Human War Follows a Universal Mathematical Law

· Andrew Orr · Link

Here’s something you don’t read every day. A new study of human war over the past 600 years that it appears to follow power law distribution.

The thinking goes like this. Society is a complex web of social, political, and economic forces that depend on the network of links between individuals and the countries they represent. These links are constantly rearranging, sometimes because of violence and death. When the level of rearrangement and associated violence rises above a threshold level, we describe the resulting pattern as war.

The second step is building a machine learning system that can predict when the next large-scale conflict is likely to occur. Or maybe we’ll have dystopian war AIs that will use this information against us.

Use MAC Addresses to Figure Out How Old Network Devices Are

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you can get a device’s MAC address, you can figure out how old it is. MAC addresses are unique identifier numbers for the devices on a network, and it turns out you can use them to get an idea of the age of devices. That’s handy if you’re trying to gather more data about what’s on your network, and like every other tool, can be used for good or bad. The data is all in a freely accessible CSV file on Github.

Use MAC Addresses to Figure Out How Old Network Devices Are

How to Enable SQM on Your eero WiFi Mesh Network

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

eero SQM WiFi network management setting

eero added SQM, or Smart Queue Management to its WiFi mesh routers to help your network run more efficiently. Here’s how to enable the feature.

Changing the Wi-Fi Password on Your AirPort Device

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

AirPort Extreme

If you’ve given your network info to someone you wish you hadn’t (or you’re just tired of telling guests that your password is !!!!???R1CK&m0R7Y4EVA), you should know that you can change your Wi-Fi password on your AirPort device using a built-in utility on your Mac. Melissa Holt’s here to give us all the details and caveats!

macOS: How to Roll Back the Firmware on Your AirPort

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you update your Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme and your network starts having issues, then just go and roll back the version you installed! This little-known feature will let you revert the firmware on your Apple network devices in case you run into trouble, and Melissa Holt’s gonna tell us how in today’s Quick Tip.

Overriding iCloud SSID Selection

· John F. Braun · MGG Answers

SSID in a field of binary numbers

Mac Geek Gab listener Nick asked how to override iCloud SSID selection on his network. John F. Braun explains how to do so, and how to automate it so you no longer have to do it by hand.

CES 2017 Smart Remotes, Mesh Networks, and More - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-04

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

CES 2017’s Unveiled event was last night and we saw loads of interesting new products. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet share some of the cool tech gear they found ranging from smart remotes for home entertainment systems to new wireless mesh network basestations.