Ep 220: Road to Nowhere

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  July 31, 2017

AI nerdfight; siliCONs; Paint, undead; App-ocalypse; Taco Mode; Twitter tanking; Roomba mapping; drones falling out of the sky, the Cheetos of the Beast; Alexa slacking; pizza-taco-burgers; Take On Me; the darkening Web; Comic-Con trailers; goodbye, iPod.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

It’s Not Just You: Robocalls and Phone Scams Are Absolutely on the Rise
http://time.com/money/4853523/more-scam-robocalls-cell-phones/

Scammers can be inventive
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/scammers-can-be-inventive

Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language
http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/a-step-closer-to-skynet-ai-invents-a-language-humans-can-t-read/article/498142

Chinese State Council Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence
https://www.wired.com/beyond-the-beyond/2017/07/chinese-state-council-guidelines-artificial-intelligence/

THE RISE OF AI IS FORCING GOOGLE AND MICROSOFT TO BECOME CHIPMAKERS
https://www.wired.com/story/the-rise-of-ai-is-forcing-google-and-microsoft-to-become-chipmakers

The Cost of Universal Basic Income Is Less Than You Might Think
https://futurism.com/cost-universal-basic-income-less-you-might-think/

How to Reform Welfare and Taxes to Provide Every American Citizen with a Basic Income
https://medium.com/economicsecproj/how-to-reform-welfare-and-taxes-to-provide-every-american-citizen-with-a-basic-income-bc67d3f4c2b8

A Team of Scientists Just Made Food From Electricity — and it Could be the Solution to World Hunger
https://futurism.com/a-team-of-scientists-just-made-food-from-electricity-and-it-could-be-the-solution-to-world-hunger/

IN THE NEWS

Latest Disgraced Tech CEO Worked at a Damn HR Company
http://gizmodo.com/latest-disgraced-tech-ceo-worked-at-a-damn-hr-company-1797277595

Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk Are Both Wrong About A.I.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/07/mark_zuckerberg_and_elon_musk_are_both_wrong_on_the_dangers_of_a_i.html

Elon Musk’s launch of his first mass-market electric car could be Tesla’s iPhone moment
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/28/16051942/elon-musk-tesla-model-3-handover-event-mass-market-electric-cars

THE TECH SKILLS GAP WILL TEST FOXCONN’S NEW WISCONSIN FACTORY
https://www.wired.com/story/foxconn-wisconsin-us-tech-skills-gap

Microsoft is planning to kill off Paint after 32 years
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/24/microsoft-paint-kill-off-after-32-years-graphics-editing-program

Microsoft Paint saved after outpouring of love – sort of
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/25/microsoft-paint-saved-windows-store?CMP=fb_gu

iPhone Gamers, Brace Yourselves for the App-ocalypse
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/07/the_release_of_ios11_will_render_many_game_apps_unusable.html

India will ban driverless cars in order to protect jobs
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/24/india-ban-driverless-cars-protect-jobs/

Lyft Announces Deal With Taco Bell But Drivers Do Not Want That Shit in Their Cars
http://gizmodo.com/lyft-announces-deal-with-taco-bell-but-drivers-do-not-w-1797243065

Uber Begins Apology Tour With More Driver Benefits
http://gizmodo.com/uber-begins-apology-tour-with-more-driver-benefits-1797237033

Uber Doesn’t Deny What’s Clearly Happening in the Front Seat of This Driver’s Car
http://gizmodo.com/uber-doesnt-deny-whats-clearly-happening-in-the-front-s-1797192267

Bill Gates joins the roster of big names behind trucking startup Convoy
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/25/16020944/bill-gates-investment-money-trucking-startup-convoy

Some fun Facebook facts from the earnings call/report
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14860331

Over a million Americans quit Twitter in just three months
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/27/twitter-q2-2017/

Roombas have been busy mapping our homes, and now that data could be up for sale
https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/24/16021610/irobot-roomba-homa-map-data-sale

Wisconsin Company to Become 1st U.S. Company to Microchip Employees
http://ktla.com/2017/07/24/wisconsin-company-to-become-first-us-company-to-microchip-employees/

People are complaining that their new DJI drones are falling out of the sky
https://qz.com/1037497/people-are-complaining-that-their-new-dji-spark-drones-are-falling-out-of-the-sky/

We have unrealistic expectations of a tech-driven future utopia
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/25/16026870/technology-advances-limits-ethics-vr-ai-autonomous-google-glass

The government should fight ‘corporate villainy’ in tech, Senator Cory Booker says
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/24/16017764/cory-booker-new-jersey-senator-silicon-valley-antitrust-inequality-corporate-villainy-recode-podcast

STEVE BANNON WANTS FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE REGULATED LIKE UTILITIES
https://theintercept.com/2017/07/27/steve-bannon-wants-facebook-and-google-regulated-like-utilities/

