GeekSpeak for 2015-01-17

SpaceX Gets Warm Looks from Apple

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The heat is on with Apple functionality, rocket landings, encryption, politics, and the global climate.

Be My Eyes ~ Lend Your Eyes to the Blind

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.

Be My Eyes download link

Google Glass "graduates"

I got a letter this week telling me, and all Glass Explorers, that…

As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.

John Gruber (Daring Fireball) snarkly asks:

What would they have had to do to flunk?

So, has the early use of Glass, and the glass program been successful?

SpaceX's Landing Attempt Video

Close, but no cigar. This time.

—Elon Musk

NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.

During the show, we used loose language to describe ‘modern record’ implying that it was the warmest year on record since humans walked around upright. Correction: As it says in the quote from the article we drew from, 2014 was the warmest year since recording keeping began in 1880, not since the history of modern humans.

Monument Valley in Numbers — Monument Valley by ustwo™ games

Along with Monument Valley’s numbers Marco Arment released his numbers for Overcast. Seeing some sales numbers on iOS is enlightening.

Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it | Ars Technica

DNS in OS X might be currently kinda broken…

Resolving DNS names, resolving Bonjour machine names, resolving Bonjour service advertisement and discovery, and opening ports in NAT gateways to allow incoming network connections are all jobs that have been performed by the mDNSResponder daemon. This was introduced with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar back in 2002. mDNSResponder is written in C and has been released as open source by Apple, and it has found its way to all kinds of non-Apple operating systems and hardware.

But it might be best to wait for apple to fix this problem weather then doing the suggestions in this comprehensive article.

Judge cites use of secure email Riseup as terrorist indicator

Is it possible that using secure email services can be construed as an indicator of being a terrorist? Although it’s a ridiculous notion that using secure email implies criminal activities, a judge cited that reason to partially justify arrests in Spain.

Obama's Computer Security Solution is a Mishmash of Old, Outdated Policy Solutions | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Over the course of two days, President Obama proposed a cybersecurity bill that looks awfully similar to the now infamous CISPA (with respect to information sharing), a computer crime bill that is the opposite of our own proposed computer crime reform, and a data breach law weaker than the current status quo.

In the wake of the Sony hack, the White House is keen to introduce legislation to make it easier for private entities and companies to share information about cyber threats with government agencies.

Elon Musk plans to build Hyperloop test track - CNET

Musk said he will build a five-mile test track for the still-theoretical system for students and companies to use. A possible location would be Texas, he added, where presumably there is plenty of flat land to go around.