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.
Last week we covered these stories, and here are some clarifications:
The continuing voyages of the Enterprise 1701 with Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the gang.
…the last of the Babylon stations on the big screen!
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.
The EFF has an informative article about Google prioritizing content from HTTPS websites which will have a side effect of more privacy!
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.
The Geeks agree that no one should install the new messenger app from Facebook. But that is just our opinions.
Everyone needs sleep, even superheroes.
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.
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.
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!