Ep 217: Surveil and Chill

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  July 10, 2017

Measuring AI; retail apocalypse continues; robot journalists; Soundcloud, Microsoft layoffs, Jawbone shutters; drone identification; Xbox One; hackintosh; internet TV; MeDoc; cryptocurrency hacks; Zip Bomb; Panda solar farms; Panopticon; OK Computer.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

AI Progress Measurement
https://www.eff.org/ai/metrics

Meet the Startup Hiring Only Seniors to Prove the Futility of Age Discrimination
https://tech.co/hiring-seniors-age-discrimination-2017-07

The FAA is now refunding Americans who registered their drones
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/6/15931922/drones-faa-refund-registration-fees

Sears, Kmart to close 43 more stores as retail crisis continues
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/07/07/sears-holdings-kmart-store-closures/459277001/

IN THE NEWS

Facebook and Google join net neutrality ‘day of action’
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/07/facebook-google-net-neutrality-day-of-action/

The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?
http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/06/06/the-internet-of-things-connectivity-binge-what-are-the-implications/

Google is funding a new software project that will automate writing local news
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/7/15937436/google-news-media-robots-automate-writing-local-news-stories

Why Google’s newest AI team is setting up in Canada
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/5/15923448/google-deepmind-new-ai-team-canada-university-alberta

SoundCloud will lay off 40 percent of its staff to stay afloat
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/06/soundcloud-lay-off-40-percent-staff/

Microsoft to lay off 3,000 people as it tries to boost Azure
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/06/microsoft-layoff-3000-azure-sales-team-job-cuts-reorganization/

Fitness-tracking company Jawbone, once worth $3 billion, is shutting down and liquidating its assets
http://www.businessinsider.com/jawbone-shutting-down-liquidating-assets-2017-7

Tesla is building world’s largest backup battery in Australia
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/07/tesla-is-building-world-s-largest-backup-battery-in-australia/

Arizona man charged with 14 felonies for allegedly flying drone near wildfire
https://www.dailydot.com/debug/arizona-drone-firefighters-prescott-national-forest/

Drones may soon have to identify themselves electronically while in flight
https://www.recode.net/2017/6/30/15848860/faa-remote-identify-drone-policy

Ticketmaster to kill long lines by checking event attendees in with smartphone audio data
https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/4/15919022/ticketmaster-lisnr-presence-mobile-ticketing-reduce-wait-time-audio-data

Virgin Galactic to conduct first powered spaceship tests in 3 years
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/05/virgin-galactic-to-resume-powered-flight-tests/

Volvo steers toward electrified future
http://www.autonews.com/article/20170705/COPY01/307069997/volvo-steers-toward-electrified-future

APPS & DOODADS

Microsoft Xbox One S Gears of War 4 1TB Standard Edition Console
http://amzn.to/2tA4UdW

Turtle Beach – Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset
http://amzn.to/2sh20qN

Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter
http://amzn.to/2ufzCXb

Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership
http://amzn.to/2shqcJk

Amazon Dash Wand With Alexa
https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Dash-Wand-With-Alexa/dp/B01MQMJFDK/

Hackintosh
http://www.hackintosh.com/

tonymacx86
https://www.tonymacx86.com/

Building a Hackintosh Pro
https://www.dancounsell.com/building-a-hackintosh-pro/

Winamp’s woes: How the greatest MP3 player undid itself
https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/07/winamp-how-greatest-mp3-player-undid-itself/

Yoink
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yoink-improved-drag-drop-file-management/id457622435?mt=12&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Muzzle App
https://muzzleapp.com

Replace Facebook Ads With Vintage Ones From the 1980s
http://lifehacker.com/replace-facebook-ads-with-vintage-ones-from-the-1980s-1796642059

Why you should always ‘Like’ your own Facebook posts
http://www.ricksdailytips.com/why-you-should-always-like-your-own-facebook-posts/

MEDIA CANDY

The Whispered Warnings of Radiohead’s “OK Computer” Have Come True
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-whispered-warnings-of-radioheads-ok-computer-have-come-true

The Asian stars of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ quit the show after CBS refused to pay them as much as their white costars
http://www.businessinsider.com/hawaii-five-0-asian-stars-quit-cbs-pay-discrimination-2017-7

No one is getting internet TV right — yet
https://www.recode.net/2017/5/5/15545644/hulu-streaming-ott-pay-tv-bundles-cord-cutter-price-point

Facebook’s original TV lineup includes LaVar Ball and Mike Rowe
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/05/facebook-original-tv-lineup-lavar-ball-mike-rowe/

Spotify’s new series tackles topics like immigration and equality
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/06/spotify-im-with-the-banned/

The Streaming Problem: How Spammers, Superstars, and Tech Giants Gamed the Music Industry
http://www.vulture.com/2017/07/streaming-music-cheat-codes.html?wpsrc=nymag

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

The MeDoc Connection
http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/07/the-medoc-connection.html?m=1

Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/technology/nuclear-plant-hack-report.html?_r=0

Two charged with running hacking service used in ‘major computer intrusions’ of U.S. businesses
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/two-latvians-charged-with-running-major-hacking-service/2017/07/05/17598108-6189-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?utm_term=.a87f93f3d1c6

Fourth Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange Was Hacked. Users Lose Ethereum & Bitcoin
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fourth-largest-cryptocurrency-exchange-was-hacked-users-lose-ethereum-and-bitcoin/

ZIP Bombs Can Protect Websites From Getting Hacked
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/zip-bombs-can-protect-websites-from-getting-hacked/

US military will finally start encrypting soldiers’ emails
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/07/us-military-soldier-email-encryption/

Facebook fights gag prohibiting it from alerting users to search warrants
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/07/06/facebook-fights-gag-prohibiting-it-from-alerting-users-to-search-warrants

Whose Speech Is Chilled by Surveillance?
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/07/women_young_people_experience_the_chilling_effects_of_surveillance_at_higher.html

Panopticon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panopticon

BRIC-A-BRAC

Watch: The Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ Video Remade With Sesame Street Muppets
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/07/06/535751259/watch-the-beastie-boys-sabotage-video-remade-with-sesame-street-muppets

China Just Built A 250-Acre Solar Farm Shaped Like A Giant Panda
http://www.iflscience.com/technology/china-just-built-a-250acre-solar-farm-shaped-like-a-giant-panda/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Brave Browser
https://www.brave.com/

Horcrux Is a Password Manager Designed for Security and Paranoid Users
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/horcrux-is-a-password-manager-designed-for-security-and-paranoid-users/

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