Geekly Update - 25 September 2013

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If your car starts mooing like a cow while driving in NYC, what should you do? Can your cat bypass the fingerprint security system on your new iPhone 5s? And why do Japanese physicists want your old music CDs? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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"A lot of bull?" New York’s EZ-Pass highway toll collection technology is being used to track drivers far from toll roads, according to an anonymous blogger cited by Fox News. He says he rigged his car to “moo” like a cow whenever it detected EZ-Pass tech in use. The New York City Department of Transportation insists that scanners installed all over NYC are just for "studying traffic patterns."

Armed robbers found easy pickings outside of an Apple store in Houston. Campers eager to be first in line to get a new iPhone 5 were, instead, first to be relieved of their old phones, their wallets, and other valuables. It pays to sleep in a bed, even if it’s in your parents’ basement.

Apple’s TouchID fingerprint lock was hacked only three days after it became available. A European hacker group demonstrated that a photograph of a user’s fingerprint on any smooth surface is sufficient to fool the much-vaunted security system. And in related news, here’s a cat whose pawprint unlocks an iPhone 5.
Geekly Update 09-25-2013

Don't toss out your old music CD collection... Japanese physicists have found a way to use them as part of a wastewater treatment process. Next up, figuring out what to do with all those AOL disks.

For only $16,000 you can now buy your own life-size Imperial AT-ST Scout walker on eBay and… WHOOOSH! And there go all of my Star Wars fan subscribers to check their Paypal balances.

A beautiful infographic depicts fifty years of space exploration, but only by Earthlings.

Microsoft is working on bringing the Internet to rural Africa, using "white spaces technology" that takes advantage of unused broadcast TV channels and solar power. The project could enable Internet connections of up to 2Mb/second to the rural communities.

LinkedIn users have launched a class action lawsuit against the professional social network, alleging that they didn’t know giving any Internet company access to one’s email contacts is just like sharing friends and family with multi-level marketers.

Life imitates art imitating life: the script for the movie about Wikileaks has been leaked to Wikileaks which has leaked it all over the Internet.

Homeless, unemployed, and surviving on Bitcoins is no way to go through life, son. Or is it?

 
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Heather
25 Sep 2013

I forwarded the article linked regarding Bitcoin to my local Christian ministry that helps the homeless. Possibly they can use the information to help the homeless earn money or to help expand their funding base! I suggest you should consider it. Read the article. It was very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing the link, Bob!


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