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

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.

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.

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.

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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Net Neutrality – Craig Peterson Show Notes 2/21/2015

Net Neutrality

The 332-page secret memo from the Whitehouse, is
going to eliminate free speech and innovation from the Internet. We
have the fewest numbers of C-Corp businesses in this country in 30+ years,
and that’s even with the innovation sparked by a free and open
Internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Thursday to bring full
1934-era regulation to the Internet.

Over the past two decades, the Internet has flourished and
revolutionized our lives precisely because it has remained free of
government overregulation. Recently, however, Obama’s Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules that could
reclassify broadband Internet as a monopoly-era plain old telephone
service of decades past.

Lenovo Pre-Installing Evil Software

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers
preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish,
that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows’ encrypted
Web connections for the sake of advertising.

Internet security for at least Internet Explorer, Chrome, and
Safari for Windows, on all of these Lenovo laptops, is now broken.

This is a serious security issue. For example, shortly after this
news became widespread, security researcher Robert Graham was able
to extract the certificate from the Superfish adware and quickly
cracked the password. With this password, a malicious attacker
would be able to intercept encrypted communications on the same
network (like at a cafe Wi-Fi hotspot).

How to Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer.

SIM Card Hack

Massive SIM card encryption key hack gives US, UK spies access to
billions of phones.

U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the
computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken
smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of
hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), allowed
the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s
mobile phone voice and data traffic, according to a story in The

How A 14-Year-Old Hacked A Car, Overnight, With $15 Worth Of Radio
Shack Parts.

He had an idea about using a wireless transmitter to connect to the
car and talk with the vehicle over the CAN bus. He got to a local
Radio Shack, spent around $15 on a circuit board, transmitter, and
other bits, and then spent the rest of the night creating a “smalltongue_in_cheek
robotics project” made from easily available parts.

Thankfully Radio Shack is closing down. Problem solved.

It’s not the Tablets That Are Rotting Kids Brains

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains. There’s a huge
range of things kids need to learn to thrive in real life. Toddlers
need to watch faces, talk to people who are listening and can talk
back, manipulate actual three dimensional objects, and so on. All
kids, like adults, need to keep their social skills limber and be
able to focus on tasks and learn good time management. So, while
tablets aren’t as bad as television, kids still need to develop
these real-world skills.

Kids who spent time at a no-screens-allowed camp showed better
social skills after just five days. While this was widely reported
as a strike against screen time, the results may have more to do
with what the kids did do than what they didn’t: They spent time
interacting with teams of their peers.

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Free Roku – Smartphone Spy Device – Net Neutrality Secret Whitehouse Document

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Secret Whitehouse Net Neutrality Document

Republican FCC Member Warns Net Neutrality Is Not Neutral – 332 Page Secret Whitehouse Document. Ajit Pai, one of two Republican Commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives’ idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.

Secret Apple Car Project

Tim Cook approved Apple electric car project a year ago. Apple has several hundred employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter. They said the project, code-named “Titan,” has an initial design of a vehicle that resembles a minivan, one of these people said.

Now You Can Will Your Facebook When You Die

What happens to your Facebook when you die? You can finally decide. Starting today – at least in the US – Facebook is letting users assign a “legacy contact” who will be given powers to decide what happens to their profile once they’ve died.

Need to Read Apple iWork Documents?

Apple Makes iWork Web Available Free For Anyone With A Free Apple ID. iWork used to be a paid productivity suite that Apple sold first via boxed copies then via the Mac App Store. Today, it completes the transition from revenue source to value-add service for iWork, with a web version that serves as a taste of Apple’s ecosystem offerings even for the uninitiated. The fact is that iWork for Apple is something to dangle at potential customers, which gives it an advantage over Microsoft, which still has to derive revenue somehow from Office, despite a gradual decrease in cost to access for Redmond’s productivity software.

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Spy Tool

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool. Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner.

GMO Arctic Apple Doesn’t Turn Brown

What to Know About the Apple That Doesn’t Turn Brown. The USDA approval allows trees bearing the new fruit to be sold to farmers, but safety approval by the Food and Drug Administration for consumption can’t be far behind, according to Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch, a consumer-rights group based in Washington, D.C. She said it will probably still be a few years before they’re sold in stores

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Show Notes for February 9, 2015


The Phishing attacks have begun.

How RadioShack Helped Build Silicon Valleyradioshack_store

Apple Wouldn’t Exist Without It.

  Steve Wozniak tells the story of the TV jammer he built from parts at RadioShack. He and Steve Jobs played elaborate tricks with it.

  Marc Andreessen learned to program tooling around on a TRS-80.

  Kevin Mitnick, the first hacker ever on the FBI’s most-wanted list, learned his trade on the demo models at RadioShack because he couldn’t afford a computer of his own.

  Draper, the phone phreaker known as “Captain Crunch,” hacked his way into free long-distance calls using a Touch Tone dialer he bought from RadioShack.

  Michael Dell first began tinkering with computers at RadioShack, all while saving up to buy his own Apple II.

Valentine’s Gift Idea

Amazon’s Discounting Kindles for Valentine’s Day. Good deal, or does a tablet make more sense?

3D-Printed ‘Urban Concept’ Car Assembled by Singapore Students

It’s unsafe, can’t be used by full-sized adults, but is this a glimpse at the future?

Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong‘s closet.

Includes the 16mm movie camera that was used to film the final phase of the descent to the lunar surface, the landing, as well as Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin‘s activities on the lunar surface including taking the first samples of lunar soil and planting the US flag.

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Show Notes With Jack Heath – February 2nd, 2015

Looking for a cheap tablet?

How about an $84 Amazon Fire HD? The Fire HD 6 goes anywhere with its pocketable design–featuring a beautiful 6″ HD display,  unsurpassed reliability in its class. Watch movies, read books, download Apps. It’s a full Android tablet.

Bill Gates is worried about artificial intelligence too.

He has a warning for humanity: Beware of artificial intelligence in
the coming decades, before it’s too late.

IBM’s Watson supercomputer has moved on from besting Jeopardy
contestants to conducting medical research and diagnosis, and
researchers earlier this month detailed a new computer program that
can beat anyone at poker.

Musk in October called AI development “summoning the demon,” and
has invested in the space to keep his eye on it.

Expect Faster Internet

If your ISP doesn’t provide download speeds
of 25Mbps, it can no longer tell you you’re getting broadband

The Federal Communications Commission has just voted to change the
definition of “broadband”, raising the minimum download speed from
4Mbps to 25Mbps and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps.

Right to Be Forgotten in Europe is Extending Worldwide

Europe’s highest court ruled that anyone with connections to Europe could
ask that links about themselves be removed from search results.

A judge ordered Google’s French subsidiary to pay daily fines of
roughly $1,100 until links to the defamatory content were removed
from all searches worldwide.

Movie Making With an iPhone 5S

How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone
5S. Add a steadycam rig, a special lens and a lot of post-editing
work and you’ve got a real movie.

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