Saturday, February 22, 2020

MWGIC-EP-000107: The Shadows Eating The Whispers Of The World






Show Notes:

"The dramatic insecurity of SMS text messaging, how unaware the general public is of this insecurity. What are some of the best secure SMS messaging clients out there, and a new credible threat from our government to encrypted messaging platforms of all types on the web that just came out today. You don't need encryption for nefarious purposes, you need it to protect yourself from bad actors with nefarious purposes."

Shadow Zone:


Chinese Hackers Just Gave Us All A Reason To Stop Sending SMS Messages

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/11/03/chinese-hackers-just-gave-us-all-a-reason-to-stop-sending-sms-messages/#1812722b78c1


Millions of SMS messages exposed in database security lapse

https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/01/millions-sms-messages-exposed/


A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes
https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/15/millions-sms-text-messages-leaked-two-factor-codes/


New Android Text Messaging Update ‘Exposes Most Users To Hacking’

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/11/30/new-android-security-threat-text-messaging-update-puts-most-mobile-users-at-risk/#4ef38d657598

* Sunlight Enters The Room *
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Shields Up, Captain:


The Best Encrypted Messaging Apps You Should Use Today [Updated 2019]
https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/the-best-encrypted-messaging-apps/


Best encrypted messaging apps 2020 for Android

https://www.techradar.com/best/best-encrypted-messaging-app-android


The safest messaging apps

https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/28/the-best-encrypted-messaging-apps/


Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

https://www.wired.com/story/signal-encrypted-messaging-features-mainstream/


* Captain, We Have A Crack In The Dilithium Crystal Chamber! *
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The Sith And Their War Games:


Trump Administration Targets Your 'Warrant-Proof' Encrypted Messages

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/805032627/trump-administration-targets-your-warrant-proof-encrypted-messages


* Is It Down The Rabbit Hole, Or Down The Black Hole, I Forget? *


Signal (software) - Wikipedia



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Friday, February 14, 2020

MWGIC-EP-000106: Space Operas - Mad Scientists - War Of The Cybertruckers







Show Notes:


Reading & Sci-Fi Zone:

E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Skylark" series - a classic 20th-century 'Space Opera' jewel:







Project Blue Book Full Episodes, Video & More | HISTORY

https://www.history.com/shows/project-blue-book


Open access journals get a boost from librarians—much to Elsevier’s dismay | Ars Technica

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/how-librarians-keep-for-profit-scientific-journals-from-squeezing-their-budgets/

*LAST WORD*
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Space, The Final Frontier:


SpaceX resurrects California Starship factory plans just one year after abandoning it

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-resurrects-california-starship-factory-plans/


Elon Musk promotes Texas ‘career day’ as SpaceX files paperwork for Starship flight as early as March | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/04/elon-musk-promotes-texas-career-day-as-spacex-files-paperwork-for-starship-flight-as-early-as-march/


SpaceX requests permission to fly new Starship rocket on 12-mile-high test flight - The Verge

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/4/21122220/spacex-starship-rocket-20-kilometer-test-flight-boca-chica-texas


Will Humanity Achieve Interstellar Travel And Find Alien Life?


https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2020/02/05/will-humanity-achieve-interstellar-travel-and-find-alien-life/


Elon Musk Sent His Tesla Roadster Into Space Two Years Ago. Here's Where It Is Now | Inc.com

https://www.inc.com/don-reisinger/elon-musk-sent-his-tesla-roadster-into-space-two-years-ago-heres-where-it-is-now.html


Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Starship production well underway inside new Texas factory

https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-spacex-starship-production-well-underway/


Elon Musk working at night, shares Starship SN1 progress from Boca Chica

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/musk-shares-starship-sn1-progress


William Gerstenmaier joins SpaceX, and that’s a really big deal | Ars Technica

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/spacex-has-hired-a-key-nasa-official-to-help-with-human-spaceflight/


*END THIS WEEK'S UNIVERSE*
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Communicator - Networking & Broadband:



This Cybertruck-inspired iPhone 11 Pro costs $15K and isn’t made by Tesla or Apple - The Verge

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/31/21117052/caviar-cybertruck-cyberphone-tesla-apple-iphone-11-pro-max


SpaceX Starlink: when will it be available in my area?

