October 16, 2017

WiFi security warning / Trump's 'adult day care' / Gold's origin

WiFi SECURITY WARNING. Researchers say virtually “all modern protected WiFi networks” are vulnerable to a newly discovered hack.

Why this hack may be so bad.
What you can do.
Bottom line: “Mission critical” projects should be kept off WiFi until patches come along.
Condemning Equifax for doing “literally everything wrong” in its hacking response, John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight team at HBO has launched a fake Equifax website to help you freeze your credit file with the nation’s three main reporting agencies.

STILL WET? Consumer Reports: How to salvage your valuables after serious flooding.
Saturday was the Chicago area’s wettest day in years.

TRUMP’S ‘ADULT DAY CARE.’ The Washington Post documents how President Trump’s aides struggle to control and coerce him.
New York: Trump Keeps Getting Mad When He Finds Out What His Policies Actually Do.”
The president’s allies are worried about Democrats taking the U.S. House—and wonder if the president knows that could mean impeachment.
And yet, the Post reports, Trump’s attacks on Senate Republicans seem to be paying off.
A Republican running for Congress from Florida says aliens took her on a spaceship.
Conservative self-described troll Milo Yiannopoulos has a speaking date at a Chicago theater next month.

‘THE DANGER OF PRESIDENT PENCE.’ The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer: Vice President “Pence is the inside man of the conservative money machine.” (Photo: Gage Skidmore.)
Harvard law prof Lawrence Lessig: “If [House Speaker] Ryan became President because the Trump/Pence campaign committed treason … he should nominate the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become the President.”
Trump’s campaign legal bills last quarter exceeded $1 million.

SUBURBAN SCHOOL STRIKE. More than 450 secretaries, classroom aides and other support staff are off the job as of early today in Palatine School District 15. Classes are on anyway.
Ahead of a move to new offices, the Sun-Times is giving the University of Illinois press materials for about 5,000 movies released during the late Roger Ebert’s tenure as the paper’s film critic.

GOLD’S ORIGIN. Astrophysicists report “the most spectacular fireworks in the universe”—evidence “the gold in your wedding ring came from merging neutron stars.” (Illustration: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet.)
NASA sends a fidget spinner into space and shares video of how it works there.
Law & Order: Mars. Whose laws will govern humans on Mars?

FAREWELL TO ARMS. Oak Park’s Hemingway Museum has closed after almost 30 years.
Stephen King is one of the hottest things in Hollywood.

CORRECTION. If this doesn’t prove Chicago Public Square loves even the most trivial picking of nits, you’re in for a refund of your subscription price: Some quotation marks in Friday’s emailed edition were backward. (You know: instead of .) Thanks to reader Mike Braden for keeping things on the straight and narrow. Your feedback is always welcome here.

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