Geekly Update - 27 July 2016
What do mice think about while watching Orson Welles movies? Are panhandling robots displacing actual homeless people on the streets of our fair cities? And where in the world can you go to get away from crazy Pokemon Go players? Today's Geekly Update is jam-packed with the latest tech news. It's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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NeoSmart Technologies’ Windows 10 Rollback utility is something to keep on your rescue disk or USB drive. A couple of clicks will undo an unwanted or failed Win 10 installation. It can also configure your system to block unwanted Win 10 installations, and move downloaded Win 10 setup files to another folder of your choice for future use.
If you want to get away from the masses of mental midgets mindlessly meandering while playing Pokemon Go, consider a vacation in the Middle East. The game has been banned in Saudi Arabia because, according to a Saudi cleric, it promotes "gambling, Darwinism, the Shinto religion, Christianity, Freemasonry and global Zionism." It's also banned in Egypt for a better reason: "it makes people look like drunkards in the streets."
The last new VCR machine will roll off the assembly line on July 31, says the last manufacturer of VCR machines, Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company. Only 750,000 VCRs were sold worldwide last year, and new parts are getting hard to find. So save yours; they’ll be appreciating in value very shortly.
Google permanently deleted 14 years’ worth of work stored on its cloud services and deactivated the GMail account used by avante garde artist and author Dennis Cooper. Cooper claims it was censorship, but he might have censored himself. No backups of your stuff? Oops.
Here's another reason why backups are so critical. All you need to know about this story is in the headline: "Monkeys Destroy Voter Lists at Thai Polling Place".
Firefox will start blocking Adobe Flash content by default in August, but very gingerly. Initially, only a relatively short list of URLs known to install “supercookies” that are hard to delete will be blocked. By May, 2017, users will have to click on an icon to explicitly authorize the playing of Flash content. Or they can do that in Google Chrome right now.
Can't take the heat? Perhaps an armpit fan will help to keep you cool and dry. Just clip the Under the Armpit Cooling Device on your shirt sleeve and you can laugh at the thermometer. But you might want to buy TWO of these gadgets. It can also be attached to the waistband of your shorts to "circulate air to the lower body."
Here is a remote-controlled, lifelike, robotic “homeless person.” It was created as performance art, but the concept has potential for automating panhandling and enabling one beggar to work multiple street corners simultaneously.
“Pepper,” the friendly companion robot for Japan’s elderly, will soon be selling life insurance. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. has announced plans to deploy 100 Pepper robots in 80 branches to explain simple insurance products. No job is safe from our robotic overlords.
A water rescue drone is being developed in New Brunswick that will monitor swimmers from the air and drop flotation devices on those who appear to be in distress. What could go wrong?
You can help neuroscientists solve the intractable mystery of how human consciousness works. All you have to do is watch the brain cells of a mouse light up as it watches Orson Welles movies, such as “Touch of Evil,” via the online Allen Brain Observatory. Researchers sincerely want your speculations about what is going on in that mouse’s brain.
Seagate has released the industry’s broadest line of 10-Terabyte hard drives for consumer markets. If you need a 10 TB hard drive, perhaps you are consuming too much Internet.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 27 Jul 2016
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