GeekSpeak for 2011-07-30

Glowing Dogs Fetching Public Keys

Germany goes nuclear free while lowering carbon emissions, iOS Safari has a serious vulnerability, and a South Korean dog glows in the dark. This, your calls, and more on this week’s episode of Geek Speak.

Germany in a Nuclear Free, Low-Carbon Economy

“Germany has taken some fundamental energy decisions in recent months, ones that are interesting for other countries to study and learn from. The most “famous” decision recently has been to phase out nuclear power in the next ten years. This move builds on years of debate and a societal decision after Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident to move away from nuclear energy."

Apple iOS Vulnerability More Serious Than First Thought

Apple’s recent security patch for iOS is a lot more critical for users of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices to install than was initially suspected, according to Chester Wisniewski, a Sophos senior security advisor.

Forbes Op-Ed Pushes Bad Science

“I received a few emails, tweets, and comments on the blog yesterday asking about an Op/Ed article in Forbes magazine that claims that new NASA data will ‘blow [a] gaping hole in global warming alarmism’.
Except, as it turns out, not so much. The article is just so much hot air (see what I did there?) and climate scientists say the paper on which it’s based is fundamentally flawed and flat-out wrong.”

South Korean Scientists Create Glowing Dog

“South Korean scientists said on Wednesday they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Yonhap news agency reported.”

Secure and Trusted Email - Lyle's Attempt At Explination

Lyle is trying to help people use PGP

Automated systems will get better and better at looking at our data. It is trivial to read email over most networks, but we assume that they emails are personal. Using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) will make your email private and personal.

Security Now on Twit

Security Now with Steve Gibson covers weekly security. This episode talks in more detail about the Apple iOS Certificate problem.


! Fun with Fibonacci

Need to figure out [miles to kilometers|http://www.futilitycloset.com/2008/07/09/applied-math/]? Sure, anyone can use 0.6 as a conversion number, but The Geeks recommend using the [Fibonacci|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number] sequence instead.

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55…

A little inaccurate at the low end, but it gets better quick! 5 miles = 8 kilometers. 8 miles = 13 kilometers. 13 miles = 21 kilometers. 21 miles = 44 kilometers. And so on… Neat, hunh?