Ep 198: Game Over Man, GAME OVER!

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  February 27, 2017

We lose a legend; 3310 returns w/ snake; new planets; Stockholm heating syndrome; limits of free speech; Uber issues; chatbots; memory leaks; Echo’s useless skills; Snow Drones; Moby’s ambiance; naked chicken chalupas; media detox; All Things Must Pass.

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Show Notes

INTRO

BILL PAXTON DEAD AT 61

Nokia 3310 is back – and it even has Snake

This company replaced 90% of its workforce with machines. Here’s what happened

IN THE NEWS

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

Heating homes with energy from data centers? Stockholm will try it

The limits of free speech (when you have 50 million YouTube subscribers)

Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber

Uber pleads with users deleting the app: ‘We’re hurting’

Uber’s new diversity officer suddenly has his hands full

Why Uber May Never Reform Itself

Uber accused of ‘calculated theft’ of Google’s self-driving car technology

UK government finally draws up laws for autonomous cars

Microsoft invests in real-time maps for drones, and someday, flying cars

Jet Pack Madness – The Dollop

Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

Facebook scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate

MD Anderson Benches IBM Watson In Setback For Artificial Intelligence In Medicine

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

RSA Conference recap

Change Your Passwords. Now.

Incident report on memory leak caused by Cloudflare parser bug

Terror threat posted on Whisper leads to arrest

At death’s door for years, widely used SHA1 function is now dead

Why buying used cars could put your safety at risk

The previous owners of used “smart” cars can still control them via the cars’ apps (not just cars!)

AT THE LIBRARY

The Nightmare Stacks by Charlie Stross

APPS & DOODADS

The Amazon Echo Now Has 10,000 Mostly Useless ‘Skills’

Review: Punkt’s MP01 is the ultimate minimalist dumbphone

The Light Phone

Uplift Desk

Mouse trap triggers internet alerts

Internet of Shit

Watch the first trailer for Alto’s Odyssey

Alto’s Adventure

Giroptic iO

Ricoh Theta S

LAB-BOX – The first multi-format daylight-loading film tank

Networking by flickering lights gets some commercial traction

DJI’s new drone can fly in rain or snow

Withings’ wearables will adopt the Nokia name this summer

MEDIA CANDY

Moby Has Just Released Four Hours Worth Of Free Music Designed For Yoga And Meditation

long ambients1: calm. sleep. by moby

Moby: Ambient

Moby: Hotel

Ride

All Things Must Pass

StrobeLabs

The Night Manager

The Expanse

Legion

BRIC-A-BRAC

U.K. teen sneaks into band’s VIP—by editing Wikipedia to say he’s their cousin

SCIENTISTS ARE TURNING NUCLEAR WASTE INTO SUPER-EFFICIENT DIAMOND BATTERIES

TACO BELL IS REMOVING THE NAKED CHICKEN CHALUPA FROM ITS MENU

The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Song Made from a Unicorn Drawing

A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths

We’re consuming too much media. It’s time to detox our brains.

Encouraging individual sovereignty and a healthy commons

FEEDBACK LOOP

Microsoft Research developing an AI to put coders out of a job

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

The Art of Charm Podcast