GeekSpeak for 2016-12-14

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As we watch 2016 slowly wind down, Lyle and Miles discuss celestial events, social change due to changes in technology and editorialize about the failings of the technology industry to address pressing issues like white nationalism and loss of privacy.

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Stop using Netgear routers with unpatched security bug, experts warn

A variety of Netgear router models are vulnerable to a simple hack that allows attackers to take almost complete control of the devices, security experts warned over the weekend.

Brightest-ever supernova isn’t a supernova after all

In late May of 2015, scientists noticed something twice as bright as the brightest known supernova ever seen. Researchers initially thought the object, which they dubbed “ASASSN-15lh,” was probably a supernova—and the most luminous yet.

Partnering to Help Curb Spread of Online Terrorist Content | Facebook Newsroom

Starting today, we commit to the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” — unique digital “fingerprints” — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services. By sharing this information with each other, we may use the shared hashes to help identify potential terrorist content on our respective hosted consumer platforms. We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online.

Twitter Reinstates White Nationalist Leader Richard Spencer

On Saturday evening, Twitter reinstated — with verification — the account of Richard Spencer, a leading figure of the so-called alt-right movement, and the head of the white nationalist think tank, The National Policy Institute.

NOT A WOLF (@SICKOFWOLVES) | Twitter

A WORD FROM MY FINANCIAL ADVISOR WHO IS NOT A PRISONER AND ONLY LIVES IN MY BASEMENT BECAUSE HE WANTS TO

Uber employees stalked celebrities, ex employee claims

Uber employees have access to customer trip information, and they’re using it to spy on ex-girlfriends and celebrities like Beyoncé, a former employee claims.

Trump claims “nobody really knows” what climate scientists definitely know

Trump answered, “I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows. I’ve—look, I’m somebody that gets it. And nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.” Wallace didn’t challenge this claim, but assuming that Trump is referring to climate change here (rather than environmental protection more broadly) the reality is, in fact, hard and fast.


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