Bitcoin Mining Preventing Alien Contact? – TechNewsDay

Hey guys, time for Tech News Day The Rapid rise and the popularity and visibility of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin over the last year has made a lot of people, a lot of money

If you could pull it out True, but it's also open the door for lot of really annoying side effects and I'm not just talking about that fact crypto fans never shot the hell up about it The cost of GPU has sky rocketed as Bitcoin miners buy them by the truck load, which limits the supply and drives up the cost of GPUs for people who just want to use them for their intended purpose, gaming and graphics work Yeah Meanwhile, we're all now pretty dumb vulnerable to a new type of malware that hijacks with devices processing power to unknowingly mine crypt over someone else, sometimes by simply visiting an otherwise reputable website

It's a big problem, but perhaps worst of all is the news that crypto mining is now getting in the way of the search for intelligent alien life And now, we're not talking about some sort of fringe operation run by Tom DeLonge or the Ancient Alien's guy We're talking about SETI Research short for "Search for Extraterrestrial Life" A branch of astronomy that conducts experiments to try to detect electromagnetic transmissions from intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations Organizations like the SETI Institute and the Berkeley SETI Research Center do this kind of work using big expensive telescopes, antennas and dishes, along with a ton of data analysis on computers

And that sort of big data analysis requires GPUs which wouldn't you know it, currently kind of scarce and expensive The Dr Dan Wertheimer of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, told the BBC "At SETI we want to look at as many frequency channels as we possibly can because we don't know what frequency ET will be broadcasting on and we want to look for lots of different signal types It's the phone, it starts on the phone is it AM or FM What communication are they using? That takes a lot of computing power

We'd like to use the latest GPUs and we can't get them That's limiting our search for extra-terrestrials, to try to answer the question , 'Are we alone? Is there anybody out there?' This is a new problem It's only happened on orders we've been trying to make in the last couple of months We've got the money, we've contacted the vendors, and they say 'We just don't have them'" It's a big problem, before all the

before the crypto craze, when NVIDIA had it at Best Buy and be like "Stop selling to minors" Not those miners, but regular minors "Do sell to minors, the ones that are playing games"

Yeah Minors not miners Before that they're going to like "Guys you got to selling to these extraterrestrial research people" We need kids to play games Anyways another SETI project in South Africa a Radio Satellite Array is running into huge problems as well

They budgeted their GPU cost just three months again, but in that time the price of the GPUs they need has doubled, driving their project over budget by $32,00000 Do you feel good about yourself now miners? They might not find alien life because of you and your damn Dogecoins Oh to be fair, you could look on the flip side of this and probably make and convincing argument that GPUs are being put to a practical use stack on top of each other in your apartment devouring electricity in search of fake money then they would be digging through an entire universe of data in search of any evidence at all of alien life Haven't found anything yet

So, you know regardless, we're going to need NVIDIA and AMD to hurry the hell up by expanding their inventory, because the GPU shortage is starting to get really old for people of all walks of life This affects everyone

Yeah Leave the coins alone Block chain, it takes a lot of energy Moving on though, the biggest and absolute least shocking news of the past week came in the form of new indictments from special counsel Robert Mueller, whose team is currently investigating all sorts of shady shit tied of the 2016 US

election and specifically, the campaign to elect Donald Trump as President It has been known for quite a while now that Russia's internet research agency conducted one hell of the operation leading up to the election with the goal of basically just riling up impressionable American voters and amplifying everyone's ideological differences on social media like Facebook and Twitter

And now, the special counsel has officially indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations with election interference In the 37 page, indictment Mueller wrote "Defendant ORGANIZATION had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates and by early to mid-2016, Defendant's operations, included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J Trump ("Trump Campaign") and disparaging Hillary Clinton Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names of US persons and entities

