Geekly Update - 30 November 2017
Can you tell if your Uber driver is a convicted felon with no driver's license? Would you pay $10,000 to escape from the Internet? Are pricey upside-down Christmas trees the latest must-have for holiday decorating? And how are flying cows helping with disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico? 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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Target, Home Depot and Walmart are selling upside-down Christmas trees, with online prices ranging from $80 to almost $1000. Apparently the "tapered shape" allows it to be placed in spots that might not accommodate a traditional tree.
If you've got a cool grand to spend on your Christmas tree, then you might also be interested in the $10,000 Internet Escape Pod, festooned with the head and long embracing arms of Colonel Sanders. The tent is designed to block Internet and cellphone signals, so you can eat your crispy Kentucky Fried Chicken meals without any digital interruptions.
Colorado has fined Uber $8.9 million for knowingly fielding 57 drivers who lacked driver’s licenses and whose background checks included disqualifying convictions for motor vehicle or criminal offenses.
But that's the GOOD news from Uber. It was recently revealed that Uber concealed the theft of 57 million riders’ personal information for more than a year, even paying the hacker $100,000 to keep quiet and destroy the stolen copies of the data.
Iranian national Behzad Mesri has been charged by U.S. prosecutors with hacking HBO to steal unreleased “Game of Thrones” episodes and other data relating to the show, then demanding $6 million in exchange for his promise not to release the material. I don’t think he spotted the flaw in his cunning plan.
The lone Democrat on the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel, is begging your help in stopping Chairman Ajit Pai’s destruction of consumer protections for Internet and cellular service consumers.
A very brave bunch of hackers living undercover in Syria and Iran are fighting ISIS propaganda with Russian disinformation tactics, causing terrorists to distrust their official communications channels.
Computer avatars that shout abuse at schizophrenic patients actually help them resist the voices in their heads. Patients showed significant improvement.
The photo-cataloguing site Imgur has revealed that it was hacked and the account info of 1.7 million users stolen - in 2014. But Imgur wanted to give us timely notice to prove its transparency.
Online sales revenues hit a record high this Thanksgiving, reaching an estimated $7.9 billion on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. That’s up 17.9 percent from a year ago. Cyber Monday added another $6.6 billion.
Puerto Rico, still devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Marie, will soon get Google’s Flying Cow cellular “towers” in the sky, beaming AT&T service. The helium-balloon network was approved by the FAA on November 20. Now if only more than half of the island had electricity to recharge phones.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 30 Nov 2017
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