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/spacex-starlink-when-will-it-be-available-in-my-area


Report: SpaceX is planning to spin out Starlink satellite broadband network and take it public

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/report-spacex-planning-spin-starlink-211611010.html


Elon Musk Says He's About to Deliver the Future of High-Speed Internet | Inc.com

https://www.inc.com/don-reisinger/elon-musk-says-hes-about-to-deliver-future-of-high-speed-internet.html


SpaceX Starlink is a step closer to beaming satellite internet to Australia

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starlink-satellite-australia-radio-communications/


5g Technology - 5g Antenna - MIMO

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a30792867/smart-surface-phone-signal/


*CLOSE CHANNEL*
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Artificial Intelligence - Computing & Robotics:


Google’s New Messaging App To Unify Gmail, Drive, And Hangouts…And Other Small Business Tech News

https://www.forbes.com/sites/quickerbettertech/2020/02/02/googles-new-messaging-app-to-unify-gmail-drive-and-hangoutsand-other-small-business-tech-news/


Just how big a deal is Google's new Meena chatbot model? | VentureBeat

https://venturebeat.com/2020/02/01/just-how-big-a-deal-is-googles-new-meena-chatbot-model/


VPNs will change forever with the arrival of WireGuard into Linux | ZDNet

https://www.zdnet.com/article/vpns-will-change-forever-with-the-arrival-of-wireguard-into-linux/


How to Restore Gmail's Missing Dark Mode on Android

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-restore-gmails-missing-dark-mode-on-android-1841426472


Lock down your Gmail account like it's Fort Knox with the Google Advanced Protection Program - CNET

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/lock-down-your-gmail-account-like-its-fort-knox-with-the-google-advanced-protection-program/


Install All Media Codecs in Ubuntu With a Single Command

https://itsfoss.com/install-media-codecs-ubuntu/


How to use Multipass, a new tool for launching virtual machines - TechRepublic

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/multipass-is-a-new-tool-for-launching-virtual-machines/


Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/02/11/microsoft-windows-10-windows-10x-upgrade-changes-update-windows/


Windows 10’s planned PowerToy could seriously supercharge your keyboard | TechRadar

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10s-planned-powertoy-could-seriously-supercharge-your-keyboard


Microsoft's Windows Terminal: This is the final preview of its new command-line tool | ZDNet
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-windows-terminal-this-is-the-final-preview-of-its-new-command-line-tool/


*SCOTTY - PULL THE PLUG ON THAT THING*
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Hard Science:

Room Temperature Superconductor Breakthrough at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
https://scitechdaily.com/room-temperature-superconductor-breakthrough-at-oak-ridge-national-laboratory/


Chernobyl Disaster - Chernobyl Now - Extreme Fungus

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a30784690/chernobyl-fungus/


*OK MAD SCIENTIST - GO CLEAN YOUR ROOM - ER - LAB*
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Bones' Journal - Health & Aging:

Could ‘young’ blood stop us getting old? | Society | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/feb/02/could-young-blood-stop-us-getting-old-transfusions-experiments-mice-plasma


Neuralink: Elon Musk teases 'awesome' advancements will be revealed soon

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/neuralink-elon-musk-reveals-more-details-coming-soon


How The Sound Of Your Alarm Affects Grogginess & Which Is Best

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-sound-of-your-alarm-affects-grogginess-and-which-is-best


Revitalizing the Aging Brain by Activating Immune Cells

https://scitechdaily.com/revitalizing-the-aging-brain-by-activating-immune-cells/


Synergistic Cellular Pathways Identified That Extend Lifespan by 500%

https://scitechdaily.com/synergistic-cellular-pathways-identified-that-extend-lifespan-by-500/


Molecular 'switch' reverses chronic inflammation and aging
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-02-molecular-reverses-chronic-inflammation-aging.html


Caltech ultrasound technique can selectively kill cancer cells - SlashGear

https://www.slashgear.com/caltech-ultrasound-technique-can-selectively-kill-cancer-cells-10609172/


*TIME FOR FRANKENSTEIN TO TAKE A NAP*
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Keep On Cybertruckin' - Electric Trucks:


Tesla's Giga Texas completely solves the Cybertruck's 'Cowboy Problem'

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-giga-texas-cybertruck-cowboy-problem-solved/


Tesla Cybertruck blasts "Back to the Future" in amazing fan-remake

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-back-to-the-future-fan-video/


Will Tesla Make These Changes To The Cybertruck Before Launch?

https://insideevs.com/news/397670/possible-tesla-cybertruck-changes-video/


Nikola Reveals Badger Electric Pickup Truck With 600-Mile Range

https://insideevs.com/news/397880/nikola-badger-electric-truck/


Tesla Cybertruck Engineering Analysis Explains Exoskeleton’s Edges

https://insideevs.com/news/397899/tesla-cybertruck-analysis-explains-exoskeleton/


How It's Made: Watch The Tesla Cybertruck Model Construction Process

https://insideevs.com/news/398253/video-tesla-cybertruck-model-design-construction/


Henrik Fisker Teases, or Accidentally Posts, Alaska EV Pickup

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a30898799/fisker-alaska-ev-pickup-leaked/


The electric pickup wars are about to begin - CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/cars/electric-pickup-truck-wars/index.html


*OK - HAND OVER THE KEYS*
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Jobs In Tech's Gilded Age:

How a Walmart apprenticeship can help those without degrees land a job
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/07/how-a-walmart-apprenticeship-can-help-those-without-degrees-land-a-job.html


*GET A HAIRCUT - AND A REAL JOB*
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

MWGIC EP-000105: Peppermint 10 Linux Demo

Have you been trying to revive an older computer? Have a PC that's running Windows 7 and either don't want to pay for Windows 10 or your hardware won't support Windows 10? Concerned about all the problems with Windows Updates in the past couple of years? Consider Linux for Desktop. It's free and open-sourcce, and as this demo shows, pretty easy to use, sophisticated, and there are tons of free applications/apps/programs available for it. Take a test drive around Peppermint 10, based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but lighter.

