Geekly Update - 15 March 2018
Is your car stealing personal and private information from your smartphone? Are Geek Squad technicians digging into your personal files when you bring your computer in for repairs? And under what circumstances would it be a cardinal sin to tweet your baby sister? 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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The FBI’s Louisville, KY, division paid Best Buy Geek Squad managers to snitch about potentially illegal content found on customers’ devices. Agents would then show up at Geek Squad shops, review the suspect material, seize devices, and initiate cases. The Electronic Frontier Foundation discovered this ten year-old program through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
If you've ever struggled for hours to solve a Rubik's Cube, then this news will not make you any happier. An MIT student has created a machine that uses cameras and robotic arms to solve the puzzle in less than half a second.
It turns out the cardinal's baby is a sister. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, a New Jersey archbishop, sent a tweet reading "Nighty-night, baby. I love you." His spokesman says the misbegotten missive was a message meant for his (biological) sister. Maybe the Cardinal needs a baby-sitter when he's tweeting his baby sister.
Drive a Mazda? Security researchers say they caught two models “collecting an awful lot of information from drivers' smartphones, including text messages, call records, app activity, photos, contacts, GPS history and emails.” It was all stored unencrypted, and the researchers found a way to introduce malware that transmitted it to them over the Internet.
Researchers in Texas are working on robots with minds of their own. Right now, the robots are too busy playing football, so we needn't worry about them taking over the world. Yet.
The F35 jet is the most expensive military procurement program of all time. It's also unable to meet performance requirements, is way over budget already, and is now so far behind schedule that it needs modernization to the tune of tens of billions of dollars.
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.... the FCC is preparing to revoke the communications license of startup SWARM Technologies, effectively killing the venture, after the company launched four tiny comms satellites despite the FCC’s explicit denial of permission to do so for fear they would pose hazards to other satellites that could not “see” them. CEO Sara Spangelo says on her blog, “Feel free to contact me!” So go ahead and tell her what you think of such arrogant, reckless, cosmonaut-threatening misconduct.
If people stop growing new neurons in their early teens but those neurons are not fully wired together until their mid-twenties, then what is going on in those heads during the “formative years,” exactly?
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by playing the 30th anniversary game online for free, courtesty of the BBC.
IBM’s three year-old “homomorphic encryption” code just got 75 times faster, making it feasible to upload large sets of data to cloud servers and work on them without decrypting to plain text. This breakthrough could help stem the tide of leaks coming out of Amazon Web Services, if only AWS made encryption mandatory.
“Hi, I’m Windows. I enjoy working with humans.” Microsoft is rolling out Windows ML (Machine Learning) to app developers who want to add artificial intelligence to their mix of things that can go wrong. “Alexa Cortana” may appear in your Windows 10 devices within a year.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 15 Mar 2018
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