Online Voting, the Corporate Public Square, Picard’s Return to Star Trek - ACM 474

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What will it take to make online or app-based voting safe, secure, and reliable? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by John Kheit to discuss the future of voting. They also explore the idea of corporate platforms (i.e. private platforms) becoming so big that they become synonymous with the public square and subject to the First Amendment. Then Bryan goes off on a weird tangent about how cool Patrick Stewart’s new episode of Star Trek could be if Jean-Luc Picard was a broken and bitter man. Good times!

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Trailer has Us Ready for Warp Speed

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Star Trek: Discovery season 1 was pretty awesome, and the trailer for season 2 makes it look like we have plenty to look forward to when new episodes start airing in early 2019. We get to meet Captain Christopher Pike, who commanded the USS Enterprise before James Kirk, and he looks pretty bad-ass. We also get a Spock reference, Tilly being awesome at math, a lot of action, and a new space mystery for the Discovery crew to unravel. Star Trek: Discovery is available only on CBS All Access, so you’ll need a subscription to watch.

The Influence of Star Trek on Space Technology

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The Star Trek TV shows and movies have had a pervasive effect on our culture, language and space technologies. This extensive article at Space.com looks at the history of the franchise and its real-life impact on space exploration. From the article: “Star Trek also has generated a diverse fan base, some of whom create limited episode productions for themselves. Conventions continue to attract thousands of fans who are eager to rub elbows with actors, writers and other people who worked on the various series and movies. The franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and continues to live long and prosper.”

The Influence of Star Trek on Space Technology

Captain Kirk Has His Own Bourbon

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If you’ve been thinking what you need in your life is Star Trek bourbon, you’re in luck because it’s available in your sector now. The James T. Kirk straight bourbon whiskey is Paramont-approved and made by Silver Screen Bottling Company. The whiskey is small batch from barrels aged between four and 12 years and is touted as “for the Star Trek fan and the serious bourbon fan alike.” You can pre-order a bottle now for delivery in October for US$59.99, which is $10 off the list price, or pick up a bottle at San Diego Comic Con. And drink responsibly because no one wants your starship to crash.

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Three Star Trek Technologies That May Soon Be Within Reach

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Rich Smith, at The Motley Fool, is enthusiastic about a new book by Dr. Ethan Siegel, a Lewis & Clark College astrophysics professor, called Treknology. In that book, Dr SIegel describes some Star Trek technologies that we could see in our lifetime. Namely, transparent aluminum (oxynitride), deflector shields and tractor beams. The book is cool and author Smith’s essay about it is also cool.

Three Star Trek Technologies That May Soon Be Within Reach

ToasterFridges Yay or Nay, Attention to Detail, and Orville - Pop.0 16 [Video Podcast]

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In episode 16 of Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the pros and cons of “toasterfridges” in light of advancements from Apple and Microsoft. They also ask whether anyone at Apple is still paying attention to details. Venturing into the pop part of the show, they talk about Orville and Star Trek Discovery. If you enjoy it, please subscribe. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

A TMO Giveaway: Win a Copy of the Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray

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Rod Roddenberry, as part of his Background Mode interview with The Mac Observer, has generously provided us with three copies of The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray.  We’re going to give away these amazing multi-disc packages to three lucky winners. Read on to see how you can win one for your Star Trek library.

Education May be in Apple's DNA, But Not in Apple's Future

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Supercomputers, the internet and Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents are coming into full bloom. The future is evolving quickly away from GUI and touch-based methods to AI and voice control.  The implications for our personal computing experience are immense, and it all starts with the fundamentals of how we educate our children.

New Star Trek Series Coming to Netflix Streaming, but not in the US

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Netflix announced a deal with CBS Studios International on Monday to stream the new Star Trek television series in countries around the world. Episodes will air within 24 hours of their showing after the show launches in 21017, except in the United States where viewers will still need a CBS All Access account. You didn’t misread that: the new Star Trek series won’t be available on Netflix Streaming in the U.S.