APPS & DOODADS

Transmit 5
https://panic.com/transmit/

Now You Can Talk to Alexa Over Slack
http://lifehacker.com/now-you-can-talk-to-alexa-over-slack-1797164787

A friendly downloader for YouTube and other sites
https://clipgrab.org

Neil deGrasse Tyson Recruits George R.R. Martin to Work on His New Video Game
http://mentalfloss.com/article/503070/neil-degrasse-tyson-recruits-george-rr-martin-work-his-new-video-game

BuzzFeed is getting into the smart appliance business with the Tasty One Top
https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/27/buzzfeed-unveils-tasty-one-top/

Tasty One Top
https://tastyonetop.com/

Brilliant Augmented Reality App Lets You Star in Your Own ’80s Music Video
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/brilliant-augmented-reality-app-lets-you-star-your-own-1797275658

Family Guy Clip: The A~HA Take On Me Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZpKPrUKn1U

Apple trims its iPod lineup to one lonely model
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/27/apple-discontinues-ipod-nano-and-shuffle/

GOODBYE IPOD, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE TUNES
https://www.wired.com/story/goodbye-ipod-and-thanks-for-all-the-tunes

MEDIA CANDY

‘Stranger Things’ Turns Comic-Con Upside Down With New Season 2 Trailer
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/stranger-things-season-2-trailer-comic-con-2017-1023610

Here are some of the coolest trailers from Comic-Con 2017 so far
https://www.recode.net/2017/7/23/16016848/trailers-movies-ready-player-one-stranger-things-thor-comic-con-2017

Amazon Prime Video Greenlights Season Four of Emmy-Nominated Series Bosch
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2212220&ref_=pmwn7.22boschpr

Here’s a Mashup of Ron Howard Narrating the Star Wars Trilogy, Arrested Development-Style
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/07/26/watch_the_star_wars_arrested_development_mashup_you_ve_been_waiting_for.html

Factorized Variational Autoencoders for Modeling Audience Reactions to Movies
https://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/factorized-variational-autoencoder/

These Hidden Netflix Codes Will Unlock Thousands Of Hidden Movies And Genres
http://www.anonews.co/hidden-netflix-codes/

@Midnight Cancelled After 4 Seasons
http://tvline.com/2017/07/18/midnight-chris-hardwick-cancelled-comedy-central/

AT THE LIBRARY

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
http://amzn.to/2uxH4R8

The Delirium Brief: A Laundry Files Novel by Charles Stross
http://amzn.to/2eSBWA5

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Smoke Detector update
http://amzn.to/2eUhzmm

Sweden suffers their version of the OPM hack –
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/world/europe/ibm-sweden-data-outsourcing.html

China is launching an ‘unhackable’ quantum messaging service
https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/25/China-quantum-messaging-secure-service-unhackable/

Bug in top smartphones could lead to unstoppable malware, researcher says
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/27/broadpwn-smartphone-malware-bug-iphone-samsung-google?CMP=twt_a-technology_b-gdntech

45,000 Facebook Users Leave One-Star Ratings After Hacker’s Unjust Arrest
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/45-000-facebook-users-leave-one-star-ratings-after-hackers-unjust-arrest/

A cybersecurity expert on why you should be very worried about the internet’s future
https://www.vox.com/2017/7/26/15981824/internet-cybersecurity-net-neutrality-klimburg-the-darkening-web

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace by Alexander Klimburg
http://amzn.to/2vQPoZx

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel
http://amzn.to/2uJTjHm

FruitFly Mac malware – FBI investigating hundreds of infections, say researchers
https://www.grahamcluley.com/fbi-investigating-infections-tied-to-fruitful-fruitfly-malware/

About Objective-See
https://objective-see.com/about.html

Little Snitch
https://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

BRIC-A-BRAC

Forget Yelp: Some of the best writing on the web is at IWasPoisoned.com
http://mashable.com/2017/07/23/i-was-poisoned-food-storytelling/

A SON’S RACE TO GIVE HIS DYING FATHER ARTIFICIAL IMMORTALITY
https://www.wired.com/story/a-sons-race-to-give-his-dying-father-artificial-immortality/

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map

26 Things People Are Definitely Going To Forget About In 10 Years
https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/never-forget-unless-you-do?utm_term=.baJWwnQDND#.nx3YEOAp8p

FEEDBACK LOOP

Microsoft signals end of Paint program
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40705466

OpenDyslexic
http://opendyslexic.org/

Ringtones
http://www.theconservativezone.com/article/ringtones

Fruit Juice
http://fruitjuiceapp.com/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

What we learned from the USA’s Gold Cup triumph
https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jul/27/usa-gold-cup-victory-gold-cup