Geekly Update - 17 August 2016
Does changing your password frequently make you LESS secure? Is Facebook now allowing marine mammals to have their own accounts? Are robots sneaking into your closet and donating your clothes to the Salvation Army? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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"Can I borrow that for a sec?" A woman trying to take a picture of a dolphin at SeaWorld was surprised when the dolphin grabbed the iPad out of her hands and tossed it in the water. Presumably, after taking a quick selfie and checking his Facebook page.
Houston police arrested two men who stole 100 cars using a laptop and an illicit copy of a database of electronic key codes. The pair would quickly hack a car’s computer to read its key code, then burn a matching wireless key fob on the spot to open and start the car. Police are puzzled as to how the thieves got the key code database, which is supposedly available only to authorized dealers and locksmiths. I'm not puzzled at all.
Twenty years ago, a series of futuristic ads from AT&T predicted how we would work, play, and live in the 21st century. See how close AT&T’s fortunetellers came to the truth.
Nikola Tesla did pretty well in the predictions game, too. He foresaw WiFi, smartphones, airplanes that flew without fossil fuel, “X-ray” machines that can read thoughts, and more.
Two white-hat hackers won $2 million at the Cyber Grand Challenge sponsored by DARPA during the lead-up to the hackers conference DefCon. Their software, named “Mayhem,” defeated all others in bot battle, learning to defend and attack in a cyber-war.
The right to beer arms? AP reports that the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has proposed a regulation to require brewers to "collect the name, address, age and phone number from anyone who purchases beer at a brewery for off-premise consumption.” Perhaps beer should be added to the 2nd Amendment.
Use it or lose it. A new “nanny wardrobe” keeps track of the clothes in your closet, including how often you wear a given piece. If you don’t don a shirt in a specified number of months, the system gives it to a charity.
The owner of a small-town newspaper in Vermont couldn't sell the business, so he found a clever way to "give it away" for $122,500. He started an essay contest where the winner would assume ownership of the publication, in exchange for 400 words of prose and the $175 entry fee. The contest had to be extended because only about 100 of the required number of 700 entries were received.
Sports fans can finally go directly to ESPN.com instead of ESPN.go.com. It only took 18 years.
Some of the greatest contemporary champions of online privacy will be honored at the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 2016 Pioneer Awards, September 21 in San Francisco. They include Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice, data protection activist Max Schrems, the authors of the “Keys Under Doormats” report that counters calls to break encryption, and the lawmakers behind CalECPA—a groundbreaking computer privacy law for Californians.
Google Fiber has postponed its San Jose deployment while it integrates a newly purchased company that delivers 1Gbps Internet via *wireless* technology. Google hopes to avoid protracted fights with incumbents over access to the wooden poles that support traditional cables.
Frequent password changes actually result in weaker passwords, security experts are warning. Many users just make shorter, predictable, more easily cracked variations of their first password.
Don't read this one if you are afraid of spiders. “Yablonina's mobile robotic fabrication system for filament structures features two semi-autonomous bots working together to distribute thread. They climb walls using suction and sensing technology, and can construct a hammock-like web strong enough to support a person.”
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