Ep 209: Smalt & Pppr

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  May 15, 2017

Job-killing robots; dropping tech giants; Amazon Echo Show; worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack; Astrophysics in a hurry; make some music; the IoT jumps the shark; a damn fine cup of coffee; K.Flay, Cranberries; You Should Be Happy; lightsaber churros.


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Show Notes

INTRO
California Leads U.S. Economy, Away From Trump

Trouble in Venice: can this trendy LA enclave reconcile a deep divide?

Google’s parent eyes Toronto as location of new high-tech district: sources

The Commodification of People

IN THE NEWS

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are buying more job-killing robots than ever before

Snap stock is tanking after its first-ever earnings report missed expectations

Families of the San Bernardino terrorist attack victims have filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Google and Twitter

Which Tech Giant Would You Drop?

Here’s how to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a beat

Amazon unveiled an Alexa shopping machine for your kitchen

Amazon invested millions in the startup Nucleus — then cloned its product for the new Echo

Waking up with Sam Harris

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Cyberattack Hits U.K.’s National Health Service

WannaCry ransomware used in widespread attacks all over the world

Trump signs long-awaited cyber order, launching hacking defense review

THE BIGGEST DATA BREACHES OF 2017 (SO FAR…)

New IoT malware targets 100,000 IP cameras via known flaw

Senator confirms FBI paid $900,000 to unlock San Bernardino iPhone

U.S. to Ban Laptops in All Cabins of Flights From Europe, Officials Say

Net-neutrality supporters cripple the FCC website again (update)

James Comey’s testimony on Huma Abedin forwarding emails was inaccurate

AT THE LIBRARY

The massive, worldwide ransomware attack was stopped by a researcher ‘accidentally’

Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack

For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) by Dennis E. Taylor

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield

Neil deGrasse Tyson on The Art of Charm

APPS & DOODADS

Get started making music

iTunes and Apple Music coming to the Windows Store this year

iPhone Sales Hit a Big Roadblock in China Because of an App That Does Just About Everything

McDonald’s Invents a ‘Frork’ Utensil Made of French Fries

‘BLACKOUT’ BLINDS TURN WINDOWS INTO BEAUTIFUL CITY SKYLINES

MEDIA CANDY

K.Flay Celebrates Tour Announcement With ‘High Enough’ Video: Exclusive Premiere

The Cranberries – Something Else

Friends of the show Goo Goo Dolls release their new EP, “You Should Be Happy”

Desert Trip Won’t Be Returning For A Second Year

MORON OF THE WEEK

Goddamn it, they made a “smart” salt shaker called Smalt

BRIC-A-BRAC

X-37B space plane returns after two-year secret mission

Disneyland Now Has Sparkly Lightsaber Churros, and We Need Them ASAP

Bill Gates Has Seven Predictions for the Future

FEEDBACK LOOP

Twitter Users Exploit Trump Website Vulnerability to Mock President, Slam GOP Health Bill

Name: Steve
Comment: Hi, guys.
I began listening to you about a year or so ago. I’ve been listening to the current podcasts since Nov 2015 and am up to date with them. Because I listen to around 50 different podcasts and am a completist, I’m only up to episode 90 on my catch-up list. Only about 104 more to go. Yay!

Regarding Dr. Who, I began watching the show in 1969 (I’m probably older and grumpier than most of your listeners). I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all of the episodes that still exist, the good, the bad, and the really bad.

IMHO, starting with the Christopher Eccleston series is a good way to get into the series. The writers explain the concepts and conceits of the show through the Doctor’s interactions with Rose Tyler. They do it in such a way as to bring new viewers up to speed without boring the die-hard fans to tears.

Other reasons for starting with the Eccleston series? Rose is cute, the T.A.R.D.I.S is cool, the effects are good, and the acting and storylines are entertaining. YMMV.

If, after the first (new) series you feel the need to go back, I’d suggest starting with Tom Baker (original season 12). The effects and sets are cheesy, but the stories are pretty good, for the most part. I also found it entertaining to see so many Brit actors I recognize doing a turn on the show.

So there you have it, my tuppence on the question. Keep fighting the good fight and stay grumpy and geeky. (You really have no choice about old.)

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