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Every week I consume ~20 hours of content about security, technology, and life, and then curate what I learned into a digestible summary.
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Security News


New Study Shows You Can Predict Credit Rating From Your Onlne Tech Fingerprint Link

Germany says Russian hackers are attacking their energy companies. Link

Due to escalating tensions and an impending trade war, China has returned to hacking our faces off. Link

WPA3 is coming, with two major upgrades to security: 1) it makes it harder to do offline brute-forcing, and 2) it implements forward secrecy so that even if you do get access to some data it'll be a much smaller amount. Link

China is launching small drones that look very much like small birds (including flapping wings) to watch over its citizens. It's a small pilot program, but if it goes well it's expected to expand. Link

Verizon and AT&T are going to stop selling our phone location data to data brokers. First response: excellent! Second response: why were you doing that? It's like someone telling you that they have good news: "I'm no longer stealing things out of your garage!". It's like it's supposed to be good news, but doesn't quite make it. Link

The Pentagon has enabled Cyber Command to become significantly more aggressive in their operations. Link

Facebook has assembled an internal team to red team abuse on their platform. They attempt to figure out ways people could abuse the system and harm the brand. When you say it that way, you wonder why more people aren't doing that. This is way more advanced than most penetration tests, or even most red teams, who are focused on compromise, stealing data, etc. This goes to the heart of what hurts the company most—the loss of public trust. Link

Twitter has purchased Smyte, a company that combats trolls, abusers, bots, and scams. Link

Advisories: 24 Cisco Flaws, D-Link Botnet, AXIS Cameras

Breaches and Leaks: Firebase


Technology News


MIT has built an AI technology that can track humans through walls. Link

AT&T and Verizon are looking to use drones to quickly restore cellular connectivity to areas where it's been knocked out. Link

Marriott hotels are getting Alexa functionality so that people can order room service, get housekeeping, or speak with the concierge. I think it's brilliant. Link

Apple is backing a standard that will allow you to unlock your car using your mobile device via NFC. Yes, Apple Watch to open my car, please. Link

Lyft is experimenting with a subscription model: $299 for 30 rides under $15 a piece. Link

DARPA literally re-invented the wheel by creating a system that switches from being a wheel to a tank-like track in two seconds. Link

AT&T has launched a new LiveTV service for $15/month, which as about 37 channels on it. Link

Facebook has a neat AI technology that can open peoples' eyes in pictures. Link

BitTorrent has been sold to a blockchain startup for $140 million. Link


Human News


A major new study has linked Alzheimer's with the presence of herpes virus in the brain. Link

57% of tech workers say they're suffering from burnout. Link

Coffee keeps looking better and better in recent health studies. This article talks about how it protects the heart. But as I was reading it I couldn't help but wonder about previous studies about health that ended up being linked to special interests. What if Starbucks were funding all this research? Not saying they are. Just saying that's the type of question we should be asking given how many times we've got this wrong. Link

The suicide rate for U.S. farmers is over five times that of the general population. Link

The ACLU has decided to only support free speech if it agrees with their political opinions. Link

San Francisco is about to get a burger restaurant where the entire process is done by robots. Link

AMC has revealed a plan to compete with MoviePass. It's a $20 monthly subscription to see up to 3 movies per week. Link

IRL is an app that wants to get people together in real life. Link


Ideas, Trends, & Analysis


My Tactical Advice for Clearing Depression Link

New Study Shows You Can Predict Someone's Credit Rating From Their Online Tech Fingerprint Link

What the Code of Hammurabi Can Tell Us About Software and Hardware Reliability Link

My Thoughts on America in June of 2018 Link

I really love the work my friend Anton Chuvakin is doing at Gartner. The organization has been criticized in the past as a pay-for-play organization that doesn't provide much value, but analysts like Anton and Augusto Barros have been putting out spectacular content and analysis for a long time now. I really like what Anton is talking about regarding security product saturation. He's saying that people don't have the ability to implement new products, and that—perhaps—the only solution going forward is providing a mechanism to help people consume a product's output in addition to the product. Otherwise, it will be wasted. Love it. Link

The thing that most lowers the chances of a nuclear attack on the United States is there being a small enough number of people who want to do it, not the fact that it's hard. And recent policy changes by our government are raising the numbers of people who would like to do it, and raising the number of people who would look the other way if they saw it being planned. Link

Some analysis shows that Asian men are dominating in high-status fields like tech and law, but seldom make it into leadership. So they're doing better than any other races at entering the field and making good money, but not doing as well as them at getting into leadership positions. My approach to this would be to look at the qualities they've mastered better than everyone else, and then ask if maybe those qualities aren't as well fitted to leadership. And then ask what the opposites of those qualities are. The first things that come to mind are risk-taking and creativity, which are not cultivated in high-performing immigrant cultures. Those cultures focus on career safety first and foremost, and that focus will likely keep you out of top leadership where people are looked to for their own voice, their own vision, and not for being good at following the rules. And if someone cannot summon their own interpretation and direction, they'll be passed over. That's my read. As usual, the ideal is somewhere in the middle. Link

The ultimate goal of containers, Kubernetes, and Lambda type services is to abstract everything away but the business logic. This is also what will happen from the user side as well, where businesses will mostly be a set of APIs. Or as I call it, Businesses as DaemonsLink

Just because someone is disagreeable doesn't mean they're not a giver, or that they're not good for your organization. And vice versa. Link

Tipping is barbaric for most waiters and waitresses because it justifies extremely low wages. Link


Discovery


A great piece on the decline of America's major cities. Link

Israel has a lot of Cybersecurity companies. Link

Endgame's guide to Threat Hunting Link


Notes


I have a lot of people close to me who struggle with depression, and I have noticed in them (and myself) that people who are not functioning optimally have a number of things in common. Things they're all doing, and things they're not doing. So I created this calculator that you can use to see what you should expect to feel given the last week of activity. If you score low or high, it's because of your activities. And I believe that if you score high (1500+) you're likely to feel very good, and if you score low (-1500+) you're likely to feel very bad. Link

I think it's time for me to look into intermittent fasting. I've heard solid things from solid sources. But first I have to study. If you have any top resources on this, please reply and let me know.

I'm about to pick a bone with Steven Pinker. I think his last two books have been simultaneously brilliant, excellent, precise, and wrong. 


Recommendations


I'm finding Grammarly quite useful. If you do a lot of writing, you should try it out. Link

A great piece on how to live happily ever after with your lifemate. Link


Aphorism


“The secret of success is constancy of purpose”.

~ Benjamin Disraeli
 

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