Geekly Update - 03 July 2018
If the first cyber attack happened 184 years ago, does that prove Al Gore is a time traveler? Why is Mickey Mouse so happy about new security procedures at Orlando International Airport? And what's the best low-tech way to keep school kids from cheating on standardized tests? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
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The $4,000 Centrex sit-or-stand desk features just about every geekly convenience except a piggy bank from which to pay for the desk.
"Wood-be hackers..." The first cyber-attack happened in France, in the year 1834. Two crooked bankers hacked the national government’s wooden semaphore system. Their perfidy went undetected for two years.
All international travelers passing through Orlando’s airport will have their faces scanned, even U.S. citizens. Mickey Mouse feels much safer now.
Soon every car, not just the Tesla 3, will come with a digital key that uses your smartphone to lock and unlock the car. An industry-wide standard for digital keys has been adopted by major automakers, Apple, LG, and Samsung have endorsed the new standard.
We knew it was coming and here it is. A burger-making robot is now replacing teenagers in a real-world restaurant.
Algeria knows how to prevent students from cheating during standardized tests. Government officials simply turned off the country’s Internet access for the test day.
Comcast customers in the USA, some of whom have been without service for four days, might wish they were in Algeria, where the outages are predictable and shorter in duration. Comcast blamed the problem on "two unrelated fiber cuts to our network backbone providers."
Western New York’s Lockport School District could have spent $4 million in government technology grants to equip children with gear that would help them learn, but instead the district bought a face recognition system that will be used to track every move of children as young as five years.
In completely unrelated news, Microsoft says its face recognition API is now much better at correctly identifying persons of color. Now, if only we could find persons of color on Microsoft’s Face API homepage.
Some monitors sold as having 1440p resolution may actually have downgraded 4K panels, because the latter are cheaper these days. That’s a problem for discerning eyes.
“Revenge p*rn” is evil, unquestionably, So why did Google mount a last-minute lobbying effort against a NY state legislature bill that would have criminalized posting n*ked pictures of an ex without permission?
Owners of ancient Pentium III CPUs and other obsolete processors have quietly been cut off from security updates of all Windows versions.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 3 Jul 2018
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