Geekly Update - 26 October 2016
When troubleshooting a computer problem, what's the best place to start? What fun activity have robots completely ruined for humanity? And why are snails attacking the Internet? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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Take it to the limit... T-mobile will pay $48 million to settle FCC claims that the mobile carrier misled consumers about its “unlimited” data services. That figure includes $35.5 million worth of discounts and data credits for consumers.
Humans no longer dominate the soccer field. A team of robots from the USA beat Australia in the RoboCup Challenge, held during the 2016 World Robot Conference in Beijing.
Don't try to steal a bike secured with a SkunkLock. After having his bike stolen, inventor Dan Idzkowski came up with a novel idea -- a bike lock that will make thieves vomit if they try to cut through the lock.
The Ockel Sirius A device is a phone-like Windows 10 mini computer complete with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, and ports for HDMI, a DisplayPort, Ethernet and a 12V power input for stationary use. It also sports a 6-inch HD touch display, a 3,000mAh battery, 64GB in-built flash storage, a microSD booster slot, and 3.5mm audio port, plus an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer for compass functionality. Contributors to the Sirus A’s Indiegogo campaign can reserve one for $549. This would be a lot cooler if it could make a phone call.
The legality of fantasy stock trading is itself fantasy, the Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled. Forcerank, a New York firm that offered a fantasy stock trading game, agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for running a fantasy stock trading game and taking a cut of entry fees, as well as selling data about players that it collected.
Malware that “skims” credit card details infected 5,900 websites and went undetected between March 16 to October 5, according to researchere Willem de Groot. Card details submitted to the compromised sites were transmitted to known hacker domains and “dark web” marketplaces.
Totally banning screen time for children is the wrong approach now, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics which promulgated total bans for many years. Instead, every child now needs a personalized screen time plan tailored to his/her age and development level, and every parent needs a child psychologist on retainer.
A steel cabinet housing telecomm connections caught fire in the British town of Telford. Investigators discovered that a horde of snails had taken up residence in the cabinet, triggering a slimy short circuit.
ISPs in Thailand are protesting a law that makes them responsible for illegal content published by their users, and for any cyber crimes committed using their networks.
When all else fails, pull the plug. The Australian Census was supposed to be conducted online in a single day, August 9. But Aussies were unable to upload their Census data for 40 hours thanks to a DDoS attack launched from a foreign country. IBM Global Services, the contractor for the census system, has now admitted that the outage could have been ended much sooner by turning one of its routers off and back on.
I had a recent experience very similar to this. Some friends asked me to check on their computer, which was unable to connect to the Internet. After trying unsuccessfully to diagnose the problem for two hours, I turned off the cable modem, turned it back on, and all was well. Next time, I'll try that first.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 26 Oct 2016
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