Ep 230: Inflection Point

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  October 9, 2017

Nerves are frayed & tensions are high; we squabble in front of Daddy Bitner; the numbers are bad!; broken news; AIM shuts down; Uber’s very bad deed; Babblefish is here; Star Trek: Upptäckt; fun with Spotify; hoisted by his own beard; heroes in monocles.


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Show Notes

IN THE NEWS

After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong again
https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/02/facebook-google-fake-news-las-vegas-shooting/

“Look we’re just an (AI) Platform”…
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/business/las-vegas-shooting-fake-news.html

AIM will shut down after 20 years
https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/6/16435690/aim-shutting-down-after-20-years-aol-instant-messenger

Thank you for being an AIM user – we loved working on this product for you.
https://help.aol.com/articles/aim-discontinued

Bad Job
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2017/09/why_companies_and_ceos_treat_their_workers_like_garbage.html

The Last Human Job
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/10/could_mass_automation_make_us_revalue_care_work.html

Feel Tired All the Time? “Social Jet Lag” May be to Blame
http://mentalfloss.com/article/501584/feel-tired-all-time-%E2%80%9Csocial-jet-lag%E2%80%9D-may-be-blame

The Threat of Big Tech Is Real
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/interrogation/2017/10/why_it_s_time_to_panic_about_the_power_of_big_technology.html

How Strava is building a niche social network for athletes — without ads
https://www.recode.net/2017/9/30/16389990/strava-social-network-athletes-sports-business-james-quarles

Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter two years ago — but he still hasn’t saved the company
https://www.recode.net/2017/10/4/16382954/jack-dorsey-twitter-ceo-progress-stock-tweets-140-video-live-users

Google Will No Longer Allow Users to Skirt Paywalls Using Its Search Engine
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/10/02/google_will_no_longer_allow_users_to_skirt_paywalls_using_its_search_engine.html

AAA: Distracted Driving Now Standard in New Cars, Thanks to In-Dash Devices
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/10/29/aaa-distracted-driving-now-standard-in-new-cars-thanks-to-in-dash-devices/

Researchers: Uber’s iOS App Had Secret Permissions That Allowed It to Copy Your Phone Screen
https://gizmodo.com/researchers-uber-s-ios-app-had-secret-permissions-that-1819177235

Blockchains: How They Work and Why They’ll Change the World
https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/networks/blockchains-how-they-work-and-why-theyll-change-the-world

APPS & DOODADS

The Universal Translator is Real Now, Get Ready to Make Alien Friends
http://www.tor.com/2017/10/05/the-universal-translator-is-real-now-get-ready-to-make-alien-friends/

[Upgraded Version] AhaStyle AirPods Silicone Case Shock Proof Protective Cover for Apple AirPods (Midnight Blue)
http://amzn.to/2z1c8HP

MEDIA CANDY

Star Trek: Discovery (or as we now call it, Star Trek: Upptäckt
http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/

How Blade Runner’s Different Cuts Change the Movie: a Visual Explainer
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/10/03/blade_runner_s_different_cuts_explained_in_video_showing_differences.html

Netflix Raises U.S. Subscription Prices for New and Existing Customers
http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/netflix-raises-us-streaming-prices-1202581394/

Nearly four million people in the U.S. still subscribe to Netflix DVDs by mail
https://www.recode.net/2017/10/5/16431680/netflix-streaming-video-subscription-price-change-dvd-mail

‘The Worst Kickstarter Movie Campaign in History’ Finally Got Made
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bjvpk5/the-worst-kickstarter-movie-campaign-in-history-finally-got-made

Microsoft gives up on Groove Music, switches customers to Spotify
https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/02/microsoft-drops-groove-music-in-favor-of-spotify/

Get an Eerily Well-Personalized Throwback Playlist on Spotify
https://lifehacker.com/get-an-eerily-well-personalized-throwback-playlist-on-s-1818993544

‘Boil the Frog’ creates a seamless playlist between any two musical artists
https://boingboing.net/2017/09/22/boil-the-frog-creates-a-se.html

Rock Hall of Fame 2018 Nominees Revealed: Vote for Your Top 5 Now
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7988959/2018-rock-hall-of-fame-nominees

Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/harvey-weinstein-harassment-allegations.html

AT THE LIBRARY

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

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Yahoo says all 3 billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yahoo-cyber/yahoo-says-all-3-billion-accounts-hacked-in-2013-data-theft-idUSKCN1C82O1

Is It Lights Out For Kaspersky After Latest NSA Disaster?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/10/06/kaspersky-nsa-russia-hack-mess/

Crazy but true – Apple’s “show hint” button reveals your actual password
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/10/05/urgent-update-your-mac-again-right-now/

What You Should Know About the Sonic Credit Card Hack
https://twocents.lifehacker.com/what-you-should-know-about-the-sonic-credit-card-hack-1819177843

There’s no law they can pass against stupid, House committee tells ex Equifax CEO
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/10/03/equifax-ex-ceo-faces-questions-why-its-internal-controls-failed/725756001/

Someone dressed like the Monopoly guy is photobombing the Senate’s Equifax hearing
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/04/someone-dressed-like-the-monopoly-guy-is-photobombing-the-senates-equifax-hearing.html

IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/equifax-irs-fraud-protection-contract-243419

Airport Face Scans Could Be a Dry Run for a National Surveillance System
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/10/03/airport_face_scans_could_be_a_dry_run_for_a_national_surveillance_system.html

Russians took a page from corporate America by using Facebook tool to ID and influence voters
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russians-took-a-page-from-corporate-america-by-using-facebook-tool-to-id-and-influence-voters/2017/10/02/681e40d8-a7c5-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html

Suspected Dark Web drug dealer undone by his own beard
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/10/06/suspected-dark-web-drug-dealer-undone-by-his-own-beard/

BRIC-A-BRAC

Ryan Gosling Is Obsessed With the Avatar Font in the Funniest Sketch of Saturday Night Live’s Season Premiere
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/10/01/ryan_gosling_is_obsessed_with_the_avatar_font_in_the_best_sketch_of_snl.html

Eight Uniquely Los Angeles Experiences That There Should Be A German Word For
http://laist.com/2017/10/04/german_words_la.php

Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation
https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/physicists-find-we-re-not-living-in-a-computer-simulation

The Plate Show
https://www.facebook.com/plateshow/

Muaddib Plate
https://www.facebook.com/plateshow/photos/pcb.10154725067710163/10154725063275163/?type=3&theater

MORON OF THE WEEK

Financial Firm Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Will Pay $5 Million for Allegedly Underpaying Women and Minorities
http://www.adweek.com/agencies/financial-firm-behind-fearless-girl-will-pay-5-million-for-allegedly-underpaying-women-and-minorities/

The Millennial Walt Disney
http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/10/museum-of-ice-cream-maryellis-bunn.html

Logarithmic Graph Paper
http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/logarithmic/

HUNTING UNICORNS

Nearly half of America doesn’t benefit from Dow 22,000
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/02/nearly-half-of-america-doesnt-benefit-from-dow-22000/?utm_term=.d936f7c03a37

FEEDBACK LOOP

Interesing Youtube video by Dustin from SmarterEveryDay on the 23andMe security.
https://www.youtu.be/U3EEmVfbKNs

Google Clips camera lays the groundwork for our AI-powered future
https://www.engadget.com/amp/2017/10/04/google-clips-ai-glass-software-camera-machine-learning/

Amazon Echo Silver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvT_gqs5ETk

The Big Problem With Self-Driving Cars Is People
https://spectrum.ieee.org/transportation/self-driving/the-big-problem-with-selfdriving-cars-is-people.amp.html

“Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” (Edith Piaf)” on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTH9MKiYvM0&feature=youtu.be

The 99 Critical Shots in Quiz Bowl
http://amzn.to/2xuj8ej

Comment: Wake up, Sonia Kruger! There are real risks to a national facial recognition database
http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/techandscience/comment-wake-up-sonia-kruger-there-are-real-risks-to-a-national-facial-recognition-database/ar-AAsS7Sz?li=AA4Zor&ocid=iehp

Turn off Auto-play in Chrome
chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy

Terrarium TV
https://terrariumtv.com

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

RIP Tom Petty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aowSGxim_O8