Category Archives: Tech Bits

WanaCry Ransomwear Attack

A Ransomware attack by a worm named WannaCry, exploiting an NSA hack, has taken down many NHS sites, FedEx, and a couple of Spanish and Portuguese telecoms, among others. This is a place to discuss it. Continue reading

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Why Robot Labor Is Disruptive But Not Catastrophic

Robotic labor will be disruptive in some industries, but we have had many such disruptive transitions in economic history and handled them well. I explore why, and what kinds of things enter into this decision space and push to the conclusion. Continue reading

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Oh Dear. An Impossible Battery – From An Impeccable Designer

An amazing leap forward in battery design, which has inexplicable theoreticals. A couple of links to an interesting site for folks interested in batteries. Continue reading

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ROKU, RT, Pluto, Oh My…

Today the Roku stopped giving me RT. Well, at least not directly… So what’s that deal about? Continue reading

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Scribble, Watermarks, and the Vault Leaks

Some comments on “Scribble” and watermarks in documents. Continue reading

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A very simple Z shaped dipole, the Fractal of it, and 5 dB Gain

A Z shaped bent wire antenna and the fractal derivatives of it that give surprising gain. Continue reading

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Truly Braindead “smart” TV Spec and Hack

To to hack a really “smart” TV via a broadcast transmitter without being physically in the same space as the TV, and have the hack be persistent through “factory resets” and other attempts to clear it. Cost? About $200 US and a bit of time. Drone optional, and extra… Continue reading

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