Ep 229: I Am Altering the Deal

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  October 2, 2017

Zuckerberg gets Lando’d; 23 & Me; Twitter’s Arbitrary 280; Ikea, tech leader; Dubai drones; Amazon’s EchoEverywhere; Star Trek: Discovery, in Swedish; Orville; Terminator Redux; Tinder data; being “retired”; mining crypto-coins; when delete means delete.


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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Is it safe to give your genetic data to 23andMe?
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/22/16347728/23andme-dna-testing-genomics-privacy-anne-wojcicki-kara-swisher-lauren-goode-too-embarrassed-podcast

Cryptocurrency Speculators Watch Nervously as South Korea Bans ICOs
http://gizmodo.com/cryptocurrency-speculators-watch-nervously-as-south-kor-1818992106

Apple hiring ‘Video Partnerships’ lead to negotiate TV and movie deals with content providers
https://9to5mac.com/2017/09/27/apple-video-partnerships-tv-movie-content/

IN THE NEWS

Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/26/16363912/twitter-character-limit-increase-280-test

Arbitrary
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/arbitrary

How to tweet with 280 characters right now
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/27/16372666/twitter-280-characters-guide-workaround

Senate leader: Twitter presentation on election interference ‘deeply disappointing’
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senate-leader-twitter-presentation-election-interference-deeply-disappointing/story?id=50166557

Uber to end its money-losing auto-leasing business
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/27/16375164/uber-xchange-auto-leasing-shut-down

Uber in landmark UK employment tribunal
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/27/uber-uk-employment-tribunal-drivers-rights-all-you-need-to-know.html?recirc=taboolainternal

China blocks WhatsApp
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/25/16362292/china-whatsapp-censorship-wechat-no-more-texts

I Am Altering The Deal
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-am-altering-the-deal

Why you should apply for or renew your U.S. passport before January
http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-passport-month-application-renewals-september-20170922-story.html

DHS planning to collect social media info on all immigrants
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/352421-dhs-planning-to-collect-social-media-info-on-all-immigrants?amp

People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info
https://www.buzzfeed.com/adolfoflores/people-are-worried-about-dhs-plans-to-gather-social-media

Harry Knowles ‘Stepping Away’ From Ain’t It Cool News Amid Sexual-Assault Allegations
http://www.vulture.com/2017/09/harry-knowles-takes-leave-of-absence-from-aint-it-cool-news.html

Ikea has bought TaskRabbit
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/28/16377528/ikea-acquisition-taskrabbit-shopping-home-contract-labor

Dubai tests drone taxi service
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41399406

Dubai’s flying taxi – the volocopter – takes first flight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b4tztjRJkA

Ruling gives FAA more power over drones than local governments
https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/24/faa-drone-regulations-lawsuit-newton/

FAA makes it illegal to fly drones around the Statue of Liberty and other major landmarks
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/faa-makes-it-illegal-to-fly-drones-around-the-statue-of-liberty-and-other-major-landmarks-2017-09-28

Elon Musk proposes city-to-city travel by rocket, right here on Earth
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/29/16383048/elon-musk-spacex-rocket-transport-earth-travel

Elon Musk Now Plans to Send People to Mars in Seven Years
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/09/29/elon_musk_plans_to_send_people_to_mars_by_2024.html

PORNHUB, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ADULT SITE, GIVES BLIND USERS AN UPGRADE
https://www.wired.com/story/pornhub-accessibility-blind-visually-impaired-users

APPS & DOODADS

watchOS 4: How to stop Now Playing and audio apps from automatically opening on Apple Watch
https://9to5mac.com/2017/09/27/how-to-stop-now-playing-auto-launching-watch/

Apple says children and twins shouldn’t use Face ID
https://www.dailydot.com/debug/apple-face-id-security/

Here’s everything Amazon announced today
https://techcrunch.com/gallery/heres-everything-amazon-announced-today/

BMW will offer Alexa voice control in its cars next year
https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/bmw-cars-will-offer-alexa-voice-control-in-2018/

Amazon says there are now 5,000 people working just on Alexa
https://qz.com/1088933/amazon-amzn-says-there-are-now-5000-people-working-on-alexa/

Loyal to Google Chrome? Firefox Quantum might change that
http://mashable.com/2017/09/27/firefox-quantum-beta-launch/

Tyke
http://tyke.io/

SoundSource
https://rogueamoeba.com/soundsource/

GoWatchIt
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gowatchit-movie-search-queue/id546055764?mt=8

MEDIA CANDY

“Star Trek: Discovery” explodes out of the gate — but what next?
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/25/star-trek-discovery-explodes-out-of-the-gate-but-what-next/

Every Star Trek TV Show, Ranked
http://www.vulture.com/article/star-trek-every-tv-show-ranked-worst-to-best.html

Fox’s FX is pulling more of its shows off of rival streaming services and onto its home-grown version
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/25/16359308/fox-streaming-fx-netflix-amazon-the-americans-oj-american-crime

The Honest Trailer for The Next Generation Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek’s More Cerebral Cousin
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/09/26/honest_trailer_for_star_trek_the_next_generation_video.html

Terminator will return in 2019 with the help of James Cameron
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/27/16374734/terminator-sequel-release-date-2019-james-cameron-tim-miller-movie

Under the Noise Podcast
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/under-the-noise-podcast

HOW LORE TURNED A CREEPY PODCAST INTO AN EVEN CREEPIER TELEVISION SHOW
http://nerdist.com/lore-podcast-amazon-show-creation-set-visit-report/

Wonder Woman
http://amzn.to/2xPh4Bt

AT THE LIBRARY

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
http://amzn.to/2xMqChn

Autonomous: A Novel by Annalee Newitz
http://amzn.to/2xm4eYV

How Our Minds Are Being Hacked, and What We Can Do About It
https://lifehacker.com/how-our-minds-are-being-hacked-and-what-we-can-do-abou-1818559000

The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains by Robert Lustig
http://amzn.to/2wCY4GU

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
http://amzn.to/2gPK8P2

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Equifax CEO Richard Smith has ‘retired’ following huge data breach
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/26/equifax-ceo-richard-smith-has-retired-following-huge-data-breach/

N.Y. regulators issued Equifax with a subpoena, per report
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/27/n-y-regulators-issued-equifax-with-a-subpoena-per-report/

CBS’s Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers’ web browsers
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/25/showtime_hit_with_coinmining_script/?mt=1506449609414

The Showtime Question: Should Companies Be Allowed to Use Your Computer to Mine Crypto?
https://futurism.com/the-showtime-question-should-companies-be-allowed-to-use-your-computer-to-mine-crypto/

I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/26/tinder-personal-data-dating-app-messages-hacked-sold

How to Clear Your Amazon Browsing History
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-clear-your-amazon-browsing-history-1818602949

Nasty Password-Pilfering Hack Ruins Apple macOS High Sierra Launch
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/09/25/apple-mac-os-x-high-sierra-vulnerabilit-hacker-steals-passwords

FEEDBACK LOOP

Facial recognition devices installed in central China’s Wuhan Railway Station
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0822/c90882-9258777.html

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

The Wonder Stuff Plot Spring Dates With Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
https://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/211084/9

The Wonder Stuff – Never Loved Elvis
http://amzn.to/2xJRZqZ

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Are You Normal?
http://amzn.to/2fDHxLH

Hugh Hefner, Who Built Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/obituaries/hugh-hefner-dead.html

Hugh Hefner’s real progressive legacy isn’t sexual, it’s racial
https://www.salon.com/2017/09/28/hugh-hefners-real-progressive-legacy-isnt-sexual-its-racial/