Serious Backlash Against Australian Anti-Privacy Law
Figurative shots have been fired at Australia’s Labor Party (ALP) who are being blamed for rolling over and allowing the Access and Assistance Bill to be passed.
Here is an open letter on a bespoke domain from some in the Australian Tech community lambasting the ALP.
If you didn’t catch it last week, this bill has global consequences and Raymond Tec supports this backlash.
Extortion Scams Now Employ Ransomware
The article mentions a specific type of extortion scam, but the use of ransomware is becoming more prolific. Scammers are automating their extortion process by redirecting from those “Please pay us because we have dirt on you,” scam sites to sites that actually run ransomware on your device.
My best advice: if you THINK you see a site pop up trying to scam you, close the window as fast as you can. ALT-F4 on Windows machines and Command-W or Command-Q on Macs.
The Coolest Federal Agency is…
Not really news, but I like to report fun things. NASA took the bait this weekend, when fans of Marvel’s Avenger’s series tweeted at the space agency saying they should help the Avenger’s find Tony Stark, who is, apparently, lost in space.
NASA took the bait and even released a little Easter egg:
Finally found the hammer. pic.twitter.com/b18zTRV9Ep
— Darshan Baid (@frunkad) December 9, 2018
Useful Wearable Tech
Google has teamed up with Levi’s to make a truly useful piece of wearable tech.
Levi’s has made a smart jacket that can control different functions on your phone, like music playback and ride sharing alerts. The most useful feature? Always Together, which sends notifications if your jacket and phone become separated.
At $350, I might wait until the price comes down a bit, but it’s certainly a cool peek into the future.
A Relatively Unknown Visionary
Doug Engelbart dedicated his life to helping people help each other using technology. He developed the concepts behind technologies like screen sharing, graphical user interfaces, computer mice, and wide area networking (fancy talk for the internet) in 1968.
If you read one long article this week, make it this one about Doug Engelbart.
🙄Yeah, we used an eye roll emoji.
Waymo, an Alphabet subsidiary, has announced its first self driving taxi service. Sort of.
The service is based in Chandler, Arizona and only available to 400 pre-selected members. The cars are technically self-driving, but there’s still a human behind the wheel in case the car does something stupid.
Despite last week’s announcement that Tesla’s autopilot prevented a drunk driving nightmare, I’m still not a fan of self-driving cars.
At least the driver should delay the inevitable future of autonomous vehicles: the mobile brothel.