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14 Year Olds Driving Cars – Knee-Jerk Reaction to 9/11 Leads to Germanwings Crash – Shownotes March 28, 2015

March 28th, 2015 · Apple, Cars, Government, Radio Show, Security

France Is Letting 14-Year-Olds Drive an Electric Car

Beg your parents to buy you a Renault Twizy, a $7,600 “car” that 14-year-olds can now legally drive.

The Twizy is a quadricycle, a 1,000-pound, two-seat electric car meant for zipping around cramped European cities. It’s designed to be a safer alternative to bicycles and scooters for the urban set, sporting a 13-horsepower electric motor and enough batteries to take you 60 miles at a maximum speed of 50 mph.

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Andreas Lubitz: Knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 enabled mass murder

[I’ve been saying this for more than a decade. We may be up to 3 crashes caused by our stupidity.]

Andreas Lubitz used his expertise to lock the captain out of the flight deck of the Airbus A320. He knew that the procedures implemented since 11 September 2001 enabled someone on the flight deck to take total control.

After the terrorist attacks, airlines began to install reinforced doors. Costing hundreds of thousands of pounds each, they are intruder-proof and bullet-proof. The system includes a keypad that is intended to allow authorized crew to enter the flight deck if the pilots become incapacitated. But a promotional video made by Airbus demonstrates how easy it is to deny access even to fellow crew who know the emergency code.

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Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.

The checklist ranges from the mind-numbingly obvious, like “appears to be in disguise,” which is worth three points, to the downright dubious, like a bobbing Adam’s apple. Many indicators, like “trembling” and “arriving late for flight,” appear to confirm allegations that the program picks out signs and emotions that are common to many people who fly.

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Media Giants Are Ready to Publish Inside Facebook’s Walls. Will They Ever Get Out?

As the late David Carr poetically wrote when first breaking the news of Facebook’s publishing plans in October, “For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.”

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Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I’ve heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid. How much of it is real psychology and how much is technophobic hype?

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Tim Cook Named ‘World’s Greatest Leader,’ Reflects on Leading Post-Jobs Era at Apple

Cook brings a different leadership style to Apple, placing more trust in others instead of being as impulsive and manipulative as Jobs often was. The results have been favorable, as Apple has grown to become the world’s most valuable company during the three-and-a-half years since Cook took over the helm.

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Arrogant? Facebook unveils platform to integrate third-party apps, customer support for businesses into Messenger

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Anthem Hack Exposes Millions of Children – Show Notes March 21, 2015

March 21st, 2015 · Navigation, Radio Show, Security

Millions of Children Exposed to ID Theft Through Anthem Breach

anthemfacts_com“Every terrible outcome that can occur as the result of an identity theft will happen to the children who were on that database,” said Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDentityTheft 911. “Criminals will use those stolen Social Security numbers to open accounts, get medical treatment, commit tax fraud, you name it.”

The Social Security number was never supposed to be used as a national identifier, but it’s become that. For an identity thief, that nine-digit number is the brass ring. It’s the skeleton key that unlocks your life.

A child’s number is even more valuable. Here’s why: For most minors, their number is pristine – it’s never been used and is not yet associated with a credit file. That means there’s very little chance that the credit reporting agencies are monitoring it.

So a criminal can take that stolen number, combine it with someone else’s name, address and birth date to create a fake ID – what fraud fighters call a “synthetic ID” – that can be used for all sorts of fraudulent purposes.

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How to Tell Which iPhone Apps Are Killing Your Battery.

Apple’s newest iPhone software, iOS 8, has made it easy to tell which apps are literally sucking the life out of your battery.

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How Your USB Cables Are About to Change Forever

USB-C is faster, smaller and more flexible and Apple is the first to use it.

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The Life Extension Blog: Soda May Accelerate Aging

Researchers surveyed over 5,000 Americans between the ages of 20 to 65 years. They sampled healthy adults with no prior history of diabetes or heart disease. Soda Aged Cells by About Five Years. Telomeres, the end caps of DNA strands that serve as a marker for aging, were found to be shortened in people who drink just one can of soda a day.

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Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan.

Microsoft has tried, unsuccessfully, to shake off the negative image of Internet Explorer over the past several years with a series of amusing campaigns mocking Internet Explorer 6. The ads didn’t improve the situation, and Microsoft’s former Internet Explorer chief left the company in December, signalling a new era for the browser.

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The Next Windows Is Coming Way Sooner Than We Thought

The next generation of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10, will launch as early as this summer. Microsoft will take the unprecedented step of making the upgrade available for free, even to “non-genuine” Windows users, an oblique reference to pirated versions of the operating system.

