Geekly Update - 03 October 2018

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How much would you pay for a working Apple-I computer, straight out of 1976? Will a squabble amongst Linux developers torpedo the Internet? And why does Spotify want a sample of your blood? 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!

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An original, working Apple-I computer sold at auction for $375,000. Only about 200 were made in 1976, which sold for $666. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak estimates there are only about 15 Apple-I models still functioning. But this one went cheap; in 2014, an Apple-I was sold at auction for $905,000.

This just in from the Nana Nana Boo Boo Department: Linux developers who disagree with a new "code of conduct" policy say it's arbitrary and unnecessary, and are threatening to rescind their code, potentially destroying the Linux kernel which powers millions of websites and Android phones.

Spotify and Ancestry.com have teamed up to offer you playlists based on a sample of your DNA. Wait till you read their privacy policy!

SquareTrade tested the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max models, which Apple claims are water resistant and have "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone." The phones survived the "30 minute beer dunk test" but shattered badly in drop tests.

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Dumb and Dumber: Reality Version. Thieves broke into the Roambee Corporation building in Santa Clara, and stole about 100 GPS tracking devices. While inside, they also left fingerprint and blood evidence. The signals were quickly tracked to a storage locker which contained drugs and other stolen property.

Here’s an interactive map showing ATMs where you can buy or sell Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.

A man used his video doorbell app to speak with a delivery driver in a video call, and then used his Tesla app to open the car’s trunk to accept the delivery.

The “block universe theory" postulates that all events past, present, and future are happening simultaneously. I wrote this item in the future, while thinking about yesterday's lunch burrito. So there.

The Oculus Quest is a $399 virtual reality handset that combines the three essential traits of a next-generation VR device, according to Mark Zuckerberg whose company, Facebook, owns Oculus. He omitted the phrase “exorbitant price tag" from his talking points.

West Virginia will be the first state to test voting by smartphone, and hopefully the last.

"Apple has outright stolen Qualcomm's confidential information and trade secrets," Qualcomm charges in a lawsuit. The suit alleges that for years, Apple stole Qualcomm chip secrets and gave them to Intel, so certain iPhone components could be made cheaper.

The FCC is waging war on cities that want more than 60 days to approve 5G access point placements, or that might not want cell towers overrunning their historic landmarks. (If you run into a paywall open this link in an icognito browser.)

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Posted by:

sirpaul2
03 Oct 2018

My atomic clock has 86,400 (give or take a leap second or two) reasons why those block universe theorists are wrong.
And speaking of burritos; burrito, gas, toilet is not simultaneous - although sometimes it's darn close.


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Sarah L
04 Oct 2018

The link about FCC and 5G accesspoints went to an article (Cities Are Teaming Up to Offer Broadband, and the FCC Is Mad) that spoke about municipal agreements regarding better broadband networks and FCC's overall attitude to cities working together to get better, faster broadband infrastructure in their area, if I understood the article. Nothing about 60 days or historical areas that might want to bar the 5G hardware. Inside the article, there was a link to this article https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/09/fcc-angers-cities-and-towns-with-2-billion-giveaway-to-wireless-carriers/ about how the FCC is setting fixed prices on what cities can charge for installations on public rights of way. Cities would be forced to lower their already set prices. But still nothing about 60 days or historic districts. I do see that FCC is siding totally with the private sector firms who choose where to install 5G hardware.

Had you meant a different article?


Posted by:

Jay R
04 Oct 2018

Dumb and Dumber must support the blockhead theory of the universe.


Posted by:

Jim
04 Oct 2018

Sounds like Linux could be in trouble. If enough of the developers no longer allow the use of the code they wrote it could collapse.


Posted by:

Ken H
04 Oct 2018

Ha ha ha! "Linux is the best OS ever!" "I don't trust Microsoft or Google."


Posted by:

rocketride
05 Oct 2018

As for those SJW snowflakes and their dumbass CoC, that there $#|+ is why we can't have nice things (OSs in this case).


Posted by:

RandiO
06 Nov 2018

That "Block Universe" theory where a burrito is the under-structure (or it is the magic carpet allowing time travel) just does not make sense to me yet.
I was able to wrap my head around the theoretical framework of 'Superstring Theory', which posits that the universe exists in TEN (10) different dimensions... until someone decided to weed-whack the remainder 6 (maybe even 7) other dimensions.
Maybe my head deserves to be wrapped inside a burrito!


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