GeekSpeak for 2017-06-23

Broken Genome Tracks Girl Scouts; Live!!

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Recorded in front of a live audience and benefitting Part Hall and KBCZ 90.1 FM, Boulder Creek, CA, we covered broken internet, vegetarianism permanently reshaping the human genome, Amazon buying Whole Foods, new browser tech, Meditation changing your DNA, court protecting your online social rights, and much more geek news of the week including questions form our live audience.

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Mr. Williams says. “I was wrong about that.”

Vegetarianism Permanently Reshapes Human Genome

Persuasive proof that America is full of racist and selfish people

What millions of Google searches reveal about our national psyche.

With New Browser Tech, Apple Preserves Privacy and Google Preserves Trackers | Electronic Frontier Foundation

At EFF, we understand that advertising funds much of the media and services online, but we also believe that users have the right to protect themselves against tracking. Advertising is currently built around a surveillance architecture, and this has to change.

Meditation Changes Your DNA

Supreme Court Rules Government Cannot Restrict Your Access to Social Media

A North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social media violates the First Amendment, the court ruled.

Netflix found to leak information on HTTPS-protected videos

The paper, titled Identifying HTTPS-Protected Netflix Videos in Real-Time, explains that the TCP/IP headers of a Netflix HTTPS stream provide a 99.5% success rate for identifying video content – with the majority of identifications occurring less than two and a half minutes into the video stream.

What should you do when an employee makes a big mistake at work?

On the first day as a junior software developer at a first salaried job out of college, his or her copy-and-paste error inadvertently erased all data from the company’s production database.

Xerox Alto designer, co-inventor of Ethernet, dies at 74

the core of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) computer research group,

Pix2Code transforms graphic designs into functioning code

Copenhagen-based startup UIzard Technologies has developed an app, Pix2Code, which uses a trained neural network to transform screenshots into lines of code. All it needs is an image of a design for a graphic user interface (GUI) and, once recognised, it begins to automatically churn out corresponding code.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gets September Premiere Date On CBS

Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, September 24, with a special broadcast premiere on the CBS TV network airing 8:30-9:30 PM.

Not even wrong - ways to dismiss technology — Benedict Evans

So, the use cases are subjective, but the capability is objective, and it’s the capability that matters. Really, the new technologies that matter give us superpowers. Is that what we’ve made this time?

You can’t necessarily predict the applications, but you can predict that people will like having a new superpower. What you do with your superpower is up to you.

YouTube steps up efforts to fight extremist videos

The video giant will try new ways to identify as well as remove these videos, prevent people from making money off them and redirect potential terrorist recruits.

Your calendrical fallacy is thinking...

Days don’t last longer than 25 hours

False. Because of time zone offsets, a single calendar day typically lasts 50 hours. Or in other words, if you choose a date on the calendar, then there is a 50 hour window where at least some point on the earth thinks it is that day.

According to statistics, programming with spaces instead of tabs makes you richer | Ars Technica

Developers who use tabs to indent their code, developers who fight for truth and justice and all that is good in the world, those developers have a median salary of $43,750.


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