Geekly Update - 08 August 2018

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Which one of the proposed new logos for the Firefox browser will help it sink into obscurity fastest? Will NASA's latest data dump help you find the perfect ringtone? And what happens when you ask the Internet to send you an orange cat? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

The AskBobRankin Geekly Update

A woman posted a classified ad on Craigslist and Instagram with an unusual request: She wanted to borrow an orange cat for a Garfield-themed lasagna party for kids.

Google has laid down rules for Android phone manufacturers that limit the number and placement of notches in a phone’s screen. This matters more than you might think.

Apparently, Mozilla WANTS Firefox to sink into obscurity, judging by the two proposed logos about which it is soliciting users’ opinions.

Geekly Update 08-18-2018

Wikipedia’s “guerilla editors” battle conspiracy theories that pollute the knowledge base. Some people have a problem with that.

Google is winning the war against spam robocalls on Android phones; here is how.

Centaur-like robots designed for search-and-rescue missions inspire awe and terror. Four legs are stable, six limbs come in handy.

NASA has released thousands of hours of Apollo 11 audio tapes, so you now stand a good chance of finding that perfect ringtone.

Zillow is now offering apartment listings complete with online application and wildly overestimated rents.

Leaked documents reveal Google is planning a censored version of Google Search and other apps for China.

Sixty leaders in artificial intelligence have organized a global boycott against KAIST, a South Korean university that is reportedly developing “killer robots.” "We will, for example, not visit KAIST, host visitors from KAIST or contribute to any research project involving KAIST," the researchers said.

It turns out that e-commerce owes a big chunk of its exponential growth to gin-drinkers. The average American buys about $450 worth of stuff while drunk. The report didn't say how much above-average Americans spend.

Well, isn’t this adorable: someone thinks they’ve found a use for Google Glass!

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Posted by:

BobD
08 Aug 2018

So Mozilla is fiddling with their logo...
That's what dying outfits do.

Back in the 90's, when I worked for DEC, someone decided the company needed to change its official color from blue to burgundy.

DEC was Digital Equipment Corporation. Who remembers?


Posted by:

Danny G
08 Aug 2018

I really hope firefox doesn't disappear. I think it's the best browser for Android, much better than any other including Chrome.

It has a great readability function and many extensions including ublock origin, https everywhere, something that other browsers don't have including Chrome for Android.


Posted by:

Fensterlips
08 Aug 2018

I dropped Firefox the day they gave Brandon Eich the boot for supporting the same sex marriage ban in California. Remember this was back in the day that Obama also supported it. I saw them as being dogmatic, partisan and uncaring. I figured if they suddenly wanted to play p9litics I could too. I wonder how many other people did the same? They did seem to fall shortly afterwards and the media hates reporting bad news of this type. One wonders.


Posted by:

Daniel Wiener
08 Aug 2018

Like Fensterlips, I also removed Firefox from my computers after Brandon Eich was forced out. Eich was the progenitor for the current tidal wave of people being canned from their jobs for personal political opinions or old heresies. That's not a good path for our country to be taking.

Fortunately Pale Moon, a Firefox lookalike, was available as an immediate replacement. I now have a plethora of browsers on my computer: Pale Moon, Chrome, M.S. Internet Explorer, Vivaldi, Opera, and Avast, all of which sometimes get used under different circumstances. But no Firefox; I don't miss it at all.



Posted by:

ferank
09 Aug 2018

AM THINKING OF DUMPING FIREFOX BECAUSE WHEN START UP, I ALWAYS GET THIS MESSAGE 'firefox not responding'

yeah right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

duh


Posted by:

Walter
09 Aug 2018

I'm for this one:
https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/necyklopedie/images/c/cc/Sexy_Firefox_Girl.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101031235400


Posted by:

Lloyd Collins
10 Aug 2018

A logo change for Firefox won't bring me back. I liked Firefox for my dial-up, then came Quantum
and then I went from running to wading in quicksand. Now I use Seamonkey and it is back to running.


Posted by:

SamG
14 Aug 2018

Got to agree with ferank. FF usually crashes on start. 2,3 times. Freezes. occasionally. Steam browser does too. But why should I use a better browser to email, research, and window shop. For financial transactions I use Epic browser and a secure virtual keyboard. Mixed with this CLUNKY wireless trackball keyboard. That happens to randomly drop keystrokes.
And thanks Bob for the Apollo 11 soundtracks. Maybe reference to UFOs might have slipped by the censors? One can only hope.


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