Ep 202: Big Bang Weary

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  March 27, 2017

Weaponized GIFs; gig economy; AI radar; Uber’s not-Ford Escorts; YouTube ad issues; Wall-Drone; Medium’s pay-for-nothing; Virus Zero; hacking tractors; Scalzi; Pokemon’s long tail; Kodi FTW; kitchen tech; Circle; the Expanse; Flashing Fedex for a Fiver.

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Show Notes

INTRO

Pro Podcasting School

This GIF has been labeled a deadly weapon

How To Really Pronounce GIF

‘The Big Bang Theory’ will continue to haunt your television for years to come

Mark Fidelman

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself To Death

Instacart will pay $4.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit with its workers

The new American economy is literally putting us in mortal danger

Mnuchin: Losing human jobs to AI “not even on our radar screen”

The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies

The “Retail Apocalypse” Is Officially Descending Upon America

IN THE NEWS

Uber Driverless Car Not at Fault in Arizona Accident, Police Say

Uber’s Self-Driving Crash Proves We Need Self-Driving Cars

Inside Uber’s self-driving car mess

Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting, citing differences over ‘beliefs and approach to leadership’

Uber’s vice president of mapping, Brian McClendon, has resigned

It’s official: Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Emil Michael are actually the worst

A single ride in London could wind up costing Uber hundreds of millions of dollars

Uber says it just had its best U.S. week ever — despite its executive turmoil and image problems

Alphabet nabbed a new VP as it gears up for government battles over self-driving car regulation

Ads appeared on hateful YouTube videos and now advertisers are revolting

YouTube’s Ad Problems Finally Blow Up in Google’s Face

DoorDash Will Start Delivering Food Via Robots In California This Thursday

Walmart wants to deploy in-store drones

Canada passed new laws making it even harder to fly drones for fun

Wireless providers argue your web history isn’t ‘sensitive’ and they should be able to sell it

In New York, Bringing Broadband to Everyone by 2018

Google Created an AI That Can Learn Almost as Fast as a Human

Youfirst’s AI-powered emotion engine launches to help YouTube stars find their power moments

Japan has no fear of AI

We think technology can solve the world’s problems, but it can’t even stop robocalling

Medium launches memberships for $5 per month

Twitter might build a paid subscription service for power users

R.I.P Virgin America…

Dear Virgin America

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

World’s first computer virus hit the Apple II 35 years ago

Tweeter-in-Chief Trump the latest to switch from Android to iPhone

New WikiLeaks Dump Provides Details on CIA’s Mac and iPhone Hacking Tools

U.S. bans most electronic devices for passengers from 8 Muslim-majority nations

What creepy stuff will your ISP do once the FCC allows them to spy on your internet usage?

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

AT THE LIBRARY

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

Sci-fi author John Scalzi on the future of publishing: ‘I aspire to be a cockroach’

NetGalley

Change Agent – Daniel Suarez

APPS & DOODADS

Millions of Americans still play Pokémon Go every day

Darklands on Steam

Borderlands Triple Pack

GooBang Doo XB-II

OURSPOP OP-R7 2.4G Mini Wireless Backlit Keyboard Combo with Touchpad for Android TV Box

Kodi

Exodus for Kodi

Dell’s next-level 8K monitor is now on sale for $5,000

New Emoji, Including Many Genders of Magical Humanoids, Are Coming

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W

Cuisinart FP-8GM Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor, Gunmetal

Modern JavaScript for Ancient Web Developers

MEDIA CANDY

The Expanse

The Expanse Season 2 Season Pass on iTunes

Only You Can Stop The Expanse From Becoming the Next Canceled Sci-Fi Classic

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Watch Star Wars: Rogue One ending flow into A New Hope beginning

Dave Chappelle on Netflix

Ride Announce New Album ‘Weather Diaries’

As Expected The New Gorillaz Album ‘Humanz’ Looks Fucking Sick

MORON OF THE WEEK

FedEx will give you $5 to reinstall Flash

Mark Cuban’s hoverboard will hit Kickstarter in April

BRIC-A-BRAC

‘Sesame Street’ has brilliantly trolled Donald Trump for decades

Should 15,000 Steps a Day Be Our New Exercise Target?

Kawehi on Vimeo

FEEDBACK LOOP

“The Matrix” Reboot Writer Says: “Not a Reboot”

I Was Philip K Dick’s Reluctant Host

Project Alexandria

How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer

Secrets of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes