Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Let’s focus on the Cisco Router bug, a.k.a. Thrangrycat a.k.a. 😾😾😾 . (Yep, the bug’s name is three angry cat emojis.)"

Charlie Warzel and Sarah Jeong:

Cisco makes a ton of the hardware that connects the world. If you access the internet, chances are that you pass through a Cisco router in some way, shape or form. And most of those devices, 150 or so different varieties of routers, have been compromised. And it’s not just something that a software update or patch can fix in a jiffy. This is structural.


Thrangrycat is very, very, very bad. I’d rate it as Less Bad than the Intel disaster (which is very catchily named ZombieLoad) and More Bad than the WhatsApp hack.

Thrangrycat is awful for two reasons. First, if a hacker exploits this weakness, they can do whatever they want to your routers. Second, the attack can happen remotely — it’s a software vulnerability. But the fix can only be applied at the hardware level. Like, physical router by physical router. In person.

"It's been nearly two weeks since the City of Baltimore's networks were shut down in response to a ransomware attack, and there's still no end in sight"


the city's water billing and other payment systems remain offline, as well as most of the city's email and much of the government's phone systems.


To top it off, unlike the City of Atlanta—which suffered from a Samsam ransomware attack in March of 2018—Baltimore has no insurance to cover the cost of a cyber attack. So the cost of cleaning up the RobbinHood ransomware, which will far exceed the approximately $70,000 the ransomware operators demanded, will be borne entirely by Baltimore's citizens.

"Airbnb teams up with 23andMe to recommend heritage travel destinations"


global hospitality marketplace and service company Airbnb today announced that it is teaming up with 23andMe, the biotech firm perhaps best known for its personalized genomics reports about family history and health, to incorporate heritage travel recommendations into their respective user experiences. Specifically, 23andMe customers will soon be able to click through to their ancestral populations to find Airbnb Homes and Experiences located in their ancestral countries, and Airbnb now has dedicated pages that correspond with 23andMe’s genetic populations in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and West Asia, Central America and Mexico, South America, East and South Asia, and the Caribbean and Europe.

"Savannah judge holds tour-guide license unconstitutional"

Institute for Justice:

For years, Savannah had made it illegal to tell stories to tour groups without first obtaining a special license from the government. Tour guides who wanted this storytelling license had to pass a hundred-question multiple choice exam on Savannah history—even if they had no interest in discussing history on their tours. For instance, some tour guides focus on art and architecture or tell ghost stories. In 2015, in an effort to end the guides’ lawsuit, the city repealed the licensing requirement, but the plaintiffs pressed forward in search of a constitutional ruling. Today, they got it.

Hotel lobby pillar cosplay

The explanation for why He-Man rides a giant tiger is very funny

*Previously: Masters of the Universe figures based on each major league baseball team.

Disney Emoji Blitz is a fun free match-three game where you earn emojis by playing

Just a pleasant match-three iOS game with tons of missions. Easy to earn new emojis for imessage without paying.

Warhammer mirror painted to look like it houses a trapped spirit

*Previously: Warhammer portal and mirror.

New Funko Mystery Minis based on advertising mascots and Universal monsters

Twinkie the Kid, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and more. (Too bad the designs aren't based on Universal's Dark Universe designs.)

"Having two dogs at once is way harder than having one dog twice"

Drew Millard:

Most millennials exist in a liminal space between adolescence and “adulthood” as previous generations understand it. They’ve aged out of partying as hard as they did in their early 20s, but since they’re largely behind schedule when it comes to things like having and rearing children, they’ve got a relatively high amount of free time that’s offset by a relatively low risk tolerance that keeps them from doing the dumb, reckless stuff that teens and college students do, especially if they’re uninsured.

This, I am willing to theorize, has led to a class of ostensibly adult humans who drink craft beer outside during the day, smoke legal weed and/or take light amounts of psychedelics while talking about books with their friends, are really into home decor, and are more than willing to funnel dozens of hours into watching good-ish TV shows exclusively airing on one of the five streaming services on which they use their parents’ or ex-significant others’ login. I don’t really have any evidence to back all of this up, but Game of Thrones is popular for a reason, and it’s not because it’s good.

Anyways, the other big side effect of this socioeconomic holding pattern is that everybody gets a dog.

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Excellent Game of Thrones theory that would fit in with the reports of the magical horror Euron plot planned for the books

Also correct:


Nike's French Open looks feature bees and skeletons

Ten funny tweets (sound on for the elegant woman in the fur)

*More funny tweets.

The newly-revealed DC Collectibles are available for preorder

Including a Batman statue based on Rafael Grampa's design, and a TV Batwoman statue.

When your robot announces its own impending doom (technology fails)

"With Second-Worst Pass Rate In More Than 30 Years, Almost Everyone Fails California Bar Exam"


According to a press release from the State Bar of California, the overall pass rate for the February 2019 exam was 31.4 percent, while the pass rate for first-time takers was 41 percent.


This isn’t half bad considering the February 2018 results were a record low.

"Bonobo Mothers Are Very Concerned About Their Sons’ Sex Lives"

Ed Yong:

But mothers frequently took matters into their own hands, too. As Hanna did, they would stop unrelated males from interfering with their sons’ sexual encounters. They’d interfere themselves, stopping unrelated males from mating with other females. They’d gang up with their sons to evict other males from trees with lots of females.

Surbeck thinks that the mothers use these strategies as a way of furthering their own genetic legacy. They can do this by having more children of their own, or by ensuring that their children give them more grandchildren. They have little influence over their daughters, since bonobo females tend to leave home to find their own communities. Males, however, stay with their birth group, and especially near their mothers. Even in the best-case scenario, a male bonobo can easily go through life without reproducing, and without a mother's presence, the odds of his having a kid are around one in 14. To increase the size of her own dynasty, a mother needs to ensure that her sons have the best sexual opportunities.

The Game of Thrones ending they didn't have the guts to film (roundup)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

80th Anniversary Marvel Legends Hulk Vs. Wolverine Two-Pack available for preorder

Both figures come with alternate hands.

Dune hardcover where the page numbers form a seismograph readout on the fore edge

*Previously: Denis Villeneuve has shown us his take on Dune for years now, you just don't know it yet

Comic book logos

Warhammer miniature with convincingly painted portal and mirror

*See more miniatures.

The two best possible endings for Game of Thrones

The Mandalorian custom toys (Star Wars roundup)

Tiger became old news fast (ten funny tweets)

*More funny posts.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Customized Funko Pop Space Marines

And speaking of Games Workshop:

*The four different Space Marine Funko Pops are all in stock at the BBTS.

"Singshot" bronze figure by James Jean

Available 5/21.

The Wirecutter's pick for best cheap windows laptop is $100 off right now

Currently listed as a limited time deal.

"A Carly Rae Jepsen-themed heist tabletop RPG one shot"

By Colin Cummings, with art by Marcin Jastrzebski. Free download:

It is many years into the future. A wealthy and powerful person (or persons) has claimed a rare and much sought after prize: the “vault” of 200 unreleased (this is real!) songs from renowned Canadian pop artist, Carly Rae Jepsen.

Hired by an anonymous sponsor, your team of highly trained individuals will raid a well-defended location to retrieve said item. From planning to set-up to execution, you will see this heist through to its completion, whether that be a success or failure. There will many twists and turns along the way, and don’t always trust the specialists by your side.
Previously: Rules for Jason Statham's Big Vacation.

Ten funny tweets (including more dancing on the runway)

*More funny posts.

When We Were Starless is a terrific short story about a post-apocalyptic exorcist

Read it here, by Simone Heller.

Wargaming miniatures roundup

*See more miniatures.