GeekSpeak for 2016-09-21

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Sensitive topics, political metaphors, electric cars, and technical labors of love, bad tech as political excuses, and more GeekNews of the week.
In the post show: Browser updating, Semver and vi vs Emacs.

Pluto Emitting X-Rays Could Be A Big Deal | Digital Trends

Why is this such a big deal? First of all, it would challenge what scientists have previously believed to be true of Pluto’s nature. Until now, the popular description of the dwarf planet is as a tiny ball of frozen rock slowly meandering around the sun some 3.6-billion miles away.

iPhone 7 & Galaxy - Metaphor for our Election?

"The iPhone doesn't have a headphone jack but the Galaxy literally explodes" is a perfect metaphor for this election. — Josh Marvine (@JoshMarvine)

Sony MDR-V6 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones are known as “the reference headphones”. I master GeekSpeak episodes using these. And with the new iPhone 7, I will still be able to listen, but will need to use the “lightning to TTRS 25mm phono jack”.

After 23 years, the Apple II gets another OS update | Ars Technica

Yesterday, software developer John Brooks released what is clearly a work of pure love: the first update to an operating system for the Apple II computer family since 1993. ProDOS 2.4, released on the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Apple II GS, brings the enhanced operating system to even older Apple II systems, including the original Apple ][ and ][+.

Grammar Snob on the App Store

Add a little culture to your next message chat with Grammar Snob. You will have all the red corrections you need to fix typos or common grammar mistakes of your own or those of your friends. We also include #grammared to celebrate your mutual grammar enlightenment.

The numbers are in: The Chevrolet Bolt will have a 238-mile range | Ars Technica

The Chevrolet Bolt is one of the most anticipated cars of 2016. GM’s first long-range battery electric vehicle is due to hit dealerships before the end of 2016 and beat Tesla’s Model 3 to market as the first mass-market long-range BEV. There has been speculation until now as to the Bolt’s actual range; on Tuesday morning, Chevrolet confirmed that you can expect an EPA-estimate of 238 miles on a full battery.

NYPD can’t count cash they’ve seized because it would crash computers | Ars Technica

The New York City Police Department takes in millions of dollars in cash each year as evidence, often keeping the money through a procedure called civil forfeiture. But as New York City lawmakers pressed for greater transparency into how much was being seized and from whom, a department official claimed providing that information would be nearly impossible—because querying the 4-year old computer system that tracks evidence and property for the data would “lead to system crashes.”

New Yorkers Just Received a Terrible Emergency Alert

This is an extremely bad push alert to blast across the greater New York area.

Semantic Versioning - Semver.org

Semver.org – given version number MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, increment the:

  • MAJOR version when you make incompatible API changes,
  • MINOR version when you add functionality in a backwards-compatible manner, and
  • PATCH version when you make backwards-compatible bug fixes.

vi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

vi /ˈviːˈaɪ/ is a screen-oriented text editor originally created for the Unix operating system. The portable subset of the behavior of vi and programs based on it, and the ex editor language supported within these programs, is described by (and thus standardized by) the Single Unix Specification and POSIX.

Emacs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Emacs /ˈiːmæks/ and its derivatives are a family of text editors that are characterized by their extensibility.2 The manual for the most widely used variant, GNU Emacs, describes it as “the extensible, customizable, self-documenting, real-time display editor”. Development of the first Emacs began in the mid-1970s and continues actively as of 2016.