Monthly Archives: April 2019

The Mystery of the Man Who Died Twice

John “Sonny” Franzese was once described as “largely responsible for the glamorization of the Mafia over the past century.” The evidence that helped convict him, at age 93(!) came from the last person he expected to wear a wire. https://www.gimletmedia.com/science-vs/the-mystery-of-the-man-who-died-twice

Protection

John “Sonny” Franzese was once described as “largely responsible for the glamorization of the Mafia over the past century.” The evidence that helped convict him, at age 93(!) came from the last person he expected to wear a wire. https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-105-protection-12-21-2018/

Please don’t make me eat the breakfast buffet at my hotel again.

Netflix renews ‘The Umbrella Academy’ for a second season

I’m glad to see “The Umbrella Academy” got renewed. This was uneven, even by the standards of a Netflix superhero series, which tend to be uneven. When ”The Umbrella Academy” was good, it was fantastic, but got pretty dreadful in the middle. Still, I’m looking forward to season two.

The actor who plays 5 is so good that I was startled to see they had some trouble using him due to child labor laws. On some level I really believed he was a 57-year-old man in a 13-year-old body.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/02/netflix-renews-the-umbrella-academy-for-a-second-season/

Russia Ordered a Killing That Made No Sense. Then the Assassin Started Talking.

Assassinations happen frequently enough in Ukraine that they are often just blips in the local news cycle. In 2006, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin signed a law legalizing targeted killings abroad, and Ukrainian officials say teams of Russian hit men operate freely inside the country.

“For the intelligence services, as bad as this sounds, murdering people is just part of the work flow,” said Oleksiy Arestovych, a retired officer in Ukraine’s military intelligence service. “They go to work, it’s their job. You have a work flow, you write articles. They have a workflow, they murder people.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/31/world/europe/russian-assassinations-putin-ukraine.html

My superpower is I can never find the elevator when I’m on the upper floors of a hotel not even from my own hotel room after I’ve been there several days and that’s not a superpower it’s super-annoying.

Huawei Has Billions Riding on Claim to Be 5G Patents Powerhouse

An arcane standards decision last year about the coding schemes used in 5G networks received little attention outside engineering circles. But it was a clear sign that Huawei, the Chinese equipment giant now threatened by hostile US forces, was determined to own the ingredients that make up the next-generation network technology, and assert its presence in a cozy patents club that has until now been dominated by Western firms. https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/huawei-has-billions-riding-on-claim-to-be-5g-patents-powerhouse/d/d-id/750587

Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand

“We are 91 days into the year, and so far, Google is racking up an unprecedented body count. If we just take the official shutdown dates that have already occurred in 2019, a Google-branded product, feature, or service has died, on average, about every nine days.” https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/04/googles-constant-product-shutdowns-are-damaging-its-brand/