Ep 215: I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  June 26, 2017

Apple giveth, Apple taketh; Kalanick Uber’s out; Tesla streams; battery tech; AI language; social media for introverts; world building is hard; Opie Solo; Payola 2.0; Banksy unveiled, maybe; Jazz chickens & Harry Potter; Mac malware; send nudes, Iceland!


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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Apple just created, and killed, a generation of AR businesses
https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/19/apple-just-created-and-killed-a-generation-of-ar-businesses/

IN THE NEWS

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/technology/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick.html

‘Nobody Is Perfect’: Some Uber Employees Balk at Travis Kalanick’s Exit
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/technology/uber-employees-react-travis-kalanick.html?emc=edit_nn_20170623

Silicon Valley investor Justin Caldbeck is taking a leave of absence in the wake of sexual harassment allegations
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/23/15865422/justin-caldbeck-leave-absence-sexual-harassment-binary-capital-investment-firm

Drivers are suing ‘driver-friendly’ ride-hail apps Gett and Juno
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/19/15832432/gett-juno-class-action-lawsuit-drivers

Tesla driver in fatal ‘Autopilot’ crash got numerous warnings: U.S. government
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-crash-idUSKBN19A2XC?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/22/15855346/tesla-elon-musk-streaming-music-service

New “Instantly Rechargeable” Battery Deals a Fatal Blow to Fossil Fuels
https://futurism.com/new-instantly-rechargeable-battery-deals-a-fatal-blow-to-fossil-fuels/

Social media is a very good way to spread bot-driven propaganda: report
http://www.salon.com/2017/06/20/social-media-is-a-very-good-way-to-spread-bot-driven-propaganda-report/

Tumblr is now owned by a phone company, so it’s stopped fighting for Network Neutrality
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/22/corporations-arent-people.html

President Trump will commit to improving internet access in rural areas
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/20/15843330/trump-broadband-internet-rural-farming

Facebook’s AI accidentally created its own language
https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/06/19/facebooks-ai-accidentally-created-its-own-language/

Etsy Cuts Another 15% of Workforce
https://www.wsj.com/articles/etsy-cuts-another-15-of-workforce-1498054690?mod=e2fb

Etsy announces a second round of job cuts in little more than a month
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/06/22/etsy-announces-a-second-round-of-job-cuts-in-little-more-than-a-month/?utm_term=.e72b7edcf3a4

Fake online stores reveal gamblers’ shadow banking system
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-gambling-usa-dummies-exclusive-idUKKBN19D137

APPS & DOODADS

Here’s how to add Sirius XM to your Amazon Echo
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/20/how-to-play-sirius-xm-on-your-amazon-echo.html

TrumpTweets
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XPM5BKZ

Ikea and Apple will use AR to make choosing a BJÖRKSNÄS even easier
http://mashable.com/2017/06/19/apple-ikea-ar/

Binky Is the iPhone App for People Who Are Conflicted About Social Media
http://lifehacker.com/binky-is-the-iphone-app-for-people-who-are-conflicted-a-1796311735

MEDIA CANDY

The Official Reason for Star Trek: Discovery’s Many Delays Is ‘World Building Is Hard’
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-official-reason-for-star-trek-discoverys-many-dela-1796237580

Actor who played Klingon on ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ running for Congress in New York
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/star-trek-actor-played-klingon-running-congress-ny-article-1.3247055

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Fired from the Han Solo Star Wars Movie Mid-Shoot
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/06/20/phil_lord_and_chris_miller_fired_from_the_han_solo_movie.html

RON HOWARD TO ASSUME DIRECTORIAL DUTIES ON THE UNTITLED HAN SOLO FILM
http://www.starwars.com/news/ron-howard-to-assume-directorial-duties-on-the-untitled-han-solo-film

Yes, The Dark Tower Movie Is a Sequel to the Books
http://io9.gizmodo.com/yes-the-dark-tower-movie-is-a-sequel-to-the-books-1796235912

The minds behind “Sherlock” are launching a new “Dracula” TV series
http://www.salon.com/2017/06/20/sherlock-mark-gatniss-bbc-dracula-steven-moffat/

EW REUNITES BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
http://people.com/pen/00000158-44d0-d1a1-a758-4cd852110000/0000015c-cd3f-de0b-ad5c-cd7fab4b0000/

Netflix launches “choose your own adventure” TV shows
http://www.salon.com/2017/06/20/netflix-puss-in-boots-puss-in-book-buddy-thunderstick/

Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ lets labels pay for plays
https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/19/spotify-sponsored-content/

Lorde – Melodrama
http://amzn.to/2tTmbes

Ride – Weather Diaries
http://amzn.to/2t0EhhR

Game of Thrones Trailer 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mlhnt0jMlg

American Gods
https://www.starz.com/series/americangods/featured

Banksy’s identity revealed as Massive Attack star Robert Del Naja after pal accidentally confirms mystery artist’s name
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/banksys-identity-revealed-massive-attack-10668128.amp

AT THE LIBRARY

14 by Peter Clines
http://amzn.to/2t566Gm

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
http://amzn.to/2tcXhK8

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard
http://amzn.to/2tY4Y3B

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

198 million Americans hit by “largest ever” voter records leak
http://www.zdnet.com/article/security-lapse-exposes-198-million-united-states-voter-records/

GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters
http://gizmodo.com/gop-data-firm-accidentally-leaks-personal-details-of-ne-1796211612

Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-tech-idUSKBN19E0XB

Web host agrees to pay $1m after it’s hit by Linux-targeting ransomware
https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/06/web-host-agrees-to-pay-1m-after-its-hit-by-linux-targeting-ransomware/

Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on leakers
https://theoutline.com/post/1766/leaked-recording-inside-apple-s-global-war-on-leakers

The amount of malware for Macs is continuing to surge
http://www.businessinsider.com/malware-apple-macos-continues-surge-q1-mcafee-2017-6

Supreme Court: sex offenders can’t be banned from social media
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/06/21/supreme-court-sex-offenders-cant-be-banned-from-social-media/

Supreme Court rules that using social media is a constitutional right
https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/supreme-court-social-media-constitutional-right/

MORON OF THE WEEK

Someone Has Graffitied ‘Send Nudes’ Into Iceland Beauty Spot
http://www.ladbible.com/more/viral-someone-has-graffitied-send-nudes-into-iceland-beauty-spot-20170619

FEEDBACK LOOP

‘Watchmen’ TV Series From Damon Lindelof in the Works at HBO
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/watchmen-tv-series-damon-lindelof-works-at-hbo-1014987

Conspiracy Bot Shows That Computers Can Be as Gullible as Humans
https://lifehacker.com/conspiracy-bot-shows-that-computers-can-be-as-gullible-1796266003

iOS 11 & watchOS 4 beta 2 Released: Download & Install FREE NO a dev account & iPhone 8 Latest news
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1zZBUBJ3lY

Hawaii could become the first state to offer its citizens universal basic income after bill passes through both houses of state legislature
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4613984/Hawaii-trail-blazes-race-universal-basic-income.html

Dear America…
https://youtu.be/om7O0MFkmpw