Ep 234: Degauss the House

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  November 6, 2017

Stats are meaningless; ad-driven dystopia; Google lockouts; social media hearings; Gothamist shutdown; Toothbrush as a service; neural network nightmares; subscriptions, because 2017; Reaper; fooling AI; cheeseburger emojis; take me to the good part.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Myspace Looked Like It Was Back. Actually, It Was A Pawn In An Ad Fraud Scheme
https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/remember-tom?utm_term=.wkRRaxJ9r#.evO45LaQ8

We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads.
https://www.ted.com/talks/zeynep_tufekci_we_re_building_a_dystopia_just_to_make_people_click_on_ads

Ambitious augmented reality earbud startup Doppler Labs shuts down
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/1/16591970/augmented-reality-earbud-startup-doppler-labs-shuts-down-here-one

IN THE NEWS

Twitter employee on last day of job deactivated Trump’s account, company says
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/11/02/trumps-twitter-account-was-temporarily-deactivated-due-to-human-error/?utm_term=.e70e0486e6f0

A rogue Twitter employee shut down Donald Trump’s account
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/2/16600732/donald-trump-twitter-account-gone-realdonaldtrump

Google is locking people out of documents, and you should be worried
http://mashable.com/2017/10/31/google-docs-locking-people-out/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-tech-link#o0t99krvGaqb

Only Buy Bitcoin If You’re Ready to Lose It
https://lifehacker.com/only-buy-bitcoin-if-youre-ready-to-lose-it-1820006087

Bitcoin is too big to ignore, so exchanges are coming up with new ways to trade it
https://qz.com/1117239/cmes-bitcoin-futures-are-a-sign-that-the-cryptocurrency-is-becoming-a-mainstream-asset/

One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywbbpm/bitcoin-mining-electricity-consumption-ethereum-energy-climate-change

Uber Might Make More Money This Year Selling Real Estate in Oakland Than Actually Selling Rides
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/10/uber_might_make_more_money_selling_real_estate_in_oakland_than_selling_rides.html

Live updates: Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before Congress again now
https://www.recode.net/2017/11/1/16588374/live-updates-facebook-google-twitter-testify-senate-congress-russia-president-election

Al Franken Tears Into Facebook Counsel at Senate Hearing
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/al-franken-tears-into-facebook-counsel-at-senate-hearing/

Why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not testifying before Congress
https://qz.com/1117340/why-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-is-not-testifying-before-congress/

Senators blast tech companies over Russian meddling: ‘Do something about it — or we will’
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/1/16591646/facebook-senate-hearing-feinstein-russia-google-twitter

Twitter Offered Russian TV Network 15% Of Its Total Share Of US Elections Advertising
https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/twitter-offered-rt-15-of-its-total-share-of-us-elections

DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/nyregion/dnainfo-gothamist-shutting-down.html

Dear DNAinfo and Gothamist Readers
https://assets.dnainfo.com/message.html

Toothbrush subscription service Quip raises $10 million
https://venturebeat.com/2017/11/01/toothbrush-subscription-service-quip-raises-10-million/

Amazon adds an AR shopping feature to its iOS app
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/01/amazon-adds-an-ar-shopping-feature-to-its-ios-app/

What it’s like to live in Phoenix? “Waymo units all over the damn place”
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/11/why-phoenix-is-becoming-the-self-driving-capital-of-the-world/#p3

Colorado Is Moving Forward With Plans for a $24 Billion Hyperloop
https://futurism.com/colorado-is-moving-forward-with-plans-for-a-24-billion-hyperloop/

APPS & DOODADS

Watching This Neural Network Render Truly Photorealistic Faces Is Creepy and Mesmerizing
https://sploid.gizmodo.com/watching-this-neural-network-render-truly-photorealisti-1819957128

But what *is* a Neural Network? | Deep learning, Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aircAruvnKk&app=desktop

Gradient descent, how neural networks learn | Deep learning, part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHZwWFHWa-w&app=desktop

GOOGLE’S AI WIZARD UNVEILS A NEW TWIST ON NEURAL NETWORKS
https://www.wired.com/story/googles-ai-wizard-unveils-a-new-twist-on-neural-networks/

Sony Wants to Sell You a Subscription to a Robot Dog
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bj778v/sony-wants-to-sell-you-a-subscription-to-a-robot-dog-aibo-90s-pet

