Special Guest on Saturday, July 2nd!

Sam News

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR Q&A PRESENTS: MAUI ONLINE! This Saturday we’ll be talking to actress (Babylon 5, Star Trek: TNG), stuntwoman, and entrepreneur Patricia Tallman about the 2016 HawaiiCon (a fantastic Science and Science Fiction convention) and her company Quest Retreats! Everyone here is super excited about this, and we think you will be too! The show is Saturday from 12 noon HST til 2pm on KAOI 1110AM/96.7FM, and will be streamed live at www.kaoi1110.com! ‪#‎Hawaiicon‬ ‪#‎PatriciaTallman‬ ‪#‎Babylon5‬ ‪#‎StarTrek‬ ‪#‎TNG‬ ‪#‎Travel‬ ‪#‎Nerd‬ ‪#‎Geek‬ ‪#‎entrepreneur‬ ‪#‎loveyoumeanit

Tuesday, March 8th: Family fun in Kihei with SCIENCE!

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Just a reminder that the Maui Science Center will be hosting the Maui Solar Eclipse Fair from 3pm-7pm at Kalama Park, Kihei, this Tuesday! The National Solar Observatory and the Maui Science Center invite you to come safely experience the beauty of the crescent Sun!  On March 8th the Moon will begin to move in front of the Sun at around 4:30 pm.  By 5:30 pm, ~60% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon, creating a crescent shape Sun on Maui’s western horizon.  This is the best opportunity to see a partial solar eclipse from Maui this decade! Come join us in Kalama Park in Kihei (across from Foodland) for safe viewing and science fun for the whole family! Local astronomers will be on site with solar telescopes for an up close view of the eclipse.  Free eclipse glasses will also be available for viewing.  Maui Science Center is bringing the fun with science activities, exhibits, and crafts! Warning:  Please remember to NEVER look at the sun without specially designed eye protection.  Direct viewing of the Sun can cause permanent eye damage!

Passwords, passwords, passwords! Plus Amazon!

Sam News, Show Archives, Topics

First off, if you need help with making a password? Jonathan’s Patent Pending Password Algorithm™ is here to help! Take a phrase that you say a lot like “May The Force Be With You” or “The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dog.” Take the first letter off of each word, and only capitalize the first letter. So, Mtfbwy or Tqbfjotld. Add your favorite number at the end, then an exclamation point or something else. Mtfbwy1! or Tqbfjotld9!. Split it in half, and put in the initials for whatever you’re contacting in between. So, for Bank of Hawaii? You could use MtfBOHbwy1 or TqbfBOHjotld9. Using this formula, you’ll have the same password for every site you go to, but have a unique password for every site! Next, if you shop on Amazon, they have enabled a new security feature! Two-Factor Authentication means the bad guys need more than just your password to do bad stuff with your account! In addition to your password, Amazon will make use of your cell phone by either texting you a security code or letting you use an authenticator app. Want to set it up? PC World has an easy article on how to do it. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3006262/security/how-to-protect-your-amazon-account-with-two-factor-authentication.html

Charity Fraud links!

Sam News

Need to know a little self-defense against scammers posing as charities? Arm yourself with some knowledge kung-fu to keep the scammers at bay! For a great primer about charity scams, the FTC has a great page for everyone to read! http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials. http://www.nasconet.org/ Check if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar. http://www.bbb.org/charity http://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://charitywatch.org/ http://www.guidestar.org/ How to report a scam: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

Astronomical binge reading!

Sam News

Did today’s show leave you hungry for more starry stories and celestial tales? Do you have an appetite for things beyond the sight of the naked eye? When you look up, do you wish you could be doing it with the insights of the world’s astronomy community along with you?  Well, you’re in luck! http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/alpha_centauri/ http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/10/14/weird_star_strange_dips_in_brightness_are_a_bit_baffling.html http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/10/hubbles-planetary-portrait-captures-new-changes-in-jupiters-great-red-spot http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/10/vla-reveals-spectacular-halos-of-spiral-galaxies http://phys.org/news/2015-10-robotic-laser-astronomy.html http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-eso-coalsack-nebula-03338.html http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/10/hubbles-planetary-portrait-captures-new-changes-in-jupiters-great-red-spot

Come Help the new Maui Science Center at the Maui Science Carnival!

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“Today, more than ever, science is emerging as an instrumental factor in decisions affecting stability, security, and improved quality of life for the entire planet.  We have a responsibility to fuel that curiosity and to encourage it as a process of life-long learning.” Anthony Rock, of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, said that, and he isn’t wrong.  I was fortunate enough to have part of my upbringing in San Diego, and spend much time at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. There I was exposed to Newton, and Archimedes, and Einstein and Sagan, and the center made it fun and interesting and exciting — an excitement I haven’t lost to this day, forty years later. And now Maui has the chance for it’s own Science Center, and I feel that excitement again. The Maui Science Center, a new nonprofit organization, has a mission to help familiarize members of the public with objects and ideas about science and technology. While still in its beginning stages, the project hopes to provide innovative hands-on, minds-on experiences that encourage curiosity and exploration. On August 15th, 2015 the Maui Science Center is hosting Maui’s first ever Science Carnival an all-day outdoor family friendly event at Kalama Park in Kihei. Maui residents and visitors can experience their first interactive exhibits, participate in hands-on science activities, enjoy science shows, fun games and live entertainment. Plus an amazing silent auction sponsored by the Island’s business community. Be there!

Crypolocker and Cryptowall scaring you?

Sam News

Well, we can help with that! Go here to Foolish IT to download CryptoPrevent to help stop the bad guys! So, go ahead and download (please donate!), and make sure you get your backups in order as well.

Net Neutrality Links of the Week

Jonathan News

Trying to keep everyone informed, involved, and in-the-loop… http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2458143,00.asp https://www.dearfcc.org/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/05/15/fcc-approves-plan-to-allow-for-paid-priority-on-internet/ Be heard!

Chattanooga’s Public Internet

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For the opponents who claim public internet doesn’t work, for your edification: NYTimes Article  How about them apples?