiliated "international" organs aren't in fact very international at all.
Looming over the entire situation is that outside of the market for infrastructure gear where the USG is making noise about Huawei's increasing dominance over Cisco spyware, Huawei and fellow Chinese giant Xiaomi are increasingly eclipsing US based Apple and Lower Korea based Samsung in the high (archived) and low end (archived) of the consumer device market. This development critically endangers the position of USG affiliated firms to draw rent seeking income from owning a brand they apply to devices manufactured for them in east Asia while Chinese firms strengthen the brand they apply to devices they manufacture themselves. Sorry for your loss.
The Serbian military has gone to "combat alert" after US/UN backed Kosovo forces operating in police uniforms carried out raids against ethnic Serbs in a majority Serb border region (archived). twenty-three prisoners were taken and two UN staff members were wounded while attempting to "peacekeep" during the raid (archived). The NATO occupation force KFOR, which allows Kosovo to have a border, issued a statement calling for "calm" as they "investigate" what appears to be statally organized ethnic violence carried out by Albanians against Serbs with the aggressors gifted protection by NATO.
As the US amps up its efforts to squeeze Chinese tech giant Huawei out of existence, China has begun countering with its own moves. The Chinese People's Liberation Army is dumping its Microsoft Windows licenses out of "hacking" fears (archived). With Anglophone firms breaking contracts and refusing to sell to Chinese firms, any last incentive of the Chinese side to continue paying is gone.
In a serious flashing of teeth, the Chinese are considering an export ban on rare earth metals to the United States (archived). Such a move would very well fuck US industries including the graftastic "alternative" power racket and force the US and their Australian collaborators to rapidly scale up their own rare earth mining and processing and make do with less. A stronger, not immediately likely though not unimaginable ban on the export of finished goods with rare earth components would of course mean the end of "consumer tech" in the United States.
EU Parliament election results showed an emptying of the political "center" in favor of more polarized options. Conservative leaning voters went nationalist while left leaning voters moved from traditional Pantsuit parties to Green doomsday cult parties. In Britain, the 4 month old Brexit Party thrashed the competition in an election Britain should have already Brexited itself out of.
The EU parliament's primary function is issuing non-binding statements and rubberstamping socialisms that emerge from the EU's bureaucracies. In that light, the likelihood of this parliament doing anything other than showing how irreconcilably divided Europe is appears to be low.