Defendants also staged political rallies inside the United States, and while posing as US grassroots entities and US persons, and without revealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation, solicited and compensated real US persons to promote or disparage candidates Some Defendants, posing as US

persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities" Woah! Take my glasses off So it's important to note that the details of all these are still pretty vague since it's an it's part of a larger ongoing investigation that includes collusion and No collusion! and hacking, you know all that, and it's obstruction of justice Nothingburger! No collusions Because nothingburger has 10,000 calories But yeah, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a press conference following the indictment that the Russian Troll Operation involves hundreds of employees with a budget of millions of dollars who set up computer servers in the US, so they can have a VPN to help make the accounts that they created appear to be originating in the US

They also used fake or stolen identities to avoid detection Now the one American included in the indictment, is some dude in California whose shady side is business of selling stolen identities and bank accounts, got him unwittingly wrapped up the whole thing, -which is wild -Yeah Like, "Sir! You're under arrest" Like, "Oh man, you got me," he's like "Oh by the way –" "You're involved with the –

" "You sold shit to the Russian company" "Fuck!' "Oh no" "Oh! Goddammit! I just thought I was just a petty black market ID theft salesman" "I was just helping people create eBay accounts that can buy free shit" "Well I guess the roller coaster rides are — fuck

Yeah, how do you — what a trip up" I like to imagine this guy "I did what, now?" Yeah, this guy, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt, which he might not have at all He might have been actually I mean he committed a crime, but Well he definitely did, but he — and he might have known the full extent too, but I like to think that he had no idea, and he was just fucking selling it like willy-nilly And now he's just like, "Fuck!" [GIGGLES] It's great I mean whatever, it's — I mean he just — he did the crime -Whoops! -Yeah

Yeah, one of the strangest excerpts from the indictment comes from an email that one of the Russian defendants sent to a family member once the investigation was already in full swing On or about September 13, 2017, KAVERZINA wrote an email to a family member: "We had a slight crisis here at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke)" [LAUGHTER] "So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with the colleagues" I like any plausible deniability was ruined by "not a joke" "Not a joke" KAVERZINA further wrote, "I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people" I guess it's an open-and-shut-case then

I mean No you just don't understand Russian joke When we joke we say we're not joking

Yeah, it's irony -Rule by irony and sickle -Ugh! Anyway the big questions at the heart of this whole investigation are whether or not anyone from the Trump campaign knew about any of the stuff that happened at all, and whether this had any real effect on the outcome of this election The answer to that first question might be uncovered as this investigation continues but we'll probably never understand the extent to which any of this influenced people's voting behavior In any case, it would probably be a good idea to take steps to prevent this kind of thing from happening again but the official White House position on all of these remains to be just shouting, "Fake news! No collusion!" Na-na-na-na-na-na-na

"No resold uranium! -And soros -Yeah other buzz words

I got my soros checked today Thank you It's keeping me afloat Yeah it also just goes like this or randomly gets on the toilet and starts tweeting at 4 o'clock in the morning [FART SOUND] The position is the squatting position

So yeah, we can probably expect a Russian disinformation redacts for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections Although at least at this point, Twitter and Facebook have to at least look like they're trying Yeah At the very least the actual platform where the application took place on Facebook, Twitter, maybe Pinterest, we don't know It could be Pinterest

Those recipes are littered with propaganda Yeah The platforms themselves I also like Google, with their advertising — they seem to have learned from it, and they're taking active steps to make it harder for it to happen again Facebook, announced on the date of the indictments release that for all future ad buys related to US elections, they will be using old school methods to verify the ad buyers are actually American So in order to get your political ad to run on Facebook, they're going to mail a postcard to your registered US address which contains a verification code that you'll need to input in order to run the ad

How are we supposed to know what the Russian consulate's address was? Yeah, of course there's nothing stopping Russia from simply sending over a few spies to America to set up in a shitty studio apartment and check the mail every once in a while, but it's a step -Yeah -It however If you see anyone wearing a full body track suit, you shouldn't say something He just gets the mail once a day Yeah I mean, this does absolutely nothing to stop Russian agents from creating pages and ads related to more general controversial topics like guns, Black Lives Matter, and so on Apparently a lot of the they released a lot examples a lot of them were just like, it was like it's like pages related to like Black Lives Matter, and it's like, "You know what, we should all just not vote -Our best way to -Protest vote "Well, lets just not vote" They had the one where they set up an event and both sides were tricked into going to the event

