Ep 222: Grumpy Old Manifestos

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  August 14, 2017

Dwindling earnings; Tech-bro manifestos; Snapchat stock drop; Uber board’s b*tch-fight; Amazon’s secret brands; charging with FIRE; 3-D tires; Disney uncouples from Netflix; Lemmysuchus; Hardcore History; Audible for Dogs; DNA malware; N3v$r M1^d!.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Seller of ‘Fully Loaded’ Kodi Boxes Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering
https://torrentfreak.com/seller-of-fully-loaded-kodi-boxes-pleads-guilty-to-money-laundering-170806/

In the Trump era, are Canadian cities poised for success?
https://www.curbed.com/2017/8/8/16112426/canada-urbanism-tech-toronto-trump

The Average American Man is Earning Less and Less in a Lifetime
https://www.fatherly.com/love-and-money/average-american-man-earning-potential-lifetime-income/

IN THE NEWS

Google employee’s viral anti-diversity manifesto confirms your worst fears about tech-bro culture
http://www.salon.com/2017/08/07/google-employees-viral-anti-diversity-manifesto-confirms-your-worst-fears-about-tech-bro-culture/

James Damore, the Google employee fired for his anti-diversity manifesto, is (almost certainly) not a victim of a free-speech violation
http://www.businessinsider.com/james-damore-google-anti-diversity-manifesto-free-speech-2017-8

GOOGLE MANIFESTO AUTHOR JUST MIGHT HAVE A LEGAL CASE
https://www.wired.com/story/google-manifesto-author-just-might-have-a-legal-case

Here’s What’s Going On With The Diversity Memo Controversy At Google
http://digg.com/2017/google-diversity-memo-fallout-explained

Fired Google engineer compares high-paid tech job to Soviet forced labor
https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/10/16127968/fired-google-engineer-compares-high-paid-tech-job-to-soviet-forced-labor

Rogue Installations Outside Google’s Venice HQ Equate The Company With Soviet-Era Labor Camps
http://laist.com/2017/08/11/bench_google_goolag.php

4chan users attempt to get immigrants deported using fake Starbucks ad
http://www.salon.com/2017/08/07/4chan-users-attempt-to-get-immigrants-deported-using-fake-starbucks-ad/

Life for Snapchat just went from bad to even worse
http://mashable.com/2017/08/10/snapchat-earnings-second-quarter-dancing-hot-dog/

Investors hit Uber ex-CEO hard, sue over alleged “gross mismanagement”
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/investors-hit-uber-ex-ceo-hard-sue-over-alleged-gross-mismanagement/

Uber shareholder group asks Benchmark to step down from board following Kalanick suit
https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/11/uber-shareholder-group-asks-benchmark-to-step-down-from-board-following-kalanick-suit/

Patent troll who tried to patent podcasting thwarted at last
https://thenextweb.com/us/2017/08/08/patent-troll-who-tried-to-patent-podcasting-thwarted-at-last/#.tnw_BB6QGTYc

The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-end-of-typing-the-internets-next-billion-users-will-use-video-and-voice-1502116070

Here’s what the first Tesla solar roofs look like in the wild
https://www.curbed.com/2017/8/3/16090066/tesla-solar-roof-installation-elon-musk

Elon Musk confirms ‘Boring Company’ to build underground Hyperloop from DC to NYC
https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/08/09/elon-musk-confirms-boring-company-to-build-underground-hyperloop-from-dc-to-nyc/

A new, dubious “smart” cryptocurrency for prostitution
http://boingboing.net/2017/08/06/crypto-snake-oil.html

Bitcoin Just Reached a New All-Time High
https://futurism.com/bitcoin-just-reached-a-new-all-time-high/

Amazon owns a whole collection of secret brands
https://qz.com/1039381/amazon-owns-a-whole-collection-of-secret-brands/

Facebook launches ‘Moments’ knockoff inside China without branding, but with state approval
http://boingboing.net/2017/08/11/colorful-balloons.html

How Facebook snuck into China
https://qz.com/1052190/facebook-in-china-quietly-approved-the-release-of-an-app-called-colorful-balloons/

Introducing Watch, a New Platform For Shows On Facebook
https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/08/introducing-watch-a-new-platform-for-shows-on-facebook/

Four UK news sources among top 10 most trusted in US – survey
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/aug/09/four-uk-news-sources-among-top-10-most-trusted-in-us-survey

SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside
https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/11/soundcloud-saved/

APPS & DOODADS

This $79 Wood-Burning Camp Stove Recharges Your Phone With Fire. Yeah, Really. [Exclusive]
http://deals.kinja.com/this-79-wood-burning-camp-stove-recharges-your-phone-w-1797549332

TriLens – The new way of changing your lenses
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/friidesigns/437470673

The Chinese military’s addiction to this video game is causing national security problems
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-chinese-military-is-addicted-this-video-game-2017-8

GOOGLE’S NEW ALGORITHM PERFECTS PHOTOS BEFORE YOU EVEN TAKE THEM
https://www.wired.com/story/googles-new-algorithm-perfects-photos-before-you-even-take-them

Michelin’s 3D-printed tire is as stunning as it is futuristic
https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/07/michelin-vision-biodegradable-3d-print-airless-tire/#/

MEDIA CANDY

Disney is just beginning its conscious uncoupling from Netflix
https://qz.com/1049501/disney-dis-is-just-beginning-its-conscious-uncoupling-from-netflix-nflx/

Coen Brothers Giving TV A Try With Western Anthology Series For Netflix
http://laist.com/2017/08/09/coen_brothers_giving_tv_a_try_with.php

‘Deadpool’ Director Tim Miller to Adapt ‘Neuromancer’ for Fox
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/deadpool-director-tim-miller-adapt-neuromancer-fox-1028185

