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

Millions of SMS messages exposed in database security lapse

A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes

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

* Sunlight Enters The Room *

Shields Up, Captain:

The Best Encrypted Messaging Apps You Should Use Today [Updated 2019]

Best encrypted messaging apps 2020 for Android

The safest messaging apps

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

* Captain, We Have A Crack In The Dilithium Crystal Chamber! *

The Sith And Their War Games:

Trump Administration Targets Your 'Warrant-Proof' Encrypted Messages

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

Signal (software) - Wikipedia


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

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


Space, The Final Frontier:

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

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

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

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 |

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

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

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


Communicator - Networking & Broadband:

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

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

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

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

5g Technology - 5g Antenna - MIMO


Artificial Intelligence - Computing & Robotics:

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

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

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

How to Restore Gmail's Missing Dark Mode on Android

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

Install All Media Codecs in Ubuntu With a Single Command

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

Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

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

Microsoft's Windows Terminal: This is the final preview of its new command-line tool | ZDNet


Hard Science:

Room Temperature Superconductor Breakthrough at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chernobyl Disaster - Chernobyl Now - Extreme Fungus


Bones' Journal - Health & Aging:

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

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

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

Revitalizing the Aging Brain by Activating Immune Cells

Synergistic Cellular Pathways Identified That Extend Lifespan by 500%

Molecular 'switch' reverses chronic inflammation and aging

Caltech ultrasound technique can selectively kill cancer cells - SlashGear


Keep On Cybertruckin' - Electric Trucks:

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

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

Will Tesla Make These Changes To The Cybertruck Before Launch?

Nikola Reveals Badger Electric Pickup Truck With 600-Mile Range

Tesla Cybertruck Engineering Analysis Explains Exoskeleton’s Edges

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

Henrik Fisker Teases, or Accidentally Posts, Alaska EV Pickup

The electric pickup wars are about to begin - CNN


Jobs In Tech's Gilded Age:

How a Walmart apprenticeship can help those without degrees land a job



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.


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

Tesla Cybertruck spied filming segment for Jay Leno’s Garage with Elon Musk

Tesla Cybertruck driven by Elon Musk and Jay Leno spotted driving around Los Angeles

Tesla’s Elon Musk greets passerby in Cybertruck as Jay Leno drives down iconic SpaceX street

Electric vehicle maker Rivian: expect prices lower than previously announced

The Hummer is coming back as a 1,000-horsepower electric truck

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

SpaceX successfully launches its fourth batch of internet-beaming Starlink satellites

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

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

Ditch Windows 7 For Ubuntu Linux With This Great Guide

WireGuard VPN protocol will ship with Linux kernel 5.6

Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 5.5 With Better Hardware Support

Atari is opening its own hotels in eight US cities

Electrifying Reads:

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

In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019

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

Sooth Your Inner Science Geek:

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

Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash


Papyrus greeting card brand to live on after stores close

Live Long, and Sci-Fi:

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

Geek's Cafe:

The biology of coffee, one of the world’s most popular drinks