Ep 236: Unnecessary Reboots

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  November 21, 2017

Fake news & foreign interference (in)action plans; free money; Communications Decency Act; premium APIs; Robotdog overlords; Dirk Gently & Discovery; Dune, Crow reboots; Face ID & Amazon Key hacks; SkyDong; your phone is tracking you & SafeGraph pwns you.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

How Google and Amazon are hooking kids from an early age
https://venturebeat.com/2017/11/04/how-google-and-amazon-are-hooking-kids-from-an-early-age/

Facebook explains how it’ll review nude photos to stop revenge porn
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/9/16630900/facebook-revenge-porn-defense-details

The Facts: Non-Consensual Intimate Image Pilot
https://newsroom.fb.com/news/h/non-consensual-intimate-image-pilot-the-facts/

Facebook, Google and others add trust icons to tackle fake news
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/16/facebook-google-and-others-add-trust-icons-to-tackle-fake-news/

Facebook says messaging apps aren’t turning people into hermits
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/16/facebook-messaging-study/

What is our action plan against foreign interference?
https://www.facebook.com/help/1991443604424859

China is perfecting a new method for suppressing dissent on the internet
https://www.vox.com/world/2017/8/2/16019562/china-russia-internet-propaganda-media

FREE MONEY: THE SURPRISING EFFECTS OF A BASIC INCOME SUPPLIED BY GOVERNMENT
https://www.wired.com/story/free-money-the-surprising-effects-of-a-basic-income-supplied-by-government/

Amazon and Allrecipes team up to take on Blue Apron’s meal kits
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/16/amazonfresh-allrecipes-meal-ingredient-delivery/

Ethereum Wallet Company Knew About Critical Flaw That Let a User Lock Up Millions
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3djwj/ethereum-wallet-parity-knew-about-critical-flaw-that-let-user-devops199-lock-up-millions

IN THE NEWS

The Law That Let Silicon Valley Stay Clueless
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/11/the_law_that_let_silicon_valley_stay_clueless_made_the_internet_we_have.html

Cards Against Humanity Saves America
https://www.cardsagainsthumanitysavesamerica.com/

Lyft’s first international city will be Toronto, Canada
https://www.recode.net/2017/11/13/16643254/lyft-international-expansion-toronto-canada-uber

Introducing Twitter premium APIs
https://blog.twitter.com/developer/en_us/topics/tools/2017/introducing-twitter-premium-apis.html

CEO who presided over Mt. Gox’s collapse could end up with massive profits
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/ceo-who-presided-over-mt-goxs-collapse-could-end-up-with-massive-profits/

CompuServe’s forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down
https://www.fastcompany.com/40495831/compuserves-forums-which-still-exist-are-finally-shutting-down

Bill Gates is funding a smart city in the United States—India’s already trying to build 100
https://qz.com/1128057/bill-gates-smart-city-could-already-be-better-poised-to-build-the-future-than-indias-plan/

APPS & DOODADS

Researchers Have Devised a Way to Charge Smartphones With Ambient Light
https://futurism.com/printable-solar-cells-charge-smartphone/

Star Trek TNG Bluetooth® ComBadge
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/jmgi/?cpg=nngnsorn

Firefox Quantum
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Spot Mini – Coming Soon
https://www.bostondynamics.com/spot-mini

Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot nail a backflip
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/17/boston-dynamics-atlas-robot-backflip/

MEDIA CANDY

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Worth a Second Look
https://www.wired.com/2017/11/geeks-guide-dirk-gently/

After half a season, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is worth paying for
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/13/star-trek-discovery-is-worth-the-money/

Star Trek Writers Guide
https://www.bu.edu/clarion/guides/Star_Trek_Writers_Guide.pdf

Pages from the Official *Star Trek* Writers’ Guide, 1967
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/05/14/star_trek_pages_from_the_writers_guide_for_the_original_series.html

