Ep 244: So Proud of Me

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  January 29, 2018

A grandiose gabfest about data ethics; beer debts; blockchain consent; demonized smartphones; Amazon Go; Musk goes all in; Twitter trolls; Flicktime; baby, you’re a bitcoin; Whopper neutrality; HomePod; babies on Roombas; Hide ‘N Seek; Grumpy Cat; AIVD.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

@Drizly
https://twitter.com/Drizly

The Doomsday Clock just moved: It’s now 2 minutes to ‘midnight,’ the symbolic hour of the apocalypse
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/25/after-a-missile-scare-and-insult-war-with-north-korea-its-time-to-check-the-doomsday-clock/

Hawaii’s Governor Waited 17 Minutes to Tweet the Missile Alert Was a False Alarm Because He Forgot His Twitter Password
https://slate.com/technology/2018/01/hawaii-gov-david-ige-couldnt-find-his-password-to-tweet-the-missile-alert-was-a-false-alarm.html

Santa Monica taking popular electric scooter company to court
http://abc7.com/2965865/

Google’s art selfies aren’t available in Illinois. Here’s why.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-google-art-selfies-20180116-story.html

App to record sexual consent in the blockchain will be used to discredit sexual assault survivors
https://boingboing.net/2018/01/23/quantification-considered-harm.html

Blockchain Sex Contracts Will Be Weaponized Against Women
https://abovethelaw.com/2018/01/blockchain-sex-contracts-will-be-weaponized-against-women/?rf=1

IN THE NEWS

Social scientists have warned Zuck all along that the Facebook theory of interaction would make people angry and miserable
https://boingboing.net/2018/01/22/facebook-is-sad.html

DEMONIZED SMARTPHONES ARE JUST OUR LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL SCAPEGOAT
https://www.wired.com/story/demonized-smartphones-are-just-our-latest-technological-scapegoat/

After its news feed fumble, Facebook is not the world’s most valuable social media company
https://qz.com/1186304/facebooks-nasdaq-fb-news-feed-fumble-has-caused-tencent-hkg-0700-to-race-past-its-valuation/

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly $50 million — a record — to influence the U.S. government in 2017
https://www.recode.net/2018/1/23/16919424/apple-amazon-facebook-google-uber-trump-white-house-lobbying-immigration-russia

Amazon Go Is Dazzling. But How Many Jobs Will It Kill?
https://slate.com/business/2018/01/will-amazon-go-eliminate-cashier-jobs.html

Amazon Go debuts, and its prying cameras foil our shoplifting attempts
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/we-test-the-worlds-first-amazon-go-watch-you-shop-grocery-store/

Tesla’s Pay Deal to Keep Elon Musk: All or Nothing
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/business/dealbook/tesla-elon-musk-pay.html

Twitter Is Giving Trolls a Cheat Sheet
https://slate.com/technology/2018/01/twitter-moments-put-users-on-a-platter-for-trolls.html

Facebook invented a new time unit called the ‘flick’ and it’s truly amazing
https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/22/facebook-invented-a-new-time-unit-called-the-flick-and-its-truly-amazing/

Intel Warns Users Not to Install Its ‘Faulty’ Meltdown and Spectre Patches
https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/intel-meltdown-spectre-patch.html

Intel’s Spectre fixes are ‘complete and utter garbage,’ says Linux inventor
https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16922530/linus-torvalds-intel-spectre-cpu-fixes-comment

Scandinavia’s largest bank just banned all its 30,000 employees from trading cryptocurrency
https://thenextweb.com/cryptocurrency/2018/01/24/1103175/

Stripe ends Bitcoin support
https://stripe.com/blog/ending-bitcoin-support

Katy Perry Talks Bitcoin with Warren Buffett, Tells 175 Million Followers About it
https://www.ccn.com/singer-katy-perry-meets-warren-buffett-to-discuss-bitcoin/

Katy Perry’s Bitcoin Manicure May Foretell the Coming Crypto Collapse
https://slate.com/technology/2018/01/katy-perrys-bitcoin-manicure-may-foretell-the-coming-crypto-collapse.html

50 Cent: ‘I Forgot’ Taking 700 Bitcoins For 2014 Album; Stake Is Now Worth Millions
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/24/580259163/50-cent-i-forgot-taking-700-bitcoins-for-2014-album-stake-is-now-worth-millions

Look out for more millennial buyers of cryptocurrency now that it’s free to purchase
https://www.recode.net/2018/1/25/16933514/robinhood-crypto-currency-free-trading-bitcoin-payment-asset

Burger King Uses The Whopper To Teach A Valuable Lesson On Net Neutrality
https://www.fastcompany.com/40521025/burger-king-uses-the-whopper-to-teach-a-valuable-lesson-on-net-neutrality

APPS & DOODADS

Opera Adds Native Anti-Cryptomining Tool to Opera Mini and Opera for Android
http://www.techweez.com/2018/01/22/opera-adds-cryptomining-protection-to-opera-mini-opera-android/

