Ep 101: Meerkats Without Pants

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  March 20, 2015

Our 2 year anniversary talking elitist buses in SF, legal tender, the Mars One scam, working Tinder, Twitter TV, Meerkat’s mistakes, Facebook suicide, Greedo fish, Rollin’ Coal, Sexy Time Steaks, Jason sans pants & no one caring about privacy. Again.

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Show Notes

INTRO

Total Solar Eclipse of 2015 Occurs This Week: How to See It

Solar eclipse: amazing picture from International Space Station was photoshopped

Sending Terry Pratchett home with HTTP headers

GigaOm Was Universally Respected. Too Bad Respect Doesn’t Pay the Bills.

A $6 commute with Wi-Fi, USB ports, and coconut water

San Francisco Catholic church installs watering system to drench homeless people as they sleep

How This Family Made More Than $1 Million From YouTube Videos of Their Kids Playing With Toys

Texas man arrested for paying tax in $1 bills

“My kids were embarrassed that their dad worked at Target”: My American economy nightmare

IN THE NEWS

Amazon Wins Approval to Test Delivery Drones Outdoors

Paris police raid Uber offices as French drivers face fines

‘Mars One’ finalist breaks silence, claims organization is a total scam

Mars One Finalist Explains Exactly How It‘s Ripping Off Supporters

Google’s CFO Quits in the Most Poetic Way Possible

Tinder Users at SXSW Are Falling for This Woman, but She’s Not What She Appears

Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

Twitter experiments with ‘TV Timelines’

Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

Welcome to the clickhole abyss: Why Facebook won’t let you leave

Man Fakes Suicide to See How Facebook Suicide Preventing Tool Works, Gets Detained

Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’All

Don’t Limit #Emailgate to Emails

Japanese Scientists Just Beamed Energy Through the Air

A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source

See the resemblance? Catfish named for ‘Star Wars’ character

NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left

SECURITY? HAH!

Target poised to settle breach for $10 million

Creating Better User Experiences on Google Play

HTTPS-crippling FREAK exploit affects thousands of Android and iOS apps

Online privacy nihilism runs rampant in US, survey says

A New, Simple Way to Log In

Make Hackers’ Jobs Harder

Pwnd. How a Google hacker would hack you… In her own words.

After Petraeus Plea Deal, Lawyer Demands Release Of Stephen Kim

The Orwellian Re-Branding Of “Mass Surveillance” As Merely “Bulk Collection”

‘Eavesdropping’ new Barbie has parents group worried

Hertz puts cameras in some of its rental cars, but it never meant to be creepy

The Real Scandal Behind Hillary Clinton’s Email

AT THE LIBRARY

Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door by Brian Krebs

Sexy Time Steak with Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Chef

Departure by A.G. Riddle

Which Bad Novel Is Perfect for You?

SOFTWARE, APPS, AND GADGETS

Meerkat – Tweet Live Video

What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

Let the Meerkat backlash begin

How Meerkat is Going to Change the 2016 Election for Every Campaign, Reporter and Voter

Alto’s Adventure

Pumped BMX 2

Robot Maker Says He’s Designed A Pocket Robot That Could Replace Your Smartphone

Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment sees revenue dive 9% and profits fall by half in 2014

MEDIA CANDY

Depeche Mode – 101

Should You Cut the Cord?

Bruce Sterling SXSW Closing Talk 2015

MORON OF THE WEEK

“Rollin’ Coal” Is Pollution Porn For Dudes With Pickup Trucks

Hattip to @GrimHarrison on this one.

THE WEB’S NOT DEAD

The Jacket Maker

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Dicks by Mail

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Clocky

Transmission