Ep 216: Lunchroom of Effervescent Healing

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  July 3, 2017

The Dumb Ages; misogynist silicon valley losers; Google’s $2.7b fine; Kiwi coders; 10 years of iPhones; drop in on Alexa; hackintoshes; YouTube TV fails; is vinyl back, no; Eddie Izzard; Petya NotPetya; InspiroBot; scamming Nigerians; stupid Jenners.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THIS SHIT-SHELLACKED ERA OF EPIC STUPID
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/06/27/ways-to-stay-motivated-in-this-shit-shellacked-era-of-epic-stupid/

A former Binary Capital employee is suing Justin Caldbeck and the VC firm
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/29/15892798/ann-lai-lawsuit-binary-capital-employee-justin-caldbeck

500 Startups sidelined Dave McClure because of ‘inappropriate interactions with women’
https://venturebeat.com/2017/06/30/500-startups-replaced-ceo-dave-mcclure-because-of-inappropriate-interactions-with-women/

Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/technology/women-entrepreneurs-speak-out-sexual-harassment.html

Making Changes at 500 by Christine Tsai
https://500.co/making-changes-at-500/

KROQ HD2 – Green Day Revolution Radio is THANKFULLY OVER
http://kroq.cbslocal.com/roqofthe80s/

China’s Weird Straddle Bus Has Officially Failed
https://www.inverse.com/article/33522-straddle-bus-decommissioned

IN THE NEWS

Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion in E.U. Antitrust Ruling
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/eu-google-fine.html?_r=1

Verizon bought Yahoo, so Flickr and Tumblr users with AT&T email addresses are being cut off
https://boingboing.net/2017/06/27/end-times.html

Verizon Wireless disconnects some heavy data users in rural areas
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/06/verizon-wireless-disconnects-some-heavy-data-users-in-rural-areas/#p3

Sprint is getting sued for sabotaging RadioShack’s comeback
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/30/15904608/radioshack-creditors-sue-sprint

Uber is being sued by two separate women claiming sexual assault by its drivers
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/30/15904770/uber-lawsuit-sexual-assault-negligence-background-checks

New Zealand Could Require Students to Learn to Code
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/06/29/new_zealand_could_require_students_to_learn_to_code.html

Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children
https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-hate-speech-censorship-internal-documents-algorithms

Facebook found a new way to identify spam and false news articles in your News Feed
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/30/15896544/facebook-fake-news-feed-algorithm-update-spam

Minnesota teenager charged with killing boyfriend in YouTube stunt gone wrong
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/29/minnesota-woman-manslaughter-youtube-boyfriend?CMP=fb_us

THIS CELL PHONE CAN MAKE CALLS EVEN WITHOUT A BATTERY
https://www.wired.com/story/this-cell-phone-can-make-calls-even-without-a-battery/

Elon Musk’s first tunnel should be up and running next week
https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/30/elon-musk-la-tunnel-spacex/

Alibaba to launch product similar to Amazon Echo: source
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/alibaba-launch-product-similar-amazon-213712134.html?.tsrc=applewf

APPS & DOODADS

How Apple’s iPhone changed the world: 10 years in 10 charts
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/26/15821652/iphone-apple-10-year-anniversary-launch-mobile-stats-smart-phone-steve-jobs

Guy Builds A $70 Hackintosh That Outperforms The $1,300+ 2016 Macbook Pro
http://digg.com/video/hackintosh-70-dollars

PYRO MINI
https://www.touchofmodern.com/sales/ellusionist-c65cf942-f057-48d4-a679-7c53079bc8ef/pyro-mini?wall=1

Now your nightlight can notify you of retweets and emails
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/6/28/15889006/aumi-mini-smart-nightlight-ifttt-kickstarter

GLTECK XXL Large Mouse Pad, Extended Mousepad, 36″x16.5″
http://amzn.to/2u2Jsf4

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth – 48 Pack
http://amzn.to/2spVx0M

Alexa Calling & Messaging
https://www.amazon.com/b?node=16713667011&ref_=pe_1840220_243973490_MP_AUCC_MX_HV_Sub_Fri_echo_crm_06_30_multiple-drop-in-learn-more

