Blog Fri, 21 Sep 18 20:52:14 -0600 Blog en-CA PV Lab: Full rework station with iron and fan below $40 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:24:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20479@/talks/discussions image

Really good as starter point.

  • Nice metal stand for iron, metal stand for fan also included
  • Really powerful iron here (important for Hakko 9xx if you want to desolder massive parts)
  • Tips can be found local and on aliexpress for really cheap as it is most popular standard of irons made now
  • Standby mode and precise calibration for both iron and fan
  • Nice, heat resistant and very soft silicon iron cable
  • Fan cable little more stiff, but it is due to much thicker wiring necessary, still better than competition still
  • Set of useful fan nozzles included (can buy extra for special tasks, as it uses standard size ones_
  • Takes really little space

Microsoft and Google push AMP as way to sneak into all traffic and insert their ads Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:11:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20477@/talks/discussions

If you're in the US and use Bing as your search engine on mobile, you might start coming across AMP's lightning bolt in the results page. Search engine has started implementing Google's open-source technology for its search results within a browser.

AMP as the solution Google conjured up to make web pages load faster on mobile, and it works with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Opera and UC Browser.

Idea of AMP is to insert Google into each of your browsing session, including all encrypted ones. Attack on URL system is part of AMP implementation.
Second part of AMP is idea to cut all advertisements from site owners and insert directly their own, all in the interest of people, of course. It'll be next big battle that will start this year. It is expected that all sites who won't agreed to Google AMP approach will be significantly lowered in search results in 2019 already and can be thrown out altogether in 2020. Normal HTTP sites must also expect full exclusion from search results and being unable in Chrome browser in late 2019 or early 2020.

To be short - in coming year we will see unprecedented attack of monopolies on all small players and individual pages. As it is the only way they can grow further - by limiting your access to 70-80% of internet pages.

Capitalism: Scammers love personal data leaks Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:19:43 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20474@/talks/discussions

The 2017 Equifax breach caused various issues such as monetary, time, emotional distress and physical impacts. Of those 21 percent of Equifax breach victims who have seen unusual activity, the most common unusual activity respondents noted so far relates to credit cards – 23.53 percent had a new credit card account opened in their name and 33.99 percent experienced changes to an existing card. Another 22.87 percent of respondents had other accounts opened including loans; checking or savings accounts; debit cards, or cable, internet or utilities accounts.

Changes made to checking, savings and debit card issues can be harder to recover from and take more time to clean up because there aren’t as many protections in place a Some other items that people also reported include that their email was flagged as being on the dark web and getting alerts of people trying to open new accounts even after freezing their credit files.

Another ongoing issue includes tax identity theft and fraud, where thieves use a Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax return and collect a refund, with 3.53 percent of respondents having either state or federal taxes filed fraudulently in their name. Also, 9.59 percent of Equifax breach victims had some sort of medical identity issue including receiving a medical bill or collection notice for services they never received, learning that medical records were compromised or discovering another person’s information on their medical records.

Amazon invented $79 device to put your house on fire Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:41:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20471@/talks/discussions image

Microwave that can be driven by Alexa via cloud.

People frequently leave something in microwave, so next massive cloud hack forcing Alexa to turn on microwave at max for indefinite time can put good numbers of homes on fire.

Capitalis: US own companies buy out all US debt now Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:38:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20469@/talks/discussions

By the end of July, the US gross national debt had reached $21.31 trillion, up $1.47 trillion from July last year -- as I said above, a truly brain-wilting increase for a booming economy. Here's who bought or shed this paper over those 12 months:

  • Foreign official and private-sector holders shed $21 billion, reducing their stake to $6.23 trillion, or to 29.2% of the total US national debt.
  • The US government (pension funds, Social Security, etc.) shed $44 billion, reducing "debt held internally" to $5.70 trillion, or to 26.7% of the total.
  • The Federal Reserve shed $128 billion through the end of July as part of its QE Unwind, reducing its pile to $2.337 trillion by the end of July, or to 11.0% of total US national debt.
  • So if everyone shed, who bought? American institutional and individual investors, directly and indirectly, through bond funds, corporate or state pension funds, and other ways, owned $7.05 trillion, or 33.1% of the total US debt at the end of July, having added $1.66 trillion to their holdings over those 12 months!

Why GH2 felt much better than GH6 will ever be - The paradox of choice Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:19:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20465@/talks/discussions

Capitalism: Watch how ruling class shows you one of their kitchens Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:38:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20463@/talks/discussions

Facebook has more than 300 people working on protecting elections from misinformation aimed at influencing voters. But starting next week, the company will have one more weapon in its arsenal -- a War Room. The New York Times reports that Facebook is currently converting a conference room into a final line of defense against fake news campaigns that target elections. Around 20 people, including engineers, data scientists and executives, will sit in the room and monitor dashboards that show activity on the platform and how it's changing in real time.

Just amazing. Ruling classes from other playgrounds - do not approach our hamsters with your "fake" information! It is dangerous for their brains, as only our "true" information will lead to... peace and prosperity in the galaxy... err.. sorry from other thing.

Inside a drone remote control factory Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:39:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20462@/talks/discussions