News post – Catch-23 No. 930 The Red Planet

Trump’s signing of a bill funding a Mars mission sounds good in a headline, but in the words of Elon Musk, adds nothing to NASA’s funding nor changes their plans for an eventual manned mission to Mars. This was in place under Obama.

Speaking of repealing and/or replacing, Friday’s pulling of the Trumpcare bill that didn’t have the votes was the ‘Repeal and Replace’ option, so Obamacare is sticking around for a while after all.

Looks like Obama was making America great already, so if it ain’t broke…

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 929 We made the microwaves smarter

If hacking your Smart TV wasn’t enough, now you’ve got to keep an eye on all your whitegoods as well.

I’m starting to think that alternative factoid Kellyanne serves a different purpose to what we’re being presented with. I think she might be like the Trump twitter account – a manufactured distraction. While we’re paying attention to Kellyanne “accidentally” violating the ethics rules to promote Ivanka’s clothes, we’re not talking about the bigger issues.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 928 We made the TVs smarter

Wikileaks put out a couple of documents (well, almost 9000) talking about the length and breadth of the CIA’s ability to silently hack your devices, including smart phones and your internet TV.

This news never surprises me as much as it does pretty much everyone else, so I guess that makes me paranoid and cynical but not wrong.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 927 Pee-ool

I was going to do a gag linking the Oscars Best Picture mix up with the wrong name being read out on US Election Day, but Colbert beat me to the punch so you get pool peeing.

A study this week showed just how much urine is in your average swimming pool. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot. Second spoiler alert: hot tubs are three times worse.

Mat