GeekSpeak for 2017-05-03

Correcting Greyhound's Bug Harassment

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SpaceX awesome, Greyhound.com bad dog, WWW for all, Pentagon using Win95, Tesla like Uber, Facebook creepy ads, Cassini images, robots that build, and a post show of Postgres time formats, and more.

Correction: Does Apple take a 30% cut from Uber

All sales of intangible goods (e.g. game credits, music, books, premium apps and upgrades) are required to use App Store payment, and thus incur the 30% fee to Apple.

SpaceX just provided views of a rocket landing all the way from 150km down

Because SpaceX couldn’t show the whole launch, we got amazing views of the landing.

Meet Greyhound.com, the site that doesn’t allow password changes

The site allows passwords as short as four characters—including 1234. And when a user forgets a password, Greyhound.com will send the plaintext of the PIN or password in e-mail, an indication that the site isn’t using any sort of cryptographic hashing to protect user passwords in the event that Greyhound’s database is ever breached.

Password policies: the best of the worst

passwordistoostrong (@PWTooStrong)

World Wide Web is made free to everyone

This week in 1993: World Wide Web is made free to everyone by CERN. CERN’s document placing World Wide Web into public domain in the link.

Windows 95 and 98 still power Pentagon’s critical systems

While the United States Defense Department currently transitions to the Windows 10 ecosystem in partnership with Microsoft, a great majority of the defense agency’s computers still run legacy versions of Windows including Windows 95 and 98, according to Defense One.

The Pentagon’s Bug Bounty Program Should Be Expanded to Bases, DOD Official Says

“About 75 percent of the devices that are control systems are on Windows XP or other nonsupported operating systems,” said Daryl Haegley, program manager for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment.

The Downside to Tesla

Tesla faces a lawsuit for race-based harassment, and the accusations are not tame. Court documents linked.

Report: Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel “worthless”

According to the report, the selling point of this 2017 document is that Facebook’s algorithms can determine, and allow advertisers to pinpoint, “moments when young people need a confidence boost.” If that phrase isn’t clear enough, Facebook’s document offers a litany of teen emotional states that the company claims it can estimate based on how teens use the service, including “worthless,” “insecure,” “defeated,” “anxious,” “silly,” “useless,” “stupid,” “overwhelmed,” “stressed,” and “a failure.”

Cassini just sent back images from its first-ever dive through Saturn's rings, and they're incredible

Scientists just got their first glimpse into the space between Saturn and its rings. And it’s pretty stunning.

Robotic bricklayer builds houses 3x faster than humans

SAM stands for semi-automated mason. SAM can lay 800 to 1,200 bricks a day — compared to a human’s 300 to 500.


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