Charities – Real and Not Its that time of year again: when we think more about others, and find ourselves wanting to extend help to our fellow members of humanity as we go about the sun one more time. Sadly, whenever there’s a chance to do good, there are scammers ready and waiting to try and take advantage of people’s good will and generosity. We even had some links in the show that we thought you’d find useful. For your convenience: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/make-sure-your-donation-counts/index.htm http://www.seattletimes.com/life/lifestyle/watchdogging-the-charity-watchdogs https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Missed the websites mentioned on the show? Have no fear! www.HawaiiCon.com – Hawaii’s first Science and Science Fiction convention! www.questretreats.com – Pat’s fantastic retreat company! https://twitter.com/patriciatallman – Patricia Tallman on Twitter! https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaTallmanPage/ – Patricia’s page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/questretreats – Quest Retreats on Facebook with FANTASTIC photos from their adventures!
Computers 101: E-cycling – Part 1 Marty McMahon from Maui County’s Electronic Recycling Program joined Jonathan, LD, and Sam to go over the history of our island’s excellent eCycling program, plus its future! Got questions? He went over quite a bit about recycling your old electronics! Ready to listen to Part 2? Click here!
Need more to read about gravitational waves? Did this Saturday’s show merely whet your appetite? Fear not! We have links for you! http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/02/11/gravitational-waves-at-last/ http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/gravitational-waves-exist-heres-how-scientists-finally-found-them?currentPage=all http://www.astronomy.com/news/2016/02/pan-starrs-chases-source-of-ligo-gravity-wave-event
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
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/
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/10/eff-disappointed-cisa-passes-senate http://www.infoworld.com/article/2999476/government/cisa-new-security-law-doesnt-help-security.html http://www.infoworld.com/article/2995960/government/cisa-congress-law.html#tk.ifw-infsb http://gizmodo.com/these-senators-voted-yes-on-cisa-but-theres-still-ti-1739169315 http://www.decidethefuture.org/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz24ZI6lOVU
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