Weekend tech reading: CISA passed in budget bill, DDR4 RAM prices still declining, how Tor works

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Congress tucked CISA inside last night's budget bill Last night's budget bill wasn't all about avoiding a government shutdown. Packed inside the 2,000-page bill announced by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is the full text of the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015. If you'll recall, the measure passed the Senate back in October, leaving it up to the House to approve the bill that encourages businesses to share details of security breaches and cyber attacks. Engadget

Amazon building its own overnight airfreight operation, sources say Amazon.com Inc. is creating a logistics operation that will include overnight air operations in the US domestic market, potentially including the acquisition of at least 20 freighter aircraft, Cargo Facts has learned. Currently, Amazon ships most of its parcels through United Parcel Service, FedEx, and the United States Postal Service. The change to an inhouse logistics venture would seismically change the airfreight industry... Cargo Facts

The end of Internet advertising as we've known it My sister, a retired U.S. Navy commander, has a perfect military expression for what she does with her Sunday newspaper when it arrives: she "field-strips" it. Out go advertising inserts and other unwanted sections, sometimes before the paper even gets inside her house. Same goes for junk mail. The wheat gets in the door; the chaff goes in the bin. Online, we have ad blockers to field-strip websites automatically. MIT

Price check: DDR4 memory down nearly 40% in 6 months, expected to continue Just a year ago DDR4 dynamic random access memory (DRAM) was rather expensive and was sold at a noticeable premium compared to DDR3. Today, DDR4 memory modules cost less than DDR3 modules cost a year ago and continue to get more affordable. Next year prices of DDR4 are expected to decline further as manufacturers of DRAM are gradually increasing production of memory in general and DDR4 in particular. AnandTech

AI predicts if face photo looks intelligent, trustworthy, attractive, emotional, happy A team of graduate students at Radboud University, the Netherlands, has constructed a neural-network-based AI system that works with photographs of human faces. The machine predicts what a human thinks of the person in the photo -- does the person in the photo look intelligent, attractive, memorable, trustworthy and so on. Note that the system predicts what some will think about the person in the photo... Wikitract

The Potential Applications for HoloLens Microsoft's upcoming product, the HoloLens, is thought by many to be the true future of personal computing. Not only does it augment reality (a feat formerly reserved for the likes of hallucinogens and sweat lodges), but it supports voice commands and gesture recognition as well. This combination of features will make any developer weak in the knees, and early previews from the Holographic Academy Microsoft hosted in April were overwhelmingly positive. Maximum PC

How Tor works: Part one Tor is an anonymity tool used by those who want to stay private and uncensored when browsing the Internet. Over time, it’s grown to be pretty darn good at this. This makes the security, stability, and speed of the underlying network critical to those depending on it. But how does Tor work under the hood? In this series of posts, we’ll take a deep dive into the structure and protocols used by the Tor network in order to see first-hand how Tor operates. Jordan Wright

The console wars revisited: Two years of Xbox One vs. PS4 Back in late 2013 when both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were brand new to the gaming scene, we recommendedtaking a wait-and-see attitude before diving into the new generation of console hardware. Even a year ago, we still said both consoles felt a little too expensive and a little too lacking in must-play exclusives. There was no need to run out and buy immediately. Ars Technica

Terrafugia just got FAA approval to test their flying cars Why drive a car, autonomous or otherwise, when you can fly one? That seems to be the question of the day at the Federal Aviation Administration, where test flights in U.S. airspace have just been approved. Sadly, you won’t be able to jump in and take one of these cars to the skies anytime soon — the prototypes that have been cleared for flight are just mini versions... DigitalTrends

Hideo Kojima's mission unlocked It has been a difficult year for Hideo Kojima. Although Metal Gear Solid V, the project that the video-game director worked on for more than five years, launched in September to enviable sales and widespread acclaim, its creation was not without complications. In mid-March, the game’s Japanese publisher, Konami, removed Kojima’s name and that of his studio, Kojima Productions, from its Web site and the game's box. The New Yorker

A secret catalogue of government gear for spying on your cellphone The intercept has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies. The document, thick with previously undisclosed information, also offers rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police inside the United States. The Intercept

Instagram's million dollar bug In 2012, Bloomberg published a somewhat famous (at least to bug bounty participants) article on Facebook's "Whitehat" bug bounty program. In this article, Facebook is quoted as saying: "If there's a million-dollar bug, we will pay it out". My apologies in advance if that makes for too much of a click-bait title, but it's important background for this write-up. Exfiltrated

Real-time tracking shows how batteries degrade How disposable Lithium batteries degrade during normal use has been tracked in real-time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging, giving a new way to non-invasively monitor performance loss and guide the development of more effective commercial battery designs. UCL

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I gave up hope in a government for the people a long time ago. As long as people only complain, and still allow the status quo to play out, things won't change. I wonder why Washington never did more about restricting the powers/influence of parties, or just abolishing them entirely.

And I doubt the state of advertising will really change. It is business people running the show, and like those business people in game production, DRM still provides some magical protection even when it was broken years ago. They'll act like their systems are foolproof safe, memory optimized, and are appropriate, but malware will continue to leak through, eroticism will still be displayed where it shouldn't, and they will still consume too much memory/cycles to bog down your browser.


People to warn against supporting Trump often argue that a Trump nomination/presidency would destroy the GOP. What they don't seem to understand is that is an endorsement. Most of us want to see the GOP burned to ash and the remains nuked from orbit, just to be sure. This CISA scheme illustrates why.

There is no difference between the DNC or the GOP outside of rhetoric. They are both out to screw over the native population for the sake of money and power. One could only hope both parties are crippled in the future.