Pecha Kucha, Perception, Population, Patches, and Privacy

Say it five times fast! Miles & Bonnie find out how to make geeks speak briefly, and cover the latest crop of gaffes, advances, & creepiness in geek news.

Pecha Kucha

Local organziers of an international series of presentations, in which presenters have 20 seconds to talk about each of their 20 slides, talk about the upcomig event in Santa Cruz.

Before the show, we had a rousing debate over how to pronounce the Japanese title ‘Pecha Kucha’. Turns out, [we were not alone in our confusion]( Another suggestion [is catchy](, but not neccessarily correct, either. So, say it however you like when you come to the 3rd evening in the local series, ’Pecha Kucha: Geek Obsession" at Pono Hawaiian Grill in Santa Cruz.

Oh, you won’t be in town? Perhaps you’d like to [organize your own Pecha Kucha event]( where you live.

FDA-approved software for iPhone-based vision test

“The FDA recently gave clearance to Vital Art and Science Inc. (VAS) to market software which enables people with degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to monitor their vision at home with their iPhone. The software, which is called myVisionTrack, isn’t a replacement for regular visits to the doctor, but rather allows patients to keep tabs on their vision in between visits with eye care professionals.”

First energy-star LED lightbulb

“Philips’ 22 W LED light bulb, designed as a like-for-like replacement of a 100-W incandescent light bulb, was the first LED bulb of its type to receive the stamp of approval from Energy Star. But looking at the Energy Star requirements reported by Philips in its press release, it seemed a little strange that Philips’ product is the only one to have been certified…”

Microsoft tells users to uninstall a bad patch

“Microsoft announced last night that it has stopped pushing a security update originally released on Patch Tuesday because the fix is causing some PCs to blue screen. Microsoft recommends users uninstall the patch, which is also causing compatibility with some endpoint security software.”

Windows XP will no longer be supported within the year

“As of April 8, 2014, the software vendor will no longer provide security patches or other updates to the software.”

Will digital textbooks read YOU?

“There exists a textbook that will report back to your professors about whether you’ve been reading it, according to a report Tuesday from the New York Times. A startup named CourseSmart now offers an education package to schools that allows professors to, among other things, monitor what their students read in course textbooks as well as passages they highlight.”

IRS opines that it should be able to get your emails without a warrant

“Everyone knows the IRS is our nation’s tax collector, but it is also a law enforcement organization tasked with investigating criminal violations of the tax laws. New documents released to the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the IRS Criminal Tax Division has long taken the position that the IRS can read your emails without a warrant—a practice that one appeals court has said violates the Fourth Amendment (and we think most Americans would agree).”

Google puts fiber optic network under Austin Tx

“Within hours of Google announcing that Austin, Texas would be the next lucky recipient of its Google Fiber initiative, AT&T released a statement indicating that it was willing to build a high-speed broadband network in the city, too. ‘AT&T announced that in conjunction with its previously announced Project VIP expansion of broadband access, it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.’”

Visualizing 7 Billion People

“7 billion people on 1 page
We recently reached 7 billion people in the world.
On this page you can see every single one of us. One by one.”