Ep 238: Same as It Ever Was

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  December 10, 2017

Patreon problems; Apple’s quality control issues; adventures with bitcoin; Waze in a blaze; voice wars; poking Facebook; ICO scams; real AI; trivia apps; Jason’s Gift Guide; Grand Tour; alternative Xmas; hacker stereotypes; debt collectors; Meow!


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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

How to Fix the iPhone Disconnected Error During Backup or Restore in iTunes
https://deciphertools.com/blog/2014_12_09_iphone_could_not_restore_disconnected/

Boar’s Head Hot Dogs
http://amzn.to/2nwY2MI

Coinbase is now the No. 1 iPhone app in the U.S.
https://www.recode.net/2017/12/7/16749536/coinbase-bitcoin-most-downloaded-app-iphone

What You Should Know About Bitcoin’s Ridiculous Surge In Value
http://digg.com/2017/bitcoin-value-what-the-heck

Buys Bitcoin once by Corporate Bro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5z2_fggZlI

Nearly 80 percent of female tech founders have experienced sexual harassment at work or know someone who has
https://www.recode.net/2017/12/6/16740130/female-tech-founders-personal-experience-sexual-harassment-work-solutions

IN THE NEWS

Can You Trust Navigation Apps During a Major Emergency?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/12/07/california_wildfires_raise_questions_about_whether_you_can_trust_waze_google.html

Welcome to the Voice Wars
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/google_and_amazon_s_spat_is_the_first_skirmish_in_a_platform_war.html

All the Ways Facebook Copied Rivals and Tried to Become the Whole Internet in 2017
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/12/06/facebook_made_moves_to_become_the_internet_s_one_stop_shop_in_2017.html

Facebook Is Giving the “Poke” Another Chance
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/facebook_is_giving_the_poke_another_chance_will_it_make_any_sense_now.html

Vine Can Turn Over a New Leaf
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/vine_might_come_back_from_the_dead_can_it_be_a_better_kind_of_social_network.html

Hilton plans to offer a smart hotel room system next year
https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/07/hilton-smart-hotel-room-system-next-year/

SEC Emergency Action Halts ICO Scam
https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2017-219

INVESTOR ALERT: PUBLIC COMPANIES MAKING ICO-RELATED CLAIMS
https://www.investor.gov/additional-resources/news-alerts/alerts-bulletins/investor-alert-public-companies-making-ico-related

DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/6/16741106/deepmind-ai-chess-alphazero-shogi-go

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions
https://qz.com/1146753/ai-is-now-so-complex-its-creators-cant-trust-why-it-makes-decisions/

Bullshit Generator
http://www.bullshitgenerator.com/

APPS & DOODADS

How to Mirror Specific Displays in OS X: Mirror some, but not all of your monitors on an Apple system
https://create.pro/blog/how-to-mirror-specific-displays-in-os-x-mirror-some-but-not-all-of-your-monitors-on-an-apple-system/

‘Her Story’ creator’s new series is based on ’80s classic ‘WarGames’
https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/06/her-story-creator-new-series-wargames/

HQ, the hot new trivia app, is raising money in a round that could value its company at $100 million
https://www.recode.net/2017/12/6/16725140/hq-trivia-app-funding-valuation-investors

Apple Has Ruined Its Podcasts App
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/apple_has_ruined_its_podcasts_app.html

Apple buys podcast search startup Pop Up Archive
https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/05/apple-buys-podcast-search-startup-pop-up-archive/

Zippo Rechargeable Hand Warmers – 6 Hour
http://amzn.to/2BK03Hq

Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro R with Rycote Lyre Shockmount
http://amzn.to/2BSLhPt

Lighting Science FG-02263 Good Night LED Household Light Bulbs
http://amzn.to/2y81eOS

NYKKOLA Unisex Barbarian Knit Beanie Octopus
http://amzn.to/2AJtNa3

Knuckle Duster Blood Spattered Mug
http://amzn.to/2iIcgFl

Muji Gel Ink Ball Point Pen, 0.38-mm, Black, 10 Pcs
http://amzn.to/2AI6Wf6

Field Notes Steno Pad
http://amzn.to/2AIAHfK

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
http://amzn.to/2y7QcsJ

Synology Disk Station 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS416j)
http://amzn.to/2iFfGsn

