Sigh…. CONGRESS. (8/1/20 Part 2)

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So, Congress has been having tech hearings as of late. Are Tech Giants Monopolies? The trick with hearings is sometimes they’re nothing but pro-wrestling and “look how tough I am” chest beating for an election year. But sometimes there’s real substance to what’s going on. So, what’s going on? https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/07/big-techs-big-day-congress-grills-ceos-over-competition-bias/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/07/telegram-files-eu-antitrust-complaint-against-apples-app-store/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-spotify-tech-eu-idUSKBN1QU18G https://www.businessinsider.com/australia-to-make-google-and-facebook-pay-for-news-content-2020-7

Disaster Preparedness: Last Minute Edition (7/25/20 Part 1)

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In Hawai’i, before holiday season its HURRICANE season! Hurricane Douglas Same time of year, every year, and we always seem to forget about it. Well, here we are again! https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/public-resources/types-of-disaster/#hurricane https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?cpac https://www.skilledsurvival.com/hurricane-prep-list/#section3 http://ready.gov/hurricanes And from the archives? https://www.q-a.net/mauionline/?s=disaster

Hacking of the State Sponsored variety! (7/18/20 Part 1)

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Aaaah, hackers. There’s been a bunch of hacking in the news! In this hour we talk about state-sponsored cyber-attacks. Analysis of alleged Russian Cyberatttacks on COVID Vaccine Labs Why do countries do this? Well, reasons vary, but here we go…! If you want some reading on it, here are some for you. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53458122 https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/iran-state-hackers-caught-with-their-pants-down-in-intercepted-videos/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/russia-linked-hackers-accused-of-targeting-covid-19-vaccine-developers/

Hacking for Fun and Profit (7/18/20 Part 2)

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If you want fun and profit, apparently computer system hacking is a promising field! Analysis of the Twitter Bitcoin Hack Jonathan did a bunch of research so you can hear his thoughts this hour! https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/15/21326200/elon-musk-bill-gates-twitter-hack-bitcoin-scam-compromised https://slate.com/technology/2020/07/why-cryptocurrency-advocates-think-the-twitter-hack-could-help-bitcoin.html https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/16/twitter-hackers-made-121000-in-bitcoin-analysis-shows.html https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/07/whos-behind-wednesdays-epic-twitter-hack/

More Keeping The Kids Busy During Quarantine! (7/11/20 Part 1)

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Ready for summer? Things to Do Online! The days are longer, and kids don’t have school. Well, not even online! So, what to do? https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/16-free-or-cheap-things-to-do-with-your-kids-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ss-BB14qpGY#image=1  https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-parental-control-software  https://www.librarieshawaii.org/visit/branches/all-branch-hours-2/  And as discussed on the show! Do family fitness together.  https://www.youtube.com/user/walkathomemedia  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZS3MUjYqjUHCxHJUnzMsxwKyPyNXR3Fm  Teach the kids about money.  https://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T065-C002-S003-smart-ways-to-talk-about-money-with-your-kids.html?rid=SYN-msn&utm_source=SYN-msn&utm_medium=referral  https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/dollars-cents-how-much/  https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/how-to-teach-kids-about-money  Cooking together  https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/recipes-for-kids/cooking-with-kids/recipes-kids-can-make  Learning together  https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/5-fun-stem-projects-to-keep-your-kids-engaged-during-covid-19-school-closures/  https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/5-more-stem-projects-to-keep-your-kids-engaged-during-covid-19-school-closures/  https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/11-household-objects-you-can-use-to-build-a-rube-goldberg-machine/  https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/14-fun-online-stem-activities-to-keep-kids-stimulated-at-home/   

Farewell Flash, we hardly knew thee. (7/11/20 Part 2)

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Macromedia Flash, later Adobe Flash. If you’ve been online since the 90’s, you probably know about Flash. Its being retired this December 2020, and will no longer be supported! We take a look at this iconic part of online history. Flash is done We talk our thoughts and memories, with help from a great article from Arstechnica! https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/the-rise-and-fall-of-adobe-flash/ Now, Alert Internet Surfer Dan called in and tickled Jonathan reminding him about the Digicomp Mechanical Computer! Check it out! https://www.retrothing.com/2009/10/build_your_own_.html#:~:text=The%20Digicomp%20is%20a%20plastic%20mechanical%20computer%20from,into%20something%20that%20resembles%20a%20Jetson%27s%20parking%20garage.

Those Darn Bad Guys on Social Media… (6/27/20 Part 2)

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The baddies are really, really pains in the keister. Hijacking Social Media We talk about it today, whether we like it or not, because it is an election year. Additionally, social media seems to be quite divisive, doesn’t it? Its not an accident! https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/ https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-38919403/how-do-fake-news-sites-make-money https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/18/this-is-how-the-internets-fake-news-writers-make-money/ https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/06/24/how-fake-accounts-constantly-manipulate-what-you-see-on-social-media/ https://www.mcafee.com/blogs/consumer/family-safety/spot-fake-facebook-account/ https://www.wikihow.com/Reveal-a-Fake-Facebook-Account https://opendorse.com/blog/how-to-spot-fake-social-media-followers/  

Are you Authentic(ated)? (6/13/20 Part 2)

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2FA ought be a part of your digital life. Authenticate This! Yes, it is annoying. But, its not as annoying as someone accessing your account after stealing, hacking, or figuring out your login! Many sites and services offer 2FA via text message, but unfortunately that is the weakest form of it.  https://www.cnet.com/how-to/do-you-use-sms-for-two-factor-authentication-heres-why-you-shouldnt/  https://www.protectimus.com/blog/sms-authentication/  So, tell me about some of them…  Much like sports teams, the overall landscape does change from year to year, so what’s “best” this year might not be next year. This is a good thing, though.  https://gizmodo.com/the-best-authenticator-apps-for-protecting-your-account-1840711013  https://www.pcworld.com/article/3225913/what-is-two-factor-authentication-and-which-2fa-apps-are-best.html