GeekSpeak for 2015-01-03

Giants Take Up Robotic Arms in Cyber War

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robotic arms, cyber attacks, 2015 looks to be the Year of Interesting Developments.

Get ready: The FCC says it will vote on net neutrality in February - The Washington Post

Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February, Federal Communications Commission officials said Friday.

Amputee Makes History with APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb

“It’s a relatively new surgical procedure that reassigns nerves that once controlled the arm and the hand,” explained Johns Hopkins Trauma Surgeon Albert Chi, M.D. “By reassigning existing nerves, we can make it possible for people who have had upper-arm amputations to control their prosthetic devices by merely thinking about the action they want to perform.”

Google Chrome Browser to Warn Users of Sites That Don't Use HTTPS

Google hopes that the warnings it sends to Chrome browser users will encourage websites to move to the secure HTTP protocol.

Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails | Hackbusters

Sony threatened legal action against users spreading information obtained through the e-mails that were leaked as a result of the Sony hack. Sony has begun carrying through with those threats.

No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony - The Daily Beast

All the evidence leads me to believe that the great Sony Pictures hack of 2014 is far more likely to be the work of one disgruntled employee facing a pink slip.

I may be biased, but, as the director of security operations for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and the principal security researcher for the world’s leading mobile security company, Cloudflare, I think I am worth hearing out.

More Sanctions on North Korea After Sony Case - NYTimes.com

The actions were based on an executive order President Obama signed on vacation in Hawaii, as part of what he had promised would be a “proportional response” against the country. But in briefings for reporters, officials said they could not establish that any of the 10 officials had been directly involved in the destruction of much of the studio’s computing infrastructure.

The Gist - on Slate - a Podcast

Mike Pesca hosts the Gist podcast.
Every Monday They Might Be Giants will debut a song on the Gist podcast which will then be on Dial a Song for the week.

Every Time You Fly, You Trash The Planet — And There’s No Easy Fix | FiveThirtyEight

Aircraft currently contribute about 2.5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. That might not seem like much, but if the aviation industry were a country, it would be one of the world’s top 10 emitters of CO2.

Why I Drilled Holes in My MacBook Pro and Put It in the Oven | iFixit

Finally, we sent it back into the oven—for seven and a half minutes, in case getting it a little hotter made a difference. And while it baked, we decided it was time to break out the bigger guns. That is, we pulled out a drill. With a 1/16” bit, we drilled holes in the bottom case, under the fans

What Back to the Future Part II got right and wrong about 2015 – an A-Z | Film | The Guardian

There are still 291 days to go until Back to the Future day. On 21 October 2015 we will finally be at the point in time to which Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) travels in Back to the Future II, the 1989 sequel to the time-travelling classic.