Ep 200: Let Them Eat Pop Tarts

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  March 13, 2017

2/3 Sparta; the rise of the useless; Fiverr bums us out; Snap stock; atom drives; quizzing trolls; Uber hires HAL; Wikileaks Vault 7; encrypted messaging apps; Amazon brick & mortar; AirPods; burgerbots; Try a Pod; Martian potatoes; streaming Bugs Bunny.

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Show Notes

INTRO

Tabloid tale of man crushed by porn collection was fake

The rise of the useless class

Uber and Airbnb are not the future of capitalism

The New Economy

People are not pleased with Fiverr’s deeply depressing advert

Pre-Order the ADV3NTURE Hoodie today!

Eddie Codel

Uber get its self-driving vehicle test permit in California

LookSee Wellington privacy breach forces website shutdown

IN THE NEWS

Snap stock took a beating Monday and fell more than 12 percent

Snap stock fell another 10 percent on Tuesday

Messenger just became the latest Facebook app to launch a Stories feature

Facebook is testing a feature that asks you to keep watching videos you started but didn’t finish

Google’s new version of Hangouts looks a lot like Slack

Twitch replaced its homepage with a Twitter clone for gamers

Mossberg: Tech’s ruling class casts a big shadow

IBM has figured out how to store data on a single atom

Norwegian Website Quizzes Trolls Before Allowing Them to Comment

Move Fast and Break Trust

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just told staff he’s hiring a COO to help him

Uber’s head of AI Labs, Gary Marcus, steps down after just 4 months

Uber says it won’t use its ‘Greyball’ tool to evade local authorities anymore

Didi has opened a self-driving lab in the U.S. with famed Jeep hacker Charlie Miller

Self-driving bus with no back-up driver nears California street

Airbus Has Revealed Its Flying Car-Drone Hybrid

The British government is future-proofing its budget by hiking taxes on the self-employed

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Some comments on the Wikileaks CIA/#vault7 leak

WikiLeaks reveals the CIA hacked into Apple iPhones, Google Android phones and Samsung TVs

The Truth About the WikiLeaks C.I.A. Cache

Google says it already fixed ‘many’ of the security flaws from Vault 7 leak

CIA’s New “Digital Innovation” Division Can’t Seem to Keep Its Own Secrets

Leaked emails reveal Nigel Farage’s long-standing links to Julian Assange

ENCRYPTED APP USED BY WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS SUFFERED FROM SERIOUS SECURITY FLAWS

BATTLE OF THE SECURE MESSAGING APPS: HOW SIGNAL BEATS WHATSAPP

AT THE LIBRARY

Amazon just confirmed its 10th book store, signaling this is way more than an experiment

The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware by Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang

Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry

APPS & DOODADS

AirPods

Sennheiser CX 5.00i

FlightAware

Find The Real Reason For Delays With Airline Cargo Sites

Pinterest Acquires Jelly, Startup Led by Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone

Spark Email App

Recomendo

There’s a secret, celebrity-only version of Tinder

Privacy

Burger-flipping robot could spell the end of teen employment

How hackers turned a Cape Cod fishing guide’s site into a host for e-commerce fraud

MEDIA CANDY

The Americans – Season 5

The Expanse

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo: “The Expanse” | Talks at Google

What Happens When The Big Bang Theory Meets Ricky Gervais? Hilarity

Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera classics are getting their own streaming service

For the first time, more people subscribe to Netflix than have DVR

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Writing a New Project Together

MORON OF THE WEEK

Just like all the cool kids, Soylent now has its own pointless AI assistant

Snapchat ‘celebrates’ women with more insensitive filters

NASA highlights women in STEM with a virtual field trip

BRIC-A-BRAC

Chris Hardwicks Nerdtastic House

It’s Official: Astronauts Can Grow Potatoes in Martian Soil

A Company Just 3D-Printed a House in 24 Hours for Only $10,134

The effect of unemployment on your personality

Children videobomb South Korea expert’s live BBC interview

Breaking Down the Father on BBC Being Interrupted by His Children

Thank You, BBC Dad and His Pesky Kids, for Providing a Respite From This Miserable World

FEEDBACK LOOP

Awesome Astronomy Podcast

Hidden Backdoor Discovered In Chinese IoT Devices

Private Internet Access

Top Podcast Hosts Ask Their Listeners To ‘Try A Pod’

94-YEAR OLD LITHIUM-ION BATTERY INVENTOR UNVEILS NEW ULTRA-EFFICIENT GLASS BATTERY

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 20: the thrilling, brilliant birth of TV as art

30 Years Ago Today, U2 Released The Joshua Tree