Things I’ve found interesting March 18th 2020

Packing up a house and not feeling well has had me sidetracked longer than I would have liked. Still not finished with getting house boxed up.

Zoning Committee approves electric vehicle readiness mandate

Dispensaries halt recreational cannabis sales as Illinois allows curbside delivery to medical users

How to build the Open Mesh by Marc Canter = CEO, Broadband Mechanics and CEO, Digital City Mechanics Blurb Books

Microsoft’s GitHub absorbs NPM into its code-hosting empire: JavaScript library vault used by 12 million devs now under Redmond’s roof

“brings another major piece of open source code infrastructure under the control of GitHub’s owner, Microsoft”

NPM Inc settles union-busting complaints on third try – after CEO trolled for ordering internal mole hunt

NPM apologizes for ham-fisted handling of recent staff layoffs

Azure admins’ cold sweat likely caused by a ‘isolated’ power problems that browned out West Central USA region

Spintronics is/was cool If you’re looking for a textbook example of an IT hype cycle, let spin be your guide

Look ma, no code: TigerGraph looks to attract wider audience for niche-but-growing DB segment

Microsoft frees Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 from the shackles of, er, Windows?

French watchdog to take €1.1bn bite out of Apple over ‘anticompetitive’ practices

US Health and Human Services targeted by DDoS scum at just the time it’s needed to be up and running

Health workers are top of phishers’ target lists thanks to data value

Porn industry may halt shoots over coronavirus crisis

Yanking on the space supply chain: Rocket Lab goes Interplanetary with Sinclair acquisition

Browser minnow Brave nips at Google with GDPR complaint Claims ‘don’t stand up to serious scrutiny’ retorts Google

Two years late, but upgrade wave finally washes a billion folk onto Windows 10 as its Android phone waits in the wings

Data surge as more Brits work from home? Not as hard on the network as their nightly Netflix binges, claims BT

Operators advise a rational and responsible use of telecommunication networks to cope with traffic increases

Zoom goes boom, Teams tears at seams: Technology stumbles at the first hurdle for this homeworking malarkey

The Last Hurrah Before The Server Recession

The UK’s largest chain of phone shops is permanently closing all 531 standalone stores

Three big reasons why Americans aren’t upgrading their phones

Monster Google-Oracle API copyright battle on hold as bio-nasty shuts SupremesTesla Delaware lawsuit also delayed

Oracle sues Google over Java in Android

Oracle staff say Larry Ellison’s fundraiser for Trump is against ‘company ethics’

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

Google to appeal against €7m fine from Swedish watchdog for failing to remove search results under GDPR

Campaigners cry foul play as Oracle funds conservative lobby group supporting its court case against Google

This ‘Simpsons’ writer is fed up with ‘nefarious’ coronavirus conspiracy theories

Did ‘The Simpsons’ really predict the coronavirus outbreak? Twitter thinks so

Flick Fact: A U.S. president? In Al Capone’s car?

After a weekend of WTF-ing at Trump’s COVID-19 testing website vow, Google-Verily’s site finally comes to life

Officials: 128 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Illinois; statewide total is 288

A retired nurse with history of respiratory issues is confirmed as state’s first coronavirus fatality

Air Guard unit activated for coronavirus response in Illinois

Pritzker calling up about 60 national guard unit with medical expertise to fight coronavirus

Spanish cops deploy speaker-drones to enforce coronavirus lockdown

NYC streets clear out to curb the spread of COVID-19

New Jersey announces its third coronavirus-related death