Geekly Update - 21 November 2017
Will you find the best Black Friday ads online, or in your local newspaper? Is a California man's homemade rocket destined to prove that the Earth is flat? And what should you do if your caller-ID shows that your own phone number is calling you? 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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The first “nation in space,” Asgardia, is now drifting towards the International Space Station after launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia aboard a mighty Orbital ATK Antares rocket. Over 300,000 signed up to become “citizens” of Asgardia, a satellite about the size of a half-gallon milk carton. And we thought space flight would solve the overpopulation problem.
"Mad Mike Hughes" says he doesn't believe in science, or that the Earth is round. But he has spent $20,000 to build a rocket which will propel him to an altitude of 1800 feet at a speed of 500 mph.
Scientists at Cambridge University have reported that sheep can recognize human faces on computer screens. Because they're studying human brain disorders, or something definitely sciencey.
A digital pill that can be tracked remotely has been approved by the FDA to help doctors monitor patient compliance with medication schedules. Around and around it goes, and where it stops no one wants to know.
The independent fact-checking organizations hired by Facebook to combat “fake news” on the social network say that reports of their success are “fake news.”
CompuServe’s forums will be shut down and deleted on December 15, 2017. CompuServe, one of the pioneering social networks, was founded in 1969 and acquired by AOL in 1998. What’s left of CompuServe? Try it and see; it’s free. Compatible with Windows 98, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, and 10. Dial-up modem or broadband required.
Do not answer calls from your own phone number. If it’s not a scammer, you’ll end up talking to yourself and that never ends well.
Amazon’s supposedly secure, literally “in home” package delivery service requires a $250 package of hardware and services. Announced October 25, Amazon Key has already been hacked by security researchers, who used a widely available app to make customers think their front door had been closed after a delivery when, in fact, it was left open to thieves.
Astronomers have found about 3,700 planets outside of our Solar System. Now they are organized in a Periodic Table of Exoplanets that shows at a glance each planet’s characteristics, enabling easier searches for planets capable of supporting alien invaders.
Germany has banned smartwatches designed for kids, citing privacy and data collection flaws, and advised parents to destroy any of the banned devices they’ve already bought.
Uber has placed an order for 24,000 Volvo SUVs, vehicles large enough to hold complex autonomous-driving gear as well as passengers. No word of what Uber’s absolutely-not-employees human drivers think of this.
The FCC’s latest proposals would leave many rural and low-income citizens without broadband or cellular service, concentrate TV and radio station ownership in fewer hands, and allow telcos to abandon aging copper wire networks without replacing them.
This week’s Geekly Update would not be complete without a link to Black Friday Ads. Despite e-commerce and digital coupons, the overwhelming majority of Black Friday deals are still offered in print. Happy holiday shopping!
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