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15% Extra – Show 182 – 14 December 2018

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Plenty of security and privacy news this week as usual.
Time to update Windows and hope for the best.
Time to wave goodbye to Google+ as the retirement has been brought forward
Time for Verizon to realise they bought a turkey as they slash 10,000 jobs.
Time ? what year is it ? John Romero is about to release 18 new levels for original DooM
Plenty of Space-news also as we wave goodbye to Voyager 2, and wave hello to the comet “Wirtanen”
Russian Cosmonauts set a new record for working outside the space-craft, and China are on their way to the far side of the moon.

Thanks as ever to WACUP player and Vivaldi browser for powering this boat across the waves, and to TeamViewer for the ability to bring things together.

 Playlist

DJ John — Devil Mix
Iron Maiden — Fear Is the Key
G3RSt — Hotel California In Fire And Flames 2010
DJ Clive$ter — There Goes Daddy Cool (Clivish Club Mix)
Frenic — Luiz Ville Groove (feat. Hugo Kant)
Mike Oldfield — Shadow On The Wall
Bynar — Reigning Knights of No Man’s Land
Madness — Baggy Trousers

Show Topics

It’s December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/12/december_patch_tuesday/

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/12/age_verification_smut_guidance_approved/

Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/12/britain_2_5m_spytech_exports_saudi_arabia/

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov’s digital bod has one simple solution: ‘Get over it’
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/10/margot_james_id_cards/

25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/11/nhs_data_security_training_foi/

Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/12/human_rights_groups_appeal_echr_decision/

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you’re sure you yelled STOP!
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/13/windows_10_carry_on_slurping/

Years after the projected release date, finally another version of APK Installer
http://apkinstaller.com/downloads/

Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/12/verizon-cuts-10000-jobs-and-admits-its-yahooaol-division-is-a-failure/

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/11/google_hacked_again/

New Bomb Threat Email Scam Campaign Demanding $20K in Bitcoin
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-bomb-threat-email-scam-campaign-demanding-20k-in-bitcoin/

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting ‘nuclear, defense, energy, financial’ biz
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/12/nuclear_defense_security_threat/

Epic opens Fortnite’s cross-platform services for free to other devs
https://arstechnica.com/?p=1427271

John Romero will release 18 new maps for Doom’s 25th anniversary
https://arstechnica.com/?p=1425959

Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down
https://arstechnica.com/?p=1426693

Virgin Galactic just flew to 82.68 kilometers—is this space?
https://arstechnica.com/?p=1427977

Russian cosmonauts spend nearly eight hours cutting into their spacecraft
https://arstechnica.com/?p=1427015

Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal
https://arstechnica.com/?p=1424753

The Sun in its rearview mirror, Voyager 2 is in interstellar space
https://arstechnica.com/?p=1426295

We have a Christmas comet: How to spot interplanetary comet 46P/Wirtanen
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-christmas-comet-interplanetary-46pwirtanen.html

How catnip makes the chemical that causes cats to go crazy
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-catnip-chemical-cats-crazy.html