Archive for the 'tech' Category

Hope, hype and heresy as blockchains enter the energy business

October 14, 2018

Hope, hype & heresy as #blockchains enter the energy business
https://www.Economist.com/business/2018/08/02/hope-hype-and-heresy-as-blockchains-enter-the-energy-business Quote: “Digiconomist…estimates that just 1 #bitcoin transaction uses as much electricity as an average household in the Netherlands uses in a month.”

FITBIT tracking activity

October 4, 2018

.@Fitbit’s 150 billion hours of heart data reveal secrets about health, by @Pogue
https://finance.Yahoo.com/news/exclusive-fitbits-150-billion-hours-heart-data-reveals-secrets-human-health-133124215.html One interesting observation: “You see heart rate go up before your family reunions, & then tend to really take a long time to come back after it.”
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“Kind of wild to see how starting to use a treadmill — the first regular cardio workouts I’ve ever really gotten — visibly lowered my entire heart-rate range.
Also, it turns out that having kidney stones is bad for you. My heart rate went through the roof both times.
I was surprised and amused, though, to see the second most stressful events on my graph: holiday get-togethers.
“You see the heart rate go up before your family reunions, and then tend to really take a long time to come back after it,” notes McLean. In other words — who knew?? — holidays with the family are not a guarantee of peace, relaxation, and joy.
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The New Satellite Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space | WIRED

September 3, 2018

https://www.wired.com/story/new-arms-race-threatening-to-explode-in-space/

iPhone, iPad, Mac Buyer’s Guide: Know When to Buy

July 20, 2018

https://buyersguide.macrumors.com/

Shows each product relative to its “cycle”

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet Excerpt, Part 1: Scientific American

June 28, 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Spam-Shadow-History-Internet-Infrastructures-ebook/dp/B00C4UU2E8

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [excerpt, Part 1]: Scientific
American http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=spam-shadow-history-of-internet-excerpt-part-one

discusses naive bayes

A day with Sony’s versatile RX100 VI point-and-shoot

June 6, 2018

https://www.engadget.com/amp/2018/06/06/sony-rx100-vi-sample-images

Imitating people’s speech patterns precisely could bring trouble

June 3, 2018

Imitating people’s #speech patterns precisely could bring trouble
https://www.Economist.com/science-and-technology/2017/04/20/imitating-peoples-speech-patterns-precisely-could-bring-trouble Now possible to #clone your voice & your DNA…. What’s next?
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“Hasbro is aware, Mr Silbert notes, that without safeguards a prankster might, for example, type curses on his mother’s smartphone in order to see a younger sibling burst into tears on hearing them spoken by a toy using mum’s voice.”
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Microsoft has reportedly acquired GitHub

June 3, 2018

Oh no…
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/3/17422752/microsoft-github-acquisition-rumors

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets

May 18, 2018

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets
https://www.CBSnews.com/news/digital-photocopiers-loaded-with-secrets Suspect people will increasingly think of the “data residue” that unwittingly leave on things – & want to be clean! #Privacy HT @ProfLHunter

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“Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine.

In the process, it’s turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data.

If you’re in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold.

“The type of information we see on these machines with the social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms,” John Juntunen said, “that information would be very valuable.”” “}}

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft’s Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far | WIRED

May 14, 2018

https://www.wired.com/story/xbox-underground-videogame-hackers/