Monthly Archives: January 2019

Uber suspends cab service in Spanish city of Barcelona

Uber exits Barcelona. This stinks of political corruption. It does not solve the actual problems with ridesharing services and instead attempts to make ridesharing less convenient for the passenger, which is completely backwards.

The actual problem with ridesharing services is that they exploit drivers and are not subject to safety regulations. The “problem” these regulations attempt to solve is that ridesharing services are more convenient for passengers than conventional taxis or car services.

Barcelona’s regulations do not make ridesharing better for drivers. They do protect taxi drivers’ monopolies. Feh.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/uber-suspends-cab-service-in-spanish-city-of-barcelona.html

Stephen King’s The Stand is headed to CBS All Access

A new version of Stephen King’s “The Stand” for TV? Sure, why not.

Or, should I say, “I can dig it”?

We recently rewatched the 1994 version and thoroughly enjoyed it as scenery-chewing fun. Also, we marveled at how young the stars looked.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/30/18204443/stephen-king-the-stand-cbs-all-access-10-episode-miniseries

Google+’s closing day is April 2

If I’m reading this right, Google+ will stop accepting activity from consumer accounts April 2, and begin deleting them at that time. Deletions will take months. https://support.google.com/plus/answer/9195133?hl=en

Google+ will continue as a G Suite service but honestly I’d be surprised if there is any significant activity on that.

What a shitshow. Remember when Google+ was the future of Google? This is an ignominious end.

Lately, I’ve been appreciating Google+ as a platform for sharing. Links are just formatted so nicely when you post them there, much better than Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. Easy to read, easy to see images in their proper context. Feh.

Apple blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps

Apple is not fucking around. Apple shut down Facebook from distributing internal iOS apps, including early releases of the Facebook app, Instagram, Messenger, as well as employee transportation apps and the company lunch menu.

This follows news that Facebook has been using Apple’s program for internal app distribution to instead track teenager customers with a “research” app.

Apple makes its enterprise program available to companies to distribute apps to its employees, but instead Facebook was using it to distribute an app that tracks users, including teens as young as 13. Facebook says it is discontinuing that app.

Revoking the certificate doesn’t just stop distribution. It stops apps from working. “Facebook is treating this as a critical problem internally…. ”

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/30/18203551/apple-facebook-blocked-internal-ios-apps

Juniper: Our finances aren’t all bad, really!

Juniper Networks revenue slumped due to weakness in cloud and service provider market, but the company said enterprise and security are doing well, and it’s looking forward to a late-2019 turnaround. Me on https://www.lightreading.com/enterprise-cloud/network/juniper-our-finances-arent-all-bad-really!/d/d-id/749134

Loco for colo

Startup Stateless goes loco for colo, scores $11.3m. Me on https://www.lightreading.com/carrier-sdn/sdn-technology/startup-stateless-goes-loco-for-colo-scores-$113m/d/d-id/749133?_mc=RSS_LR_EDT

Not very smart

Discarded smart lightbulbs reveal your wifi passwords, stored in the clear. https://boingboing.net/2019/01/29/fiat-lux.html

And crap like this is a big part of why we don’t have a smart house. Who needs all that security exposure just to avoid having to get up out of a chair and flip a lightswitch?