Ep 213: A Pinch of Wrath

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  June 12, 2017

Robot clothes & AI futures; net neutrality; Uber firings; billionaire CEOs on sinking ships; Amazon vs Walmart; building a better web; make America fast again; WWDC; Don Quixote; overthinking the Leftovers; printer steganography; Goop; hacking Britney.
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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

The Case for Letting Robots Make Our Clothes by ANKITA RAO
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-case-for-letting-robots-make-our-clothes

Amazon Imagines a Future of Infinite Computing Power
https://www.wired.com/2017/06/amazon-imagines-future-infinite-computing-power/

Is Augmented Reality the Future of Computing?
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/awe-conference-augmented-reality-future-computing-george-maestri

Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/business/dealbook/opioid-dark-web-drug-overdose.html

IN THE NEWS

Amazon, Reddit, the ACLU, and more set net neutrality ‘day of action’
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/6/15745974/net-neutrality-day-of-action-tech-companies

It’s official: Yahoo shareholders approve the $4.48 billion sale to Verizon
http://www.businessinsider.com/yahoo-verizon-sale-approved-2017-6

AOL has indicated that it is planning more than 2,000 layoffs
http://www.businessinsider.com/verizon-will-cut-2000-jobs-from-yahoo-aol-2017-6

Yahoo’s purchase price was lowered by $350 million
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-verizon-reaches-tentative-agreement-to-lower-price-of-yahoo-deal-bloomberg-2017-2

Uber Fires 20 Amid Investigation Into Workplace Culture
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/technology/uber-fired.html

Uber’s board meets tomorrow to discuss the ‘ugly’ Holder report and possible management changes
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/10/15777180/uber-directors-meet-tomorrow-ugly-holder-report-management-changes

Uber executive, who obtained medical records of customer who was a rape victim, is fired
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/7/15754316/uber-executive-india-assault-rape-medical-records

Dilemma for Uber and Rival: Egypt’s Demand for Data on Riders
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/world/middleeast/egypt-uber-sisi-surveillance-repression-careem.html?_r=0

Why are there so many billionaires leading money-losing companies?
http://www.salon.com/2017/06/06/why-are-there-so-many-billionaires-leading-money-losing-companies/

Amazon needs to court Walmart shoppers because the wealthiest Americans already have Prime
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/8/15759354/amazon-prime-low-income-discount-piper-jaffray-demographics

Walmart is asking employees to deliver packages on their way home from work
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/06/01/walmart-is-asking-employees-to-deliver-packages-on-their-way-home-from-work/?utm_term=.9d6fba28a669

Google prepares publishers for the release of Chrome ad-blocking
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/06/google-prepares-publishers-for-the-release-of-chrome-ad-blocking/#p3

Building a better web for everyone
https://blog.google/topics/journalism-news/building-better-web-everyone/

Airbnb rubs its hands as Japan opens doors to home-sharing
https://venturebeat.com/2017/06/09/airbnb-rubs-its-hands-as-japan-opens-doors-to-home-sharing/

Snap just acquired Placed, a company that tracks whether online ads actually lead to offline purchases
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/5/15743362/snap-placed-acquisition-ad-offline-purchases-advertising-technology

Google sells off Boston Dynamics to SoftBank
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/06/boston-dynamics-softbank-google/

The U.S. ranks 28th in the world in mobile internet speeds
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/7/15747486/united-states-developed-world-mobile-internet-speeds-akamai

APPS & DOODADS

WWDC Keynote
https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2017/

HomePod
https://www.apple.com/homepod/

Sharebuilder
https://content.capitaloneinvesting.com/mgdcon/jump/srch/od/

Affinity Photo
https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ipad/

Zombie Gunship Survival
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zombie-gunship-survival/id1019161597?mt=8

Zombie Gunship Survival shoots past two million downloads five days after launch
http://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/65847/zombie-gunship-survival-two-million-downloads/

Apple won’t let apps annoy you with their own review prompts anymore
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/9/15768196/apple-ending-annoying-app-store-review-prompts

MEDIA CANDY

Richard Hammond: Former Top Gear presenter ‘airlifted to hospital’ after horror crash
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/richard-hammond-former-top-gear-160400999.html