‘It’s Star Trek Jim, but not as we know it!’ Unearthed writer’s guide reveals the best intentions and casual sexism of the iconic 1960s TV show
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325035/Its-Star-Trek-Jim-know-Unearthed-writers-guide-reveals-best-intentions-casual-sexism-iconic-1960s-TV-show.html

Amazon is making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel series
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/13/amazon-is-making-a-lord-of-the-rings-prequel-series/

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Son Resigns as Director of Tolkien Estate, Ending Decades of Tightly Controlled Adaptations
https://io9.gizmodo.com/j-r-r-tolkiens-son-resigns-as-director-of-tolkien-esta-1820476459

20 Years Later, Some Killer Starship Troopers Behind the Scenes Footage Is Now Online
https://io9.gizmodo.com/20-years-later-some-killer-starship-troopers-behind-th-1820477158

How the Science Channel is rebooting MythBusters with a new team
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/15/16654852/mythbusters-science-channel-reboot-jonathan-lung-brian-louden-tv

‘Dune’ reboot: Denis Villeneuve says his new version will be nothing like David Lynch’s
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/dune-reboot-denis-villeneuve-says-new-version-will-nothing-like-david-lynchs-181932933.html

The Crow Reboot Production Start Teased by Jason Momoa
https://movieweb.com/crow-reboot-jason-momoa-starts-filming/

Meet the People Who Listen to Podcasts at Super-Fast Speeds
https://www.buzzfeed.com/doree/meet-the-people-who-listen-to-podcasts-at-super-fast-speeds?utm_term=.olLR08mb3#.dej5P4Ojq

AT THE LIBRARY

Artemis by Andy Weir
http://amzn.to/2ht9YsY

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

All it took for researchers was a mask to bypass iPhone X Face ID
https://www.hackread.com/researcher-bypass-iphone-x-face-id-with-mask/

What every Browser knows about you
http://webkay.robinlinus.com/

Google chief lawyer slams ‘right to be forgotten’ ECJ cases
https://thestack.com/security/2017/11/15/google-chief-lawyer-slams-right-to-be-forgotten-ecj-cases/

Amazon Key Flaw Could Let Intruders Avoid Detection
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/11/16/amazon_key_security_camera_disabled_by_researchers_company_says_it_will.html

Why is this company tracking where you are on Thanksgiving?
https://theoutline.com/post/2490/why-is-this-company-tracking-where-you-are-on-thanksgiving

BRIC-A-BRAC

The Yangzhou Zhongshuge
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-yangzhou-zhongshuge

Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with shipping containers — but it’s on Google Maps
http://www.businessinsider.com/millennium-falcon-is-on-google-maps-and-disney-tried-to-hide-it-2017-11

MORON OF THE WEEK

U.S. Navy Apologizes for Pilot Drawing Dong in the Sky!!!
http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/17/u-s-navy-apologizes-pilot-drew-dong-in-the-sky/

FEEDBACK LOOP

The cryptocurrency from this wind-powered mining rig helps fund climate research
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/wind-energy-cryptocurrency/

Spider-Man and Elsa Videos
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/spider-man-and-elsa-videos

LibreELEC
https://libreelec.tv/

Risto Siilasmaa on Machine Learning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNMy7NCQDgk

Police can legally use 23andMe, other ancestry tools to obtain your DNA
http://bgr.com/2017/01/11/adobe-photoshop-update-research-digital-ai/

Police can legally use 23andMe, other ancestry tools to obtain your DNA
https://www.local10.com/news/police-can-legally-use-23andme-other-ancestry-tools-to-obtain-your-dna?

Paprika
https://www.paprikaapp.com/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Gianluigi Buffon retires as Italy lose to Sweden in World Cup play-off
http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/41977749

AC/DC MALCOLM YOUNG DEAD AT 64
http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/18/ac-dc-malcolm-young-dead-dies/?adid=sidebarwidget-most-popular