Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tech News

Well ... let's see what's up in Tech.

Ars Technia: Some states are diverting stealing telephone 911 fees in order to pay for other services:
The FCC's latest annual report on 911 fees, covering calendar year 2016, said that New Mexico, Rhode Island, Illinois, New Jersey, and West Virginia "diverted" 911 funds totaling $128.9 million.

Besides those five states, "another seven didn't even bother to respond to our inquiry to examine their diversion practices," O'Rielly and Rosenworcel wrote. "None of this is acceptable."
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Geek: Smile...Facial Recognition Cameras At Texas-Mexico Border:
It’s a very busy stretch of road, which isn’t a surprise given that it’s “the most direct, safe, and efficient route” linking the Rio Grande Valley to Mexico.
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Beta NewsGoogle fined $21 Million by India for search bias.
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Extreme Tech: Who manufactures the most reliable Hard Drives?
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Are you using a popular Netgear router? READ THIS if you are. Security Week:
One of the high severity vulnerabilities has been described as a password recovery and file access issue affecting 17 Netgear routers and modem routers[.]
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Ubergizmo:  Twitter says they are "NOT the arbiters of truth." 
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WIRED: Google Autocomplete continues "vile suggestions":

Image excerpt from WIRED
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Computer World: Take this test and determine your knowledge and savvy on web browsers. (To move forward through the test see the " > " symbol on the upper-right side of the story):
On the 25th anniversary of Mosaic – remember that? – take our quiz on the history and technology of browsers and see how much you really know.
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It's..."Monty Python's Flying Circus..."  ... the Amazon Treasure Truck:

Image: via TechCrunch
Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx [and] to offer shipping services to basically any other business, too – with the goal of undercutting both UPS and FedEx on rates.
Neither UPS nor FedEx seem to be especially taken aback by this[.]
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Engadget: Florida man claims Apple Airpod started smoking while in his ear - and later exploded. 


BB-Idaho said...

Since there is no grade, I always take tests. Even the Computer World Test. Even though my sole knowledge of computers is if it's
broke, reboot. So, despite total ignorance, I got 60% correct. Not
my usual 100% on science/history/geography (and not my usual 0% on
current music and movies). Am I too old? I have been kicked off surveys with "over 75 - not qualified", the Army recruiter locks his door and any waitress that cards me gets a huge tip. 60% on a computer test...dumb luck.

Dave Drake said...

I took it and got 80%. The two I got wrong were "what was the first image posted" -- I figured it HAD TO BE A CAT. I should have guessed it was the pic posted with the question, that of a spider web. I figured that that was too easy, that they'd never put a pic of what the answer is with the question. Also got it wrong on the browser, Lynx, that that was one of the oldest browsers still in use, which they also had an image of along with the questions. Oh well - as you noted, there is no grade :)

"any waitress that cards me gets a huge tip." - LOL, that's great; I believe in tipping well also.

I've always wondered: somewhere, some place on earth, there has to be at least ONE PERSON...just one...who is still using Win 3.1 :)

Thanks for visiting and commenting BB. Take care, and best always.