Apple releases iOS 13.5.1 to fix the flaw behind a well-known jailbreak


Less than two weeks after Apple released iOS 13.5, the company is rolling out iOS 13.5.1 to patch the vulnerability that enabled a high-profile jailbreak.

Well that didn’t take too long. While I can understand Apple’s desire to ensure a consistent and reliable experience on their hardware, I do wonder if the endless cat and mouse with jailbreakers has more to do with marketing than security 🤔

Photo Essay: Tokyo Without the People


How the megapolis looked with 99.9 percent fewer people

The photo essay focuses mainly on the tourist areas, but the entire region, if not most of the country, was much the same for April and the first weeks of May …

A $350 “anti-5G” device is just a 128MB USB stick, teardown finds


Believers of 5G conspiracy theories have apparently been buying a $350 anti-5G USB key that — not surprisingly — appears to just be a regular USB stick with only 128MB of storage. […] The product's website charges £283 for a single 5GBioShield, which converts to nearly $350. That's what it costs to get "protection for your home and family, thanks to the wearable holographic nano-layer catalyser, which can be worn or placed near to a smartphone or any other electrical, radiation or EMF emitting device."

See, this is why I’ll never be a millionaire. Ideas like this are completely foreign 😑

Japan ignored the usual rules but contained COVID-19. How did it work?


No restrictions were placed on residents' movements, and businesses from restaurants to hairdressers stayed open

This article is full of inaccuracies and the comments reveal that very few Canadians know anything about the country beyond the stereotypes, few of which are remotely accurate 🙄

Deep Space Nine: The Trek spinoff that saved the day by staying put


[…] research seems to show that seeking out forms of entertainment that scare us—a method of confronting fears in a safe environment—can be a coping mechanism against perceived threats.

When thinking about the above criteria, however, one not-so-scary show comes to mind as a fitting series to retread: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. That prompts a fair question: how does a '90s Star Trek spinoff about a space station in the 24th century relate to a coronavirus-driven pandemic in 2020?

Lots of love for DS9 on Ars this morning.

Suspected drunk driver flees Hamilton police down dead-end street


Police say the driver rear-ended a city employee’s vehicle around 10 p.m. in the area of Wentworth and Cannon streets. An officer happened to be nearby and witnessed the incident. […] Attempting to flee the scene, the driver turned down Huntley Street and was soon confronted with a dead end. The officer blocked in the vehicle and arrested the man without incident.

No good will come from this for the driver 😑

Your every word and move may be tracked — are you finally scared about workplace surveillance?


About 20 years ago, I published my dissertation research on workplace surveillance. Not surprisingly, I found that people being monitored electronically react very negatively when their privacy at work has been invaded, and respond in very negative ways. But back in 2001, no one could really visualize the kind of employee surveillance made possible by technology, and no one really cared. […] Even if you think you have nothing to hide, once your privacy is gone, you don’t get it back. It’s time to care.

Indeed. I stripped all the monitoring crap out of the work-supplied equipment and, if I couldn’t, the device was politely refused. I use the corporate VPN only when communicating with servers or doing the HR paperwork.

I have plenty to hide. Root passwords. Access tokens. Sensitive financial/HR/student/client data. I also have a very keen understanding of what the middle management inside the company does when presented with lots of unstructured data; they give it structure in the shape of a giant hammer. “I see you listen to Spotify on a work computer. That’s a no-no!”

To heck with that. If I’m trusted enough to literally have the keys to every mission-critical system that the company has, then I should be trusted enough to use the tools at my disposal properly. The same modicum of respect should be given to each one of my colleagues unless there is reasonable doubt of malice.

Just because we can monitor what people are doing does not give us the justification to do so.

Spotify snags Joe Rogan's podcast as its latest exclusive


Spotify has added another major podcast to its audio war chest: The Joe Rogan Experience. On September 1st, the show will arrive on Spotify for the first time, with all users (including those on the free tier) having access to the full JRE archive. At some point before the end of the year, the podcast will become a Spotify exclusive.

While this is likely very good for Joe, it’s unfortunate for his listeners without a Spotify account. 15 ad-free hours per month is not enough for Joe Rogan …

Amazon Makes Graviton2 AWS Instances Available


Following the Graviton2's first official announcement back in December, as well as the preview period that has been going on for several months now, Amazon has today publicly launched new m6g instanced based on their new in-house Arm platform.

Well … I know what I’ll be measuring tomorrow …

New Lenovo ThinkPad Range with Ryzen 4000 & 4000 PRO Mobile


Lenovo has also announced new ThinkPad T, X, and L series models powered by AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 series processors. The Lenovo ThinkPad 14 Gen 1 is advertised to include a projected 16-hour battery life and a thin lightweight frame of 17.9 mm and 1.46 Kg, with an even bigger 20-hour battery life on its uprated T14s model. The ThinkPad T14s has a slimmer profile at 16.1 mm thick, with a weight starting at 1.27 Kg. The smaller ThinkPad X13 model has a claimed battery life of up to 17.5 hours, with a thickness of 16.9 mm and a weight on an upward curve starting at just 1.28 Kg. This makes the ThinkPad X13 the lightest from its announced stack.

20 hours of battery life … 😮