Geekly Update - 08 Feb 2018
Will radiation from your cell phone help you live longer? Can you sue Equifax in small claims court and get a check for ten grand? How soon can you upload your brain to a computer? And which tech 'futurist' made the worst predictions about the Internet twenty years ago?
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A research study that will confound conspiracy theorists and put a big dent in the tinfoil industry found that rats exposed to cellphone radiation lived longer than rats who were not. My best advice, based on this report: don't give cell phones to rats.
Victims of Equifax’s grossly negligent loss of nearly every adult Americans’ credit data are getting judgements up to $10,000 in small claims courts nationwide, using a free app that files the papers for them. Equifax is appealing the rulings, so those checks may or may not be in the mailbox any time soon. Wonder what Grumpy Cat would say about this.
Never mind tired jokes about Bill Gates’ wildly wrong prediction about how much RAM everyone will need. Read this 1995 essay in which legendary tech futurist Clifford Stoll scoffs at the notion that people would one day buy and read books via computers. Oh, and it gets better than that!
Facebook told users they “liked” posts made by undercover Russian trolls. The users reactions were overwhelmingly… disappointing. The program, intended to combat the spread of fake news, has been discontinued.
The Human Trafficking Prevention Act would impose a “p*rn filter” on every Internet-capable device manufactured and sold in the USA. Users would have to pay a $20 fee to get it removed. You bet your sweet bippy the ACLU has a problem with this. (10 points to the first reader who comments with the origin of “you bet your sweet bippy.”)
One ring to rule all your passwords, credit card and bank account data, and to slip off your finger while snorkeling in Hawaii or be snatched off in the blink of an eye by a cunning thief. Another problem... just like the "ring of power" in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," it makes you more visible to evil beings. But that’s what Token, Inc. is selling.
How crazy has the cryptocurrency craze become? In Japan (where else?) a popular music band of girls dressed in frilly maid outfits and wearing metallic, scary wrestling-style masks sing the praises of Bitcoin, and reportedly accepts payment in Bitcoin.
Microsoft Office 2019 will only run under Windows 10, the company told its captive audience of enterprise users recently. I predict a long life for Microsoft Office 2016, the current version.
“AI (artificial intelligence) is … more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire.” Not some stoner computer science sophomore student, but the CEO of Google, Inc., Sundar Pichai. Do you agree?
The trade secrets theft lawsuit brought against Uber by Google sister company Waymo is underway. Both sides are bad, testimony reveals.
Tired of hateful, fake Facebook posts and Tweets? You can “virtually move” your location to Germany, which is threatening fines of up to $60 million against social media platforms that fail to control such trash.
“Will we ever be able to upload a human mind to a new body?” is another case of scientists asking the wrong question. Perhaps you would like to take a shot at “Should we ever…?”
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 8 Feb 2018
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