Geekly Update - 03 June 2015
Should you be alarmed if you see a flying saucer over the Pacific Ocean today? What percentage of dangerous objects do TSA screeners actually detect? And can you really shut down your friend's iPhone by sending a text message? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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Flying saucers are real, finally. NASA is testing the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, a 100-foot diameter saucer-shaped combination spacecraft/parachute that they hope to use when sending humans to Mars in the 2030s.
Would you feel secure if TSA screeners found 95% of all weapons and bombs that bad guys were trying to sneak on planes? If not, how would you feel if they FAILED to detect over 95% of them? Because that is what's happening, based on undercover tests conducted by the Department of Homeland (in)Security.
A glitch in Apple’s iOS allows an iMessage user to remotely shut down another user’s iPhone or iPad simply by sending a specially-crafted message to the victim. Apple says its working on a fix.
Outfit a dog with a heart-rate monitor. Add a camera that snaps a photo of what the dog is looking at when its heart rate increases. Turn the dog loose and watch things go viral.
On May 20, a Canadian teen pled guilty to 23 counts of “swatting” and other social engineering crimes in one of the most appalling reigns of online terrorism ever documented, mostly against female online gamers who rejected his friend requests.
Google has applied for a patent on a toy fitted with WiFi, cameras, sensors, and servo motors that can sense when you looking at it, turn towards you, and speak. “Chuckie” the horror movie doll wants one.
Amazon is targeting Etsy sellers with email offers to try Amazon’s new “Handmade” marketplace. The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Bensinger wonders if Amazon’s standard 15% commission on sales will be cut to approximate Etsy’s 3.5%, but is too lazy to find out.
What was the Zodiac Sign of your kindergarten teacher? A new study of Goggle password-resets reveals that 40% of users can’t remember the answers to their “secret questions,” making this security protocol arguably worse than useless.
This startling infographic highlights the trillion-fold increase in computing performance since 1956. A Samsung Galaxy S6 has processing power equivalent of 18 Cray-2 supercomputers (circa 1985).
Dig your dual-deck boombox out of the attic: cassette tapes are making a comeback. Nielsen surveys report 50,000 albums were sold on cassette in 2014, up from 10,000 in 2010.
It bears repeating: Kickstarter is not a store. The case of a digital watch startup that raised over $1 million in 2013 and still hasn’t delivered the goods it promised underscores this warning.
To steal a stranger’s IRS data, including past tax returns, all you need is a name, Social Security Number, date of birth, current address, and tax filing status. Over 100,000 taxpayers have learned that the hard way.
Think a Solid-State Drive would be nice if you could afford it? Check out these prices on 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs from Crucial, starting at only $67.99 for 120 GB.
Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment below, or Canadian hackers will send malicious text messages to your dog's heart-rate monitor.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 3 Jun 2015
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