Ep 221: The Snark Tower

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  August 7, 2017

The smartphone generation; Facebook FTW; Uber on fire, literally; Hyperloop is a go; Bitcoin split; Shatner being Shatner; the Circle; Cobra Kai; Themis Files; #LeakTheAnalyst; IoT regulation; hacker vacations; be bored; non-melting ice cream, alright!

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Check out our technical blog post and start building your skill.
https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/4982d143-7f95-4d02-b259-3f39cb34fd4a/how-to-control-your-entertainment-devices-with-the-smart-home-skill-api

Foxconn could get up to $200 million in cash a year from state residents for up to 15 years
http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/28/foxconn-could-get-up-200-million-cash-year-state-residents-up-15-years/519687001/

Companies Are Selling Fake Solar Eclipse Sunglasses. Here’s How to Avoid Them
https://www.fatherly.com/gear/companies-are-selling-fake-solar-eclipse-sunglasses/

Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers
https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

IN THE NEWS

Millennials are killing the beer industry
http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/millennials-are-killing-beer-2017-7-1002199446

Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts
https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/31/facebook-buys-ozlo-to-boost-its-conversational-ai-efforts/

How Facebook overcame its “coolness” problem, won back the kids who fled it for Snapchat, and secured its dominance of social media.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/07/how_facebook_beat_snapchat_and_won_the_teens_back.html

Uber on its unsafe cars in Singapore: ‘We could have done more’ to fix the problem
https://www.techinasia.com/uber-fire-singapore

Court Rules That Politicians Blocking Followers Violates Free Speech
http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/07/judge-politicians-blocking-followers-violates-free-speech.html

HOW AN IOS DEVELOPER JUST UNCOVERED THE NEXT IPHONE
https://www.wired.com/story/iphone-8-leak/

All Apple had to do to sell iPads was make them cheaper
https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/02/apple-cheaper-ipad-means-more-sales/

Footage From the First Fast Hyperloop Test Looks Like a Tron-Inspired Fantasy
http://gizmodo.com/footage-from-the-first-fast-hyperloop-test-looks-like-a-1797463260

Tesla’s Model 3 isn’t a luxury car, but it’s priced like one
https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/31/16069960/tesla-model-3-not-luxury-car-options-model-s

Bitcoin splits in two amid feud
https://www.cnet.com/news/bitcoin-cash-splits-in-two-in-blockchain-feud/

NASA is hiring someone to protect Earth from aliens
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nasa-is-hiring-someone-to-protect-earth-from-aliens/ar-AApj4vL

Apollo Mission Control team seeks to restore NASA site
https://www.cnet.com/news/help-restore-nasa-apollo-mission-control-space-kickstarter/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b

Restore Historic Mission Control
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/589813043/restore-historic-mission-control

APPS & DOODADS

Apple Airpods
https://www.apple.com/airpods/

Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs and Ended Hegemonic Loudness
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywgeek/why-spotify-lowered-the-volume-of-songs-and-ended-hegemonic-loudness

Magnetic Tape Data Storage Breakthrough Will Make Your Hard Drive Seem Tiny
http://gizmodo.com/magnetic-tape-data-storage-breakthrough-will-make-your-1797462392

MEDIA CANDY

Geeks and Beats – Sexbots
http://www.geeksandbeats.com/2017/08/s05e04/

Jawbreaker Plays First Show in 21 Years: Video, Photos, Setlist
https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/08/04/jawbreaker-plays-first-show-in-21-years-video-photos-setlist/

The Truth is in the Stars
https://www.netflix.com/title/80173921

Does William Shatner’s attack on “SJWs” erase his “Star Trek” legacy?
http://www.salon.com/2017/07/31/william-shatner-twitter/

Synth Britannia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK1P93r9xes&feature=youtu.be

RATIONAL FUNK Ep. 21: Lady Gaga / Laptops
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJBTyNPjriA&feature=youtu.be

The Circle
http://amzn.to/2v9Xk9Y

The Lost Boys Turns 30
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093437/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

‘Karate Kid’ Revival ‘Cobra Kai’ Planned With Ralph Macchio, William Zabka
http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/karate-kid-revival-planned-with-ralph-macchio-billy-zabka-w495959

‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ To Get A Sequel Next Year
http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/film-and-tv-interesting-awesome-nightmare-before-christmas-to-get-a-sequel-next-year-20170731

Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/nightmare-before-christmas-follow-up-coming-comics-1025184

The Dark Tower Turns an Epic Fantasy Into a Shockingly Mundane Movie
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-dark-tower-turns-an-epic-fantasy-into-a-shockingly-1797502165

Is ‘The Dark Tower’ Movie Any Good? Here’s What The Reviews Say
http://digg.com/2017/the-dark-tower-reviews-is-it-good-idris-elba-matthew-mcconaughey

AT THE LIBRARY

Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files) by Sylvain Neuvel
http://amzn.to/2uS4FJD

Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel
http://amzn.to/2vcyBCI

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

THE WOLF
http://www8.hp.com/ca/en/solutions/security/thewolf.html?jumpid=ba_1wvucdtmnx

Two U.S. lawmakers think the government has a new cybersecurity problem: The Internet of Things
https://www.recode.net/2017/8/1/16070996/congress-internet-of-things-cybersecurity-laws

Latest Game of Thrones episode leaks online before TV broadcast
https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/4/16094090/game-of-thrones-season-7-episode-4-leak

The U.S. is picking up vacationing Russian hackers
https://www.axios.com/the-u-s-is-picking-up-vacationing-russian-hackers-2467514683.html

The Hacker Who Saved the World From Ransomware Was Just Arrested For Making His Own Malware
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/08/03/hacker_marcus_hutchins_who_ended_wannacry_was_arrested_for_the_kronos_trojan.html

Ransomware attacks hit small businesses the hardest
https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/02/ransomware-attacks-most-affect-small-businesses/

TWO POPULAR IP CAMERAS RIDDLED WITH VULNERABILITIES
https://threatpost.com/two-popular-ip-cameras-riddled-with-vulnerabilities/127172/

BRIC-A-BRAC

I kicked my smartphone addiction by retraining my brain to enjoy being bored by Jordan Rosenfeld
https://qz.com/1020976/the-scientific-link-between-boredom-and-creativity/

Danzig’s house for sale
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4544-Franklin-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90027/20810658_zpid/

The Mystery of L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne’s Real Identity Is Finally Solved
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/angelyne-la-billboard-diva-30-years-1025678

How Japanese Scientists Accidentally Invented Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt
https://www.fatherly.com/play/food/japanese-scientists-create-ice-cream-doesnt-melt/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Conspiracy theory suggests that Outback Steakhouse is the center of a satanic cult
http://mashable.com/2017/07/29/outback-steakhouse-conspiracy-theory.amp

Bitcoin Cash
http://bitcoincash.org/

Bitcoin Exchange Had Too Many Bitcoins
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-08-02/bitcoin-exchange-had-too-many-bitcoins

READY PLAYER ONE CHAPTER 27 SUMMARY
http://www.shmoop.com/ready-player-one/chapter-27-summary.html

Blackout: A Novel by Marc Elsberg
http://amzn.to/2wjY4rD

Mathias Dalheimer: Wie man einen Blackout verursacht
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaCiVvBD-xc&feature=youtu.be