Four short links: 1 June 2016

Rapid Collab Dev Environment, Updater Security, Scaling Business Models, and VR Challenges

By Nat Torkington
June 1, 2016
Four Short Links
  1. HyperDev — Joel Spolsky’s team’s new thing, a simple collaborative dev environment. Containery notebooky just-in-timey-wimey thinginess. Looking forward to seeing how this develops.
  2. Windows OEM Updaters SuckEvery vendor shipped with a preinstalled updater that had at least one vulnerability resulting in arbitrary remote code execution as SYSTEM, allowing for a complete compromise of the affected machine. Vendors often failed to make even basic use of TLS, properly validate update integrity, or verify the authenticity of update manifest contents. The horrors continue.
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  4. Scaling the Post-Recession World-Tesla wants to disrupt the auto industry. But it’s never produced more than 50,000 cars in a year, and suddenly has to meet demand for as many as 500,000 cars a year. That won’t be cheap or easy, and it’s unclear how much shareholders and lenders will be willing to finance that growth. It’s not as cheap to scale atoms as it is to scale bits. And other examples of challenges scaling new models.
  5. How Big is the Nausea Problem for VR Products (Quora) – the $80,000 googles we made for the US military had less latency, higher resolution displays, and more accurate head tracking than any of the current round of civilian VR goggles…and they definitely made people sick […] the people […] are either ignorant (or are deliberately ignoring) the evidence collected over 20 years of flight simulation experience with VR goggles […]. Worse still, there is strong research evidence that the harm they cause extends for as much as 8 hours AFTER you stop using the goggles.
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