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Month: April 2017

Kim Stanley Robinson: New York 2140

New in the SUB: Kim Stanley Robinson imagines a submerged New York in the year 2140.

After the sea level rose in multiple increments of three meters, the world change, and so did New York. It didn’t die, though. It just changed. Told from the viewpoint of different characters with differing levels of privilege and different interests, the real star of the story is the City.

“New York 2140”, Kim Stanley Robinson (Kindle)

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Whatever became of… Shirtstorm?

In our section “Ist ja bald Weihnachten…” we are looking at the Shirtstorm. It was in November 2014, when Dr. Matt Taylor was celebrating the Rosetta Mission success by wearing a special T-Shirt that his friend Ellie Prizeman made for him.

People not knowing him, or Ellie Prizeman took offense and Taylor was forced needlessly to apologize. The entire affair is know as Shirtstorm.

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Höme Improvisåtion

I am the last person on this planet to find Höme Improvisåtion, a sandbox game that is totally not affiliated with IKEA at all.

What you get is an unlimited supply of things in flatpacks, zero instructions, insufficient controls (maybe it’s better in VR), and all things connect to each other, even between unrelated flatpacks.

So basically it’s not Lego and not IKEA, either. You can build whatever the game wants you to build, or get more flatpacks and mix and match. Some of them have motors, muhahaha.

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Qi in Apple, Otterbox makes wireless batteries, and David Foster left Google

So Google fucked the Nexus line, and did the lackluster and overpriced Pixel excursion. The guy who strategically fucked this up, David Foster, apparently goes back to Amazon.

Meanwhile it is an open secret that the iPhone 8 will have the Qi charging that the current Nexus and Pixels don’t have any more. Also, Otterbox and friends are already making contactless battery extensions. It’s not pretty and it’s not efficient, but after the “no ports for nobody” disaster of the current generation of Macbook Pros it’s at least consistent.

This leaves us with the question: Will Google make attractive phones again after Foster is gone now?

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TR069 meets Brickerbot and friends

Bleepingcomputer has a report on the californian ISP Sierra Tel, who apparently has visitors (JPG of letter) over at their customers TR069 interfaces.

TR069 is the config interface of home DSL equipment, and if it is insufficiently secured, can be used to own each and every home DSL router of an ISP.

Which happened to Sierra, twice, simultaneously. Which did not improve the results at all.

“BrickerBot was active on the Sierra Tel network at the time their customers reported issues,” Janit0r told Bleeping Computer in an email, “but their modems had also just been mass-infected with malware, so it’s possible some of the network problems were caused by this concomitant activity.”

Janit0r suggested the other culprit was Mirai, a malware also known to cause similar issues.

Mirai is also the malware that disabled a bunch of German and British Telekom modems earlier this year.

 

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