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A group for us Geek and Nerds to talk about things we like. Technology, sci-fi, movies, TV, collecting, games, comics, science, etc.

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Zombie Slot Machine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14. 2 Replies

Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue

Tags: app design, mind manipulation

Beyond fake news, bot networks, and trolls - to automated behavior manipulation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 1. 4 Replies

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda MachineCambridge Analytica, a new automated propaganda machine poised to manage White House digital…Continue

Tags: weaponized AI propaganda machine

CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

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Comment by Steph S. on April 25, 2016 at 8:58am

Thank you Grinning Cat.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 24, 2016 at 3:38pm

Wireless mice leave "billions" at risk of being hacked: http://newsdaily.com/2016/03/wireless-mice-leave-billions-at-risk-o...

An attacker "can send data to the dongle, pretend it’s a mouse but say ‘actually I am a keyboard and please type these letters’" -- gaining access as if they were sitting at your keyboard, being able to install malware, reconfigure your internet settings to intercept traffic, etc.

"...some companies are starting to offer firmware updates to correct the security issues. Bluetooth devices are not vulnerable to this type of attack."

Comment by Joseph P on December 23, 2015 at 7:53pm

Speaking of Fallout 4 earlier, there's so much just ... random dialogue between all sorts of NPC's in the game.  It's pretty amazing.  Here's one of my favorite exchanges between two raiders.

I recommend pulling it up on YouTube itself, since it's in 1080p.

Sorry about the multi-post.  I kept screwing up the sizing of the embed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 21, 2015 at 11:31am

G Cat, That's interesting.  I had a friend on a movie site who's name was "stenchofpiss".  I never ask him why he chose that repulsive name just in case the question would bother him.  I liked him.  He was funny and we agreed about movie ratings.  He disappeared before the site did.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 17, 2015 at 3:32pm

Gamers' usernames reveal a lot about their real-world personalities and their ages. "What's in a name? More than you think..." (ScienceDaily)

"Where a player incorporated a profanity or other anti-social expression in their user name, they tended to adopt similar anti-social behaviour in the game environment. Conversely... positive in-game behaviour such as rapid learning, team building or leadership might correlate both with positive usernames and with positive personality traits in the real world.

"...where numbers featured in user names, it often provided an indication of the age of players."

(The study analyzed 500,000 data points from the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, including "Honour" and "Report" feedback from other players.)

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Comment by Joseph P on November 16, 2015 at 5:03pm

We got it the day it came out ... well, technically pre-ordered about a month in advance, because of a 24%-off deal through Green Man Gaming.  Pulled up the game at about 12:15, because I was busy with other stuff at midnight.  I'd probably be over level 30 by now, if we hadn't had a house guest from Vietnam who needed stuff from me about 8 hours a day for the past week.

Plus, I lose the gaming machine for about 5 hours each evening, when someone else acquires it for her Fallout 4 playing.  I don't think my 1.4 GHz quad-core laptop with an integrated graphics chipset can handle the game, so I'm having to rely on our gaming desktop, which can handle the game at ultra settings.

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2015 at 2:14pm

Evie also welcome to the group and I am happy to see new members. Glad to have you here.

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2015 at 2:13pm

I hope to get the new Fallout 4 soon -anyone else get the game?

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2015 at 2:13pm

Welcome Jessica and Wayne to the group.

Comment by Joseph P on November 9, 2015 at 11:27am

Anyone getting Fallout 4 tonight?

 

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