17 Years Later, ‘Monty Python’ Writer Finally Wraps ‘Don Quixote’ Filming
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/17-years-later-monty-python-writer-finally-wraps-don-quixote-filming_us_59371856e4b0ce1e7408a270

Lost in La Mancha
http://amzn.to/2sDwuUm

Every Monty Python skit can now be played from behind the wheel of a Tesla
https://www.dailydot.com/debug/elon-musk-says-teslas-can-now-play-every-monty-python-skit/

The Leftovers
http://www.hbo.com/the-leftovers

‘The Leftovers’: 7 Unambiguous, Post-Finale Facts from Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, and the Creators
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/06/the-leftovers-justin-theroux-carrie-coon-series-finale-secrets-ending-1201837467/

The Leftovers Ends With No Answers — But Here’s One Possible Theory
http://www.vulture.com/2017/06/the-leftovers-finale-review.html?wpsrc=nymag

The Americans
http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-americans

Orange is the New Black
https://www.netflix.com/title/70242311

KKCR – Kauai Community Radio
http://www.kkcr.org/

Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!
http://amzn.to/2sbCpST

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tour Dates
http://www.fatwreck.com/tour/single_artist/16

All 213 Beatles Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best
http://www.vulture.com/2017/06/all-213-beatles-songs-ranked-from-worst-to-best.html

AT THE LIBRARY

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://amzn.to/2saWutg

Oryx and Crake was reviewed on Grumpy Old Geeks Ep 71: Too Soon?
http://gog.show/ep-71-too-soon/

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
http://amzn.to/2s3kIoj

Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) by A.G. Riddle
http://amzn.to/2s8A6Ro

Departure
http://amzn.to/2rGdshO

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire
http://www.thecyberwire.com/

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Supreme Court to rule on cellphone location privacy
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/supreme-court-to-rule-on-cellphone-location-privacy-239136?cmpid=sf

NSA Leaker Outed Thanks to Modern Printer Technology
http://lifehacker.com/nsa-leaker-outed-thanks-to-modern-printer-technology-1795854132

Printer steganography
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printer_steganography

Judge denies bail for accused NSA leaker Reality Winner after not guilty plea
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/09/judges-denies-bail-for-accused-nsa-leaker-reality-winner-after-not-guilty-plea/?utm_term=.33194f926ba0

Boatload of Security Flaws Make Fosscam IP Cameras Absolutely Useless
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/boatload-of-security-flaws-make-fosscam-ip-cameras-absolutely-useless/

New PowerPoint malware delivery technique tested by spammers
https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2017/06/09/powerpoint-malware/

Turla’s watering hole campaign: An updated Firefox extension abusing Instagram
https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/06/06/turlas-watering-hole-campaign-updated-firefox-extension-abusing-instagram/

The Russian Britney Spears Instagram hackers also used satellites to hide their tracks
https://boingboing.net/2017/06/08/dvb-s.html

The Week that Was
https://thecyberwire.com/subscribe.html

MORON OF THE WEEK

Palmer Luckey Is Apparently a Prepper Who Now Wants to Build a Virtual Border Wall for Trump
http://gizmodo.com/palmer-luckey-is-apparently-now-a-prepper-who-wants-to-1795811143

Gwyneth Paltrow admits that even she doesn’t know “what the f**k” Goop is talking about
http://www.salon.com/2017/06/06/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-jimmy-kimmel/

APPLE APPLE COMPUTER SNEAKERS, CIRCA EARLY 1990S SIZE 9 1/2
http://www.ebay.com/itm/272695203386?rmvSB=true

FEEDBACK LOOP

iMac Pro
http://apple.co/2rLnjmK.

Letterkenny
https://youtu.be/Z0sq3T5fErQ

Who are the Xennials?
http://www.jenx67.com/2016/11/xennials.html

Seth Miranda on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/lastxwitness/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Peter Sallis dead: Wallace and Gromit voice actor dies aged 96
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/peter-sallis-dead-wallace-and-gromit-voice-actor-dies-aged-96/ar-BBC4L6h

Adam West, Straight-Faced Star of TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-west-dead-batman-star-832264