As Adobe Creative Suite struggles with its license-server outage, stranding creative professionals around the world without a way of earning their living, a timely reminder: a cloud computer is a computer you're only allowed to use if the phone company and a DRM-peddling giant like Adobe gives you permission, and they can withdraw that permission at any time.
Frontier is the bottom-rung of the top-tier of US ISPs, serving customers in 29 states. Despite enjoying monopoly control over its customers' online lives, and despite massive government handouts and a lackadaisical approach to maintenance, and despite out-and-out theft from customers, the company is filing for bankruptcy, having accumulated $16.3b in debt through mismanagement. READ THE REST
Bruce Schneier's Foreign Policy essay in 5G security argues that we're unduly focused on the possibility of Chinese manufacturers inserting backdoors or killswitches in 5G equipment, and not focused enough on intrinsic weakness in a badly defined, badly developed standard wherein "near-term corporate profits prevailed against broader social good." READ THE REST
Long before 4chan and other anything-goes forums existed, every major online community had a similar community: the Well had its "weird" forum, Usenet had alt.syntax.tactical (among others), and Something Awful had the "Fuck You and Die" forum, where people were funny, mean, obscene, and gross, sometimes all at once. READ THE REST
Back in the infancy of Amazon, third party sellers were just a tiny facet of the company's growing eCommerce power. In fact, those small retailers affiliated with Amazon only accounted for 3% of their sales back in 1999. Of course, the company's growth and the emergence of more FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) businesses brought thousands… READ THE REST
Just like the Lightning cable that came before it, manufacturers are now chasing Apple's latest step in ever-evolving charging technology, the MagSafe. If you haven't purchased an iPhone 12 yet, then you should know it can be charged with that old trusty Lightning connector like past models, or with the use of the new wireless… READ THE REST
Look, we're gonna level with you…you may have already blown Christmas. The problem is, is you haven't purchased gifts already AND if they aren't already en route, there's a decent chance they won't get there in time for the big day. And with the high volume and COVID delays happening…well, there's no guarantee anything is… READ THE REST