Ep 226: A Badder Meinhof

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  September 11, 2017

Grumpycoin; UBI; Uber needs a pick me up; is your cellphone listening?; autonomous cars are not coming soon; Facebook lies; Netflix, & Chill; Equifax; getting AI off our chests; selfie sticks & dog toys; ruining the Alien mythology; Bond, Amazon Bond.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

The Top 10 Cryptocurrency Resources for Non-Technical People
https://medium.com/the-mission/the-top-10-cryptocurrency-resources-for-non-technical-people-3efb42eb7be6

Grumpycoin (GRUMP)
https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/grumpycoin/

US has regressed to developing nation status, MIT economist warns
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-developing-nation-regressing-economy-poverty-donald-trump-mit-economist-peter-temin-a7694726.html

A $1,000 per month cash handout would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion, new study says
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/31/1000-per-month-cash-handout-would-grow-the-economy-by-2-point-5-trillion.html

IN THE NEWS

Subsidizing massive tech companies isn’t paying off for workers
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/04/subsidizing-massive-tech-companies-isnt-paying-off-for-workers/

Uber employees need a morale lift, so six staffers created a website promoting positivity
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/6/16263954/uber-employees-morale-scandals-positive-values

House unanimously approves sweeping self-driving car measure
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-selfdriving/house-unanimously-approves-sweeping-self-driving-car-measure-idUSKCN1BH2B2

We need to stop pretending that the autonomous car is imminent
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/5/16257314/stop-autonomous-self-driving-cars-not-coming-soon-future

Facebook Told Advertisers It Can Reach More Young Adults in America Than Actually Exist
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/09/06/facebook_told_advertisers_it_can_reach_more_young_adults_in_america_than.html

Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/facebook-says-it-sold-political-ads-to-russian-company-during-2016-election/2017/09/06/32f01fd2-931e-11e7-89fa-bb822a46da5b_story.html

Facebook Is Testing a Feature That Looks an Awful Lot Like Tinder
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/paan77/a-new-feature-on-facebook-messenger-looks-an-awful-lot-like-tinder

Two-thirds of Americans are now getting news from social media
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/7/16270900/social-media-news-americans-facebook-twitter

Artificial Intelligence can now work out whether you’re gay or straight just from a photograph
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/09/08/artificial-intelligence-gay-straight-sexuality-machine/

The Proudly Resents Podcast
http://proudlyresents.com/

APPS & DOODADS

kungfuren Selfie Stick Bluetooth, 50-Hour Long Battery Life and Japanese Seiko PCB Protection, Built-in Remote Camera Shutter for Selfie Stick iPhone 7 Plus All iOS and Android Smart Phones BLACK
http://amzn.to/2we8HLi

DJI Phone Camera Gimbal OSMO MOBILE, Black
http://amzn.to/2eMbNjm

Janod Ukulele
http://amzn.to/2xSEu6q

Janod
http://amzn.to/2j8H0SY

HurriK9
https://hurrik9.com/

Apple iMac
https://www.apple.com/imac/

Crucial
http://crucial.com/

MEDIA CANDY

Alien: Covenant
http://amzn.to/2eRLQm3

Revealing the mystery behind “Twin Peaks: The Return”’s new mysteries
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/05/uncovering-the-mystery-behind-twin-peaks-the-returns-new-mysteries/

Narcos Season 3
https://www.netflix.com/title/80025172

‘Star Wars’ And Marvel Films To Leave Netflix And Go To New Disney Streaming Service
http://laist.com/2017/09/07/star_wars_marvel_films_to_leave.php

Apple and Amazon reportedly pursuing James Bond film rights
https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/06/apple-amazon-pursuing-james-bond-rights/

Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Star Wars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5W8EBHNsLc

Solace: An Interactive Animation
http://www.rememberspook.com/

AT THE LIBRARY

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era By James Barrat
http://amzn.to/2vVq3k6

Rosario Dawson Narrates ‘The Martian’ Follow-Up ‘Artemis’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bookmark/rosario-dawson-narrates-martian-follow-up-artemis-1035658

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Equifax Hackers Might Have Your Social Security and Credit Card Numbers
http://lifehacker.com/equifax-hackers-might-have-your-social-security-and-cre-1802159442

Why the Equifax breach is very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/why-the-equifax-breach-is-very-possibly-the-worst-leak-of-personal-info-ever/

Is there no moral hazard in the US data economy?
https://twitter.com/profcarroll/status/906147384631197696

Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/three-equifax-executives-sold-stock-before-revealing-cyber-hack

Are you an Equifax breach victim? You could give up right to sue to find out
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/are-you-an-equifax-breach-victim-you-must-give-up-right-to-sue-to-find-out/

A twitter thread on this topic
https://twitter.com/zackwhittaker/status/906178254331142144

Alexa and Siri are vulnerable to ‘silent,’ nefarious commands
https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/06/alexa-and-siri-are-vulnerable-to-silent-nefarious-commands/

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-voice-search-records-stores-conversation-people-have-around-their-phones-but-files-can-be-a7059376.html

FDA recalls close to half-a-million pacemakers over hacking fears
https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/31/fda-pacemakers-abbott-hacking/

Is Your Smartphone Listening to You, or Is It Just Coincidence?
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/your-smartphone-listening-or-coincidence/

THERE’S A NAME FOR THAT: THE BAADER-MEINHOF PHENOMENON
https://psmag.com/social-justice/theres-a-name-for-that-the-baader-meinhof-phenomenon-59670

Adam Carolla – ‘The Great Magnet”
https://www.reddit.com/r/AdamCarolla/comments/3r3qm3/great_magnet_example/

The Police – Synchronicity 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8976fuIqCo

BRIC-A-BRAC

Who Said It? C-3PO or Morrissey?
https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/178178/who-said-it-c-3po-or-morrissey

How did Walt Disney’s vision of a futuristic metropolis become a quaint symbol of a bygone era?
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/09/disneyland_s_tomorrowland_was_once_an_ode_to_a_utopian_future.html

Every Night Perfect
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/audio/a27913/u2-tour-every-night-perfect/

The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani
https://www.theuncomfortable.com/

Dark Patterns
https://darkpatterns.org/

Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they’re all over the Web)
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/07/dark-patterns-are-designed-to-trick-you-and-theyre-all-over-the-web/

MORON OF THE WEEK

Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/sports/baseball/boston-red-sox-stealing-signs-yankees.html

Trump’s Latest Tweet About Taxes Is a Lie, According to Every Tax Expert
http://time.com/money/4929013/trump-tax-lie/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Stop pretending you really know what AI is and read this instead
https://qz.com/1067123/stop-pretending-you-really-know-what-ai-is-and-read-this-instead/

HSBC is killing my business, piece by piece — How to plan for your bank screwing up
https://medium.com/@photonstorm/hsbc-is-killing-my-business-piece-by-piece-d7f5547f3929

Copenhagen Suborbitals
https://copenhagensuborbitals.com/

Silicon Valley’s Politics: Liberal, With One Big Exception
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/technology/silicon-valley-politics.html