Cryptojacking Test
https://cryptojackingtest.com/

DuckDuckGo moves beyond search to also protect you while browsing.
https://spreadprivacy.com/privacy-simplified/

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker will ship February 9th
https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/23/apple-homepod-smart-speaker-february-9th/

Apple HomePod
https://www.apple.com/homepod/

SodaStream Source Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black
http://amzn.to/2E8hns5

iRobot Roomba 690
http://amzn.to/2GgWfk2

Cute Babies Riding Roomba Compilation 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7Mu4Fq-klI

MEDIA CANDY

Watch: Trailer for ‘Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records’ documentary
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2017/03/30/industrial-accident-story-of-wax-trax-records/

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having
https://www.netflix.com/title/80068216

Black Light White Light – Gold Into Dreams
https://open.spotify.com/album/4mXbgdvjWqJXdwsd9lJUPb?si=XxwlbLQrSyyA1YFbE_ulPw

‘The Greatest American Hero’ Reboot With Female Lead Gets Pilot Order At ABC
http://deadline.com/2018/01/the-greatest-american-hero-reboot-female-lead-pilot-order-abc-1202269582/

Pop-Punk Bassist Made $27 Million From a Telemarketing Scam, Is Probably Going to Jail
https://trackrecord.net/pop-punk-ataris-bassist-made-27-million-from-a-telemar-1822121276?rev=1516129687324

AI comes up with the funniest names for a fake Coachella lineup
http://www.lostateminor.com/2018/01/25/ai-comes-funniest-names-fake-coachella-lineup/

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Alphabet unveils business unit devoted to cyber security
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-chronicle/alphabet-unveils-business-unit-devoted-to-cyber-security-idUSKBN1FD2U3

This unusual new IoT botnet is spreading rapidly via peer-to-peer communication
http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-unsuaul-new-iot-botnet-is-spreading-rapidly-by-using-peer-to-peer-communication/

A new Internet of Things
http://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-the-internet-of-things-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-iot-right-now/

Dubbed Hide ‘N Seek (HNS) by the researchers at security company Bitdefender
https://labs.bitdefender.com/2018/01/new-hide-n-seek-iot-botnet-using-custom-built-peer-to-peer-communication-spotted-in-the-wild/

YOUR SLOPPY BITCOIN DRUG DEALS WILL HAUNT YOU FOR YEARS
https://www.wired.com/story/bitcoin-drug-deals-silk-road-blockchain/

Student upset after ‘private’ pictures on her phone ‘were viewed while it was taken in for screen repair’
http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/news/croydon-news/student-upset-after-private-pictures-1102574?_ga=2.62202156.1240272160.1516642711-1712661892.1448708584

Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia’s interference in US-elections
https://www.volkskrant.nl/tech/dutch-agencies-provide-crucial-intel-about-russia-s-interference-in-us-elections~a4561913/amp

BRIC-A-BRAC

Easy way to peel mandarin oranges
http://newmalaysiankitchen.com/easy-way-to-peel-mandarin-oranges/

Cover of “Video killed the radio star” created entirely with a tablet
https://boingboing.net/2018/01/23/cover-of-video-killed-the-ra.html

Report: 80’s kids started programming at an earlier age than today’s millennials
https://thenextweb.com/dd/2018/01/23/report-80s-kids-started-programming-at-an-earlier-age-than-todays-millennials/

I haz wins: Grumpy Cat in $710,000 court payout
https://www.yahoo.com/news/haz-wins-grumpy-cat-710-000-court-payout-052654035.html

The White House asked to borrow a van Gogh. The Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/the-white-house-wanted-a-van-gogh-the-guggenheim-offered-a-used-solid-gold-toilet/2018/01/25/38d574fc-0154-11e8-bb03-722769454f82_story.html

FEEDBACK LOOP

Low Orbit Railgun Assembly
http://babysealclubbing.club/

SN Pro Tips
http://snprotips.com/

The pirate ship with the Intel chip sails the deep web, plundering warez and booty!
https://imgur.com/a/LBcrU

Why does it take two weeks to process an unsubscribe?
https://wordtothewise.com/2012/06/why-does-it-take-weeks-to-process-an-unsubscribe/

No Such Thing As The News | Series 1, Episode 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr4RQ4ooaMs

The Puerto Rico Porn Crisis
https://fr.xhamster.com/blog/posts/742890

Puerto Rico’s Slow Internet Recovery
https://blogs.oracle.com/internetintelligence/puerto-ricos-slow-internet-recovery

Trump Star Wars Poster
http://pic.twitter.com/ELbYwgc7iQ

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Neil Diamond retires from touring following Parkinson’s diagnosis
https://www.salon.com/2018/01/23/neil-diamond-retires-parkinsons/

The Fall singer Mark E Smith dies
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42811968

Don’t know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/jan/24/essential-novels-ursula-k-le-guin