Wise Guys on WHO Radio - January 2, 2016

Brian Gongol

The WHO Radio Wise Guys airs on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa on 1040 AM or streaming online at WHORadio.com. The show airs from 1 to 2 pm Central Time on Saturday afternoons. A podcast of show highlights is also available. Leave comments and questions on the Wise Guys Facebook page or e-mail them to wiseguys@whoradio.com.

Please note: These show notes may be in various stages of completion -- ranging from brainstormed notes through to well-polished monologues. Please excuse anything that may seem rough around the edges, as it may only be a first draft of a thought and not be fully representative of what was said on the air.

In the news this week

Computers and the Internet West Liberty and West Branch (Iowa) get gigabit broadband

Launched by the local independent ISP on Christmas Day to a pair of communities with a total of about 6000 people

Computers and the Internet Microsoft says it will advise users it thinks are being hacked by governments

Reuters may have triggered the announcement by pursuing a story that suggested that the Chinese government had intercepted the data of some users, though Microsoft says it doesn't have firm evidence that it was, in fact, a Chinese government incident. But they do say that "We will now notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an individual or group working on behalf of a nation state." Here's an interesting corollary question: What about groups like ISIS/ISIL/QSIL/Daesh, that have many of the trappings of nation-statehood but no formal recognition? As always, the use of strong passwords and two-factor authentication is recommended practice for anyone.

Computers and the Internet Why Facebook accidentally showed "46 years of friendship"

The bug definitely caused its share of confusion going into the end of 2015. It was probably due to a Unix date calculation bug.

Weather and Disasters El Nino to really screw up our weather in 2016

Make sure to have a battery-powered radio and a fully-charged cell phone at the ready all spring

Computers and the Internet MasterCard says online sales rose 20% this holiday season

Who knew there was still upside to be gained?

Computers and the Internet A new generation of Google Glass is coming

The FCC leaked pictures

Predictions for 2016

Breakthrough of the year

Underrated development of the year

Next big moves from...

Smartphone predictions

Digital video predictions

Automotive predictions

Health predictions

Three really big questions

Your role in cyberwar

Security update

Street-smart social media

Gadget of the week

You ought to follow...

Technically funny

Productivity tool

Dispatches from the flying-car future

Brian's Big Picture

Politics of technology

Jargon alert

Listener questions

In memory of Steve Bailey

One of our past (and occasionally current) producers of this show passed away this week. We fondly remember Steve Bailey.

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