Geekly Update - 07 November 2018

Category: Tech-News

Is it time to rebel against the data-industrial complex? Do physicists make better pizza than professional pizzaiolos? And will new privacy concerns make it necessary to bring back the Ministry of Silly Walks? 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 the San Bernardino County Sheriff illegally deploy “stingray” cell site simulators? That question will be answered at last, in a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

All that helpful tech in a modern car can turn a minor fender-bender into a $5,000 repair bill.

Tech companies should de-identify customer data or not collect it at all, says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a tirade against what he calls “the data-industrial complex.”

Loud pipes have always been a distinguishing feature of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. So will consumers go for the all-electric LiveWire Harley, set to arrive in showrooms in early 2019?

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Chinese authorities have a new surveillance tool: gait recognition software can identify people using details of their body shape and how they walk.

Italian physicists have contrived a long thermodynamic equation to simulate the conditions of a brick pizza oven. Now you can create the perfect margherita pizza in a standard electric oven, without flying to Rome. Details are in a paper titled "The Physics of Baking Good Pizza."

Electric scooter rental companies are liable for injuries inflicted by negligent riders, a California class-action lawsuit hope to prove.

Computer-generated mugshots are drawing ridicule from social media users in the UK.

Google Pixel 3 owners who want fast 10W wireless charging must be prepared to pay 4 to 5 times what it’s worth for chargers “certified” by Google. That’s evil.

The cost of Internet and cable TV is increasing another $91 a year in November for Charter Communications customers in 41 states. Some 38 million Charter customers have no alternative service provider.

In its boldest offensive maneuver yet, the US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is telling Russian operatives who spread fake news, “We know who you are. Stop it.”

Learn to tie any knot with the help of The Animated Knots by Grog. This site was started in 2005 and now has animated demos of 189 knots.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 07 November 2018"

Posted by:

Bill Pfeifer
07 Nov 2018

About that missing "loud pipes" sound on the electric Harley, here's the solution to that:

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Bruce Domser
07 Nov 2018

Learning new information does not make you smarter. It just makes you someone who has learned something new.

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Joey Houchin
07 Nov 2018

I love Geekly Updates.

FYI: your link to The Animated Knots by Grog gives me this:

www.techsupportalert.comcontent’s server IP address could not be found.

Posted by:

George Keller
07 Nov 2018

There is a forward slash missing between "com" and "contents" in the "tie any knot" URL.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks, fixed!

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07 Nov 2018

Thanks George, you were right the / was missing.

Found this site interesting. Looked up the bowline knot, they actually showed how to easily tie it. Most used knot in the fire service.

Thanks Bob

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Sarah L
08 Nov 2018

Contrary to Bruce, I think learning something new does make you smarter. It means your mind is open to the new information, and you may well act differently using that new information. There are so many people who do not take in new information, and act out their lives on old information taken in at a young age, and essentially, never updated. This dramatically affects how they operate in life.

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