Ep 245: The Internet of Moisture

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  February 5, 2018

Hot humidifier talk; peak media saturation; cryptocurrency woes; dropping Facebook; Amazon, Apple earnings; follower factories; fake porn & Nic Cage; boring flamethrowers; Dr. Demento; Groundhog Day; Strava Island; cheeserolling; Lennny Skutniks; Smominru!

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Maple Cream Cookies – Made with pure maple syrup
http://www.hnwilliams.com/Maple-Cream-Cookies-Made-with-pure-maple-syrup.html

Kodak’s Dubious Cryptocurrency Gamble
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/technology/kodak-blockchain-bitcoin.html

Are the wheels coming off the cryptocurrency bandwagon? Bitcoin plunges below $8,000 after fall of 55% from 2018 peak
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5344379/Bitcoin-plunges-8k-fall-55-2018-peak.html

India rejects cryptocurrency, but it isn’t giving up on blockchain
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/01/india-rejects-cryptocurrency-but-it-isnt-giving-up-on-blockcha/

Facebook is banning all ads promoting cryptocurrencies — including bitcoin and ICOs
https://www.recode.net/2018/1/30/16950926/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-bans-crypto-advertising-bitcoin-james-altucher

IN THE NEWS

Amazon has posted a profit for 11 straight quarters — including a record $1.9 billion during the holidays
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/1/16961598/amazon-jeff-bezos-record-profit-11-quarter-q4-2017-earnings

Amazon’s Changes to Whole Foods Mean Empty Shelves, Fewer Local Products
https://www.eater.com/2018/1/31/16939114/whole-foods-empty-shelves-local-sellers-inventory

Why Apple’s biggest quarter ever is a letdown
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/1/16961202/apple-iphone-x-china-airpods-christmas-q1-2018-earnings-charts-analysis

HQ Trivia is raising $15 million at a valuation of more than $100 million from Founders Fund
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/1/16962808/hq-trivia-funding-founders-fund-cyan-banister

Airbnb’s CFO is leaving after clashing with CEO Brian Chesky
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/1/16960686/airbnb-cfo-tosi-belinda-johnson-coo-brian-chesky

The Follower Factory
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/27/technology/social-media-bots.html

Devumi
https://devumi.com/

Fake porn is the new fake news, and the internet isn’t ready
https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/30/fake-porn-is-the-new-fake-news-and-the-internet-isn-t-ready/

Deep learning technology is now being used to put Nic Cage in every movie
https://www.avclub.com/deep-learning-technology-is-now-being-used-to-put-nic-c-1822514573

Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked Freaky 600-Year-Old Manuscript
https://gizmodo.com/artificial-intelligence-may-have-cracked-freaky-600-yea-1822519232

“THIS IS SERIOUS”: FACEBOOK BEGINS ITS DOWNWARD SPIRAL
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-downward-spiral

My Internet Mea Culpa
https://shift.newco.co/my-internet-mea-culpa-f3ba77ac3eed

Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens
https://gizmodo.com/facebook-knows-how-to-track-you-using-the-dust-on-your-1821030620

Soomz Webcam Cover | Swiss Manufacturing | Camera Protection | iPhone & Smartphone Accessories | Privacy | 3-Pack | Black Metal
http://amzn.to/2ExpVsQ

APPS & DOODADS

AMIR Motion Sensor Light, Cordless Battery-Powered LED Night Light, Stick-anywhere Closet Lights Stair Lights, Puck Lights, Safe Lights for Decorative, Hallway (White – Pack of 6)
http://amzn.to/2E8dLss

Apple’s ARKit update in iOS 11.3 is next level good
https://thenextweb.com/apple/2018/01/30/apples-arkit-update-in-ios-11-3-is-next-level-good/

Someone is already trying to stop sales of Elon Musk’s flamethrower
https://mashable.com/2018/01/29/elon-musk-flamethrower-ban/

The Boring Company’s flamethrowers are probably overpriced roofing torches
https://qz.com/1191685/elon-musks-boring-company-flamethrowers-are-actually-overpriced-roofing-torches/

How the MacBook Air Changed Laptops Forever
https://gizmodo.com/how-the-macbook-air-changed-laptops-forever-1822466412

MEDIA CANDY

The End of the Fxxxing World
https://www.netflix.com/title/80068216

Russell Howard – Recalibrate
https://www.netflix.com/title/80189806

Zane Lamprey – Tree Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4JAA9AK5nk

Adv3nture
http://adv3nture.com/

BLACK CAMO LIMITED
http://adv3nture.com/#adv3nture-limited-hoodies/black-camo-limited.view/

Counterpart
https://www.starz.com/series/counterpart/episodes

Dr. Demento Covered in Punk
https://open.spotify.com/album/2rfJWlz3zx7Ore5HWz13A4

Dr. Demento, comedic song hero and unsung punk rock legend, gets his due on new album
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-dr-demento-covered-punk-20180111-story.html

Lessons from “Groundhog Day”: More resonant than ever today
https://www.salon.com/2018/02/01/groundhog-day-at-25-we-need-its-anti-hustle-no-yolo-message-more-than-ever/

Moby – Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt – Mere Anarchy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl9rKRS6LjI&feature=share

The Proclaimers’ Classic ‘500 Miles’ Impressively Recreated Using 127 Movies
https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-proclaimers-classic-500-miles-impressively-recreate-1822517446

Lisa Loeb – Feel What U Feel
http://amzn.to/2GD19rR

The Boring Talks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05t3gr2/episodes/downloads

PODCAST LISTENERS REALLY ARE THE HOLY GRAIL ADVERTISERS HOPED THEY’D BE
https://www.wired.com/story/apple-podcast-analytics-first-month/

AT THE LIBRARY

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
http://amzn.to/2BDWKkF

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
http://amzn.to/2GvIAWB

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

It’s Time For Machine Learning to Prove Its Own Hype
http://www.securityweek.com/its-time-machine-learning-prove-its-own-hype

Smominru! Half a million PCs hit by cryptomining botnet
https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/smominru-half-million-pcs-hit-cryptomining-botnet/

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/28/fitness-tracking-app-gives-away-location-of-secret-us-army-bases

Strava suggests military users ‘opt out’ of heatmap as row deepens
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/29/strava-secret-army-base-locations-heatmap-public-users-military-ban

How to Keep Strava From Telling Everyone Where You Live
https://vitals.lifehacker.com/how-to-keep-strava-from-telling-everyone-where-you-live-1822516959

Jarvis Island, the Cycling Hotspot That Wasn’t
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/strava-heat-map-jarvis-island-zwift

[603] Saflok Hotel Safe Override
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De0D7otNxME

BRIC-A-BRAC

Company Hilariously Mocks Stupid Client Requests, Shows What Happens When You Do Everything They Ask
https://www.boredpanda.com/ridiculous-client-requests-photoshop-edits-nissin-cup-noodle/

Stilton cheese rolling competition cancelled due to ‘disappointing lack of enthusiasm’
http://nationalpost.com/life/food/stilton-cheese-rolling-competition-cancelled-due-to-disappointing-lack-of-enthusiasm

3,500 Occult Manuscripts Will Be Digitized & Made Freely Available Online, Thanks to Da Vinci Code Author Dan Brown
http://www.openculture.com/2017/12/3500-occult-manuscripts-will-be-digitized-made-freely-available-online.html

Lenny Skutniks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Lenny_Skutniks

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