Video:



Saturday, February 1, 2020

MWGIC-EP-000104: Electrifying Reading & Cybertrucking





Show Notes:

Cybertrucking Zone:

Elon Musk on Tesla Cybertruck: It’s better than people realize — there’s more to it
https://electrek.co/2020/01/29/tesla-cybertruck-elon-musk-better-than-people-realize/

Tesla Cybertruck spied filming segment for Jay Leno’s Garage with Elon Musk
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-spy-shot-jay-lenos-garage-design-center/

Tesla Cybertruck driven by Elon Musk and Jay Leno spotted driving around Los Angeles
https://electrek.co/2020/01/25/tesla-cybertruck-elon-musk-jay-leno-driving/

Tesla’s Elon Musk greets passerby in Cybertruck as Jay Leno drives down iconic SpaceX street
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-elon-musk-rides-passenger-jay-lenos-garage/

Electric vehicle maker Rivian: expect prices lower than previously announced
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/electric-vehicle-maker-rivian-expect-003557325.html

The Hummer is coming back as a 1,000-horsepower electric truck
https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/30/21115040/gm-hummer-ev-truck-gmc-horsepower

Hyundai Kona Electric Sets An EV Record You Never Knew Or Probably Even Cared About
https://www.carscoops.com/2020/01/hyundai-kona-electric-sets-an-ev-record-you-never-knew-or-probably-even-cared-about/


Space, The Final Frontier:

Voyager 2’s Science Instruments Are Back On After Tripping Fault Protection Mode

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2020/01/30/voyager-2s-science-instruments-are-back-on-after-tripping-fault-protection-mode/#7775c16b7b11

SpaceX successfully launches its fourth batch of internet-beaming Starlink satellites
https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/29/21073930/spacex-starlink-satellite-constellation-falcon-9-rocket-launch-watch-live-stream

These are the most detailed photos yet of the far side of the moon
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615085/these-are-the-most-detailed-photos-yet-of-the-far-side-of-the-moon/


The Technozone:

Researchers In US & China Use Machine Learning To Make Better Solar Panels

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/25/researchers-in-us-china-use-machine-learning-to-make-better-solar-panels/

Motorola Razr is coming. What you can expect from the first foldable flip phone
https://www.cnet.com/features/motorola-razr-is-coming-what-you-can-expect-from-the-first-foldable-flip-phone/

Windows 7 should live on as open source, spectacularly optimistic petition demands
https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-7-should-live-on-as-open-source-spectacularly-optimistic-petition-demands

Ditch Windows 7 For Ubuntu Linux With This Great Guide
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2020/01/29/read-this-before-upgrading-from-windows-7-to-ubuntu-linux/#5fe8e56d7345

WireGuard VPN protocol will ship with Linux kernel 5.6
https://www.techradar.com/news/wireguard-vpn-protocol-will-ship-with-linux-kernel-56

Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 5.5 With Better Hardware Support
https://fossbytes.com/linux-kernel-5-5-release-download-features/

Atari is opening its own hotels in eight US cities
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/tech/atari-hotels-trnd/index.html


Electrifying Reads:

What is new for the e-paper and e-reader industry for February?

https://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/what-is-new-for-the-e-paper-and-e-reader-industry-for-february

‘The Open Book’ eReader Is What Open Source Lovers Need Right Now
https://fossbytes.com/the-open-book-an-open-source-ereader/

In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019
https://news.gallup.com/poll/284009/library-visits-outpaced-trips-movies-2019.aspx



Dan's Favorite Books *** Pics (In no particular order):















Sooth Your Inner Science Geek:

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-levitate-objects-with-sound/

Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-lab-trash-valuable-graphene.html


Econozone:

Papyrus greeting card brand to live on after stores close
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-papyrus-cards-20200127-z3ba5kcwyrchtot334s2bqttju-story.html


Live Long, and Sci-Fi:

'Doctor Who' makes history by casting its first black Doctor

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/01/27/doctor-who-makes-history-first-black-doctor/4586937002/


Geek's Cafe:

The biology of coffee, one of the world’s most popular drinks
https://www.salon.com/2020/01/25/the-biology-of-coffee-one-of-the-worlds-most-popular-drinks_partner/


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