GeekSpeak for 2014-11-08

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Bats can jam bats, YouTube gos 60fps, Cognitive Dissidence, EFF ranks text services, plus math and physics and Geek News.

Bats Jam Each Other's Calls

Just before nabbing an insect, a bat emits a rapid series of ultrasonic calls whose echoes back pinpoint the prey’s exact location. Scientists call these sounds “the feeding buzz,” and they’re known to attract other bats presumably in search of a meal. When another bat arrives, it can jam the hunter’s buzz, according to a new study, much like someone blocking a radio signal. That causes the original bat to miss its meal, allowing its competitor to swoop in to grab the insect instead.

YouTube Launches 60fps Video

YouTube has chosen to soft launch this functionality and while it has made show cases of 60fps footage before, this is the first time it has made 60fps available to all users.

Denying Problems When We Don’t Like the Solutions | Duke Today

There may be a scientific answer for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over the existence of issues like climate change and specific types of crime.

A new study from Duke University finds that people will evaluate scientific evidence based on whether they view its policy implications as politically desirable. If they don’t, then they tend to deny the problem even exists.

Electronic Frontier Foundation publishes Secure Messaging Scorecard, only six apps pass the test - TechSpot

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched the first phase of a new campaign tasked with determining which secure messaging products are actually true to their word. Out of 39 popular messaging apps, only six received positive marks in each category the EFF checked.

Verizon and AT&T Are the Only Wireless Carriers Using 'Perma-Cookies' | WIRED

On the October 25th 2014 episode of GeekSpeak – Tesla’s High Pressure Ads Fall from Space we chat about how the Verizon (ATT too) injection tracking works. But were not clear on what providers were doing the tracking.

To make sure you are not being tracked:

  1. Use TLS … https protocol
  2. Use a VPN service to encrypt all of your data in a “tunnel”.

A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

“Cosmologists assume that natural quantum fluctuations allowed the Big Bang to happen spontaneously. Now they have a mathematical proof.”

A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

“Cosmologists assume that natural quantum fluctuations allowed the Big Bang to happen spontaneously. Now they have a mathematical proof.”

Foot-Long Particle Collider

“The CERN particle collider is 17 miles long. China just announced a supercollider that is supposed to be roughly 49 miles long. The United States’ new particle collider is just under 12 inches long.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation publishes Secure Messaging Scorecard, only six apps pass the test - TechSpot

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched the first phase of a new campaign tasked with determining which secure messaging products are actually true to their word. Out of 39 popular messaging apps, only six received positive marks in each category the EFF checked.

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

“But praising their intelligence can make them feel even more insecure. A self-esteem expert offers a way out of the conundrum.”

The Force Awakens

If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.

The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come).