‘Dead or Alive’ gets even grosser by allowing you to smell the half-naked women
http://mashable.com/2017/06/30/dead-or-alive-vr-smell/

Watch a pro drone racer zip around a construction site at sunset
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/30/watch-a-pro-drone-racer-zip-ar.html

MEDIA CANDY

Deconstructing The First Trailer For Rob Lowe’s Already Legendary Ghost/Alien-Hunting Reality Show
http://laist.com/2017/06/28/the_lowe_files_trailer.php

Landscapes of Mind – A Conversation with Kevin Kelly
https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/landscapes-of-mind

Sony Will Start Making Vinyl Records Again In Japan, After A Nearly 30-Year Hiatus
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/29/534854280/sony-will-start-making-vinyl-records-again-in-japan-after-nearly-30-year-hiatus

Rodney Bingenheimer Still Isn’t Sure Why KROQ Fired Him, but He’s Happy to Be on SiriusXM
http://www.laweekly.com/music/rodney-bingenheimer-says-goodbye-to-rodney-on-the-roq-hello-to-siriusxm-8380807

Downton Abbey, The Movie: What To Expect
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2017/06/28/downton-abbey-the-movie-what-to-expect/#410bb28e1292

Under the Noise Podcast
https://www.facebook.com/underthenoisepodcast/

Public Enemy
https://publicenemy.bandcamp.com/

AT THE LIBRARY

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

After On
https://www.after-on.com/

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Surprise! NotPetya Is a Cyber-Weapon. It’s Not Ransomware
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/surprise-notpetya-is-a-cyber-weapon-its-not-ransomware/

The Latest Ransomware Took Advantage of a Devilishly Clever Trick
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qvpdaw/the-latest-ransomware-took-advantage-of-a-devilishly-clever-trick

The Era of Chaos-Inducing Ransomware Is Here and It’s Scary as Hell
http://gizmodo.com/the-era-of-chaos-inducing-ransomware-is-here-and-its-sc-1796485449

A nuclear power plant was hacked in the U.S.
http://www.salon.com/2017/06/28/a-nuclear-power-plant-was-hacked-in-the-u-s/

WIKILEAKS DUMP REVEALS A CREEPY CIA LOCATION-TRACKING TRICK
https://www.wired.com/story/wikileaks-cia-wifi-location-tracking/

This Dark Web Site Creates Robocalls to Steal People’s Credit Card PINs
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/3knz98/dark-web-site-robocalls-to-steal-credit-card-pins

The FBI is interviewing American employees of Russia’s top cybersecurity firm
http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-interviewing-kaspersky-employees-russia-2017-6

BRIC-A-BRAC

AI Trying To Design Inspirational Posters Goes Horribly And Hilariously Wrong
http://www.iflscience.com/technology/ai-trying-to-design-inspirational-posters-goes-horribly-and-hilariously-wrong/

American Man Arrested For Scamming Three Nigerians
http://www.ladbible.com/more/viral-american-man-arrested-for-scamming-three-nigerians-20170625?c=1498424377389

Slammed by bus, man stands up and enters bar
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/30/slammed-by-bus-man-stands-up.html

MORON OF THE WEEK

All the “wellness” products Americans love to buy are sold on both Infowars and Goop
https://qz.com/1010684/all-the-wellness-products-american-love-to-buy-are-sold-on-both-infowars-and-goop/

Jenner sisters spark outrage by adding their faces, logos to dead music icons’ t-shirts
http://ew.com/music/2017/06/29/kendall-kylie-jenner-music-t-shirts/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Redshirts
http://amzn.to/2sunAr4

In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/29/fidget_spinners_catch_fire/

US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses’ smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/26/engineer_imprisoned_for_hacking_exemployer/?mt=1498840157472

“Super Mario Bros Recreated as Life Size Augmented Reality Game”
https://youtu.be/QN95nNDtxjo

UK copyright body throws idle threats at Kodi box owners
https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/27/uk-fact-kodi-streaming-crackdown/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Happy 150th, Canada!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pbQbLYx2do&feature=youtu.be