Ep 227: Bots & B.S.

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  September 18, 2017

Lone gun developers; hunks of glass & metal; snoozing social influencers; bad Bodega; our Amazon carts; Tesla range; Riot Fest; Star Trek & Orville; Equifax; Apple’s puzzling approach to security; habits of mediocre people; RIP Cassini; it’s complicated.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Bitcoin exchange BTCChina says to stop trading, sparking further slide
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-bitcoin-btcc/bitcoin-exchange-btcchina-says-to-stop-trading-sparking-further-slide-idUSKCN1BP1J8

Is There a Cryptocurrency Bubble? Just Ask Doge.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/business/cryptocurrency-bubble-doge.html

Americans are finally making more money than we were 1999
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/12/americans-are-finally-making-more-money-than-we-were-1999/

Inflation Calculator
https://www.dollartimes.com/inflation/inflation.php

IN THE NEWS

Apple’s 2-hour infomercial: World’s most valuable corporation reveals new disposable gadgets
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/12/apples-2-hour-infomercial-worlds-most-valuable-corporation-reveals-new-disposable-gadgets/

Fear and loathing on social media
https://www.wired.com/story/social-media-fear?mbid=social_twitter

Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/14/16290536/social-media-how-much-celebrities-make-ads-advertising-instagram-influencer

Inside the black market where people pay thousands of dollars for Instagram verification
http://mashable.com/2017/09/01/instagram-verification-paid-black-market-facebook/#A.Z6IEMzfqq3

Tesla Unlocked Florida Drivers’ Batteries Before Irma. Should We Be Grateful or Angry?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/09/10/tesla_unlocked_florida_drivers_60kwh_batteries_before_irma_not_everyone.html

NTSB: Tesla’s Autopilot UX a “major role” in fatal Model S crash
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/09/ntsb-teslas-autopilot-ux-a-major-role-in-fatal-model-s-crash/#p3

Facebook’s Offensive Ad Targeting Options Go Far Beyond “Jew Haters”
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/09/14/facebook_let_advertisers_target_jew_haters_it_doesn_t_end_there.html

Facebook ‘Snooze’ button temporarily hides people in your feed
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/14/facebook-snooze/?ncid=rss

Why Bonobos thought selling to Walmart was better than going public
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/13/16304734/andy-dunn-bonobos-walmart-jet-ipo-retail-store

Fury at ‘Bodega’ tech startup that aims to put mom-and-pop shops out of business
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/13/tech-startup-bodega-corner-stores?CMP=twt_a-technology_b-gdntech

Bodega Isn’t Just Bad Branding, It’s Bad Business
https://www.eater.com/platform/amp/2017/9/13/16302386/bodega-startup-corner-store-silicon-valley

Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete
https://www.fastcompany.com/40466047/two-ex-googlers-want-to-make-bodegas-and-mom-and-pop-corner-stores-obsolete

A Slow Friendship in the Express Checkout
http://www.slate.com/blogs/always_right/2017/09/13/how_human_customer_service_eases_loneliness_for_customers_and_for_clerks.html

An ex-Tesla engineer created an FDA-compliant cure for hangovers
http://www.businessinsider.com/hangover-cures-drink-morning-after-morning-recovery-sisun-lee-2017-6

APPS & DOODADS

How can I stop floating auto-playing videos on Facebook?
https://help.getadblock.com/support/solutions/articles/6000168539-how-can-i-stop-floating-auto-playing-videos-on-facebook-

How to stop auto-playing videos
https://help.getadblock.com/support/solutions/articles/6000160355-how-to-stop-auto-playing-videos

Chrome will get better at stopping those annoying autoplay videos starting in January
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/15/16311310/google-chrome-autoplay-videos-january

You’ll be able to permanently mute websites in Google Chrome soon
https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/25/16203046/google-chrome-mute-websites-tabs-permanently

Left Airpod stopped working
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7809925?start=0&tstart=0

Notice the New Version of iTunes?
http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/notice-new-version-itunes/

Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry Guide Us Through Windows 95
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/09/jennifer_aniston_and_matthew_perry_s_windows_95_tutorial_video_revisited.html

Car Phone Mount, HC-RET [2 Pack] Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder for Cell Phones and Mini Tablets with Fast Swift-snap Technology
http://amzn.to/2wZfxI5

Zero Grid Electronics Travel Organizer – Cord, Cable, and Accessories Case
http://amzn.to/2x2H0c1

Travel Wallet & Family Passport Holder w/ RFID Blocking- Document Organizer Case
http://amzn.to/2x2gBet

LEWIS BLACK MAGIC BALL
https://www.lewisblack.com/lewis-black-magic-ball

Shower in Darth Vader’s Dark Tears
http://mentalfloss.com/article/69914/shower-darth-vaders-dark-tears

