HTTPS: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

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Science fiction is cool, science fact is hot, and skipping a web certificate can make you harder to find. This and more on this episode’s Week in Geek with Lyle, Ben, and Miles.

Followup from Last Week

Last week we covered these stories, and here are some clarifications:

  • Child Abuse pictures in Gmail account reported to police were discovered by cross referencing their fingerprints in a database of images that have already been looked at and classified as pictures of child abuse.
  • Bad USB – small computer firmware inside USB devices can be re-programed.

Star Trek Continues

The continuing voyages of the Enterprise 1701 with Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the gang.

Babylon 5 reboot likely to become big-budget film

…the last of the Babylon stations on the big screen!

Help Vulcan Alberta Build The USS Enterprise

The far reaches of space – the final frontier – are within mankind’s grasp now more than ever. And the town of Vulcan AB, located in the Canadian Badlands, is set to bring the future of our civilization, our species and our planet one step closer with this monumental 40-year, $1.132 Trillion project to build a 1:1 scale fully functional U.S.S. Enterprise starship.

To prepare the full project launch, we need to raise an initial $2 000 000 000 in order to fund important research into the creation, and development, of warp-drive technology.

Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

Facebook's Messenger is Popular and Horrible

The Geeks agree that no one should install the new messenger app from Facebook. But that is just our opinions.

Astronaut performance jeopardised by sleep deprivation

Everyone needs sleep, even superheroes.

Here’s What a Comet Looks Like When You’re Close Enough to Touch It

On Aug. 6, 2014—and for the first time in terran history—a spacecraft caught up to a comet with the intent of staying there. We’ve flown past a half dozen or so cometary bodies over the years, but never before has a probe made a rendezvous packed for the long run; the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will orbit the comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko for more than a year, examining its surface, interior structure, mineral composition, and the gases it ejects as it orbits the Sun.

Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

Wobble wobble wobble…

Listener Rick added clarification:

The center of mass (barycenter) of the Pluto–Charon system lies outside either body.

…but because Charon is so massive, that barycenter is located above Pluto’s surface.

Three massive volcanic eruptions light up Jupiter’s moon Io

The moon put on a fiery display for astronomers.


Look up after sunset for the most reliable meteor shower of the year: the Perseids, and learn where they come from!