Author Archives: MattRencher

4/16 Presentation Comments

Chadrick – Dr Prescribes VR

It’s interesting to hear about how modern technology can help people in ways never known before. VR is very accessible as well, Google cardboard turns any smartphone into a VR headset with most smartphones.

Benjamin – Facebook Privacy

It’s good to see articles like this in NYT, we need more exposure to privacy concerns from modern tech especially with older generations.

Verneller – Driver Tracking Cameras

It’s good to see a focus on on driver safety, still a massive invasion of privacy for most people but the greater benefits could possibly be worth the risk.

Presentations Comments – 4/9/2019

Amazon – Good article to talk about, Amazon coming to LIC would have drastically altered the Queens and NYC infrastructure. The economic effect would be huge if they made a HQ in Queens, for better or more likely worse.

Louis – Interesting news on technology, some of the innovations sound great while others sound like they could be destructive to society if used for the wrong purpose.

4-2-2019 Presentations Notes

Eric Ramon –

Kroll seemed like a very intelligent man who made bad decisions for himself and the ones around him.  Vine and HQ were really interesting platforms that both burned out after a huge spike in interest, I’m sure he would’ve had at least one more successful tech endeavor.

3/19 Presentation Notes

Afraz – Smartphones and posture

Thank you for informing us that 60lb of pressure gets put on the neck from cellphone posture. That was pretty alarming and hopefully keep me using my phone too much.

Ahmed – Google AI and India

Very interesting article, I did not know of the abundance of diabetes in India, but I would imagine lack of healthcare and health education can lead to the large problem they have now.

3/12 Presentation Comments

Sergio – It sounds like we will not fully understand the speeds and capabilities of 5G until it becomes mainstream. The amount of IoT devices is going to multiply massively when 5G becomes more accessible.

Shadabi – It’s surprising how quickly people are to adopt Alexa and Google Home devices, without questioning the privacy concerns.

3/5/19 Presentation Comments

Comments on Joseph’s Presentation

Bug bounties are a common way for developers to find issues with software before malicious hackers find the exploits. People who pursue bug bounties are usually known as “White Hat Hackers”, as opposed to “Black Hat Hackers” who hack into software to exploit back doors to break into software.

Comments on Felix’s Presentation

It’s interesting how many companies that have violated GDPR are American organizations. They seem negligent to the standards of privacy for European users, and it’s possible the massive fines to Google and Facebook do little to hinder their progress.

Comments on Hasibul’s Presentation

It’s interesting to see China’s use of surveillance compared to the America’s, you can see the differences of culture how Americans would scoff at such practices, while still voluntarily submitting data to unknown sources..

MattRencherENG2575D5805LineMovieSummary

The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the iconic Star Wars sci-fi trilogy, is about a band of adventurers seeking to save the galaxy from a tyrannical regime.  Our heroes, Luke, Leia, and Han Solo, find themselves on the ice planet Hoth at the start of the film, under direct threat from Darth Vader and the evil Imperial army. They barely escape imminent capture as Luke goes to train with Yoda on the planet Dagobah, while Han and Leia make their way to the cloud city Bespin to recruit help from an old friend. Luke’s training is interrupted as he senses an evil disturbance in the magical “force” he’s attuned to, he realizes his friends are in danger and rushes to their aide. Han and Leia are captured, Han is frozen in carbonite, Luke fights Darth Vader, learns he is his father, then loses a hand in the subsequent battle, ending the film on a grim note with the protagonists’ plans stifled.

The Empire Strikes Back is about a band of adventurers seeking to save the galaxy from a tyrannical regime. The story revolves around Luke, Leia, and Han Solo, who find themselves on the ice planet Hoth under direct threat from Darth Vader and the evil Imperial army.  They barely escape imminent capture, as Luke goes to train with Yoda on the planet Dagobah, while Han and Leia make their way to the cloud city Bespin to recruit help from an old friend. Luke’s training is interrupted as he sense an evil disturbance in the magical “force” he’s attuned to, he realizes his friends are in danger and rushes to their aid. Han gets frozen in carbonite and sold for a bounty, Luke fights Darth Vader, learns he is his father, then loses a hand in the subsequent battle, ending the film on a grim note with the protagonist’s plans stifled.