Elite Cuisine EGC-007 Maxi-Matic Egg Poacher & Egg Cooker with 7 Egg Capacity, White
http://amzn.to/2iI3o2s

MEDIA CANDY

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, finally
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/6/16741136/download-amazon-prime-video-apple-tv

The Grand Tour Season 2
http://amzn.to/2kyRhJb

Star Trek: Voyager
https://www.netflix.com/title/70158331

Slicing Up Eyeballs Alternative Christmas Playlist
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2017/12/04/alternative-christmas-mix/

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series
http://amzn.to/2iqp9nn

Caprica
http://amzn.to/2kmRsXX

Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order (No spoilers!)
http://thunderpeel2001.blogspot.com/2010/02/battlestar-galactica-viewing-order.html?m=1

The Crow’s Original Director Has an Emotional Reason for Opposing the New Reboot
https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-crows-original-director-has-an-emotional-reason-for-1821025419

Netflix Announces ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Release Date
http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/black-mirror-season-4-release-date-trailer-1202628880/

Trump vs Talking Heads – Swedemason
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSuregWhlWk

Roxanne but every time they sing Roxanne it gets 5% faster
https://streamable.com/f7a34

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

A popular virtual keyboard app leaks 31 million users’ personal data
http://www.zdnet.com/article/popular-virtual-keyboard-leaks-31-million-user-data/

Facebook’s new Messenger app for kids has Congress asking about privacy
https://www.recode.net/2017/12/7/16746134/us-congress-privacy-facebook-messenger-kids

The Uber hacker was a 20-year-old Florida man who lived with his mother
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-exclusive-uber-paid-20-year-old-florida-man-to-keep-data-breach-secret-sources-2017-12

Cayla doll too eavesdroppy to put under the Christmas tree, says France
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/12/06/cayla-doll-too-eavesdroppy-to-put-under-the-christmas-tree-says-france

Meow! Facial recognition reaches pet doors
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/12/07/meow-facial-recognition-reaches-pet-doors

BRIC-A-BRAC

Irish villagers complain Viagra plant fumes have men and dogs walking around with ‘hard-ons’
http://irishpost.co.uk/irish-villagers-complain-viagra-plant-fumes-men-dogs-walking-around-hard-ons/

I can’t quite settle, I think.
http://shanenickerson.tumblr.com/post/168087237094/i-cant-quite-settle-i-think-flits-and-fits-of

The Miniature Set Used for Blade Runner 2049 Will Change the Way You See Movies
http://themindcircle.com/miniature-set-blade-runner-2049/

Millions Are Hounded For Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With A Vengeance
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-12-06/millions-are-hounded-for-debt-they-don-t-owe-one-victim-fought-back-with-a-vengeance

MORON OF THE WEEK

“House of Cards” to return with Robin Wright as lead, Netflix confirms
https://www.salon.com/2017/12/04/house-of-cards-to-return-with-robin-wright-as-lead-netflix-confirms/

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/434gqw/i-made-my-shed-the-top-rated-restaurant-on-tripadvisor

FEEDBACK LOOP

This heavy metal music made by a machine will rock your human face off
https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/12/02/this-heavy-metal-music-made-by-a-machine-will-rock-your-human-face-off/

We’re Updating Patreon’s Fee Structure. Here’s Why.
https://blog.patreon.com/updating-patreons-fee-structure/

Apple ‘On Schedule’ to Terminate Music Downloads by 2019
https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/12/06/apple-terminate-music-downloads/

Run Lola Run Soundtrack
http://amzn.to/2kcuEGz

CryptoKitties
https://www.cryptokitties.co/

TeamViewer
https://www.teamviewer.us/

Judah Friedlander – America is the greatest country in the United States
https://www.netflix.com/title/80208273

Craig Ferguson – Tickle Fight
https://www.netflix.com/title/80187435

Jason on Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1281070-jason-defillippo

Brian on Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/562020-brian

Bitcoin: How Does it Work? (Roger Ver Interview)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6NscwzbMvI&app=desktop

Universal Basic Income Explained – Free Money for Everybody? UBI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl39KHS07Xc&feature=youtu.be

This smart urinal will show you ads while you pee
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/7/16747436/mrfriendly-smart-urinal-ads-sigh