Saturday, September 06, 2014

According to Blogspot, this is my 3000th blog post. Since I do everything wrong, that translates to 3000 days (I post everything at once) and roughly 30,000 articles.

It's our fault. We have always wanted the computer on Star Trek. And now the NSA has it's dream chip.
Intels Clever and Kinda Creepy Chips that are Always Listening
Intel has released a new line of clever, but creepy computer chips that are always listening and ready to turn on using voice commands.
“Hello Computer” is all you have to say to turn on your computer when it is equipped with one of Intel’s latest chips.
… The chips have the ability to constantly listen for sounds or voice instructions due to the digital signal processor core that is designed to process audio with minimal power use.
“It doesnt matter what state the system will be in, it will be listening all the time,” stated Ed Gamsaragan, an engineer at Intel. “You could be actively doing work or it could be in standby.”
The device can also be trained to only respond to your voice however currently, the system is not secure enough to replace a password.

Have I mentioned that Google was a big Obama supporter? Looks like they still have his ear. “What's good for General Bashington T. Bullmoose IS good for the country!”
White House names Google’s Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States
The White House announced Thursday that it has named its next Chief Technology Officer. She is Megan Smith, a Google executive with decades of experience in Silicon Valley. The Obama administration named as deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, a former Twitter lawyer known as a staunch defender of the free flow of information online.

Might interest my Computer Security students.
30 days with space and cyber Airmen
Air Force Space Command invites Airmen, their families, and the public to follow online as the 3rd Combat Camera Squadron tells the story of Airmen and mission partners conducting critical space and cyber missions during the month of September.
… Throughout the mission, Olguin and his team will post coverage on the official Air Force Space Command website: and on the Air Force Space Command Facebook site: The team will also highlight activities and Airmen on the command Twitter account: afspace. Audiences can follow Twitter coverage under #30daysAFSPC.

Humor every week. How do they do it?
Some 4000 Starbucks employees have applied to Arizona State University. Bonus points if, as a university president, you can make shitty comments about baristas and English majors. [Easy come]
About 25% of the student population at Kentucky State University, a HBCU, are being kicked out for failing to pay their fees. [Easy go]
Colleges have licensed their logos to Jell-O for shot molds and to Franklin for peer pong balls.
… “A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—’taken in for an emergency medical evaluation’ for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting.” Via The Atlantic.

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