Issue 1551 - Monday 21st February, 2022

In Today's Issue

The News

OpenSea uses hit with phishing attacks, powerless to do anything

Someone's doing a small but lucrative phishing attack on the premier NFT marketplace, OpenSea. According to OpenSea's boss, 32 users are confirmed as having had their NFTs stolen, which were then sold for US$1.7m. There's some tweets going around they're worth $200m, but I have no idea where that figure was pulled from. Just goes to show that despite the crypto boosters crowing that it's more secure than traditional finance, it's just as vulnerable. Hopefully OpenSea institute a pool of funds to reimburse users after this sort of thing, then try and hunt down who stole the NFTs to replenish the fund pool.

Telstra and TPG sign 10-year deal to share parts of each other's networks

Telstra and TPG have signed a 10-year multi-operator core network deal that'll share portions of each other's networks. TPG (aka Vodafone ) gets access to 3,700 "mobile network assets" that'll increase 4G and 5G coverage in regional and urban fringe areas and decommission 725 of its sites that are presumably redundant now. Telstra gets "access to equipment already on 169 TPG mobile sites, 4G and 5G spectrum owned by TPG, and the ability to deploy its own equipment on the sites". Telstra is still keeping "one million square kilometres of coverage for itself as a 'competitive advantage' as no other operators have infrastructure there".

Google tries out widgets on homepage

Google is experimenting with the layout of their homepage. For decades has been sacrosanct in that there's nothing except a logo, input box, two buttons and the occasional public service announcement. Something's changed over in Mountain View as they've decided to slap in some customisable widgets on, like weather, stocks, "COVID news" and more. I dunno who still visits instead of using the address bar just to type in a query directly, but it's cute seeing Google do what Yahoo and Lycos and all the old school search engines used to do back in the day. Wait long enough and all computing paradigms come back into fashion!

Something I Saw On The Internet

Bitcoin miners unnecessarily extend the life of yet another coal power plant

There's plenty of reasons to loathe cryptocurrency, but the biggest reason to hate that whole scene is their shamelessness in bailing out filthy old coal power plants that would have otherwise closed down. The latest example is in Montana, where a 115MW coal plant that was struggling financially and set to shut down, was given a lifeline by Bitcoin mining outfit Marathon who built a data centre next to the plant and agreed to purchase all the power the plant can put out. 206,000t of CO2 was emitted in a single quarter in 2022 just for some stupid fucking Bitcoin. To put that into perspective, a 2020 Toyota Camry (4cyl petrol) has 1.36t of annual tailpipe CO2 emissions.


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