Ep 196: Nordstradamus

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  February 13, 2017

What the bleep happened?; FB bots; Twitter slipping; recursive pixels; spying TVs; tech takes sides; file-less hacking; surviving our faster future; gaming Tinder; Spotify as a loss-leader; Burger King’s instagram; Ikea’s secret taxonomy; Back in Black.

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Show Notes

INTRO

What The Fuck Just Happened Today?

A New Deep Space Nine Documentary Reveals What Would Have Happened in Season Eight

IN THE NEWS

Twitter says it’s going to start pushing more abusive tweets out of sight

Twitter missed Wall Street’s earnings estimates, and its ad business is slumping

Hashtags in Super Bowl ads slip to 30% in 2017, overtaken by URL use in 39%

New Google Brain research brings the ‘zoom and enhance’ trope to reality

Pixel Recursive Super Resolution

How Google Chromebooks conquered schools

Vizio settles for $2.2 million in FTC suit over snooping on consumers’ viewing habits

How To Stop Your Smart TV From Spying on You

AR games like ‘Pokémon Go’ need a permit in Milwaukee

The Safe House

Trump’s freeze on new regulation means that we won’t get drone delivery anytime soon

Consumer Watchdog asks California to take Uber’s self-driving trucks off the road

Eyeing a Self-Driving Future, Ford Drops $1B on an AI Startup

Shopify’s Breitbart Fight Proves It: These Days, Tech Has to Take a Side

Here’s why a Syrian refugee is suing Facebook in Germany

Sewbo is getting closer to disrupting the sweatshop

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

New York City issues first illegal Airbnb fines

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Five things to watch at RSA Conference 2017

Human Wasteland

Hard-to-detect fileless attacks target banks, other organizations

Reports: White House Cybersecurity Officer Abruptly Removed From Position

A bill requiring the government to obtain a warrant to search your email just flew through the House

NSA contractor indicted over mammoth theft of classified data

Arby’s probes possible data breach of credit cards

AT THE LIBRARY

The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly

Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Joi Ito, Jeff Howe

The Nightmare Stacks by Charlie Stross

APPS & DOODADS

FruitJuice

RescueTime

iZotope RX 5 Advanced

Man Creates Tinder-Like Dating App Where He’s the Only Guy Available

MEDIA CANDY

Spotify Premium is now included with new digital New York Times subscriptions

Prince’s music will be on Spotify and other services starting Sunday

Introducing the Great Ongoing History Podcast Experiment. It Begins. Finally.

Terry Pratchett Back in Black

Neil Gaiman’s tribute to Terry Pratchett

iBoy

Blackish

Billions Season 2

Legion

The Expanse

You Are Not So Smart Podcast 3 Part series on The Backfire Effect

Want to Make a Lie Seem True? Say It Again. And Again. And Again

The Eighties

MORON OF THE WEEK

KANYE WEST DELETES ALL TRUMP TWEETS I’m Not with Him Anymore

Man’s pacemaker data leads to arson and insurance fraud charges

Boyfriend Gets Caught Out By His Girlfriend On Burger King Instagram Picture

French man wants $48 million from Uber for allegedly breaking up his marriage

BRIC-A-BRAC

The secret taxonomy behind IKEA’s product names, from Billy to Poäng

Faux IKEA ad offers President Trump an affordable ‘Börder Wåll’

Clever Illustrations of Horror Film Baddies as IKEA Instruction Manual Pictographs

Powering Ingestible Electronics With the Fluids in Your Gut

Metropolitan Museum of Art makes more than 375,000 public domain images available as CC0

CC0 – “No Rights Reserved”

FEEDBACK LOOP

Trump2Cash

Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

I Know Words, I Have the Best Words

Jason Schroeder

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Happy bday, Eddie Izzard

RIP, Apollo…

Hans Rosling, statistician and development champion, dies aged 68

The best stats you’ve ever seen

Global population growth, box by box