Tuesday, September 22, 2020

What I'm Reading 9/22/2020 - Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn't Mean You Should: Civvl Aims to Be the Uber of Foreclosures, Capitalizing on Pandemic Caused Misfortune

 Motherboard - Gig Economy Company Launches Uber, But for Evicting People -

Civvl aims to marry the gig economy with the devastation of a pandemic, complete with signature gig startup language like "be your own boss," and "flexible hours," and "looking for self-motivated individuals with positive attitudes:" "FASTEST GROWING MONEY MAKING GIG DUE TO COVID-19," its website says. "Literally thousands of process servers are needed in the coming months due courts being backed up in judgements that needs to be served to defendants."

Landlords, absolutely have a right to evict tenants who fail to pay are to meet other obligations, but the marketing of this service (as presented by Motherboard) is just plain evil.  Especially given the many moratoriums on evictions, specifically issued in response to Covid-9.

ZDNet - Commentary: How India's ancient caste system is ruining lives in Silicon Valley -

The lawsuit alleges that the upper-caste Iyer recognised John Doe and instantly began ridiculing him in front of all the other higher-caste Indian employees at Cisco, saying that John Doe was a Dalit and only got into the engineering school because of affirmative action, which India implemented in 1980 under the then-Prime Minister VP Singh.

When John Doe indicated to Cisco's human resources team that he wanted to file a complaint, he was allegedly told by the department that "caste discrimination was not unlawful". Soon after, John Doe found himself demoted from his lead role on two projects. The lawsuit says that for two years, Iyer waged a sustained onslaught against John Doe's career. He isolated him, didn't give him any bonuses, and thwarted any chances for promotion.

Reuters -  Boeing gearing up for 787 move to South Carolina: sources -

Barring a last-minute U-turn, Boeing is “all but certain” to move the rest of 787 production away from its traditional base to South Carolina, two people briefed on its thinking said.

It could be announced by late October when Boeing reports earnings, they said. Pressure for a decision is imminent as suppliers need to know what parts to make for jets in 2022. The decision is “weeks not months” away, one of them said.

From what I have heard, both quality and production time suffer at the South Carolina plant.  Seems like a bad move, but I'm sure the MBAs will find a way to justify it.  What this really is is a fuck you to the unions and Seattle area politicians.

 ZDNet - Russia wants to ban the use of secure protocols such as TLS 1.3, DoH, DoT, ESNI -

According to a copy of the proposed law amendments and an explanatory note, the ban targets internet protocols and technologies such as TLS 1.3DoHDoT, and ESNI.

Moscow officials aren't looking to ban HTTPS and encrypted communications as a whole, as these are essential to modern-day financial transactions, communications, military, and critical infrastructure.

Instead, the government wants to ban the use of internet protocols that hide "the name (identifier) of a web page" inside HTTPS traffic.

 The Register - 'I don’t want to see another computer for the rest of my life'... Brit Dark Overlord cyber-extortionist thrown in an American clink for five years -

The front man for the notorious Dark Overlord hacker gang, which threatened to leak stolen confidential information unless paid off, has been sentenced to five years behind bars in America.

Nathan Wyatt, 39, formerly of London, England, was sent down on Monday by a judge in a federal district court in eastern Missouri. He was also told to pay $1,467,048 in restitution to his victims. The Brit had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and aggravated identity theft.

BBC - Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests -

Police forces around the world have seized more than $6.5m (£5m) in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces.

Some 179 people were arrested across Europe and the US, and 500kg (1,102lb) of drugs and 64 guns confiscated.

It ends the "golden age" of these underground marketplaces, Europol said.
"The hidden internet is no longer hidden", said Edvardas Sileris, head of Europol's cyber-crime centre.

 The Register - She was praised by the CEO and promoted. After her brother and mom died, she returned from compassionate leave. IBM laid her off -

"Upon her return, IBM stripped Kinney of her newly appointed high-level responsibilities without explanation," the complaint says. "Two months later, Kinney was informed she was going to be included in a Resource Action – IBM code for its rolling layoffs – because her skills were 'too technical.' Her managers refused to elaborate beyond this cited reason."

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