Ep 232: Remember the Almono

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  October 23, 2017

Our TL;DR episode; smartphone dystopia; three claps; DNA testing’s privacy policies; AI vs machine learning, again; Facebook serves up food & elections; your memory slideshow; Uber’s fake city; Star Trek loses it’s heart & soul; Light Grey Web; Bigly FTW!


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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end by Mike Monteiro
https://medium.com/@monteiro/one-persons-history-of-twitter-from-beginning-to-end-5b41abed6c20

As the World Tweets, Social Media Chiefs Remain Tight-Lipped
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/business/social-media-transparency.html

Stephen Fry’s lecture on a hopeful, cautious, excited vision of a better technological world
https://boingboing.net/2017/10/17/hope-beats-optimism.html

What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean
https://gizmodo.com/what-dna-testing-companies-terrifying-privacy-policies-1819158337

Synthesized DNA Malware with Peter Ney — Research Saturday
https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-rs-2017-10-14.html

IN THE NEWS

2017: It’s the greatest time to be alive and simultaneously the worst
https://www.recode.net/2017/10/9/16446056/bob-lefsetz-2017-fame-culture-status

How “Big Data” Went Bust
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/10/what_happened_to_big_data.html

Google Taught A.I. How to Program More A.I.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/10/16/google_created_machine_learning_software_that_can_program_machine_learning.html

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity
https://gizmodo.com/stunning-ai-breakthrough-takes-us-one-step-closer-to-th-1819650084

Facebook is swallowing up America’s food delivery businesses
https://qz.com/1101985/can-you-order-food-on-facebook/

Facebook Delivers Both Food and Elections Now
https://lifehacker.com/facebook-delivers-both-food-and-elections-now-1819456100

What Facebook Did to American Democracy
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/10/what-facebook-did/542502/

“Oh My God, What Have I Done”: Some Early Facebook Employees Regret The Monster They Created
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/early-facebook-employees-regret-the-monster-they-created

The Times Issues Social Media Guidelines for the Newsroom
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/reader-center/social-media-guidelines.html?_r=1

A Grand Bargain to Make Tech Companies Trustworthy
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/10/information-fiduciary/502346/

Information Fiduciaries
http://lawreview.law.ucdavis.edu/issues/49/4/Lecture/49-4_Balkin.pdf

The Social Network Doling Out Millions in Ephemeral Money
https://www.wired.com/story/the-social-network-doling-out-millions-in-ephemeral-money/

Memory Machine
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/10/iphones_are_making_unsolicited_memories_out_of_your_photos_with_ios_11.html

Alphabet leads $1 billion Lyft investment
https://www.axios.com/google-invests-1-billion-into-lyft-2498537658.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb

Self-driving cars are on a collision course with our crappy cities
https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/13/16453926/self-driving-car-us-cities-uber-traffic-collision

Uber built a fake city in Pittsburgh with roaming mannequins to test its self-driving cars
http://www.businessinsider.com/ubers-fake-city-pittsburgh-self-driving-cars-2017-10

A Small Drone Hits A Commercial Airliner … And Nothing Happens
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoglia/2017/10/19/a-small-drone-hits-a-commercial-airliner-and-nothing-happens/#7b3404e19ea1

APPS & DOODADS

Boomerang for iOS
http://www.boomerangapp.com/mobile/

TickBox TV
https://www.tickboxtv.com/

Complaint against TickBox TV
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4110125-Tickbox-Complaint.html

DF YouTube (Distraction Free)
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/df-youtube-distraction-fr/mjdepdfccjgcndkmemponafgioodelna?hl=en

Moment for iOS
https://inthemoment.io/

MEDIA CANDY

And Now Star Trek: Discovery Has Lost Its Soul
https://io9.gizmodo.com/and-now-star-trek-discovery-has-lost-its-soul-1819493876

The Philosophy of Gene Roddenberry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjk7ECPiprY

New Star Trek series will abandon Gene Roddenberry’s cardinal rule
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/06/new-star-trek-series-will-abandon-gene-roddenberrys-cardinal-rule/

Does it Have Legs?
https://doesithavelegs.com/

SimpleCast
https://simplecast.com/

TV producers can now see how many people are watching Netflix shows
https://www.recode.net/2017/10/18/16495130/netflix-the-defenders-6-1-million-viewers-season-premiere

The Power of Outdoor Play and Play in Natural Environments
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00094056.2016.1251793

Unfiltered beauty
https://www.jwtintelligence.com/2017/10/unfiltered-beauty/

Mindhunter
https://www.netflix.com/title/80114855

AT THE LIBRARY

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams
http://amzn.to/2yY5e58

The Asshole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton
http://amzn.to/2ysVumd

The WTF?! Economy by Tim O’Reilly
http://amzn.to/2gWQIEg

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Federal watchdog tells Equifax—no $7.25 million IRS contract for you
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/federal-watchdog-tells-equifax-no-7-25-million-irs-contract-for-you/

Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/severe-flaw-in-wpa2-protocol-leaves-wi-fi-traffic-open-to-eavesdropping/

Microsoft has already fixed the Wi-Fi attack vulnerability
https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/16/16481818/wi-fi-attack-response-security-patches

Want to see something crazy? Open this link on your phone with WiFi turned off
https://medium.com/@philipn/want-to-see-something-crazy-open-this-link-on-your-phone-with-wifi-turned-off-9e0adb00d024

Trump signs repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet-trump/trump-signs-repeal-of-u-s-broadband-privacy-rules-idUSKBN1752PR

HOW RUSSIAN FIRM MIGHT HAVE SIPHONED TOOLS FROM THE NSA
https://theintercept.com/2017/10/20/kaspersky-software-russia-nsa/

The Future of Cybersecurity Might Look a Lot Like Snapchat
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/10/17/how_snapchat_like_programs_could_improve_cybersecurity.html

Nude is a next-generation photo vault that uses AI to hide your sensitive photos
https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/17/16414822/nude-app-photo-vault-sexting

BRIC-A-BRAC

Famous Authors Reply To Your Unsolicited Dick Pic by JAMIE CRICKS
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/famous-authors-reply-to-your-unsolicited-dick-pic

Home Depot teaches millennials to use tape measures
https://boingboing.net/2017/10/14/home-depot-teaches-millennials.html

Dictionary of Ikea product name meanings
http://lar5.com/ikea/

Unsplash
https://unsplash.com/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Pricey high-tech features define new smartphone wars
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/pricey-high-tech-features-define-smartphone-wars-094148243.html

Mastodon
https://mastodon.social/about

Don’t get too attached: Twitter ‘rival’ Mastodon will go extinct
http://mashable.com/2017/04/05/mastodon-wont-survive/#N.coZrBiVaqu

These Runners Use Built-Out Vans to Sleep Close to the Trails
http://trailrunnermag.com/people/culture/trail-runner-van-life.html

Creator of ‘Sh*t towns of NZ’ Facebook page gets death threats
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/10/creator-of-sh-t-towns-of-nz-facebook-page-gets-death-threats.html