Geekly Update - 02 November 2018
Happy November! So, is it safe now to download the Windows 10 October Update? Is Microsoft foisting malware on people who search with Bing for Google Chrome? And can you legally refuse to give up the password to your mobile phone? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
The AskBobRankin Geekly Update
Use Microsoft Edge and search Bing for “download Chrome.” But don’t click the first search result – actually a paid ad - or you may land on a rogue site that is NOT google.com as that first result claims. Microsoft is still not verifying the URLs that run in ads on Bing, even though it was warned about this scam in April, 2018. Another reason to avoid Edge and Bing.
Police in Blackpool, England posted video of a man stealing beer, and many thought the suspect looked a lot like actor David Schwimmer, from the TV show "Friends." In response, Schwimmer posted a mock video of himself stealing beer from a store in New York City to prove his innocence.
The data-loss bug that forced Microsoft to halt distribution of the Windows 10 October update has been fixed, but other severe bugs still delay resumption of distribution.
This “MobiLimb” robotic finger plugs into a smartphone’s USB port to touch, tickle, pull the phone along a flat surface, and do other creepy things. Must be great for battery life, too.
In an affirmation of the 5th Amendment, a Florida appellate court has found a teenager can refuse to give up his phone’s password. Another court has found the opposite, setting up a showdown in the Supreme Court.
Scientist have demonstrated they can store data on a single atom, a breakthrough towards storage device thousands of times more capacious and energy-efficient than hard drives.
Autonomous cars received clearance from California’s DMV to drive on the streets of a few Silicon Valley cities. So if anyone gets killed it will be poetic justice.
Eliminating the competition? A Tesla on “Autopilot” crashed into a Ford Fiesta that was stopped in a traffic lane, prompting a lawsuit by the Tesla’s owner. It’s the third time this year that a Tesla on “Autopilot” has driven into a stationary object; one Tesla driver was killed.
It’s now legal to tinker with your Amazon Echo, smart refrigerator, or other software-controlled device, now that the EFF has won a limited Digital Millenium Copyright Act exemption for consumer self-help and repair. But more remains to be done.
Right-wing social network Gab has been temporarily forced offline because it permitted the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter to air his hate speech.
Google has pledged $25 million to a contest that will find the best AI projects whose aim is to help humans instead of kill them. (Meanwhile, in underground laboratories in South Korea, China and Russia…)
Should we worry about censorship on government-run municipal broadband networks? One Republican FCC commissioner worries that they may threaten First Amendment free speech rights, but the terms-of-service clauses he cites are virtually identical to those used by Comcast and AT&T/Xfinity.
One employee visited 9,000 pXrn sites from his government-issued laptop, resulting in widespread virus infections at a US Geological Services department. He’s been fired. (Apparently the limit is around 8,000.)
FilmStruck, a streaming service very popular among fans of old movies, will shutter its virtual doors on November 29, 2018.
IBM has acquired Red Hat, a prominent open-source Linux and cloud services firm, for $34 billion. The move will make IBM the world's number one hybrid cloud provider. Or something.
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