WTF Weekly

my thoughts on the week that was

27 May 2019

WTF Weekly for May 27, 2019

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This weekly collection of links and thoughts is rapidly becoming a biweekly event. I’ll claim Memorial Day as my excuse this time, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with my tardiness.


Functioning Apple-1 with unique accessory lot sells for $471K at auction

I can’t believe I didn’t pick this up for myself.

What we won’t see at WWDC 2019

The “Pie in the sky” section is one that should be rolled out before every WWDC. Every year people moan about being underwhelmed by the WWDC keynote based solely on their own ridiculous and unrealistic expectations.

iOS 13 concept visualizes many of the features Apple is expected to unveil at WWDC

Normally I really dislike Apple product concept videos and drawings, but this one is really nice. The sad thing is that I don’t trust Apple’s design sensibilities enough anymore to believe iOS 13 will look this good. Apple has a reputation as being the best at software UI design, but quite frequently they disprove that theory with their own apps and OSes.


New York Times: Trump requests paperwork to pardon accused US war criminals

We already have a severe lack of accountability with respect to our military and war crimes, and now Trump just wants to take it to 11. Our nation’s love affair with war and its insistence on placing the military on the national altar has to end at some point.

A vigilante militia defends an imaginary border

All these groups calling themselves Patriots are nothing more than brainwashed nationalists. I wonder what’s it like to go through life always fearing and hating people who aren’t like you?

Farmers get impatient with Trump’s trade war: ‘This can’t go on’

Every single person who voted for Trump performed a major self-own. How these people didn’t see that the light at the end of the tunnel was an oncoming train is beyond me.


Hackers reportedly used a tool developed by the NSA to attack Baltimore’s computer systems

This is part of the problem with the government’s desire to have their security cake and eat it too – any vulnerabilities they don’t report to vendors so they can exploit them can be used by others too. Worse, this shows that the NSA can’t even keep their tools and data out of the hands of others.

macOS Gatekeeper ‘easily’ fooled into running malicious apps, says researcher

Apple has a mixed security record. On the one hand, for example, they’ve hardened iOS much more than other mobile OSes and keep improving and fixing security holes in it, on the other hand there are things like this macOS Gatekeeper vulnerability that show that sometimes they just fail to manage the basics.

Google says some G Suite user passwords were stored in plaintext since 2005

It’s hard to overstate how badly internet companies manage user data. There’s seemingly no sense of responsibility or care with some of these services.


The Earth’s magnetic north pole is shifting rapidly – so what will happen to the northern lights

I have other questions about the effects of magnetic north pole wandering besides what happens to the northern lights, but this is fascinating nonetheless.

NASA’s full Artemis plan revealed: 37 launches and a lunar outpost

On the one hand, these NASA lunar plans are kind of exciting. On the other, I don’t know what we really want Mike Pence of all people determining our space strategy.

Space Mining Could Ruin Our Solar System If We Don’t Establish Protected Places Now, Researchers Warn

Look, humans don’t have to settle for just trashing planet earth. We can destroy the solar system too!


App developer Panic reveals ‘Playdate’ handheld gaming system

Want. Big time Want. I haven’t been this intrigued by a piece of gaming hardware since the Nintendo Game & Watch series.

Keanu Reeves: ‘Grief and loss, those things don’t ever go away’

I don’t know how it suddenly came about that Keanu Reeves is our universally loved national good guy, but he seems to deserve it. There are a lot of non-decent humans in show biz, and then there’s him.

Star Wars Goes All in on Game of Thrones Creators

All I have to say is, do we really want to entrust these guys with any part of the Star Wars universe?