GeekSpeak for 2017-09-29

Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS purchase Racist Ads on Facebook

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Off doesn’t mean off under IOS 11, but that’s OK your iPhone is too complex for you to fix anyway; You’ll soon know where you are with super accuracy thanks to new GPS chips; and Russian election tampering on Facebook was a feature, not a bug.
All this plus Flying Taxis on this week’s GeekSpeak.

How to force restart the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus - CNET

With the iPhone 8 ($699.00 at Apple) and 8 Plus, Apple has once again changed the button combination used to force restart a frozen phone.

Apple: iPhones Are Too 'Complex' to Let You Fix Them

Apple wants iPhone repair to be “fairly priced and accessible” but says it needs to control access to the market.

Verizon backtracks—but only slightly—in plan to kick customers off network | Ars Technica

Verizon recently notified 8,500 customers in 13 states that they will be disconnected on October 17 because they used roaming data on another network. But these customers weren’t doing anything wrong—they are being served by rural networks that were set up for the purpose of extending Verizon’s reach into rural areas.

Superaccurate GPS Chips Coming to Smartphones in 2018

We’ve all been there. You’re driving down the highway, just as Google Maps instructed, when Siri tells you to “proceed east for one-half mile, then merge onto the highway.” But you’re already on the highway.

Microsoft Ignite: SQL Server 2017 for Linux goes live; or Windows, if you want

Today marks the general availability of SQL Server 2017 for Linux. There’s also a containerized version for deployment using Docker.

Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit America’s racial and religious divisions

The batch of more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads that Facebook is preparing to turn over to Congress shows a deep understanding of social divides in American society, with some ads promoting African American rights groups, including Black Lives Matter, and others suggesting that these same groups pose a rising political threat, say people familiar with the covert influence campaign.

Facebook’s Ad Scandal Isn’t a ‘Fail,’ It’s a Feature

What does it take to advertise on Facebook to people who openly call themselves “Jew haters” and want to know “how to burn Jews”? About $10 and 15 minutes, according to what the investigative nonprofit ProPublica recently uncovered.

What Facebook Could Do About Nazis Right Now (If It Wanted To)

Facebook allowed advertisers to target user-edited fields without validating the content. Distrusting user added data is “Threat Model 101” with regard to programming.

Today Facebook detects ad images with too much text and also validates text ad content. OCRing image then validating text of racist memes is absolutely doable.

Dubai starts tests in bid to become first city with flying taxis

Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world’s first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation.

The Data Behind Racism

Thread outlining the data supporting the notion that racism not only exists but is being exploited for maximum effect.