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GPS Jammers and Maritime Security Threats

Capt. Moskoff spoke of the danger of hostile actors using simple GPS-jamming devices, which are readily available from the Internet. Such “jammers” could “paralyze ship traffic and operations at U.S ports, and that would cause just one port an economic loss of $1 billion per day.”

Currently, North Korea is the world’s biggest jammer of GPS.

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Netflix Popularity/TV Down – Apple Research Kit Good, Bad and Evil – Show Notes for March 14, 2015

March 14th, 2015 · Apple, Entertainment, Monitoring, Radio Show

Americans are moving faster than ever away from traditional TV

More homes have turned to online video with 40 percent of U.S. homes subscribing to a streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu.

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Netflix is now in 36% of homes across the United States

Nielsen’s 2014 Total Audience Report confirms what many already assumed: Americans are becoming more enamored with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

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New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity

The tendency for entrepreneurs is to build big products. The problem with big, feature-rich products is that they take substantial time and money.

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Stanford’s ResearchKit app gained more users in 24 hours than most medical studies find in a year

At least a few thousand people are interested enough in Apple’s new ResearchKit framework to participate in a medical study.

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Apple’s Researchkit Could Be Gold Mine for Hackers

Apple earlier this week announced ResearchKit, an open source framework that will let medical and health researchers gather data through iPhone apps. ResearchKit will be released in April. Millions of users provide a huge attractor.

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Cortana Could Edge Out Siri, Google Now

Microsoft later this year will offer its Cortana personal assistant as a standalone app for iOS and Android devices. The engine behind Cortana is “arguably better than [Siri or Google Now]”

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State Department announces temporary computer system outage

The State Department announced a temporary outage Friday to upgrade its computer system. A statement from Jen Psaki, the department’s spokeswoman, announced the “short, planned outage” as a means…

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New Ice Age – Tax Scams – Craig Show Notes for March 7th, 2015

March 7th, 2015 · Military, Radio Show, Security

And That’s the Way It Was: In 1972, Cronkite Warned of ‘New Ice Age’

walter-cronkite-at-broadcast-deskSome winters are “bone-chilling,” like this one has been, others are mild, and some like the 1972-1973 winter started early and harsh, but grew surprisingly mild. That was the same year Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America” in 1972, according to polls. A 2009 CBS obituary for the journalist said, “Cronkite was the biggest name in television news, the king of the anchormen; in fact, he was the reporter for whom the term ‘anchorman’ was coined.”

On September 11, 1972, Cronkite cited scientists’ predictions that there was a “new ice age” coming. He called that prediction from British scientist Hubert Lamb “a bit of bad news.”

Global warming activists have claimed for years that the 1970s global cooling scare never existed. They have tried to erase the inconvenient history which ironically blamed extreme weather like tornadoes, droughts, record cold and blizzards on global cooling.

Climate fear promoters switched effortlessly from global cooling fears in the 1970s to global warming fears in the 1980s. In the present day, the phrase ‘global warming’ has lost favor in favor of ‘climate change’ or ‘global climate disruption’ or even ‘global weirding,’ Morano added. “’Settled science’ has never seemed so unsettled.

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Unprecedented surge in online tax scams raises questions about TurboTax

As fraud rises sharply — Intuit, which makes TurboTax, said some states have seen a 37-fold increase in suspicious returns this year — it remains unclear who is responsible for combating the problem. Each year, TurboTax files millions of returns that its internal screening algorithms have flagged as “suspicious,” internal documents show. The company said it does not immediately alert taxation authorities.

Rejecting a return and determining whether it is fraudulent are ultimately up to the IRS, Intuit added. “We do not have that authority,” the company said in a statement.

Who’s responsible to police fraudulent returns? How do you find out if there’s been fraud against you?

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Secrets of Clinton emails revealed: Chelsea’s alias was Diane Reynolds. Hillary planned Chelsea’s wedding on same account she used as Secretary of State.

At the center of the controversy: Hillary Clinton’s personal email account – hrd22@clintonemail.com

Domain name was registered to Eric Hothem, the aide who packed up and carted off furniture from the White House that he said was ‘Clinton’s personal property’. The furnishings were later determined to be government’s and the Clintons were required to pay $86,000 in restitution for the items they kept.

