GeekSpeak for 2014-10-11

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During this pledge drive episode we talk about keyboards, flying cars, Kmart breach, Obama on net neutrality and more in the week of geek news.

The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Adi Robertson argues that IBM’s Model M keyboard, soon to turn 30 is still the only keyboard worth using for many people.

That flying car you were promised? Aeromobil promises to deliver the world's first, soon. - Boing Boing

The Aeromobil transforms from plane to car by folding its wings behind the cockpit. They fit alongside a boom that houses a shaft for the rear-mounted propeller, and serves as the mounting point for the flying car’s tail. Despite all of the extra bodywork, the Aeromobil will supposedly fit in a standard parking space, and run on pump gas. However, given that the Transition’s Rotax 912 engine runs on 91 octane, Aeromobil owners may have to splurge for premium as well.

BBC News - Ukraine: Darth Vaders run for parliament

They’re among a number of candidates vying for seats in the 26 October polls who have registered under the name of Star Wars characters – including Grand Jedi Master Yoda and Chewbacca.

Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked - Slashdot

The company said that on Thursday, Oct. 9, its IT team detected that its payment data systems had been breached, and that debit and credit card numbers appear to have been compromised.

NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You, That's Classified - HotHardware

Earlier this year, the Federation of American Scientists filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the NSA. The group was seeking information it thought would be relatively low-key — what authorized information had been leaked to the media over the past 12 months?

.bq The NSA’s response reads as follows:

Google asks Supreme Court to decide Oracle copyright fight

Google’s request, filed on Monday, seeks to overturn an appeals court ruling that found Oracle could copyright parts of the Java programming language, which Google used to design its Android smartphone operating system.

Microsoft's Nadella: Women Should Trust 'the System' on Pay Raises - NBC News.com

“It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. And that, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers that quite frankly women who don’t ask for a raise have, because that’s good karma. It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust, that’s the kind of person that I want to really want to give more responsibility to. And in the long term efficiency, things catch up.”

Spread the word | Ada Initiative

The Ada Initiative has made record progress for women in open tech/culture in 2014. Now we ask you to donate before October 8th to support our programs for the next year. We can’t do this vital work without you!

AT&T Mobility to Pay $105 Million to Settle Unlawful Billing Claims

AT&T’s wireless business will pay $105 million in penalties and refunds to consumers for unlawfully billing cellphone accounts of customers, the biggest fine yet for such practices, federal and state regulators announced on Wednesday.

Why the Hewlett-Packard Break-up Could Be the Most Important Tech Story of 2014

HP’s monumental split will divide its various divisions into two new companies: HP and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Two years ago, scientists showed that dolphins imitate the sounds of whales. Now, it seems, whales have returned the favor. Researchers analyzed the vocal repertoires of 10 captive orcas, three of which lived with bottlenose dolphins and the rest with their own kind. Of the 1551 vocalizations these seven latter orcas made, more than 95% were the typical pulsed calls of killer whales.


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