Software Updates

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble software update, from both a developer/publisher standpoint and a user/client standpoint. In the news, Nvidia buys Arm Holdings in a move that will shake up the global computing ecosystem, the American date format is terrible, and Mozilla suspended Firefox Send over malware concerns (but claims it will return one day).

Biometrics

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider biometrics. Biometrics bring great power, as well as great danger, and aren't just for authentication credentials.

In the War of the Apple Store news, Apple backs down against Wordpress after a "misunderstanding," Facebook isn't allowed to tell people that Apple takes a cut, and no one can download Fortnite or Infinity Blade on an Apple device. In the non-Apple news, a clever Chromium feature to detect evil DNS servers had unforeseen consequences, and don't let a late capitalist megacorporation install hardware in your brain.

Removable Media in 2020

Tonight on GeekNights, we revisit a topic we covered once in 2007 to update it for current times: removable media. USB sticks and such. Rym spent some $20 for a 2GB USB stick in 2007. Times have changed. In the news, Epic Games has kicked off a massive legal battle with Apple and Google, as things continue to escalate.

Bug Bounties and Responsible Disclosure

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the (largely unwise) idea of bug bounties, as well as the questions and concerns around responsible disclosure of bugs and exploits in software and services. We did talk about this once back in 2009, but times have changed.

In the news, Twitter was hacked for a bitcoin scam, Deep Fakes are getting dangerous quickly, and there are a lot of reasons you should avoid using TikTok.

Computer Maintenance in 2020

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about our computer maintenance schedules and procedures. We talked about this once back in 2006, but a lot has changed in 14 years.

In the news, Black Lives Matter. That should go without saying, but we're saying it again. Help any way you can. If nothing else consider a donation to the cause or call your local, state, and federal representatives. The protests are working, bit by bit, but we all have to keep the pressure up.

In other news, Google Currents (not the original Currents) replaces Google Plus for G Suite users, and SMITE developer Hi-Rez Studios did a full review of their chatlogs and banned over 5,000 racists. This is easy to do, and more companies should enact this kind of retroactive banning rather than relying on their communities to have to flag and report. The Internet Archive is also in danger due to lawsuits by book publishers.

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