Ep 208: Vive La France!

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  May 9, 2017

Jason drops into LA, mystery meat, a live audience & alcohol so possible topics include: France, Snowflakes, podcasting, scoundrels, Uber. an AI called Luna, Huma’s Weiner, Bob, Gibson, Office Space, landlines, vampires, the Dark Tower & Faraday cages.

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Show Notes

INTRO [00:00:34]

French election: Macron ‘defeats Le Pen to become president’

Podcasting Has Become the Last Refuge of Scoundrels

Top 10 Most Popular Podcasts

Fyre Festival Failed To Disclose Deals With Social Media Influencers

EXCLUSIVE: THE LEAKED FYRE FESTIVAL PITCH DECK IS BEYOND PARODY

IN THE NEWS [00:06:57]

Things are heating up… Need more sources on this.

The U.S. Justice Department appears to be probing Uber’s use of software to avoid regulators

The Whole World Is Now a Message Board

This New Species of AI Wants to Be “Superintelligent” When She Grows Up

Audiences no longer care about platforms. The content creator is ‘king.’

Facebook has made more than $20 billion in profit since going public — Twitter has lost $2 billion

Facebook Is Finally Getting Serious About People Killing Each Other on Live Video

SECURITY HAH! [00:28:42]

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Google Docs users hit with sophisticated phishing attack

Huma Abedin Apparently Forwarded Classified Emails to Anthony Weiner So He Could Print Them for Hillary

The U.S. government could soon ask visa applicants to share their social media profiles

Guy Finds StarCraft Source Code And Returns It To Blizzard, Gets Free Trip To BlizzCon

AT THE LIBRARY [00:38:31]

Doree Shafrir’s new novel ‘Startup’ is all about sex, lies and digital media

William Gibson rewrote the sequel to The Peripheral after the 2016 election

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1) by Dennis Taylor

APPS & DOODADS [00:45:40]

Office Space: Idle Profits

Most American households have abandoned their landlines

Apple TV will reportedly get Amazon’s Video app this summer

No one is getting internet TV right — yet

MEDIA CANDY [00:53:45]

Goths Everywhere Rejoice; ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ Is Coming To TV

The Dark Tower Trailer: There Are Other Worlds Than These

MORON OF THE WEEK [01:01:40]

Nissan thinks installing a Faraday cage in your armrest will prevent distracted driving

FEEDBACK LOOP [01:02:40]

What if we just made VIDEO CONFERENCING Work?

Smartphone shipment growth was essentially led by Chinese OEMs

The wild and crazy John McAfee wants you to buy the “most hack-proof smartphone”