GeekSpeak for 2017-03-01

Pigeons Hire Robots to Hash Uber

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Uber’s faults, pigeons who read, and the breaking of the SHA-1 hashing algorithm, Abagnale on security breaches, AI wins Super Smash Bros, Game Industry against Right to Repair. And a post show about the tragedy in Kansas.

Google’s Waymo sues Uber, alleging theft of trade secrets

Waymo, the new name for Google’s self-driving car project, has sued Uber and self-driving trucking startup Otto over claims of patent infringement.

Uber’s self-driving cars ran through 6 stoplights in California, NY Times says

Documents cast doubt on Uber’s claims that a red light video was due to “human error.”

Pigeons Can Read A Little Bit, New Research Shows

After narrowing down to the four brightest birds out 18, over eight months of training, the advanced-class pigeons were taught to distinguish four-letter words from non-words.

Americans think robots will take everyone else’s jobs but not theirs

You may accept, by now, that robots will take over lots of jobs currently held by human workers. But you probably believe they won’t be taking yours. Though other industries are in danger, your position is safe.

SHA-1 Broken, Exploits in the Wild

This industry cryptographic hash function standard is used for digital signatures and file integrity verification, and protects a wide spectrum of digital assets, including credit card transactions, electronic documents, open-source software repositories and software updates.

Frank Abagnale, world-famous con man, explains why technology won’t stop breaches

Frank Abagnale is world-famous for pretending to be other people. The former teenage con man, whose exploits 50 years ago became a Leonardo DiCaprio film called Catch Me If You Can, has built a lifelong career as a security consultant and advisor to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. So it’s perhaps ironic that four and a half years ago, his identity was stolen—along with those of 3.6 million other South Carolina taxpayers.

'Super Smash Bros' pro players Slox, Mafia beaten by artificial intelligence: VIDEO

Pretty soon, there won’t be any games left in which the world’s best human players can still beat a computer program.

The Video Game Industry Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair Consoles

The Entertainment Software Association, a trade organization that includes Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, as well as dozens of video game developers and publishers, is opposing a “right to repair” bill in Nebraska, which would give hardware manufacturers fewer rights to control the end-of-life of electronics that they have sold to their customers.

Garmin engineer shot and killed in Kansas by man who allegedly yelled ‘get out of my country’

The suspect in the shooting, Adam Purinton, was drinking at the bar in Olathe, Kansas, at about 7:15PM that night, the Kansas City Star reported. A witness said he yelled “get out of my country” to two of the victims, reportedly saying the men, believed to originally be from India, were “Middle Eastern.”

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