Ep 237: Dad Jokes

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  December 4, 2017

We’re back with stand-ups; phone & email scams; cryptocurrency; AI? no, it’s not AI; Net Neutrality; lying step counters; broken Alexas; super liking as a service; privacy & data breaches; Apple’s oops; Max Headroom & Long Island Ice Teas.


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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

All 24 suspects nabbed as part of phone scam ring have pled guilty, DOJ says
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/doj-last-of-us-based-suspects-involved-in-huge-phone-scam-has-pled-guilty/

IN THE NEWS

Bitcoin Futures Trading Just Got the Green Light From U.S. Regulators
https://futurism.com/bitcoin-us-trading-commission/

An Ethereum Startup Just Vanished After People Invested $374K
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/j5j34x/ethereum-startup-confido-vanished-after-people-invested-374k-ico

Hey Idiots—You’re Gonna Lose All Your Money on Bitcoin, Idiots
https://splinternews.com/hey-idiots-youre-gonna-lose-all-your-money-on-bitcoin-1820805131

Data Is Beautiful Reddit Thread on Bitcoin Power Consumption
https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/7erxlj/bitcoin_mining_now_consuming_more_electricity/?st=JABVP87L&sh=2c148d13

Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa
https://powercompare.co.uk/bitcoin/

Energy-Saving LED Light Bulbs Are Contributing to Light Pollution
https://futurism.com/led-light-bulbs-contributing-light-pollution/

Microsoft unveils plans for a new modern headquarters
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/29/16714290/microsoft-new-headquarters-redmond-seattle

Taking a ride through SF in Cruise’s self-driving Bolt EV
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/29/taking-a-ride-through-sf-in-cruises-self-driving-bolt-ev/

Watch NASA’s AI drone race a pro human pilot
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/27/16704056/watch-nasas-ai-drone-race-a-pro-human-pilot

Facebook Is Using “A.I.” to Tell If You’re Suicidal. Here’s What That Really Means.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/11/27/facebook_is_using_a_i_to_tell_if_you_re_suicidal_here_s_what_that_really.html

Snapchat to the Rescue
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/11/snapchat_s_radical_self_serving_possibly_brilliant_plan_to_save_us_from.html

Instagram Needs Lists
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/instagram_needs_lists_so_we_can_separate_friends_and_celebrities.html

The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/technology/internet-dying-repeal-net-neutrality.html

Comcast hints at plan for paid fast lanes after net neutrality repeal
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/comcast-quietly-drops-promise-not-to-charge-tolls-for-internet-fast-lanes/

More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked
https://hackernoon.com/more-than-a-million-pro-repeal-net-neutrality-comments-were-likely-faked-e9f0e3ed36a6

APPS & DOODADS

Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to ‘Super Like’
https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/01/tinder-tests-a-new-feature-that-uses-a-i-to-suggest-who-to-super-like/

Screens 4 for macOS
https://edovia.com/screens-mac/

Screens 4 for iOS
https://edovia.com/screens-ios/

Screens Connect for Mac and Windows
https://edovia.com/screens-connect/

Bear
http://www.bear-writer.com/

Scrivener 3
https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/

Scrivener’s Core Concepts
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/learn-and-support/video-tutorials/scriveners-core-concepts?os=macOS

Book-Writing Software
http://www.literatureandlatte.com/links

MEDIA CANDY

How to find the TV channels you want online
https://www.recode.net/2017/11/20/16654846/how-to-find-guide-watch-tv-cable-channels-price-cost-you-want-online-streaming

Netflix Confirms That Stranger Things Will Return for a Third Season, of Course
http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/netflix-renews-stranger-things-for-a-third-season.html

Chance Season 2
https://www.hulu.com/chance

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
http://amzn.to/2AfxXVc

American Assassin
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1961175/

The Punisher
https://www.netflix.com/title/80117498

Glitch Season 2
https://www.netflix.com/title/80134486

Master of None
https://www.netflix.com/title/80049714

Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden
https://www.netflix.com/title/80038296

Jim Gaffigan – Cinco
https://www.netflix.com/title/80117811

Trevor Noah – Afraid of the Dark
https://www.netflix.com/title/80134969

Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
https://www.netflix.com/title/80177406

Moon Me Podcast
http://moonmepodcast.com/

How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHe0bXAIuk0

‘Titanic’ is returning to cinemas as a remastered version
http://mashable.com/2017/11/15/titanic-dolby-vision-remaster/

AT THE LIBRARY

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
http://amzn.to/2zW84Mx

Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) by A.G. Riddle
http://amzn.to/2i4XDLE

Genome (The Extinction Files Book 2) by A.G. Riddle
http://amzn.to/2Bz6cH7

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Supreme Court considers if your privacy rights include location data
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/29/supreme-court-carpenter-v-us-location-privacy/

New Senate Bill Includes Jail Time for Executives Who Conceal Data Breaches
https://gizmodo.com/new-senate-bill-includes-jail-time-for-executives-who-c-1820897003

Apple macOS High Sierra has a huge security flaw, and it’s stupid easy to exploit
http://mashable.com/2017/11/28/macos-high-sierra-security-flaw/#4fG6zuJY7gq7

High Sierra Root Login Bug Was Mentioned on Apple’s Support Forums Two Weeks Ago
https://daringfireball.net/2017/11/high_sierra_root_login_two_weeks_ago

FACEBOOK’S NEW CAPTCHA TEST: ‘UPLOAD A CLEAR PHOTO OF YOUR FACE’
https://www.wired.com/story/facebooks-new-captcha-test-upload-a-clear-photo-of-your-face/

Watch Thieves Hack Keyless Entry to Steal a Mercedes in Less Than a Minute
https://gizmodo.com/watch-thieves-hack-keyless-entry-to-steal-a-mercedes-in-1820767189/amp

Television’s Most Infamous Hack Is Still a Mystery 30 Years Later
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59yvj5/max-headroom-hack-anniversary

Re:scam
https://www.rescam.org/

Things Joe Hates podcast
http://thingsjoehates.com/

BRIC-A-BRAC

WTF Guide To The 2017 Pottery Barn Kids Holiday Catalog
http://www.mommycusses.com/2017/11/wtf-guide-to-2017-pottery-barn-kids.html

MORON OF THE WEEK

Applebee’s Is Selling $1 Long Island Iced Teas for the Rest of the Year
http://people.com/food/applebees-dollar-long-island-iced-teas/

Asshole Causes Emergency Landing After Naming Wi-Fi Network ‘Bomb On Board’
https://gizmodo.com/asshole-causes-emergency-landing-after-naming-wi-fi-net-1820887487

This start-up raised millions to sell ‘brain hacking’ pills, but its own study found coffee works better
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/30/hvmn-nootrobox-study-smart-pill-less-effective-than-caffeine.html

‘Rope. Tree. Journalist’: Walmart yanks lynching T-shirt made by controversy-steeped Teespring
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/11/30/walmart-com-yanks-t-shirt-lynching-journalists-made-controversy-steeped-teespring/910197001/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Defocused 172: Little Tortilla of Misery
https://overcast.fm/+BwplHVIII/[43:14]

Bobcat survives 50-mile ‘miracle’ trip to Richmond stuck in car grill
http://wtvr.com/2017/11/24/bobcat-survives-50-mile-miracle-trip-to-richmond-stuck-in-car-grill/

Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/27/jellies-is-a-kid-friendly-parent-approved-alternative-to-youtube-kids/

Volvo to supply Uber with up to 24 000 driverless cars
https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/volvo-to-supply-uber-with-up-to-24-000-driverless-cars-12109861