Aibo
http://aibo.sony.jp/en/

TriLens
http://www.friidesigns.com/

IKEA’s smart lighting officially supports HomeKit
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/01/ikea-tradfri-homekit-update/

Day One
http://dayoneapp.com/

Audible’s new romance audiobooks service uses machine learning to jump to the sex scenes
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/01/audibles-new-romance-audiobooks-service-uses-machine-learning-to-jump-to-the-sex-scenes/

Controlling your Sonos with Amazon Alexa
https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4343?_ga=2.100805575.710780148.1509470687-2126392721.1503934149

How to enjoy my Synology NAS music on iTunes (Mac)
https://www.synology.com/en-global/knowledgebase/DSM/tutorial/Multimedia/How_to_enjoy_my_Synology_NAS_music_on_iTunes_Mac

Toilet paper roll takes down drone during soccer match
http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/video/toilet-paper-roll-takes-drone-soccer-match-50870842

Apple isn’t saving bra photos — but your iPhone is looking at boobs
https://thenextweb.com/apple/2017/10/31/apple-bra-photos-iphone-looking-at-boobs/

MEDIA CANDY

Netflix Cancels ‘House Of Cards’, Says It’s “Deeply Troubled” Over Kevin Spacey Claims
http://deadline.com/2017/10/house-of-cards-canceled-kevin-spacey-scandal-netflix-season-six-1202197604/

Netflix Suspends Production on House of Cards Indefinitely Amid Kevin Spacey Scandal
http://people.com/tv/netflix-suspends-production-house-of-cards-kevin-spacey/

The Grand Tour Season 2 – Dec 8th
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0731WKWHY/ref=dv_tgt2_rw_pri_pro/146-6423045-6290723

The Grand Tour: Season 2 Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_NRSoVncJQ

Vintage Video: Watch 3 of Oingo Boingo’s epic Halloween concerts from 1987 and 1990
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2012/10/31/oingo-boingo-halloween-irvine-meadows-video/

Stranger Things 2
https://www.netflix.com/title/80057281

Whisper – Horror short
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9gUIhkzNDk

Glaare
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5BkRwHu0DJI3hyK1iQUqer

New My Bloody Valentine album and tour confirmed by Kevin Shields
http://www.post-punk.com/new-mbv-album-and-tour-confirmed-by-kevin-shields/

AT THE LIBRARY

Relic – 1996 by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
http://amzn.to/2yiiQfU

What Does This Button Do? An Autobiography By: Bruce Dickinson
http://amzn.to/2hsrFcm

Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long by Robert A. Heinlein
http://amzn.to/2j0PcET

Borderlands Books Buys Permanent Home Thanks to Patrons’ Sponsorship
https://www.tor.com/2017/11/01/borderlands-books-buys-permanent-home-thanks-to-patrons-sponsorship/

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Fear the Reaper, or Reaper Madness?
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/10/fear-the-reaper-or-reaper-madness/

ReplyAll #109 Is Facebook Spying on You?
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/109-facebook-spying/

Ep 226: A Badder Meinhof – September 11, 2017
http://gog.show/ep-226-badder-meinhof/

Facebook swears they aren’t recording your conversations
https://thehustle.co/facebook-recording-conspiracy

Does Facebook Use Your Phone’s Microphone To Eavesdrop On Your Conversations?
http://digg.com/2017/facebook-phone-microphone-ads

All websites running WordPress urged to update NOW
https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/11/01/wordpress-update-now/

Apple Warned About Evil Wi-Fi Attack That Installs Malware On iPhones
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/11/01/apple-iphone-wi-fi-hack-pwn2own

Researcher: ‘We Should Be Worried’ This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pa339b/how-to-fool-artificial-intelligence-one-pixel

Signal launches true desktop app, giving you zero excuse to not use it
https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/signal-desktop-app/

Malware Mash
https://www.thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-extras-malware-mash.html

MORON OF THE WEEK

German railway wants to name a train after Anne Frank—and the internet is outraged
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/germany-anne-frank-train/

Google CEO addresses hamburger emoji debate
http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/30/technology/google-cheeseburger-emoji/index.html

FEEDBACK LOOP

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https://code.visualstudio.com/

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