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Dwayne is concerned that he won't know if a website he visits is safe. What if it's been compromised by a hacker? How would you know until it's too late? Leo says that most of us aren't really the target of a hack unless it's a mass attack. And those are a lot easier to defend against. Website attacks are a very common attack, where a hacker will forge the look of a website in an attempt to get you to log into it and steal your login credentials. This happens with bogus bank links. So it's important to be very careful on the links you click on.
Vicky has a problem that she can't have a cellphone conversation unless she goes outside. It works for a few minutes and then begins to break up unless she goes outside. She's also having buffering issues with her TV streaming. Could they be related? Leo says they could be. Modern cellphones have a WiFi calling feature, where the phone routes the cell phone call through the internet. You can disable it in your phone settings. But that doesn't solve your buffering problem, and that points to a bandwidth issue. What Vicky needs to do is find out what her bandwidth speeds are.
Rod joins Leo to talk about today's successful Space X Starlink launch and how it was the 9th launch using this particular booster. Rod also wants to talk about Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan.
Paul is spending up to $75 a month for internet access. He's getting a notice for an alternate service for $60 a month, called WOW, and they are offering an Eero router to boot. They also promise 80% bandwidth speeds, or 800MB down. Leo says it's about right to have a 20% loss over time. But he gets a warning from his alarm service that it goes out. Leo says that Paul is using Ooma, and it could be that there's a thruput issue when balancing your ISP and your internet phone service, which your alarm uses.
NFTs, or Non-Fungable Tokens, are all the rage in the digital world these days. One example is a digital artist named Beeple, who has sold digital artwork and made a pretty sizable sum: $69.3 million; the third-highest auction price achieved by a living artist. It's not the work of art itself, since that was a digital JPG, but the ownership of the art itself. It was the first digital item sold by Christie's, and they accepted payment in digital currency: Etherium.
Today, March 14th (3/14), is Pi Day! Pi is the symbol used by mathematicians to represent the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. So have some Pie!
It's also the 15th anniversary of Amazon Web Services. S3 was the first service, and these days, just about everyone runs their storage and app traffic through Amazon S3. Leo says we can call it the official birthday of the Cloud.
Johnny joins Leo to talk about how summer is coming and travel is roaring back to life. The big deal is if the vaccines will block variant Covid strains and if people will continue to follow mask protocols. Johnny hasn't been on a plane in over a year, and he's hopeful since the FAA is reporting the largest amount of air traffic since March of 2020. Internationally, it may take a bit longer. In addition to buying plane tickets, now is a good time to make car rental reservations for the summer.
Troy is going to be doing live streaming of his church service using the OBM project. But he is having trouble understanding how to manage multiple streams at the same time and be able to manage the ads that are put in the stream. Dubbed Content Delivery Network (CDN). Leo says that Vimeo is a good option. If only audio matters, check out IceCast and ShoutCast. But he'll have to host it himself if he goes with Icecast. Troy will also need a converter in the streaming software to put it into the IceCast format. Leo recently moved to a new hosting service to handle all that.
People are moving out of San Francisco and into the mountains. 178% more residents have fled the city of the Golden Gate in favor of greener pastures (and cheaper rent). The report also noted that fewer people have moved into California than moved out, and that those fleeing the state has dropped precipitously.
This week, France and Spain passed a measure to levy a 3% tax on big tech's ad revenue. Google responded by raising their ad rates by 2%. The lesson here is that when taxes go up, the company will just pass that rate along to their customers.