Ep 191: I Am Jack’s Mesentery

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  January 5, 2017

We’re back for 2017 & Alexa Ruxpin’s gone wild; Zweckentfremdungsverbot; Medium’s broken system; Snapchat faked growth; self-driving cars are here NO THEY AREN’T; the Boring company; TV ransomware; bad TV & Swedish apps; surviving nukes; hunting unicorns!

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Show Notes

INTRO

Sean Bonner’s Newsletter

Zweckentfremdungsverbot

IN THE NEWS

French employees can legally ignore work emails outside of office hours

A Stronger Economy Will Also Destroy Jobs, but It’s Necessary

Big layoffs at Medium: Web publisher says ad-driven online media is a “broken system”

Snapchat ex-employee claims company faked growth stats to boost value

Apple says that January 1 was the most lucrative day in App Store history

TRUMP SAYS HE DOESN’T TRUST COMPUTERS AS HE RINGS IN 2017

Self-Driving Cars Are Here, Are You Ready?

Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse

Toyota Research Institute CEO: Automakers “not even close” to fully autonomous cars

Watch a Tesla predict a car crash 2 vehicles ahead

MIT study says 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace every cab in New York City

Ford to bring Amazon’s Alexa to millions of cars already on the road

Drone big enough to carry people passes another milestone

10 everyday things on the web the EU Commission wants to make illegal: Oettinger’s legacy

CNN uses screenshot from ‘Fallout 4’ to show how Russians hack things

The Good Reason Why CNN Used Images From a Video Game to Illustrate a Story on Hacking

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Vision

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

WHAT HACK? BURLINGTON ELECTRIC SPEAKS OUT

Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation

Oh Great, Ransomware Is Infecting Smart TVs Now

IoT Home Inspector Challenge

How do you fix the Internet of Things? A better router

Surveillance Self-Defense

AT THE LIBRARY

Nexus: Nexus Arc Book 1 by Ramez Naam

Crux: Nexus Arc Book 2 by Ramez Naam

Apex: Nexus Arc Book 3 by Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam

The Annihilation Score (A Laundry Files Novel) by Charlie Stross

The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson

Automated book-culling software drives librarians to create fake patrons to “check out” endangered titles

Sam Axe aka Chuck Finley

The New York Public Library’s Robotic Conveyor Brings Books to You

APPS AND DOODADS

Video Rotate and Flip

Logitech Harmony Home Hub for Smartphone Control of 8 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices, works with Alexa

ALEXA RUXPIN – RASPBERRY PI & ALEXA POWERED TEDDY BEAR

Amazon’s Alexa now lives inside a dancing robot

This Fully-Functioning Smart Mirror Is Based on iOS 10

Kodak Alaris Reintroduces Iconic EKTACHROME Still Film

MEDIA CANDY

The KLF are back (sort of) – and it’s exactly what 2017 needs

The OA

Travelers

Killswitch

Train to Busan

Unlocked

Homeland

Sherlock

To an undiscerning critic… from Mark Gatiss

White Rabbit Project

The Grand Tour

The Man in the High Castle, Season 2

The Man in the High Castle season 2 is the worst TV show of the year

Sarah Michelle Gellar explains why a ‘Buffy’ revival is a bad idea

HUNTING UNICORNS

AFTER TRUMP, WILL TWITTER WITHER?

MORON OF THE WEEK

YouTube Pool Jumper Breaks Both Feet, Starts GoFundMe To Pay For Medical Costs

BRIC-A-BRAC

Would I Survive a Nuke?

Happy Public Domain Day: here’s what American’s don’t get this year, thanks to retroactive copyright term extension

This Playful Lab-in-a-Box Will Teach You How to Reprogram Life

‘Blade Runner’ fan project recreates a whole set in VR

It’s official: A brand-new human organ has been classified

FEEDBACK LOOP

ProtonMail

Foldimate

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

‘Star Wars’ Fans Pay Tribute To Carrie Fisher With A Lightsaber Vigil

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

DS9 Debuted 24 Years Ago Today

Obama To Make His Presidential Farewell Address In Chicago