Amazon Fire Tablets 7 & 8All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Punch Red – with Special Offers
http://amzn.to/2xpbJjU

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB, Black – with Special Offers
http://amzn.to/2wiWEkJ

Seagate 8TB driveSeagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB External Desktop Hard Drive Storage
http://amzn.to/2h90Dpz

OSX / Lightroom – Volume Does Not Support Trash (HOW TO FIX)
https://customerhelp.co.za/uncategorized/osx-lightroom-volume-not-support-trash-fix.html

Caffeine Beaker Mug
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009P8C600/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Zombie Highway 2 for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zombie-highway-2/id892092770?mt=8

Zombie Highway 2 – Android Apps on Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.auxbrain.zh2&hl=en

MEDIA CANDY

Don’t Break Down – A film about Jawbreaker
https://www.dontbreakdown.com/

J.J. Abrams will co-write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/jj-abrams-directing-star-wars-episode-ix/

The Orville
https://www.fox.com/the-orville/

Family Guy Live & Uncensored Table Read (Partial Terms of Endearment)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0o1KcTu5tc

How To Watch Star Trek: Discovery On CBS All Access
http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/news/1007554/how-to-watch-star-trek-discovery-on-cbs-all-access/

The Best Look at the Future of the Star Trek Universe Comes From a Video Game
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-best-look-at-the-future-of-the-star-trek-universe-c-1811171544

Neverwhere 15th Anniversary Edition DVD
http://amzn.to/2h1A1XJ

Neverwhere on Amazon Video
http://amzn.to/2w5pWTS

The Latest ‘South Park’ Episode Hilariously Wreaked Havoc On Amazon Alexa Owners
http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/film-and-tv-technology-awesome-new-south-park-episode-hilariously-wreaked-havoc-on-peoples-alexa-20170914

Geeks and Beats – Sex, Lies, and Social Media
http://www.geeksandbeats.com/

Rough Translation
http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510324/rough-translation

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Equifax officially has no excuse
https://www.wired.com/story/equifax-breach-no-excuse/

Apple’s iOS 11 Will Make It Even Harder for Cops to Extract Your Data
https://www.wired.com/story/apples-ios-11-will-make-it-even-harder-for-cops-to-extract-your-data?mbid=social_twitter

Sen. Franken Presses Apple to Address Privacy Concerns over iPhone X’s “Face ID” Technology
https://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=3759

The Eeyore principle: Face ID will never work
https://www.macworld.com/article/3224477/ios/the-eeyore-principle-face-id-will-never-work.html

Who Owns Your Face?
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/03/who-owns-your-face/520731/

Hackers could program sex robots to kill
http://nypost.com/2017/09/11/hackers-could-program-sex-robots-to-kill/?sr_share=twitter

Hackers Have Already Started to Weaponize Artificial Intelligence
http://gizmodo.com/hackers-have-already-started-to-weaponize-artificial-in-1797688425

Sloppy U.S. spies misused a covert network for personal shopping — and other stories from internal nsa documents
https://theintercept.com/2017/09/13/sloppy-u-s-spies-misused-covert-network-for-personal-shopping-and-other-stories-from-internal-nsa-documents/

BRIC-A-BRAC

Progress Bar 2017
https://twitter.com/ProgressBar2017

Mondo 2000’s R.U. Sirius interviews Wired founder Louis Rossetto
https://boingboing.net/2017/09/11/mondo-2000s-r-u-sirius-inte.html

30 Days Timelapse at Sea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHrCI9eSJGQ

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre People
http://lifehacker.com/the-seven-habits-of-highly-effective-mediocre-people-836361648

What Would Happen If You Just Let Kids Swear?
http://digg.com/2017/letting-kids-swear

MORON OF THE WEEK

Denny’s Sausage Mascot Looks Like Poop, And The Restaurant Won’t Change It
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/people-think-the-new-dennys-mascot-looks-like-poop_us_59b95665e4b0edff97187edf

Student begs professor to let her bring dog to class before hurricane. What happens next is in fact awesome
https://boingboing.net/2017/09/13/hurricane-dog-girl.html

FEEDBACK LOOP

The first and only sticker on my laptop in 2 years.
http://pic.twitter.com/QDspRc9QR4

What is Project Tim?
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170716/news/634016/what-project-tim

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Grant Hart, Hüsker Dü’s drummer and inspiration for a rock generation, is dead at 56
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/14/grant-hart-husker-dus-drummer-and-inspiration-for-a-rock-generation-dead-at-56/

Harry Dean Stanton
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001765/

DIHL 03: Repo Man
http://gog.show/dihl-03-repo-man/

Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/science/cassini-grand-finale-saturn.html

Music Tastes Good Festival – Long Beach
http://mtglb.co/

Bam Bam is on Instagram!
https://www.instagram.com/bambamrottie/