Clinton’s arrangement to have her correspondence run through a private domain name and server have set off alarms. Her sensitive communications could be being hacked or destroyed: Republicans want investigations into the matter

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16 Ways Modern Dating Is Changing The Way We Think About Love

1. We’ve all but made dating the equivalent of online shopping.
2. We’re almost equating ‘committing’ to ‘giving up’ on finding better.
3. Many people believe that sex is meaningless when you are literally inside another human being, but calling rather than texting? That’s a huge deal.
4. We make snap judgments based on someone’s online presence more than we actually get the chance to know them.
5. Things are only official when they’re public.
6. It’s easier now, more than ever, to compare yourself to other people, and to start making decisions and judgments about your life based on those comparisons.
7. We are so caught up in being the person who cares less, that we become afraid of even caring at all.
8. We don’t even know what romance means anymore. We feel gratified by a “good morning” text.
9. We’ve been squeezed into an environment where “pursuing our dreams” has become increasingly paramount.
10. “Casual dating” is obsolete.

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Health checks by smartphone raise privacy fears

In a few years, new technology will be able to monitor numerous essential physiological indicators by telephone and to send alerts to patients and the specialists who look after them.

More and more patients are using smartphone apps to monitor signs such as their blood sugar and pressure.

There is a steady increase in remote consultations with medical practitioners. Your doctor can be someone who’s based in Mumbai. We have to be very careful about our data, because they’re the ones who probably will end up storing your data and keeping a record of it.

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Report: China Believes Space War Is Inevitable, Sets Goal Of Space Supremacy

The report, compiled by the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), was released by the commission on Monday and reveals that China is interested in attaining space supremacy, adding that Chinese military leaders think that control of space determines control of Earth.

Chinese and Russian military leaders understand the unique information advantages afforded by space systems and services and are developing capabilities to deny access in a conflict. Chinese military writing highlights the need to interfere with, damage and destroy reconnaissance, navigation and communication satellites.

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You Should Really Consider Installing Signal, an Encrypted Messaging App for iPhone

Signal 2.0, folds in support for encrypted text messages using a protocol called TextSecure, meaning users can communicate using voice and text while remaining confident nothing can be intercepted in transit over the internet.

Other apps with encryption tend to enter insecure modes at unpredictable times — unpredictable for many users, at least. Apple’s iMessage, for example, employs strong encryption, but only when communicating between two Apple devices and only when there is a proper data connection. Otherwise, iMessage falls back on insecure SMS messaging.

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Show Notes – Air Traffic Control – Goodbye to Apple and Microsoft – Apple Project Titan

March 1st, 2015 · Government, Radio Show, Security

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

At any given time, around 7,000 aircraft are flying over the United States. For the past 40 years, the same computer system has controlled all that high-altitude traffic—a relic of the 1970s known as Host. The core system predates the advent of the Global Positioning System, so Host uses point-to-point, ground-based radar. Every day, thousands of travelers switch their GPS-enabled smartphones to airplane mode while their flights are guided by technology that predates the Speak & Spell.

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Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

I can use Linux, and I can get my work done well. I can play games. I can surf endlessly. The platform alternatives have reached a stage where they’re capable of handling just about everything I need.

More important, I’ve moved to these alternative platforms because I’ve changed my mind about the politics of technology. I now believe it’s essential to embed my instincts and values, to a greater and greater extent, in the technology I use. Those values start with a basic notion: We are losing control over the tools that once promised equal opportunity in speech and innovation—and this has to stop.

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Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ could reshape the auto world

Detroit had a good year in 2014, selling 16.5 million autos — up 1 million from 2013. The stock of Ford and GM has revved on the good news, jumping 5.7 and 7.8 percent, respectively, in 2015.

Currently, at a secret location near its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, Apple is said to be working on a car design — code-named “Project Titan” — at breakneck speed. While auto companies can take as long as seven years to develop a car, Apple is said to be hoping to start shipping its vehicles in five years — as early as 2020.

Well, Apple has been offering the best and the brightest in the car-battery field $250,000 signing bonuses plus salaries 60 percent higher than what they currently earn, Musk told Bloomberg Businessweek this month.

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The Government’s War on Freedom of the Press – US Ranks 49th on Press Freedom Index

The U.S. plummeted to a dismal 49th place on the Reporters Without Borders annual Press Freedom Index, marking the country’s second lowest ranking since the list was created in 2002 and its lowest since 2006. Other countries ranked in the 40s and 50s include Haiti, Mongolia, and Chile.

Since the Obama Administration took power, it has used the Espionage Act to prosecute data leakers a record seven times—more than every other president combined in the law’s nearly 100-year history—a Fox News journalist has been spied on by the Justice Department under the justification that he’s a criminal conspirator, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange has been declared “a hi-tech terrorist,” and the Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court ruling against Risen stating that the First Amendment doesn’t protect him from refusing to testify about a whistleblower that allegedly leaked classified information about the CIA’s efforts to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.

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