Geekly Update - 26 Jul 2017

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Will implanting a new computer chip in your brain give you direct Internet access? Is Youtube using electric shock therapy to combat terrorism? And did NASA just upload a trove of videos proving that alien spacecraft really do exist? 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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Researchers at Columbia University in New York are working on ways to implant silicon chips in human brains. It won't make you smarter, but it might help if you have Parkinson’s, epilepsy, or hearing/vision problems.

Everyone needs a hobby, I guess. Welcome to the world of Kosuke Saito, from Osaka, Japan, who began collecting Amazon shipping boxes in 2008.

YouTube has launched a counter-terrorism initiative that redirects seekers of extremist propaganda to curated videos that debunk terrorist recruiting themes. (If they could integrate that electro-shock mouse into this scenario, it might be more effective.)

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Speaking of shocking topics, Mehdi Sadaghdar is a popular Youtube personality who has a series of entertaining (some might say "hard to watch") videos about the dangers of electricity.

The Lithuanian crook who scammed Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million is fighting extradition to the United States, where he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Reality TV has come to the International Space Station. Japan’s so-called Internal Ball Camera drone was sent up to the ISS to record video and still photos of the astronauts’ daily lives. Described as “a little ball of cuteness floating about in space,” the gadget’s images and video are now available online.

Stealing a page from Instagram’s playbook, Amazon Spark gives Prime members a shoppable feed of stories and images of products that members like.

NASA has uploaded hundreds of rare aircraft films to YouTube. The videos include everything from 1950s experimental aircraft like the X-3 Stiletto to 1960s Lunar Landing Research Vehicle tests to footage of the time that NASA intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 in 1984.

A trove of more than 4,000 photos from the D-day invasion of Normandy are now online.

Traditional pay TV subscriptions declined by more than 800,000 in the first quarter of 2017. A year ago, the quarterly subscriber loss was only 141,000.

A federal judge has blocked a Milwaukee County, WI, law that would have required developers of augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go to obtain permits and provide porta-potties, security, trash cleanup and other things required of normal events. The county wanted to regulate augmented reality events in its parks after a “deluge” of players descended upon them.

Microsoft has been quietly fighting the Russian hacker group known as “Fancy Bear” in court. The Redmond company has won numerous lawsuits to obtain control of domain names used by the hackers.

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Posted by:

26 Jul 2017

It would be interesting to see what effect electro- convulsive therapy would have on terrorists?

Posted by:

26 Jul 2017

Will these brain silicon chip implants feature built-in security provisions or will users have to pay extra for hack-proof SMiShing prevention, et al???

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26 Jul 2017

ROBERT, did they name a destroyer(DDG-67)after some relative? Yes, to answer you question: ECT while waterboarding using chip (not chimp, though one might make a plausible argument that a chimp implant would be more effective than a mere chip implant, besides, didn't Nestle try that with cookies several years ago, only to find that the chips tended to melt with cruel regularity?) implants in Amazon Boxes (the older the less room) while redirecting any searches for a disappeared persons name takes you to a Christian Evangelical Site where ministers who live only in houses worth $100 million or more (Sorry Mega-Churches,it seems not all Gods (or at least the house they build for God) were Created equal while the houses created by God for ministers never even pretended to be equal, even in America) where the prisoners make realistic videos of exactly what effects high amperage & Wattage electricity has on people (which also provides a second revenue string in case the IRS takes away their tax exempt status the CIA is always willing to pay cash) which keeps those pesky seekers of extremist propaganda busy producing Photo-shopped images of D-day and 'rare' air craft footage which they sell to Facebook and Google only in America (where we have no extradition treaty with ourselfs), and force them to subscribe to Television stations which live-stream their activities using the Internal Ball Drone (from which Cinderella must escape before midnight or turn into a person and seriously cramp her style)and all adds for the television stream are really live-feeds of all the cool things you can buy while already shopping in augmented reality while trying to keep the 'Fancy Bear' Russians from taking over the universe. Or at least try to keep the "little ball of cuteness" from the hands of Kim Jong-un who seems recently obsessed with giving 'one ball and half a mule' to ever citizen in his country and has been photographed (see above) trying to befriend South Korean children with the same promice in an attempt to place a 'little ball of cuteness' in every household on the planet in a bid to overtake the Fancy Bear of Russia. Given the choice between 'cute' and 'Russian' or 'little ball' and 'bear', I'd say this round has already gone to Kim Jong-un.

Posted by:

26 Jul 2017

Whoa, Doc!!!!
Too much caffeine?
Better now?

Posted by:

27 Jul 2017

Hi Bob,
great links, in particular NASA video and D-day pics.

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