Ep 239: Adult Nyquil

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  December 18, 2017

The FCC & Net Neutrality; Spotify & Patreon; Facebook says social media is bad; more adventures with cryptocurrency; Uber’s for the Bird; “aggressively entrepreneurial wet dreams”; Brian’s Gift Guide; BSG, Mr Robot & the Crown; muy mal malware.


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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/state-attorneys-general-line-up-to-sue-fcc-over-net-neutrality-repeal/

We messed up. We’re sorry, and we’re not rolling out the fees change.
https://blog.patreon.com/not-rolling-out-fees-change/

Facebook digs a deeper hole in response to former exec
https://thenextweb.com/apps/2017/12/13/facebook-digs-deeper-hole-response-former-exec/

Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?
https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/12/hard-questions-is-spending-time-on-social-media-bad-for-us/

Coinbase
https://www.coinbase.com/join/5988a19b0671d10088774238

Coinbase ordered to report 14,355 users to the IRS
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/29/16717416/us-coinbase-irs-records

THIS MAN HAS MADE MORE MONEY TRADING CRYPTOKITTIES THAN INVESTING IN HIS IRA
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/13/16754266/cryptokitties-ethereum-ether-game-cats

WELCOME TO HODLMOON.
https://hodlmoon.com/

What the hell is an initial coin offering (ICO)?
https://www.facebook.com/hustlecon/videos/1961949514064909/

City Attorney Files Criminal Complaint Against Illegal Business Operations by Bird Rides, Inc.
https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2017/12/07/city-attorney-files-criminal-complaint-against-illegal-business-operations-by-bird-rides-inc

IN THE NEWS

DOJ confirms new criminal probe linked to Waymo v. Uber lawsuit
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/doj-confirms-new-criminal-probe-linked-to-waymo-v-uber-lawsuit/

Facebook is paying WWE to stream some professional wrestling
https://www.recode.net/2017/12/13/16770118/facebook-wwe-pro-wrestling-show-facebook-watch

Facebook Adds Collection of 1,000 Free Songs to Use in Videos
https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/8062821/facebook-adds-collection-of-1000-free-songs-to-use-in

Facebook has added a “sound collection”
https://www.facebook.com/creators/discover/introducing-sound-collection

Sound Collection Terms
https://www.facebook.com/sound/collection/terms

Periscope Has a Minor Problem
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/periscope_users_are_asking_young_girls_to_do_sexually_explicit_things_and.html

Three US Airlines Will Start Banning Some Smart Luggage in January
https://lifehacker.com/three-us-airlines-will-start-banning-some-smart-luggage-1821167556

San Francisco sours on rampant delivery robots: ‘Not every innovation is great’
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/10/san-francisco-delivery-robots-laws

Animal shelter faces backlash after using robot to scare off homeless people
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/13/16771148/robot-security-guard-scares-homeless-san-francisco

Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest
https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/11/apple-shazam-deal/

Apple invests $390 million in maker of depth-sensing chips for iPhone X
https://venturebeat.com/2017/12/13/apple-invests-390-million-in-company-that-makes-vcsel-depth-sensing-chips-for-iphone-x/

Man Who Threw Away a Fortune in Bitcoin Now Looking to Dig Up a Landfill
https://gizmodo.com/man-who-threw-away-a-fortune-in-bitcoin-now-looking-to-1820994313

APPS & DOODADS

Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast
https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-to-start-selling-apple-tv-and-google-chromecast/

Amazon Echo now streams Spotify and SiriusXM to multiple rooms
https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/13/amazon-echo-multiroom-audio-supports-spotify-and-siriusxm/

Hello, Computer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9kTVZiJ3Uc

The Apple Watch Wants to Become the Ultimate Fitness Tracker
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/apple_watch_adds_more_fitness_tracking_capabilities_becoming_threat_to_garmin.html

I Don’t Know How to Ride My Bike for Fun Anymore
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/tracking_workouts_on_strava_and_garmin_is_useful_but_it_also_takes_some.html

WHEN YOUR ACTIVITY TRACKER BECOMES A PERSONAL MEDICAL DEVICE
https://www.wired.com/story/when-your-activity-tracker-becomes-a-personal-medical-device/?mbid=social_twitter