‘Nastiest sea creature to have lived’ named after hell-raising Motorhead frontman Lemmy
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nastiest-sea-creature-lived-named-10959788

Brian Eno Explains the Loss of Humanity in Modern Music
http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/brian-eno-explains-the-loss-of-humanity-in-modern-music.html

Latest Hardcore History – The Celtic Holocaust
http://www.dancarlin.com/

Revisionist History
http://revisionisthistory.com/

Ask Me Another
http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/?showDate=2017-08-11

Hidden Brain
http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510308/hidden-brain

Earhustle
https://www.earhustlesq.com/

We Hate Movies
http://www.whmpodcast.com/

IRL with Veronica Belmont
https://irlpodcast.org/

AT THE LIBRARY

An Introduction To Audible For Dogs With Cesar Millan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2X4Sfh59p4

These Worlds: Bobiverse, Book 3
http://amzn.to/2vzu6SK

Afterlife by Marcus Sakey
http://amzn.to/2wF2wQZ

The Brilliance Trilogy
http://amzn.to/2vs9E5z

Walkaway by Cory Doctrorow
http://amzn.to/2vwGWyZ

Walkaway on Cory’s site
http://craphound.com/shop/

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Even after leaking, ‘Game of Thrones’ still pulled in record viewership on Sunday
http://bgr.com/2017/08/08/game-of-thrones-season-7-record-viewership/

Ukrainian Video-Blogger Arrested For Spreading Petya (NotPetya) Ransomware
http://thehackernews.com/2017/08/ukraine-petya-ransomware-hacker.html

Malicous code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it
https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/09/malicous-code-written-into-dna-infects-the-computer-that-reads-it/

The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-man-who-wrote-those-password-rules-has-a-new-tip-n3v-r-m1-d-1502124118?mod=e2fb

Password Strength
https://xkcd.com/936/

BRIC-A-BRAC

Guy Builds His Own Dementor And People Are Freaking Out
http://www.boredpanda.com/halloween-drone-dementor-harry-potter-michael-irvine/

Epic Halloween Prank by Tom Mabe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB8D2QZ9lA4

Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Rich-SF-residents-get-a-shock-Someone-bought-11738236.php

Real estate goings-on in old San Fran.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/08/08/tony_sf_street_sold_for_almost_nothing_to_horror_of_unsuspecting_plutocrats.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top

The Night’s Watch are actually just wearing IKEA rugs
http://www.avclub.com/article/nights-watch-are-actually-just-wearing-ikea-rugs-259141

‘Driverless’ Van Spotted Driving Around D.C. Area, Actually A Guy Dressed As A Car Seat
http://geekologie.com/2017/08/driverless-van-spotted-driving-around-dc.php

Archillect [archive + Intellect]
http://archillect.com/about

FEEDBACK LOOP

You Can Trick Self-Driving Cars by Defacing Street Signs
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/you-can-trick-self-driving-cars-by-defacing-street-signs/

Essential Apple Podcast
http://essentialapple.com/

Why I built the DickPicLocator
https://medium.com/@axbom/why-i-built-the-dickpiclocator-e9d70a949201

The “Pooductive” toilet chat app may have a hidden social mission
https://newsstand.google.com/articles/CAIiEJP0wAd8DSEGCSXOP-6v_OcqFwgEKg8IACoHCAowlt-YCTCnimwwiu0j

Let’s Encrypt
https://letsencrypt.org/

Reply Fucking All
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/long-distance/

Hey Guys,

You may remember me from the VPN MitM attack question a month or two ago, but I thought I’d send some information your way about a topic in your show “The Snark Tower”. In this episode you mention that some Japanese scientists have found a substance, polyphenol, that makes ice cream stable to high temperature. I’m a chemistry grad student at a UC school and can help explain a bit on what’s going on!

First, room temperature stable ice cream is nothing new. You may remember pictures from around the internet about Wal-Mart brand ice cream sandwiches that don’t melt in the summer heat. Instead of polyphenol, they use a similar product, guar gum and/or xanthan gum. Polyphenol and these gums share similar properties, both are amphiphilic, meaning they “love” both water and oil. In ice cream, your cream has a lot of fat (oil) and the ice is water! The term for making water and oil mix more easily is emulsification, also process behind how soap cleans oil off of your hands. I should also point out, butter is a mix of water and oil/fat as well. It doesn’t melt, and yet people don’t get in a tizzy about that!

If you look at the chemical structures of polyphenol and guar gum on Wikipedia, you’ll notice some similarities. Both are hexagonal carbon rings connected by oxygen atoms with some dangling -OH (hydroxyl) groups. A big difference is the hexagonal rings in polyphenol are planar and rigid while the rings in guar gum are zig-zagged and floppy (best term for it, I swear!). The rings are carbon and give the molecules their oil-loving abilities. The dangling hydroxyls are hydrophilic, giving the molecules their water-soluble properties. Mix in with your water/cream mix and you can dump a ton more fat in without ruining flavor or separating the mixture. Higher fat = higher melting temperature = room temperature ice cream!

Another interesting property of guar/xantham gum is their ability to cross-link, in effect thickening a solution. If enough molecules come together you get a network which can trap and strengthen the oil/water emulsion similarly to how rebar strengthens concrete. I suspect (but am not sure) that polyphenol will have a similar effect.

Hope this wasn’t too dry of a read, but I enjoy food, chemistry, and mixing the two! Oh, and no, it won’t make your food taste like strawberries as long as you purified it enough!

Guar gum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guar_gum

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

Ice Cream Sandwiches
http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/walmarticecream.asp

Janky ass drone
https://youtu.be/g_cOScwwZwg

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qoymGCDYzU