Geekly Update - 15 September 2022

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How soon will a super-intelligent AI wipe out humanity? Will astronauts on space horses survive the apocalypse? And what's the best way to prevent hackers from stealing your PIN code at an ATM machine? 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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Would you recognize a sneaky Browser-in-the-Browser attack? Security researchers are warning about an "annoyingly simple but surprisingly effective phishing trick" that creates what looks like a popup browser window, but is actually a link to a malicious site. Pay attention to the address bar to avoid this trick.

After winning the Colorado State Art Fair's competition for Emerging Digital Artists, Jason Allen told the New York Times "Art is Dead Dude." Fellow artists were angry that Allen used artificial intelligence software that creates images by responding to text prompts. "Astronaut riding a horse" is one such example. "It's over. A.I. won. Humans lost", Allen told the paper.

But don't get too worried about software that can automate the production of art. Researchers from the University of Oxford who are affiliated with Google DeepMind have published a paper concluding that it’s “likely” that a super-intelligent AI will cause an "existential catastrophe" that will wipe out humanity. In that case, astronauts on horses will have a better chance of survival.

Security researcher Brian Krebs reports that criminals are using super-thin "deep insert" devices designed to fit inside an ATM card slot, to steal card data. The advanced card skimmers are paired with tiny pinhole cameras that watch as you enter your PIN code. Krebs recommends covering the PIN entry pad with one hand while entering your code with the other hand. I prefer the "two-finger method" which requires only one hand. One finger presses the correct number, the other is a decoy.

Geekly Update 09-15-2022

Cloud storage company Backblaze has many thousands of both HDDs (traditonal magnetic hard drives) and SSDs (digital solid-state drives) in its data centers. They've completed a study showing that SSDs are more reliable than HDDs over the long haul. Short version: things start to look bad for HDDs after five years of use.
FWIW, Merriam-Webster added 370 new words to their dictionary this month. So dumbphone, altcoin, shrinkflation, adorkable, and janky are now officially in the dictionary. That's just ICYMI.

Aalyria, a Google spinoff company, announced a way to use space lasers for high-speed internet. THey claim that lasers can move data (even through bad weather conditions) at speeds up to 1.6 Tbps. That's 100 to 1000 times faster than current technologies.

Robots may not take over the world in 2022, but if Nike has their way, your sneakers will be cleaned by a robot named BILL. The sneaker-cleaning robot looks more like Rube Goldberg's car wash, but it can clean your Air Jordans and even make repairs.

How do streaming videos provide a Danish city with hot water? You'll have to stream a video to find out.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 15 September 2022"

Posted by:

Allan Brunner
15 Sep 2022

Nothing knew about the ATM scam; we've known about that in the UK for many years, especially the pinhole cameras.

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15 Sep 2022

I prefer the "no ATM" method which requires no hand.

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Greg Sparks
15 Sep 2022

Surprised that you wrote "ATM machine."ATM stands for Automatic Teller Machine, you "Automatic Teller Machine machine" Just when I though you were the most reliable source of info and digital correctness. ;-)

Posted by:

Jamie Sewell
15 Sep 2022

Hi, What is the best password manager?

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Hugh Gautier
16 Sep 2022

I have a simple question, why would I need the cloud for anything with 11.7TB of SSD hard drives all external but on my system? The simple answer is never. I do not trust anything else to keep my files, messages, or pictures as safe as I can. Given that I disconnect those drives when I don't need them. That cloud is too open to attack, therefore, it isn't as safe as everyone would like to think that it is.
With that said, the cloud isn't to be trusted whatsoever. Our Government breaks into it all of the time. So with that said, I'm not going to trust something that will allow our government operatives to browse our private files. Thanks, but no thanks, I'll keep mine on those drives that I have total control over.

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16 Sep 2022

@Jamie Sewell >> Please search Bob Rankin's site password manager. Don't take anyone else's word for it.
But know this: Since one size doesn't fit all, please review the "features" of many different offerings. Some cost $$, some are freemium (shareware?), and few worthy ones are OpenSource; others are hardware agnostic and can be used with all/any operating-systems (apple/microsoft/android).

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