Geekly Update - 20 June 2018
Now that humans have given up their privacy, is the animal kingdom taking up the fight? What problems could you solve with a computer capable of 20 quadrillion calculations per second? And do we really need artificial intelligence in our cat litter boxes? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
The AskBobRankin Geekly Update
In my recent article Everyone Knows Where You Are, I described how the major mobile phone service providers were selling your real-time location data to third parties. Security researcher Brian Krebs reports that "AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are terminating location data sharing agreements with third parties." T-Mobile is still waffling.
It seems even the bees are upset about privacy issues. NYC police reported that 20,000 bees were swarming a surveillance camera in Times Square. The bees were removed, but if birds show up next, we're in trouble.
The USA has recaptured the “world’s most powerful supercomputer” title for the first time in five years. The Summit supercomputer, built by IBM and Nvidia for the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a $200 million beast that can perform 20 quadrillion calculations per second.
A couple who scammed Amazon out of $1.2 million by taking advantage of the e-commerce giant’s liberal return policies have been sentenced to nearly six years in prison, each.
A public library’s vending machine lets patrons check out laptops. Check out this, and other cool vending machines we really need and other countries have.
A relatively small hack ($30 million) of an obscure crypto-currency exchange caused a 7% drop in the price of Bitcoin and wiped out billions of dollars of value in all crypto-currency markets.
"Second Life, meet Blockchain…" People are making real money buying and selling virtual real estate. Really!
A $225 kitty litter box alerts cat owners to their pets’ physical health problems, and alerts everyone who sees it to its owner’s mental health problems.
Microsoft plans to boost office productivity by eliminating the much-maligned Ribbon interface from Microsoft Office, replacing it with something called “Fluent Design.” Great, we have to re-learn how to use Word, again.
AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast all swear they have no intention of introducing paid prioritization of content now that Net Neutrality rules are gone. So we’re okay, right?
For the first time, Microsoft has revealed how it decides whether to fix a Windows vulnerability quickly, as in a Patch Tuesday update, or let it wait until the next major version release (about twice a year). “Eeney, meenie, miney, moe...”
Law enforcement agencies are cheering claims by Grayshift, their iPhone-cracking contractor, that its Graykey utility can already crack Apple’s latest iPhone security feature. Of course, that’s illegal and it seems inappropriate for law enforcement to encourage it, but we live in interesting times.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 20 Jun 2018
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