Geekly Update - 14 April 2016
Are you prone to risky computing habits? Would you like to chat with a lonely Swedish girl? Do you know the secret to improving the accuracy of your Google searches? If you answered YES or NO to any of these questions, you MUST read this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read on...
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Have you noticed that Google sometimes removes words from search queries, and shows results with “Missing: Search Term” underneath? Try searching for avocado armadillo monkey and you'll see this in action. If this bothers you, fix it by clicking on Search Tools then All results and choose Verbatim. You can switch it back any time, for less relevant results.
On April 8, Adobe released a patched version of its Flash browser plugins to close a security hole that was actively being used to deliver ransomware via Flash content. The exploit had been observed in the wild for more than week.
"Mommy, what does this button do?" Domino’s has made pizza even easier to order. You only have to open the Domino’s app on your smartphone, and after a few seconds it will place your default order and charge your credit card without further action from you.
Lonely Swedes are just waiting for your call. No, it’s not a risque chat line; ordinary Swedes are ready to take calls from anyone, anytime, to discuss the weather, Swedish culture, or anything fit for polite society.
The Pentagon is offering white-hat hackers up to $150,000 for helping to identify vulnerabilities in defense systems. However, the stringent qualifications ensure that only Americans of impeccable character can participate in the bounty hunt, which pretty much rules out those most likely to try to hack defense systems.
This just in from the Risky Behavior Department… An experiment proved that ordinary people will pick up and use a random USB stick 50% of the time. Is this any different than drinking from an open soda bottle found on a bus stop bench?
Scientists have figured out how to steal any 3D printing design just by listening to the sounds a printer makes while producing an object.
Chefs are going crazy for an Amazon offering: a measuring cup that displays volume and weight in multiple measurement systems. Good for calculating density of fruit cakes?
Yahoo! News reported on March 31 that Trader Joe’s is closing all of its stores and liquidating everything. TJ’s labeled the story an April Fool’s “hoax.” Some said Yahoo messed up and published the gag a day early. Yahoo blamed Spoon University for submitting the hoax, and removed it. Can't help but wonder if Whole Foods was involved...
WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service with over a billion users, has enabled end-to-end encryption for all its data. Even WhatsApp can’t see what you and your contacts are doing, if both parties have encryption enabled. FBI Director James Comey bows his head and sighs.
Ultrarich deadbeats and frauds are getting outed by their offspring, who post selfies on Instagram of themselves and parents on $25 million yachts while Dad is claiming in court to have no assets.
A south Florida serial groper was busted after police saw his YouTube videos in which he bragged about grabbing the butts of female joggers. The combination of social media and stupid people has helped crime fighters more than all DHS grants and gifts of military gear combined.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 14 Apr 2016
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