It was like White supremacists and then Black Lives Matter people And they were – it was both a set up It's literally like ultimate epic battle stimulator Yeah, yeah Russian edition

And then there was one where it was like they were looking for someone to build a human sized cage to put a mock up Hillary Clinton inside And they did They had pictures of it And they had a dude dressed as Uncle Sam driving a motorcycle pulling it behind it It's just fucking embarrassing

Yeah Well, it's just I do like just egg on everyone's face

I do like the idea that they're on Pinterest and it's like, "Oh look at this recipe for French toast First you're going to beat step one, beat a couple of eggs together Step two, also by the way second amendment gives you the right to own a gun, don't let anyone ever take it away from you Step three, add some milk" Yeah

There you go I call this the crooked Hillary souffle Yeah! It's great! This is the nothingburger, delicious And it has 10,000 calories It's the worst for you

[LAUGHTER] You'd get heart disease Anyway, speaking of controversial topics, it's time to hand the talking stick or the floating talky thing over to Phil Lorigo whose sworn mortal enemy, Ajit Pai, has entered the fight once again

He's at the characters selections ring all the time, ready to go and Phil's like, "Not today Ajit" But today is the day He may be getting some long overdue comeuppance, because it seems like he's a fucking idiot too Yeah Shocking

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co/gcppodcast All right, let's get Phil in here Tell everyone what's the bear with the big Reese's mug doing Ah you know what I want to talk about, Ajit Pai The guy who I can't stand, and now everybody else can stand, with this cool coffee mug which

let me tell you that bit is not going to be age well, that'll be like bazinga, that'll be like Bart Simpson's "I didn't do a boy" It will be over pretty soon Well anyway last April, Ajit Pai's FCC lifts restrictions as to how many stations a media company could own

What? This doesn't sound like a real big deal Well, shortly after he did that, Sinclair Broadcast Group, a giant conglomerate announced a long suspected deal to acquire Tribune Media for the low, low price We all could afford of $39 billion okay So this kind of like wigged out a lot of people, so FCC Inspector General David Hunt, so much urging from some peers, finally agreed to dig in and do an investigation on this

Why? Who is this big business man? Well, so when you go ahead and squish these two conglomerates together, they make up a 173 local TV stations, which doesn't sound like a whole lot when you think about how big the United States is But when you really think about it, that covers 72% of the country It's a lot of local media That's a lot of local news Well last year John Oliver did a really great segment covering these news packages that local Sinclair affiliates must air during the local news and guess which way they lean politically? Hmm

Free press and people who kind of look out for me like the EFF, they gave a pretty straight forward analysis on this It said, "If the merger is approved, the conservative broadcaster would be able to air politically biased programming in more than 70% of the US populations So really what this means is, a company who kind of likes what Republicans does bought another company because the Trump-appointed head of the FCC kind of swiggled some rules around and now they get to push their political agenda on 72% of local affiliates In gadget, you know, because we all like to check out the FCC, "Hey man! What's the deal?" Here's what the FCC said, "Given that the FCC under Chairman Pai's leadership recently proposed a $13 million fine against Sinclair, the largest fine in history for a violation of the Commissioner's sponsorship identification rules, the accusation that he has shown favoritism toward the company is absurd" Which — let me just put it this way, sort of like, if I did a bunch of stuff for people, which is in the billions of dollars right we're dealing with B's, that's nearly $4 billion deal, and whoever knows some sort of shady things, like allegedly could be kick backs, it could be things that, maybe he dealt with over at Verizon, stuff like that

But $13 million is a drop in the bucket and its almost some PR when you're like, it's a – not even a slap on the wrist, it's a slap near the wrist and you go, "Here's your $4 billion-dollar deal guys" So look, it's not only just the cable companies who are strong with us, last year, it was cars in this year Guess what? Its cars! Mercedes' parent company Daimler used illegal software to cheat emissions test on diesel vehicles in the US allegedly Now, I don't know if you remember back in 2015, Volkswagen cheated emissions test for VW, Audi and Porsche models specifically the more environmentally-friendly diesel launch which is kind of a scumbag tactic because some people buy diesel because you know, it don't destroy the world quite as much And they said, "Hey, we have an idea, let's put some software in our cars so that when you test these things for emissions, it knows

