Geekly Update - 15 November 2018

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Is UFO technology being used to revolutionize the human experience? What's the connection between your Google searches, location history, and the local health inspector? And is it just your imagination, or is the robocall problem getting worse? 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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Why are spammy robocalls increasing despite record-breaking FTC fines, smarter call-blocking apps, and other deterrents? The answers may not surprise you.

Facebook’s new “Advertiser ID Verification” is working so well that Vice News was able to obtain approval to run fake ads “paid for by” all 100 U. S. Senators.

A barefoot man dressed as Fred Flintstone was arrested for speeding while driving a Smart Car that was modified to look like the prehistoric foot-powered cartoon car. Yes, this happened in Florida.

Google is using visitors’ location histories and searches for food-poisoning symptoms to tell local health departments which restaurants to inspect next.

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It costs more energy to mine crypto currency than it costs to mine a monetarily equivalent amount of gold, silver, or copper; however, crypto is still cheaper than virgin aluminum.

A double-digit percentage of all Internet traffic was misrouted through Chinese servers for two and a half years, undetected. Oddly, most of the misrouted traffic involved the District of Columbia and Arington, VA, home to U. S. intelligence operations.

Facebook’s new Portal tabletop device does not compete with Amazon Show or Google Smart Display, both of which are versatile smart assistants. The $199-$249 Portal’s does little more than facilitate video calls between Messenger friends, if you don’t count the company’s spying on such conversations.

According to UK's TV Licensing authority, more than 7,000 households "still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly."

Some former high-level officials and scientists with the US Department of Defense's Aerospace Threat Program are claiming that UFOs are real, and that "credible evidence of UAP (unidentifed aerial phenomena) proves exotic technologies exist that could revolutionize the human experience."

If you enjoy trying on clothes that other people have tried on, you'll love the Prime Wardrobe “Try before you buy” clothing service, another Amazon perk available exclusively for Prime members.

If you have photos stored on Flickr, start backing them up now. New owners say they will begin deleting millions of pics on February 5, 2019.

GM wants everyone’s help naming its new electric bicycle, and they're offering a $10,000 reward to the winner.

You can download free images of illustrations from 18th to 20th Century publications.

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Posted by:

John Anderson
15 Nov 2018

Now, if only there were some way to get Mr. Pai's personal phone number into some of the lists the callers are using....

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15 Nov 2018

UFO's or not, the human race is for the most part very gullible. We can be so easily controlled by propaganda and have been throughout mankind's history. You would think after all of this time the masses would learn something about mob mentality, but evidently not. In the last 200 years, Americans have gone from "Burn her!" to "Lock her up!" We're still putty in the hands of those wielding power.
That being said, the ultimate propaganda would be for us to be deviously "contacted" by alleged aliens and coerced into whatever they allegedly wanted us to do.
Hollywood wouldn't even be needed or required to pull this off.

Posted by:

Warren Raymond
15 Nov 2018

If the government really wants to stop robocalls, the solution is simple. Instead of handing out multi-million dollar fines, hand out ten year prison sentences.

Scammers will pay the fine but don't want to do the time. Throw them in prison for ten to twenty years and poof, no more robocalls.

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15 Nov 2018

Spam phone calls will never be eliminated until the phone companies can be forced or persuaded to use their existing / developing technologies to identify them at the origin and cut them off. At this point the phone companies have zero financial incentive to stop this - they make money from all their users, regardless of intentions. They are not partners with consumers and law enforcement, but involved enablers who take the posture of aggrieved but helpless bystanders.

The technology is there, but not the corporate will to intervene. Spammers may be able to spoof me as to who's calling, but they can't spoof the phone company. And how hard is it to spot and identify a spammer that makes continuous phone calls that typically only last for a few seconds before the party called hangs up?

Posted by:

Jim Swan
16 Nov 2018

the e-bike naming contest is closed now.

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16 Nov 2018

Just want to make one comment about Landline Phones ...

Most people really do not realize that when your electricity goes out and you don't have a Landline Phone... You just may not be able to call anyone, even with a Cell Phone. Why you may ask?

Well, the real truth is ... Most times when your electricity goes out it is due to either a good size storm or some car or vehicle has slammed into a telephone pole. Now, in my case, this just happened when Hurrican Michael came through Georgia. It was still a Category One Hurricane, even when it came through Atlanta, GA.

The night Michael was starting to come into Metro Atlanta area ... I was outside talking with my daughter on our Cordless Phone, not Cell Phone. The wind was blowing hard, but there wasn't any thunder and lightning ... So, I continued talking.

All of a sudden, a huge wind came around my carport, I heard a loud cracking noise and then out of the corner of my left eye ... I saw sparks from the transformer on the telephone pole. Then there was a huge crash!!! I do mean a huge crash.

A tree from one of my neighbor's property fell, hitting the electrical wire to my house and landed across my driveway!!! Of course, ONLY our house lost electric power and my Cordless Phone was dead. Then, I kept trying to get to the Power Company to report the outage ... I could NOT get any "bars" on my Cell Phone. As I kept trying, my Cell Phone's battery died and I had no way of charging it.

I forgot that we still had old landline phones and one good connection in the kitchen. Now, my Hubby has 11 Coronary Stents in his heart, as well as a Bi-Ventricular Pacemaker with 3 leads. I need to have a phone available at all times ... Just in case something happens. He is 78 years old and I am 75 ... We both do not drive anymore. He hasn't driven in about 10 years, due to bad eyesight ... About 2 years ago, all 3 of my daughters told me I did not need to drive anymore, either.

I have honored their wishes. So, we truly need to have a phone available in case either of us needs an ambulance.

My power was turned on about 24 hours after the tree fell. My power company's linemen did an awesome job in the torrential rain and in the dark. Yes, they had a big truck with super bright lights that can be aimed anywhere they need to work, thankfully, the technology is good these days even for power linemen!

I never would have thought that a real hurricane would come that far inland to Metro Atlanta ... But it did. Thankfully no one was hurt in my neighborhood. Again, as luck would have it ... Only MY house lost power.

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