Weekend tech reading: First website turns 25, 'Netflix Tax' active in PA, tattoo robot demonstrated

By Matthew
Aug 7, 2016
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  1. The first website went up 25 years ago today The future had humble beginnings. The first public web page went online 25 years ago today, on August 6, 1991. It was not much of a page by today’s standards: all text and a summary overview of a project to make Internet resources linkable with hypertext. But that single little web page, written by Tim Berners-Lee, heralded the rise of one of the greatest public goods ever built: the worldwide web. Fusion

    Many users are reporting freezing problems with PCs running Windows 10 Anniversary Update The Windows 10 Anniversary Update started rolling out just a few days ago, and while the response from users has been generally positive, many are reporting that their updated PCs have started to freeze randomly. Many users have been citing the same issue on a Reddit thread, and have been unable to reach a universal solution. Neowin

    This company has built a profile on every American adult Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America's 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records -- known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person's car -- and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Bloomberg

    Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers One thousand, five hundred and fourteen days. Or: four years, one month, and twenty-four days. That's how long it's been since Apple released the last MacBook Pro to come without a Retina display. The $1,199 13-inch model was powered by a 2.5GHz Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, a solid option for a midrange laptop in June 2012. I got one that month and am actually typing this column on it right now, having performed open hard drive surgery last night to bring it back from the dead. The Verge

    BBC to deploy detection vans to snoop on internet users The BBC is to spy on internet users in their homes by deploying a new generation of Wi-Fi detection vans to identify those illicitly watching its programmes online. The Telegraph can disclose that from next month, the BBC vans will fan out across the country capturing information from private Wi-Fi networks in homes to "sniff out" those who have not paid the licence fee. The Telegraph

    'Netflix Tax' goes into effect in Pennsylvania ​Netflix subscribers will have to pay more to watch movies starting today thanks to a series of new taxes. The new taxes were part of a revenue package passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf to fill a $1.3 billion hole in the state’s new $31.5 billion budget. The state's existing 6-percent sales tax will now be extended to digital downloads and subscription services like Netflix and Hulu. CBS

    Firaxis didn't plan it, but Civilization VI is shaping up to be a great educational tool If you haven't heard, someone's reworking Sid Meier's Civilization V as a teaching tool for schools. The great wonder is that it took so long. Even a decade ago, when I was just one more factoid about 17th century Dutch economics away from being overwhelmed by my graduate studies in history, I found the series' abstract take on the rise of nations a welcome beacon of intuitive simplicity. Paste Magazine

    Most robots dancing simultaneously - Guinness World Records At the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China, 1,007 robots bopped and shimmied their way to a new world record for the most robots dancing simultaneously. GWR

    Hackers stole more than 30 Jeeps and Dodges in Houston using a laptop (updated) Last year in a Wired report, a duo of computer geeks showed the world they could hack into and immobilize a Jeep Cherokee with nothing more than a laptop, prompting Chrysler to later recall 1.4 million vehicles. Clearly these cars have some cybersecurity issues, because police say two intrepid hackers in Houston used a laptop and pirated software to steal more than 30 Jeeps and Dodges, according to local news reports. Jalopnik

    Microsoft won't fix Windows flaw that lets hackers steal your username and password A previously disclosed flaw in Windows can allow an attacker to steal usernames and passwords of any signed-in user -- simply by tricking a user into visiting a malicious website. But now a new proof-of-exploit shows just how easy it is to steal someone's credentials. The flaw is widely known, and it's said to be almost 20 years old. ZDNet

    Mint 18 review: "Just works" Linux doesn't get any better than this The newly released Mint 18 is a major upgrade. Not only has the Linux Mint project improved Mint's dueling desktops (Cinnamon and MATE), but the group's latest work impacts all underlying systems. With Mint 18, Linux Mint has finally moved its base software system from Ubuntu 14.04 to the new Ubuntu 16.04. Ars Technica

    An industrial robot arm can perform intricate tattoos on human bodies Robots have already made their way into commercial warehouses and can handle cleaning our dishes, but would you let an industrial robot arm tattoo you? Pierre Emm and Johan da Silveira created Tatoué, an industrial robot arm that can autonomously perform intricate tattoos on humans. Using a 3D scanner, the body part is captured. Quartz

    Nigerian scammers infect themselves with own malware, revealing new wire-wire fraud scheme A pair of security researchers recently uncovered a Nigerian scammer ring that they say operates a new kind of attack called “wire-wire” after a few of its members accidentally infected themselves with their own malware. Over the past several months, they've watched from a virtual front row seat as members used this technique to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from small and medium-sized businesses worldwide. IEEE Spectrum

    Firefox will try to show you saved archive of a page instead of 404 error After introducing a big update for its browser users, Firefox has added some new features to its Test Pilot platform. The most significant is a new add-on called No More 404s that replaces the age-old Error 404 on a missing webpage, with saved archives from the Wayback Machine. Gadgets.NDTV

    The pill robot is coming Squeezed into a pill, this robot unfolds like an origami after it’s swallowed. It can be guided with a tiny magnet to remove a foreign object from the stomach or treat a wound by administering medication. Bloomberg

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  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    I guess the bbc can break wpa2 wireless encryption.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,340   +1,438

    As a PA resident and active outdoorsmen, it infuriates me that we allow companies to frack our national forests and destroy our farm lands and pay no taxes for doing so. What do we decide to tax instead? Internet services? Vaping?

    This is disgusting and while governor Wolf isn't all to blame, he could have choose to not sign the finance bill. These new taxes disproportionately take money away from the people who have the least and as a common wealth state this goes against everything PA stands for.
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  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Whether overtly, covertly, or by innuendo, Tom Wolf was elected because pledged to raise taxes. This was directly pandering to inner city parents who lack the initiative, and/or the ability to prepare their children properly for school, yet who are simultaneously bellyaching for, "parity in education".

    I fear this may not be the last, "tax ostensibly to prevent stupidity", which may be levied during this man's administration.

    Myself, I would lace the milk (and soft drinks) in the school cafeterias with birth control chemicals, as the onset of puberty has declined to 13 or less over the last century. This would avert a potential budgetary crisis in the future decade, by way of cutting down somewhat on the need for welfare, food stamps, and other forms of assistance.

    And BTW, this sh!t could wind up costing me 8%, as I'm in Philly.:mad:
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016

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