It's like sort of like when people write a software that they gain the benchmarking system when it comes to computers Well, they did that and their cars are actually were belching out more caustic smoke that's just going to ruin the planet Well, that cheat code situation caused Volkswagen in their estimations $18 billion that they had to set aside for this scandal to replace people's cars and get rid of all cars and pay all sorts of fines So, I don't know exactly what's going to happen with the Daimler because this situation isn't quite on the scope of Volkswagen's sniff when it came to that But hey, if it makes you feel any better and you hear about nice cars like Mercedes and all that stuff just know at their fucking dicks too

And that, that's a rap fact Wow! He's going to need a bigger mug That will do it In other news this week, iPhone owners were treated to major bug that caused devices to crash In response to the mere presence of a specific Unicode character, specifically this voluptuous characters; the character for sign in the Indian language Telugu but I prefer to think it is the symbol for dick

Yeah It wasn't just phones either, the blog also affected max and even Apple watches and it would trigger crash if it appeared anywhere in Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, Slack, Instagram, Apple mail and more like literally just your phone reading the symbol would cause it to — in some cases, users would be unable re-open the app without causing another crash forcing them to uninstall and re-install the app affected Great Nice Of course this meant that assholes and pranksters started spamming the symbol around to people once the bug became publically known, that's

you already knew that was going to happen Of course Fortunately, Apple has now patched issue but it seems like this kind of weird glitch keep popping up for Apple users

A similar thing happened a few years back involving some Arabic symbols and then there was a specific URL that would crash any iPhone that if it was texted to regardless of whether the person clicked on it or not So there's constantly exploits being discover that This is like scene from like a horror movie Yeah Like, you watch the video tape and the phone rings and it's just like you got seven days to fix your iPhone Yeah

In other news! You can write to someone and send them that code and they'll be, "There's a hacker in my phone! -No! -They got all my emails!" In other news on the Google side of things, a latest update to Chrome is a huge win! The war on annoying ads that auto playing videos on bloated websites unlike stuff like ad blocker or you block origin — Chrome doesn't block all the ads, it just blocks the ones that are intrusive and annoying Well, block all the ones that aren't bought through Google apps They get through So yeah, we're talking about stuff like pop ups, ads that autoplay video and/or sounds and ads that take up the whole screen, forcing you to find that little tiny X that lets you escape Oh and there's like seven Xs on there

You don't know which one is the real one And that X take me to the app store page for this shitty mobile game I thought it wasn't that clear? Anyway, they're all being blocked

It's great! Ironically though when Chrome does block one of those ads, you're going to get a pop up letting you know that At least it's letting you know Yeah and — This might just be for a short time while as people get used to it I don't know if this is but I was unable to find it but last night when I was on Chrome going to news websites, all the auto play videos I came across were muted automatically Good! That's the biggest part of the upcoming

Imagine when you are writing and you have like 50 ads or 50 tabs open Yeah And it's like, I can't I have no idea which one of these is playing audio Yeah I don't know if that's parts of the update though, I think it might actually be websites like preemptively doing it Oh yeah and smart for them Yeah, but it is nice because that is the worst It's going to be all of these websites now are going to be as bad as Facebook where you go to a news page, it's like, "Click for sound", instead of showing you exactly what the videos is going to be Mm-hmm

Anyways that's our show! And now another quick word from this week's sponsor, Google Looking to move with the Cloud? Check out the Google Cloud platform weekly podcast where Google developer advocates answer questions, get in the weeds and talk to experts, customers and partners about the Google Cloud platform To learn more and subscribe to the podcast click the link in the description below or visit gco/gcppodcast All right well, be sure to check out if you haven't watched it yet, new T

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It's going to be dead soon guys The numbers are going down And also, we talked about Black Panther and a bunch of other stuff like Fergie singing the National Anthem over on our Monday show

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