Geekly Update - 04 October 2017
Can you build your own telephone network with cow fencing? What is Bill Gates biggest regret about the Windows operating system? And what should you do if the Internet decides to appropriate your face for its own purposes? 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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Did you know...? In the 19th Century, rural homesteaders created their own telephone systems using barbed wire fences to transmit signals, and it worked pretty well.
An Omaha woman took a selfie every day for 365 days. Eight years later, she found that those photos were being used in a variety of ways she never imagined or intended. Read the interesting story of how Elisabeth Percival got memed, and became the face of Cool Girl Callie.
How far would you go to get free WiFi? A man from Plymouth, England set up his 32-inch TV and a PlayStation 4 gaming rig inside a local McDonald's restaurant. The manager didn't seem to mind, but asked only that he refrain from playing Grand Theft Auto.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg Business, billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he regrets the Ctrl-Alt-Delete "three-finger salute" was necessary to restart a computer. If he could do it over, the reset key would be a one-finger operation.
Microsoft Excel is about to get a lot smarter and more powerful. New data types will better interpret what your input means in the context of a worksheet, and be able to pull additional info from the Internet.
"More is Less." Twitter plans to double the length of Tweets to 280 characters, apparently forgetting that the original idea was to limit quantity to improve quality.
AT&T is expanding its rural wireless Internet program to nine more states.
Former Google engineer and accused trade secrets thief Anthony Levandowski has founded a church whose god is an AI bot. The "Way of the Future" was ostensibly organized to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.” Or is it just a tax dodge?
Tiny metal robots controlled by magnets scurry about and use origami techniques to change their tool sets.
Swarms of half-milimeter robots can build large structures that are sturdier than 3D-printed shapes.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
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