Geekly Update - 26 October 2017

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Would you pay a million dollars to learn Albert Einstein's secret of happiness? Why does Amazon.com want the key to your front door? And what can be done about bad rabbits attacking the Internet? 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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Einstein is best known for his work on the theory of relativity. But have you heard about Einstein's Theory of Happiness? The famed scientist was staying at a hotel in 1922, and had no money to tip the bellboy. So he scribbled some sage advice on a scrap of paper and handed it to the servant. Ninety-five years later, that paper sold at auction for $1.56 million.

Tesla is distributing its high-performance batteries and solar panels to Puerto Rico hurricane victims. About one-third of the island is still without grid power.

Hate the gas pumps that blast video commercials while you’re filling your tank? Here’s a simple hack that will let you pump in peace.

Geekly Update 10-26-2017

In Australia’s rugged outback, one restaurant is testing Google’s drone delivery system. The drone can reach remote customers at speeds up to 75 mph. Drone delivery of food and medicine to disaster areas is another application.

It’s high time to get serious about cybersecurity from the consumer to the corporate IT office, according to a rather scary editorial by Gerhard Eschelbeck is the vice president of privacy and security at Google.

The FAA is proposing a worldwide ban on laptops in checked luggage, citing concerns about batteries exploding in combination with dry shampoo aerosol cans. The United Nations will take up the proposal. (Or, they could ban dry shampoo aerosol cans.)

The New York Police Dept. claims that its database of assets seized from citizens not charged with any crimes is too fragile to tinker with, so the department can’t even tell lawmakers how much money it has seized under civil asset forfeiture laws. Data experts say that’s nonsense.

Using Bitcoin to buy a sandwich could cause headaches at tax time. The IRS has ruled that cryptocurrency transactions must be treated like stock trades. You have calculate your capital gain or loss on every single transaction.

See if you agree with Time Magazine’s selection of the 15 Most Influential Web Sites of All Time.

The latest ransomware outbreak is hitting organizations from Eastern Europe to South Korea. “Bad Rabbit” ransomware spreads via fake Flash update notifications. If you see such a notice, don’t click on it.

Amazon is offering secure in-home delivery to Prime members. The $249 system includes a smart lock and video camera. When a delivery person is verified, the lock opens to allow the package to be placed inside. Video of each delivery can be viewed live or from a recording.

Researchers are exploring how to make a password using your watch, shoes, or old household junk and your phone’s camera. Beats “123456.”

Farmers are using smart lasers to scare birds away from crops without frying the cute little pests.

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Posted by:

SysOp404
26 Oct 2017

I can see someone making a fortune producing a homeowner's version of the smart laser system, to keep pests of all kinds from damaging lawns - adapting it to be just a tad more powerful... to maybe scorch a bit of fur when raccoons approach, squirrels begin digging or dogs start to squat? (Not enough to hurt 'em, of course, just "surprise" them enough to move on.)


Posted by:

John
26 Oct 2017

Lasers repelling birds from agricultural areas? Would such a project placed at airports repel birds that might get sucked into jet engines?


Posted by:

S A Gould
26 Oct 2017

Who cares about the little furred and feathered creatures? I want the laser to fry the folks who steal my packages from my front door, where delivery folk prominently leave them.


Posted by:

Danny G
26 Oct 2017

Maybe the lasers can help keep birds away from those mega solar power plants that right now vaporize them.


Posted by:

Carlos D
26 Oct 2017


I wonder: Such a device could be used to ward off annoying people?


Posted by:

Therrito
26 Oct 2017

I still use 5 of those Most Influential Web Sites and I've been to 6 others. Great update, Bob :-)


Posted by:

Chris
26 Oct 2017

With a radius of 6 miles, I can't see drones being of much use in Australia's vast outback.


Posted by:

PgmrDude
26 Oct 2017

Laser beams into the the EYES of birds = BLIND Birds. Yeah, that won't be a problem.

Amazon secure in-home delivery: a "verified" delivery person does not mean "TRUSTWORTHY".

NYPD's "fragile" DB: HaHaHa! Make a COPY of the DB, and work on data retrieval and analysis procedures. Good Grief!


Posted by:

Darcetha Manning
26 Oct 2017

Amazon secure in-home delivery: a "verified" delivery person does not mean "TRUSTWORTHY". Quote from Pgmr Dude

I wonder: Such a device could be used to ward off annoying people? Quote from Carlos D.

I have to agree with these above quotes.


Posted by:

Dave Fox
27 Oct 2017

Those laser beams - a new way to go hunting for Pheasants in South Dakota. Cool!


Posted by:

Lloyd Collins
27 Oct 2017

I have seen those Flash update notifications,and I just laugh. I'm not stupid to trust a warning like that on a web site. Anyone that clicks on the notice, deserves what they get, since they are always warned NOT to do that. So much for sending a clear message.


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