Geekly Update - 08 March 2018
Can you teach a classroom of kids how to use Microsoft Word, using only a chalkboard? What should you do if your Amazon Echo is bursting into laughter at inappropriate moments? And is the government using implanted microchips to track, control and torment ordinary citizens? 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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A teacher in the African country of Ghana taught his classes all about Microsoft products without having any computers. He drew the software’s user interface on his blackboard with chalk. His incredible presentations went viral and Microsoft got wind of it. That classroom now has computers stacked up higher than Waffle House’s namesake breakfast.
A toddler in China managed to lock his mother's iPhone for 47 years by repeatedly entering the wrong password. Mrs. Lu was told by a technician at the Apple Store that she could wait 47 years for the phone to unlock, or reboot and wipe all data from the phone.
This just in from the "Keep Your Day Job" department: If your Amazon Echo is laughing at you, it's not because you're so funny. Amazon is investigating a software bug that causes the device to emit sounds of unbidden hilarity.
Restaurant workers' demands for higher wages may backfire, if Flippy the burger-flipping robot has anything to say about it. A Caliburger restaurant in Pasadena, California "employs" Flippy, who uses artificial intelligence, thermal imaging, and 3D vision to determine the optimal time to flip or remove a burger from the grill.
Slashdot, one of the oldest and geekiest forums online, was knocked offline by a Distributed Denial Of Service (DDOS) attack on Thursday, March 1. The downtime lasted into the weekend.
Github, the massive open-source software repository, fared better than Slashdot on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, when it fended off the largest DDOS attack ever recorded - a super-tsunami of bogus traffic that reached 1.35 terabits per second. For reference, a data flow of that magnitude would consume your 2-terabyte hard drive in 12 seconds.
There are people who think they are “targeted individuals” being tormented by mysterious government agents who drug their targets, implant chips, and control the poor devils’ bodies and minds. Wired magazine has in-depth looks into the tormented minds of these delusional souls. (Aren't we already being tracked, controlled and tormented by our smartphones?)
Renowned physicist and champion no-hands wheelchair racer Stephen Hawkings believes he knows how Time behaved before the Big Bang. His theory will bend your mind.
A 13-foot robot that cost $100 million to build is something I’d like to see under my 500-foot tall Christmas tree.
Ordinary citizens who donated their unused CPU cycles to the Einstein@Home distributed “big data” processing project have been rewarded with the discovery of radio frequency pulsations from a Millisecond pulsar. So, SETI@Home, why is it taking so long to find E.T.?
Meanwhile, in Iceland, daring thieves have absconded with 600 powerful cryptocurrency “mining” computers valued at $60 mill- no wait, $30 mi- er, now it’s $113… oh let’s just go with the unit count of 600 really powerful computers.
The “Worst Choice of Sponsors for Your App” award goes to the developer of “NRA: Practice Range,” an iOS app that was pulled from the Apple Store following the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead and ignited a nova-like firestorm of backlash against the gun lobby. The developer of the app wants it known that he is no longer affiliated with the NRA; he also wants his name and whereabouts unknown, for some reason.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your body when you donate it to science? If you don’t want to know, don’t click this link. But it’s pretty interesting.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 8 Mar 2018
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