Geekly Update - 28 Feb 2018
How soon will you be able to use your smartphone on the Moon? Under what circumstances is it illegal to walk and chew gum in California? And why is NASA's Planetary Protection Officer a little upset with Tesla founder Elon Musk? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And why are Apple HomePods sliming your countertop? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
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The city of Montclair California has banned "texting while crossing the street." Actually, the ordinance also includes talking on the phone or wearing headphones while perambulating in a crosswalk. First-time offenders may face fines that start at $100, and escalate to $500 for hard-core offenders.
A Washington D.C. man was apparently fed up with those cameras that snap photos of speeding drivers. He was caught in the act of destroying at least one of them. A nearby video surveillance camera captured the deed. I'll give him an "Incomplete" for his efforts.
A rancher in “border land” Texas found a creepy camera strapped to a tree on his property. So he removed it and took it home. Now the Border Patrol is suing him to get its property back, which he refuses to return because it was installed on his property without his permission. Even better: the rancher is a 74 year-old retired attorney.
ShareX is a screenshot capturing utility that does some pretty amazing things. Give it a try and see how you like it.
Self-driving cars may save fuel, but they cost a lot more at the car wash. Seems personal, human detailing is required to keep their sensors clean.
The USPS is rolling out Informed Delivery, a new service that will show you images of your letters and junk mail before they are delivered. No option to say “Don’t deliver” but some progress.
Who cares that Elon Musk sent a red Tesla Roadster into Earth orbit? Lisa Pratt, the lady responsible for protecting Earth from aliens.
The Moon will get its first mobile phone network in 2019, and no doubt The Man in it will have to sign a two-year contract.
The Oregon House of Representatives has passed the State’s own Net Neutrality rules, since the sell-outs in Washington won’t protect consumers against giant ISPs like Comcast, the most hated company in America for more than five years in a row.
CNN’s Jeff Zucker is calling upon the federal government to break up and regulate “monopolistic” Internet giants like Facebook and Google, now that they are more relevant than his cable news network.
If you have dreams of building the best replica of an Altair 8800 proto-computer, you should probably seek professional help. Also, Maker Chris Davis, a developer from Minnesota has a kit for you.
How do you strap a bodycam on a polar bear? Inquiring minds want to know, from a safe distance.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
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