Geekly Update - 07 September 2018
When is a stupid robot better than a smart one? Should government officials have a "back door" to your encrypted data? And why can't artificial intelligence solve the Scunthorpe Problem? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
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The spy agencies of five countries – cryptically known as the Five Country Ministerial (FCM) – have agreed to more aggressively pursue methods of circumventing encryption, including forcing vendors to include backdoors.
A Pew Research report says half of U.S. teens say they are taking specific steps to limit their time spent on social media and smartphones. Huh.
The Deebot N79S is a robotic vacuum, like the Roomba, but it costs about $800 less. This review describes it as "stupid" but it gets the job done.
A California casino has introduced a robot security guard. One patron said of the device, “I see that it says public safety on it, so I guess it makes me feel safer even though I don’t know what it does.” You may now weep for humanity.
Not ready for smartlocks on your home? Locky is a startup that aims to turn your "dumb" metal key into something smart. Unfortunately, it can't lock or unlock your door.
Oracle Corp. filed a supplemental objection to the IT Alliance’s protest of the Pentagon’s proposal to award a $10 billion cloud infrastructure contract to a single vendor. Rumor has it the frontrunner is Amazon Web Services, which has been implicated in more easily preventable data breaches than any other cloud services provider.
The Scunthorpe Problem has not been solved by artificial intelligence or machine learning. It still takes a human being to see there’s no reason why "Scunthorpe" or "Butts" should be banned as a username.
A Tesla fan and frustrated owner threw his warranty to the wind and services his pricey, sophisticated car all by himself. He says once you manage to get the hood off it’s as easy as Legos.
An IP address alone is not enough to identify a copyright infringer, ruled a U.S. appeals court.
Oath, the Verizon subsidiary that includes AOL and Yahoo, still scans users’ emails for data that can be used in ad targeting. The rest of the free webmail industry stopped that years ago.
Fabricating objects with 3D printing tech is now an option for Dremel tool fans using the company’s $600 IdeaBuilder printer.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 7 Sep 2018
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