Light Camera Founder Explains Delays, Software Bugs, and Slow Data Transfer
https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/consumer-electronics/gadgets/light-camera-founder-explains-delays-planned-software-fixes-and-why-data-transfer-takes-so-long

PDF Expert
https://pdfexpert.com/

Clash Royale
https://clashroyale.com/

Mackie CR Series CR3 – 3″ Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair)
http://amzn.to/2Bd5gZt

Travel Wallet & Family Passport Holder w/ RFID Blocking- Document Organizer Case
http://amzn.to/2ADtVJm

Electronics Travel Organizer – Cord, Cable, and Accessories Case, Black
http://amzn.to/2ymoglg

Car Phone Mount, HC-RET Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder for Cell Phones and Mini Tablets with Fast Swift-snap Technology (2PACK)
http://amzn.to/2C1ihnX

Soomz Webcam Cover
http://amzn.to/2ASjkat

BABY MATE 8 PCS MEDICAL GRADE Clear Baby Corner Guards (Ball Shape, Matte Finish)
http://amzn.to/2ASVSKs

PADKET *THE MOST DURABLE* Car Seat Headrest & Airplane Tray Table Mount Holder on the market for Apple iPad iPad2 The New iPad3 & iPad4 1 2 3 4
http://amzn.to/2C1fKdA

ClipGrab – YouTube to iPad
https://clipgrab.org/

MEDIA CANDY

Jessica Jones Season 2 Trailer and Release Date
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK_iX5cPDhE

Rumor: Norwegian paper claims Tidal will go broke in six months
http://rainnews.com/rumor-norwegian-paper-claims-tidal-will-go-broke-in-six-months/

The Good News Podcast by Cards Against Humanity on Apple Podcasts
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1321105654

Funny.Cash.Shows with Sugar D
http://funnycashshows.podbean.com/

The Cure to Mark 40th Anniversary with new Documentary
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2017/12/13/cure-documentary/

Hey You!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DshO0JwIPH8

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

UNPRECEDENTED MALWARE TARGETS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SYSTEMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
https://www.wired.com/story/triton-malware-targets-industrial-safety-systems-in-the-middle-east/

Making Sense of Apple’s Recent Security Stumbles
https://www.wired.com/story/apples-security-macos-high-sierra-ios-11/

How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent
https://gizmodo.com/how-to-track-a-cellphone-without-gps-or-consent-1821125371

Starbucks’ Free WiFi Hijacked Computers of Customers to Mine Cryptocurrency
https://interestingengineering.com/starbucks-free-wifi-hijacked-computers-of-customers-to-mine-cryptocurrency

Man gets friend kidnapped to steal $1.8 million worth of Ethereum
https://www.hackread.com/man-kidnaps-friend-steals-million-worth-of-ethereum/

BRIC-A-BRAC

AI isn’t just taking away our privacy—it’s destroying our free will, too
https://qz.com/1153647/ai-isnt-just-taking-away-our-privacy-its-destroying-our-free-will-too/

Is This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Watching Us?
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/12/scientists_are_watching_oumuamua_an_asteroid_they_think_could_be_an_alien.html

Ford Employees Are Using Exoskeletons, and They May Change Manual Labor Forever
https://futurism.com/videos/ford-employees-using-exoskeletons-change-manual-labor-forever/

Alien Anthology – Aliens – Power Loader
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSrcMaid0mg

The 2017 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog
https://adequateman.deadspin.com/the-2017-hater-s-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1821181135

Poor Millennials
http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/poor-millennials/

MORON OF THE WEEK

Amazon Rekognition
https://aws.amazon.com/rekognition/

New Twitter ads admit it’s too hard to use
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/13/16773718/new-twitter-how-to-ads-romesh-ranganathan-commercials

FEEDBACK LOOP

We used predictive keyboards trained on all seven books to ghostwrite this spellbinding new Harry Potter chapter.
http://botnik.org/content/harry-potter.html

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Meet The Elderly Women Who Will Not Stop Being Goth, No Matter What Anyone Says
http://www.rebelcircus.com/blog/meet-elderly-women-refuse-stop-goth/

Eric Idle – Fuck the FCC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jixxYx9fklM

@lilyallen
https://twitter.com/lilyallen