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WiFi is broken – here's the companies that have already fixed it

WiFi was broken with the KRACK attacks, but companies are already starting to issue fixes. Here's the devices you can update right now, and how to get the fixes.

Stop using .dev before it's too late

If you're a developer, like me, at some point you've probably used a `.dev` domain (or still do) for your local development environments. You might have missed, however, that the entire `.dev` top-level domain (TLD) was sold to the highest bidder — Google — in 2015.

Google hasn't said what it's planning for the TLD, but it owns the entire name space now, meaning it's technically a terrible idea to use it locally and has been for a long time. 

Hundreds of thousands of developers out there still likely use it locally, but Google's forging ahead with actually using the namespace: it's now part of Chrome's HSTS pre-loading (along with .foo, as well), getting it ready for production use with SSL.

ICANN: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As entire new TLDs are coming into the world, nobody seems to be stemming the flow of them or choosing which ones shouldn't exist — it's just about how much money is available and it's sold to the highest bidder. 

ICANN, the agency that issues these domain names, doesn't seem to give a shit anyway: it's planning to open up the `.exe` domain space and many others like `.pdf` for sale. 

The same agency says there's four "safe" domain spaces you can use, at least until it sells those too: .test, .example, .invalid, .localhost.

If that happens, I'm quitting the internet because we're all going to lose, and who the hell knows what's going to be hidden behind www.banking.exe at that point?

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The iPhone X: finding compromise in pushing boundaries

Apple's iPhone X is a vision of the future if you're willing to put up with layers of compromises, rough edges and more in exchange for a camera a decade ahead.

Four tech purchases that you'll use for years

It's rare you come across technology that actually lasts — but here's a few products I use every day, and don't regret the purchase at all.

The year of Linux on the desktop is here (on Windows)

Microsoft is making a huge change to the Linux subsystem for Windows that means you'll be able to run multiple flavors of Linux at once — hell has frozen over.

Steve Jobs made sure Apple didn't have crappy Intel stickers

This insight from a former Apple employee about the switch from PowerPC to Intel is interesting, given that Steve Jobs specifically negotiated to not include the awful Intel Inside sticker on every MacBook when the switch was made:

I approached him with my biggest concern:  “Please tell me we won’t have to put the Intel Inside logo on our Macs.” With a big grin, Steve looked me in the eye and said, “Trust me, I made sure that’s in the contract.

Intel spent a fortune marketing to consumers directly, even though it mostly develops direct relationships with businesses to include its processors in hardware. That's a smart play, but it's ended up with some exceedingly tacky results.

What's amazing is almost every Windows laptop still has these stickers on it. The high-end Razer Blade I trialled had it, many Dell laptops still include it... and it's awful. Thankfully, Microsoft's own in-house devices forgo the sticker, but it's amazing it's lived this long.


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