Ep 241: Very Stable Raw Geniuses

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  January 8, 2018

2018, hold my alt-right beer & raw water; robots & robocalls; cryptocurrencies; Magic Leap; Affinity & Xfinity; Live PD; Bright, Black Mirror, Lovesick & X-Files; drunk on a plane movie reviews; Meltdown & Spectre; Apple’s oops; Clash Royale Clans.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

When Did the Do Not Call List Stop Working?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/500587/when-did-do-not-call-list-stop-working

Robocalls were worse than ever in 2017
https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/1/16837814/robocall-spam-phone-call-increase-2017-ftc-report

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/business/the-robots-are-coming-and-sweden-is-fine.html

SERIOUSLY, YOU—OK, WE—NEED TO STOP WATCHING THE NEWS THIS YEAR
https://ryanholiday.net/stop-watching-the-news/

IN THE NEWS

“OH MY GOD, THIS IS SO F—ED UP”: INSIDE SILICON VALLEY’S SECRETIVE, ORGIASTIC DARK SIDE
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/brotopia-silicon-valley-secretive-orgiastic-inner-sanctum

Fuck Off Google
https://fuckoffgoogle.de/

City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/world/canada/google-toronto-city-future.html

British Regulators Ban eHarmony Ad for Claiming Service Is ‘Scientifically Proven’
http://gizmodo.com/british-regulators-ban-eharmony-ad-for-claiming-service-1821739429

Snapchat Keeps Rolling Out Changes to Try to Revive Its User Growth
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/12/28/snapchat_grew_rapidly_until_it_didn_t_now_it_s_trying_everything_to_grow.html

Instagram Is Getting Less Intimate
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/instagram_is_putting_more_strangers_in_your_feed_could_that_ruin_it.html

Facebook stops putting “Disputed Flags” on fake news because it doesn’t work
https://www.axios.com/facebook-drops-fake-news-flags-because-they-had-reverse-effect-2520310212.html

Airbnb Defeats Aimco Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Subleases
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-02/airbnb-defeats-aimco-lawsuit-over-unauthorized-rentals

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spotify-lawsuit/spotify-hit-with-1-6-billion-copyright-lawsuit-idUSKBN1ER1RX

Germany starts enforcing hate speech law
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42510868

Microsoft Halts Bitcoin Transactions Because It’s An “Unstable Currency”
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/cryptocurrency/microsoft-halts-bitcoin-transactions-because-its-an-unstable-currency-/

APPS & DOODADS

Video game addiction will become a recognized mental health disorder in 2018
https://qz.com/1168780/who-video-game-addiction-will-become-a-recognized-mental-health-disorder-in-2018/

Magic Leap One
https://www.magicleap.com/

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles
https://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/lightwear-introducing-magic-leaps-mixed-reality-goggles-w514479

CAN MAGIC LEAP DELIVER ON ITS BIG HARDWARE REVEAL?
https://www.wired.com/story/magic-leap-lightwear-headset-hardware/

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance
https://www.apple.com/iphone-battery-and-performance/

Affinity Designer
https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/designer/

Affinity Photo
https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

Affinity Tutorials
https://vimeo.com/affinitybyserif/channels

7 Minute Work Out App
http://7minworkoutapp.com/

MEDIA CANDY

XFINITY Stream
https://www.xfinity.com/get-stream

‘Live PD’: Secrets Behind A&E’s Addictive Cop Show, and How It Almost Goes Off the Rails Each Week
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/12/live-pd-secrets-a-and-e-1201908223/

Bright
https://www.netflix.com/title/80119234

Netflix is officially making a ‘Bright’ sequel
https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/03/netflix-is-officially-making-a-bright-sequel/

Black Mirror Season 4
https://www.netflix.com/title/70264888

Travelers Season 2
https://www.netflix.com/title/80105699

Podnews by James Cridland
https://podnews.net/

No Such Thing as a Fish
http://qi.com/podcast

Omnibus
https://www.omnibusproject.com/

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s new food travel series Somebody Feed Phil
http://ew.com/tv/2017/12/28/netflix-somebody-feed-phil-trailer/

Lovesick, Season 3
https://www.netflix.com/title/80041601

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

X-Files
http://www.fox.com/the-x-files/

Logan
https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/logan

Kingsman: Golden Circle
https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/kingsman-the-golden-circle

Dunkirk
http://www.dunkirkmovie.com

Battle of the Sexes
http://www.foxsearchlight.com/battleofthesexes/

Nirvirna – Teen Sprite
https://vimeo.com/249694026

Showtime debuts new trailer for upcoming XTC documentary, ‘This Is Pop’
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2018/01/03/xtc-this-is-pop-trailer-showtime/

AT THE LIBRARY

The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy by Judith L. Pearson
http://amzn.to/2BQM9on

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
http://amzn.to/2BDpzmp

Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House By: Michael Wolff
http://amzn.to/2qtEdr5

Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse (Empire Games) by Charles Stross
http://amzn.to/2CbDBb1

Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe by Charles Stross
http://amzn.to/2CdcQTl

Ep 194: 2 1/2 Minutes to Midnight
http://gog.show/ep-194-2-12-minutes-midnight/

Agency by William Gibson
http://amzn.to/2CIDVRZ

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Meltdown and Spectre
https://meltdownattack.com/

Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/meltdown-and-spectre-heres-what-intel-apple-microsoft-others-are-doing-about-it/

Critical flaws revealed to affect most Intel chips since 1995
http://www.zdnet.com/article/security-flaws-affect-every-intel-chip-since-1995-arm-processors-vulnerable/

Today’s CPU vulnerability: what you need to know
https://security.googleblog.com/2018/01/todays-cpu-vulnerability-what-you-need.html?m=1

Meltdown and Spectre – enterprise action plan
https://www.renditioninfosec.com/2018/01/meltdown-and-sceptre-enterprise-action-plan/

Intel Responds to Security Research Findings
https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-responds-to-security-research-findings/

Degraded performance after forced reboot due to AWS instance maintenance
https://forums.aws.amazon.com/thread.jspa?threadID=269858

Critical Unpatched Flaws Disclosed In Western Digital ‘My Cloud’ Storage Devices
https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/western-digital-mycloud.html

That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/business/media/alphonso-app-tracking.html

I mentioned traveling in one iMessage and one Slack message this evening. Now Facebook is showing me an OpenTable ad for the city I mentioned.
https://twitter.com/reneritchie/status/946939273206431744

Slaughterbots
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CO6M2HsoIA

BRIC-A-BRAC

The 99 best things that happened in 2017
https://qz.com/1169003/the-99-best-things-that-happened-in-2017/

MORON OF THE WEEK

Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/dining/raw-water-unfiltered.html

Dangerous raw water prices are skyrocketing to $60 as Silicon Valley’s latest trend flies off the shelves
http://www.businessinsider.com/dangerous-raw-water-prices-skyrocket-to-60-2018-1

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop suggests you use coffee to clean your poop chute. Don’t.
http://mashable.com/2018/01/06/goop-coffee-enema/

Apple’s flagship Chicago retail store wasn’t designed to handle snow
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/28/16828080/apple-store-chicago-snow-icicles-of-death

FEEDBACK LOOP

Top 10 Mac keyboard shortcuts everyone should know
https://www.cultofmac.com/317935/top-10-mac-keyboard-shortcuts/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

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