Geekly Update - 18 December 2019

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Does Vladimir Putin's personal computer use one of the most hackable operating systems in the world? Is your boss using technology to read your mind? What were the worst tech products of 2019? And is your Ring video camera really vulnerable to evil hackers? 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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If you like illusions and other mind benders, check out the winner of the 2019 Illusion of the Year contest, and bunch of other fun entries.

Auto hacking is getting worse, according to a report by, an Israeli research firm. Hacks perpetrated on "connected cars" have risen 99% in the past year, and 82% of them occur remotely.

Does Russia's Vladimir Putin still use Windows XP? A photo of him sitting in front a computer seems to indicate that. Support for XP ended in 2005. But at least he's not alone, NetMarketShare reporting indicates that Windows XP still has 2.3% market share.

Wired Magazine has some ideas to help you get the most out of Google's Chrome browser. Try these tips and tricks to mute annoying sites, recover accidentally closed tabs, or send a tab from one device to another.

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Several stories in the news recently have headlines warning about "terrifying hacks" of Ring video cameras. But I say they're bogus. All of the so-called "hacks" involve weak passwords, or customers re-using passwords that have been compromised in other breaches.

KrebsOnSecurity has been monitoring the activities of an international cybercrime network called "Evil Corp" that has stolen $100 million from businesses and
consumers. Here is Brian Krebs' inside look at the back-end operations of this criminal enterprise.

Brain-computer interfaces allow signals from the brain to control technology. BCIs have been used to help people with injuries recover certain abilities, and to fly a drone using thought. But will they soon enable bosses to keep track of employee productivity?

The FTC says users of the service, which promised to help people unsubscribe from unwanted emails, were lied to when the company promised they would never look at personal information customer emails. I warned about this obvious privacy hazard back in 2014.

ZDNet has a list of this year's "tech turkeys." The list of twenty-six tech flops is dominated by ideas from Apple and Google.

Attackers on Twitter targeted the Epilepsy Foundation, apparently in an attempt to trigger seizures with strobing images. The sick attack happened during National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 18 December 2019"

Posted by:

Ken H
18 Dec 2019

FYI my Chrome browser does not seem to have any place to: "Right-click on the site's tab at the top of Chrome, then choose Mute Site." I actually use the Vivaldi browser nearly always, but I opened Chrome to make dice.
Ctrl+shift+T does bring back the most recently closed tab on Vivaldi.
The Emoji and symbol thing doesn't in V, does in C.

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Dr. Sheldon Cooper
18 Dec 2019

Putin needs a 'consultation' with Edward Snowden.

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18 Dec 2019

Are there any virus authors still writing malware for Windows XP? I imagine not, but who can say for sure?

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18 Dec 2019

A valid corollary for:
"Brain-computer interfaces allow signals from the brain to control technology."
"Computer-brain interfaces allow signals from the computer(technology) to control the brain."

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Dr. Sheldon Cooper
18 Dec 2019

We Tested Ring’s Security. It’s Awful

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19 Dec 2019

I looked at the article regarding Mr. Putin's use of Microsoft's old XP OS.That is not smart since he has access to Russian state secrets.

There is a Russian version of Linux available called Astra Linux that could easily replace XP.It's time he moved to this new OS that is obviously supported.

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