Geekly Update - 12 April 2018

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Would you drive your car over a 3-D printed bridge? What did Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tell Congress in his testimony about online privacy this week? And does a newly-discovered flaw in Microsoft's Windows Defender enable hackers to take over your computer? 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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Social media is no longer just about sharing pictures of what you ate for lunch. A new trend among younger parents is "child shaming" -- sharing humiliating videos of their punishments on Youtube and Facebook.

Our eyes are hardening. We can barely see our phones anymore. It’s time to look up at the wide, wide world. No, really, the whole human race is going screen-blind.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this week, regarding the company's privacy practices. Zuckerberg said "Every piece of content that you share on Facebook, you own and you have complete control over who sees it, and how you share it, and you can remove it at any time." But Wired Security editor Brian Barrett begs to differ.


Highway engineers have found a clever way to get drivers to slow down by laying strategically placed rumble strips that cause a song to played when you drive through the area at the speed limit. But residents of one Dutch village are getting really tired of hearing their national anthem played over and over.

Soylent the meal replacement drink that was available only online, last year, is now available in Walmart and 7-Eleven stores. I'm not sure if I would trust the ingredients listed on the Nutrition Facts panel.

Watch these robots 3D-print an entire bridge.

This just in from the Unintended Consequences department: A bug that Microsoft introduced into a popular open-source archiving app would allow .rar archive files to be used by hackers to take complete control of victims’ computers. Better yet, the compromised app was part of Microsoft’s Windows Defender antimalware system.

Facebook is violating privacy laws with its new facial recognition tech, according to complaints being filed with the Federal Trade Commission by the privacy advocacy group, EPIC. "The problem is that the people Facebook is trying to 'tag' did not consent to being identified," says EPIC president Marc Rotenberg. Zuckerberg: “That’s a problem?”

Amazon is shutting down its subscription cloud storage service for music files on April 30. Here is what you need to know if you’re a subscriber.

Google's Gmail service will get a makeover during the next few weeks, likely becoming more like the mobile Gmail app, as Calendar has. Expect a cleaner, more icon-driven look, plus features such as Smart Reply, scheduled future sendings, and offline work.

Faster, more timely rollouts of Android upgrades could be the blockbuster product differentiator, putting the company who achieves this goal ahead of the pack. LG Electronics hopes to become that runaway best-seller with its new Software Upgrade Center.

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Posted by:

12 Apr 2018

I can't believe they called it Soylent. Then again...

I wonder if they're paying royalties.

Posted by:

12 Apr 2018

I had the same reaction David. Have we hit the point that we recycle ourselves?
Soylent Green is coming!

Posted by:

12 Apr 2018

Like Dave, I too am astounded at the choice of name. Anyone who ever saw the film Soylent Green will know what I mean!

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12 Apr 2018

I have often marveled that we humans ever got to the top of the food chain. now soylent..... My wife said that it was proof there is a Supreme Being

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12 Apr 2018

Thank you, Mr. Rankin for that image of TheZuck as the DataAccumulator. Since his face has been all over the media this week... and my internal FacialRecognition must've been out to lunch lately; I could correlate between Facebook's TheZuck and StarTrek's Data. But OMG!

A recent article stated that cremations have barely edged out burials in the past few years: But the environmentally safer "alkaline hydrolysis" process is said to be the up-and-coming corps disposal method of choice. If Rob Rhinehart (or Rosa Foods) was a true visionary, he would have employed the "left-overs" of this new disposal process as an ingredient for his nutritional alternative. [Salt and pepper optional].

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13 Apr 2018

Singing rumble strips - for goodness sake don't tell anyone involved in Australian traffic engineering.

The other go slow engineering feats like pelican crossings are bad enough without adding music to the agenda.

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Lloyd Collins
13 Apr 2018

This "sharing" is one of many reasons that I am not on Facebook and never will.

It would had been so cool if Zuckerberg had appeared before Congress as Data, since Congress does not take privacy seriously anyway.

Soylent Green, it taste like chicken. Doesn't most food taste like Chicken?

Posted by:

13 Apr 2018

I see that there are several who connect Soylent with Soylent Green. I wouldn't touch this stuff for ALL the tea in China!!! In my mind, it would always be cannibalism.

"Microsoft’s Windows Defender antimalware system." OMG, I can't believe it. . .Another screw-up from Microsoft!!! Horrors! Thank heavens that I use Bitdefender and have disabled Windows Defender. Whew, that was a close one. LOL

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13 Apr 2018

I specifically don't use Gmail on my phone BECAUSE it doesn't work the same way as on my PC. NOW what am I gonna do. The already messed with the Gmail Calendar, it's TWICE as hard to use.

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