Tuesday, September 29, 2015

No Wonder Earth Is In Trouble

September 29, 2015

I just read that there is a possibility that there is actually water on Mars. An AP article says that there is “…evidence…that water in liquid form trickles down certain Martian slopes.”

The article goes on to say, “In addition to supporting life, the presence of liquid water could make things easier for astronauts visiting or living on Mars. Water could be used for drinking and creating oxygen and rocket fuel.”

And I’m thinking, “Whoa! Y’all haven’t even gotten there yet, and you’re already thinking of ways to drain the planet of its natural resources!”

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Job Security

September 24, 2015

A government database containing the fingerprints of 5.6 million people was hacked. Since there is a trend toward using fingerprints as a security measure for bank accounts, phones, and other personal information, this is a cause for concern.

The good news is that the number of accounts that the prints could currently be used to access is relatively small.

The better news is that this is just one more reminder that no security system is foolproof; so anybody who designs such systems is set for life.

As I’m thinking about it: Things on file—fingerprints, signatures, retinal scans—are hackable. Things not on file—locks—can be picked.

The only thing I can think of is some Star Trek-type scenario where a person’s electrical field is infused into the item as it’s being manufactured. Nothing on file. It would wreak havoc on the assembly line, and you’d have to wait forever for a replacement; but lots of jobs would be created.

Maybe They ALL Need The Blessing

September 24, 2015

People are scalping the free tickets for the Pope’s visit for up to $3,000 each. Other people are buying them. 

What can I say?