Monday Technical.

I thought that I had all the gear I needed for this period, but with the increase in video conferencing my (2013) Mac Pro from work starts spluttering and cutting out with large zoom interviews. I’m not going to buy a new computer for work — and at present you cannot buy non essential things. That is but an irritation.

What really hurts is when the fibre connection goes down. This morning — using by five year old laptop upstairs, connected by ethernet to the modem — things where chunking. Despite a fair amount of intrastructure spending, things don’t handle distributed work.

And we will need to be able to work, real soon now. What I am seeing, already, is that things are being discounted. You don’t need that smartphone, or that new phone — if you do, go cheap, go secure.

You do need a garden. You do need food. You can’t eat silicon. For this geek, this is a correction: I’d rather program something than weed. Kea has taught me how to do that, and the payback is that we now don’t need to buy greens in a time of inflation.

Having said that… No major changes here. I’ve got a HoneyPot working as well as Akismet, and the amount of spam getting through has gone down a tad, as the number of scam emails I’m getting has gone up. Way up.

Internal confidential documents belonging to some of the largest aerospace companies in the world have been stolen from an industrial contractor and leaked online.

The data was pilfered and dumped on the internet by the criminals behind the DoppelPaymer Windows ransomware, in retaliation for an unpaid extortion demand. The sensitive documents include details of Lockheed-Martin-designed military equipment – such as the specifications for an antenna in an anti-mortar defense system – according to a Register source who alerted us to the blueprints.

Other documents in the cache include billing and payment forms, supplier information, data analysis reports, and legal paperwork. There are also documents outlining SpaceX’s manufacturing partner program.

The files were siphoned from Visser Precision by the DoppelPaymer crew, which infected the contractor’s PCs and scrambled its files. When the company failed to pay the ransom by their March deadline, the gang – which tends to demand hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to restore encrypted files – uploaded a selection of the documents to a website that remains online and publicly accessible.

The Register

You may wonder why I’m suggesting a Pinephone as an option. You may wonder why I use an Oppo as my main phone that does not run andriod, but a Chinese clone. Its because Big Tech is insecure, often for good reasons. Contact tracing is a good reason, but once that is built into the OS and mandatory, it will be weaponized

On Friday, Apple and Google announced a system for tracking the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing users to share data through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmissions and approved apps from health organizations.

The new system, which is laid out in a series of documents and white papers, would use short-range Bluetooth communications to establish a voluntary contact-tracing network, keeping extensive data on phones that have been in close proximity with each other. Official apps from public health authorities will get access to this data, and users who download them can report if they’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19. The system will also alert people who download them to whether they were in close contact with an infected person.

Apple and Google will introduce a pair of iOS and Android APIs in mid-May and make sure these health authorities’ apps can implement them. During this phase, users will still have to download an app to participate in contact-tracing, which could limit adoption. But in the months after the API is complete, the companies will work on building tracing functionality into the underlying operating system, as an option immediately available to everyone with an iOS or Android phone.

The Verge

kcp -i

This week will stretch things. We are starting to do massive multi-listener talks. The last one I listened to froze. Hard. About three times. The old school method of sticking an audience in a hall is deemed illegal, but it is efficient: in the same way that taking notes using a pen and paper means you learn more than if you type. Sometimes tech distracts.

If in doubt, go analogue.


I’m still learning KaOS. One of the good things about it is the KCP, which allows you to install commercial stuff you like. Such as spotify.

 sudo pacman -S base-devel kcp
kcp -u && kcp -i curl-kcp
kcp -u && kcp -i spotify