Geekly Update - 31 July 2013

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After years of being controlled by Internet software, are household appliances fighting back? What personality type is most likely to fall for phishing attacks? If a computer virus instructs you to turn yourself into the FBI, what should you do? 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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"You're toast!" Since the earliest days of the Internet, geeks have taken delight in controlling ordinary household appliances remotely. Now it seems the gadgets are talking back. A Pittsburgh man's toaster sends a tweet that says "Toasting" and "Done Toasting". Too bad he can't download bread from the supermarket yet.

Chromecast is a new gadget from Google that lets you wirelessly beam content to an HDTV set from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and your Chrome browser. With a price tag of just $35, there's gonna be a whole lot of beamin' goin' on.

The cobbler’s child goes barefoot? The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), which captures everyone’s email for later analysis, says it cannot search its own internal email system to satisfy a reporter’s Freedom Of Information Act request.
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An ISP tells how the NSA executes those secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrants. Also interesting is the fact that if the subject of the feds’ interest turns out to be an encrypted Tor node, they will simply give up.

The Securities & Exchange Commission has filed fraud charges against Bitcoin investment entrepreneur Trendon T. Shavers, alleging that he ran a Ponzi scheme that promised investors returns of 7 per cent per week. What kind of investors trust a salesman who goes by the online handle “pirateat40”? Obviously, Jimmy Buffett fans.

Overconfident, introverted, and female persons are most likely to fall for phishing attacks, according to a study entitled "Keeping Up With the Joneses: Assessing Phishing Susceptibility in an E-mail Task.”

Jay Riley’s computer told him to turn himself in to police, so he did. The 21 year-old even brought his computer to the cops so they could search it for child p**n, at the suggestion of a fake “FBI warning” malware program.

Elite hacker Barnaby Jack died July 26, 2013, at the age of 36. Famous for his exploit that made ATMs spit cash, Jack died shortly before a conference presentation in which he was to show how to remotely force an implanted insulin pump to release a lethal dose. Jack’s cause of death was not reported. Maybe he was practicing his trick?

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Posted by:

Bruce Kulik
31 Jul 2013

You might not be able download bread yet, but using a 3D printer, it is possible to create "tomatoes" that have just about the same taste, texture, and nutritional value as the tomatoes you can get in the supermarket. :)

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Philip Reeves
31 Jul 2013

You said above what kind of investor trusts a salesman who goes by the online handle "pirateat40"? The same kind of investor who trusted a salesman named Madoff, who made off with all their money.

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