Geekly Update - 10 June 2015

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Why won't Fido or Fifi answer the phone when you call? What's different about Russian Internet trolls? And how many angels can dance on a 128-GB flash drive? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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In a four-story government building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of Kremlin trolls work 12-hour days flooding the Internet with Vladimir Putin’s view of the world. If only we knew where the “Washington trolls” work.

Only in Japan (or first, anyway) will you find the “Internet of Animals,” better known as AniCall. A digital collar on a pet communicates via Bluetooth with a smartphone app, enabling behavior and health monitoring, and lost-pet alerts to neighboring Anicall users. Remember when a cat could just be a cat?

CIRFU.NET is the domain where the FBI parks hundreds of domain names of websites it has shut down, including file-sharing service But oopsie... the FBI allowed CIRFU.NET to expire, and a p**n peddler snapped it up.

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Woolworths supermarkets in Australia leaked the gift card data of nearly 8,000 customers, enabling thieves to steal $1.3 million worth of value stored on the cards.

Why doesn’t your dog or cat recognize your face on a smartphone screen? Scientists say dogs see differently, while cats just don’t give a darn about you.

Here's a new way to wake up disappointed every morning. SensorWake is a new alarm clock that wakes you gently with the mouth-watering aromas of coffee, hot pastries, fresh cut grass, and even the sweet, sweet smell of cash.

What is the sound of one atom? We still don’t know, really, but you can listen to the sound of atoms crashing into other atoms in an experiment aimed at furthering quantum computing.

A woman donated several boxes of her late husband’s gadgets to an electronics recycling firm. Among the discards was an Apple One computer with a wooden case hand-built by Steve Wozniak, which sold for $200,000. The shop is seeking the woman, who did not leave her name, to give her half of the proceeds.

Google Maps has partnered with real-time public transit data providers in 25 locations to tell commuters exactly where that bus or train that was supposed to be here 15 minutes ago is right now.

SanDisk has released a 128 GB USB flash drive ($120) that is the size of a dime and is sure to get lost in seat cushions.

George “I guarantee it” Zimmer, ousted head of Mens Warehouse, has launched zTailor, an “Uber for tailors” app that will bring a tailor to you for custom alterations of the suit you bought 20 pounds ago.

The ultimate stay-cation... Choice Hotels Intl. is seeking $145,500 in damages from a Florida man who discovered that the lodging chain’s rewards system did not delete gift card credits he was given after he canceled the reservations that earned the credits. "Frequent-stay programs are common throughout the industry and neither Choice nor its competitors offer rewards for frequent reservations," the lawsuit said.

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Posted by:

Mac 'n' Cheese
10 Jun 2015

I think it was probably my sister who lives in, um, Milpitas, CA. See, she, um, she's the one who donated the Apple One computer to the recycler. Um, she's not home right now. But, um, please have the recycler send the $100,000 check to me. I'll be sure she gets it. ... Promise.


Gee, I hope I don't forget to give it to her.

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David Guillaume
10 Jun 2015

As usual a very interesting geeky report but just one small correction. Many years ago in the days of black & white TV. I had a cat who would come and sit on my lap and watch the TV. If a dog ever appeared on the screen he would leap of my lap and climb up on top of the TV and pat and hiss at the picture of the dog until the picture changed.
On his 17th birthday he came and sat on my lap for a few minutes then putting his paws on my shoulder he gently licked my face, sat back on my lap and died in his sleep. Proof that at least one UK cat used to enjoy watching B&W TV His name was Fred.
David Guillaume

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11 Jun 2015

Re: Google Maps has partnered with real-time public transit data providers in 25 locations.......

The bus service in the small Northern California county my in-laws reside in has had this option for a long time and they find it invaluable. They know the number of the bus stop and service/s they want and can plan ahead before leaving home.

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11 Jun 2015

And here I at first thought you meant St. Petersburg Florida...


@David Guillaume

I too had a 16-year old cat, also named Fred, who I feel sure waited to pass until he had had a chance to say goodbye to me. One of my best friends.

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