Geekly Update - 28 August 2014

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Which button should you never touch on the dashboard of a 2015 Corvette? Can your computer's keyboard replace your psychiatrist? And can you hack traffic lights for fun and profit? 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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No really... DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL! The 2015 Corvette sports car has a Valet Mode. At the touch of a button, the glove compartment and center console compartments are locked; the infotainment system is disabled; and a video camera records every movement and sound in the vehicle. Add a shock delivery system to the steering wheel, and it'll be perfect.

Adult female gamers now outnumber teen boy gamers 2:1, according to the Entertainment Software Association’s annual demographics survey – which relies upon the utterly honest and reliable input of teen boys who buy online games.

As if skateboarders don’t make life sufficiently hazardous for ordinary, responsible sidewalk users, the Acton Motorized Roller Skates are set to debut, capable of sending a flailing, off-balance adrenaline junkie slamming into you at 12 mph. Fortunately, they start at $600 so you won’t encounter many outside of Silicon Valley.

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Wearable tech I can get into: "The user just needs to move into the desired pose, activate the Chairless Chair and profit from the provided posture support." Handy for anyone who stands behind a counter, at a factory machine, or at bus stops for long periods. And it doesn’t transmit your vital signs, location, or credit card activity to anyone (that we know).

(Insert pun here.) The long-lost first film produced and directed by Orson Welles can now be viewed or downloaded courtesy of the National Film Preservation Society. The unedited, 66-minute farce entitled “Too Much Johnson” was completed three years before Welles’ masterpiece, “Citizen Kane.”

Speaking of film classics, to turn your favorite YouTube clip into a shareable animated GIF image, just insert the letters “gif” between “www.” and “” in the clip’s URL, e. g., “” You’ll be taken to the GIFYouTube site where your clip will be prepped and you can select frames to GIF-i-fy. I predict Google's lawyers will pounce all over this in 5... 4... 3...

And now we complete our little cinema trifecta! Fans of Clint Eastwood’s early film, “The Eiger Sanction,” will love this panoramic, first-person point of view tour of the famously difficult North Face climb.

Having solved all problems of poverty and collapsing textile factories, researchers in Bangladesh turned their skills to the next most critical question: “Can a keyboard tell what you’re feeling?” They developed a program that guesses a user’s emotional state by the pressure and rhythm of his/her keystrokes with a high degree of accuracy. Perfect for men who aren't even aware of their emotions most of the time.

“Coworking spaces” are popping up worldwide. They are walk-in/walk-out offices for remote workers who can’t stand their real office mates and don’t want to be disturbed by the steam-engine hiss of espresso machines.

This is the ideal way to "go green..." All of the traffic lights you encounter can be green; or you can make them green for everyone, ensuring city-wide mayhem. Researchers in Michigan found that modern wirelessly networked traffic lights are easily hacked and simple to control.

If you die in Delaware, your social media assets including usernames and passwords will pass to your heirs just like any other inheritable property, thanks to newly enacted legislation that addresses this increasingly significant issue. (Note to self: Don't die in Delaware!)

NASA needs your help. The space agency has over 1.8 million photos of places on Earth, taken from the International Space Station and image satellites. Problem is, NASA doesn’t know where on Earth those places are. That’s where you and other Internet sleuths come in; earn your Space Image Detective Badge!

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Mac 'n' Cheese
28 Aug 2014

I always enjoy the entertainship value of your Geekly Updates, plus they are highly informational. Besides that, not to mention, in addition, I find myself attaining 140%+ additional smartship each time I read an issue. So I re-read each issue several times. Memorably. In fact, I almost applied to Mensa maybe yesterday.

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Jim Swan
28 Aug 2014

A bit of a learning curve on that NASA site. It's a good thing they presented it as a puzzle for kids to solve!

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28 Aug 2014

I thought it was going to be the one marked "ATR". (Old joke.)

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28 Aug 2014

To expand on your topic of "social Media" assets; your readers may be interested in browsing the following article: "Manage What Happens to Your Online Accounts After You Die"
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29 Aug 2014

Thank you, Bob ... For one of the best laughs, I've had in ages!!! I am with you ... (Note to self: Don't die in Delaware!!!)

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10 Jan 2015

I couldn't get that last link up there to work--the NASA photos. Is this the same thing?:

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