Ep 246: Ground Control to Grumpy Tom

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  February 12, 2018

Cars on Mars; Bird tweets; Deepfakes; Facebook flaws; Twitter & Snapchat fake news; paywalls; MoviePass math; Sodastream hacks; Blade Stunners; Solo & Jessica Jones; ID10T; data ethics; Minecraft mining; phishing tricks; magically delicious detergents.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

The Jordan Harbinger Show
https://www.podcastone.com/the-jordan-harbinger-show

Bitcoin could face new regulations in the U.S. after top financial cops and lawmakers raise new fears about virtual currency
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/6/16979498/bitcoin-regulation-sec-cftc-congress

Bird lovers tweet as tickets ruffle feathers
http://smdp.com/bird-lovers-tweet-as-tickets-ruffle-feathers/164289

Twitter made a profit by cutting costs, not by growing its business
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/8/16991140/twitter-profit-q4-2018-earnings-revenue-cuts

Why Reddit’s face-swapping celebrity porn craze is a harbinger of dystopia
https://www.vox.com/2018/1/31/16932264/reddit-celebrity-porn-face-swapping-dystopia

Keanu on Squarespace
https://www.squarespace.com/keanu

IN THE NEWS
Former Facebook and Google employees fight tech ‘addiction’
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42959848

Seattle says Facebook is violating city campaign finance law
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-politics/seattle-says-facebook-is-violating-city-campaign-finance-law-idUSKBN1FP2MB

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy
http://splitsider.com/2018/02/how-facebook-is-killing-comedy/

Facebook patents tech to determine social class
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/09/facebook-patents-tech-to-determine-social-class/

Jim Carrey Is Deleting His Facebook Page and He Wants You to Do the Same
http://fortune.com/2018/02/06/jim-carrey-delete-facebook-unfriendfacebook-russia/

As Facebook stumbles, Twitter and Snapchat show new life
http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/09/technology/facebook-twitter-snapchat/index.html

The Mobile Apps That People Regret Using
https://lifehacker.com/the-mobile-apps-that-people-regret-using-1822817522

What’s the difference between apps we cherish vs. regret?
http://humanetech.com/app-ratings/

Yes, I Will Let Amazon Deliver My Whole Foods Produce Even Though I Know It’s Bad for the Country
https://slate.com/business/2018/02/amazon-is-going-to-start-delivering-whole-foods-groceries-for-free-this-may-be-bad-for-the-country-ill-use-it-anyway.html

Paywalls make content better, Wired editor Nick Thompson says
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/1/16957324/wired-paywall-nick-thompson-magazine-advertising-subscription-peter-kafka-recode-media-podcast

The New York Times digital paywall business is growing as fast as Facebook and faster than Google
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/8/16991090/new-york-times-digital-paywall-business-growing-fast-facebook-google-newspaper-subscription

Oh, Great. Ford Patents Autonomous Police Car That can Issue Tickets
https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/oh-great-ford-patents-autonomous-police-car-that-can-issue-tickets/ar-BBIxcws

The Alphabet-Uber trial over the alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets has begun
https://www.recode.net/2017/4/11/15258052/alphabet-self-driving-waymo-suing-uber-otto-trade-secrets

Drivers don’t trust Uber. This is how it’s trying to win them back.
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/5/16777536/uber-travis-kalanick-recruit-drivers-tipping

Behind the math of MoviePass, the $10-a-month movie subscription service that sounds too good to be true
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/8/16987046/moviepass-mitch-lowe-math-business-model-movie-theater-subscription-peter-kafka-recode-media-podcast

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong reaches deal to buy L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-los-angeles-times-sold-20180207-story.html

Elon Musk’s Tesla overshot Mars’ orbit and is headed to the asteroid belt
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16983744/spacex-tesla-falcon-heavy-roadster-orbit-asteroid-belt-elon-musk-mars

APPS & DOODADS
COLLECTABLE HIERONYMUS BOSCH FIGURINES
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/collectable_hieronymus_bosch_figurines

FBPurity
http://www.fbpurity.com/

BLADE STUNNERS Inside the Chinese sex doll factory making ‘smart’ robots that can also talk, play music and even do the dishes
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5483178/sex-robots-doll-china-factory-smart-exdoll/

ASUS GR8 II-T069Z VR Ready Mini PC Gaming Desktop with Intel Core i5-7400 and GeForce GTX 1060
http://amzn.to/2EW1Zj0

MEDIA CANDY
Darkest Hour
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/darkest_hour_2017/

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

Altered Carbon
https://www.netflix.com/title/80097140

A Very Fatal Murder
https://www.theonion.com/episode-1-a-perfect-murder-1822346450

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

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

Solo
https://youtu.be/dNW0B0HsvVs

GAME OF THRONES CREATORS DAVID BENIOFF AND D.B. WEISS TO WRITE AND PRODUCE A NEW SERIES OF STAR WARS FILMS
http://www.starwars.com/news/game-of-thrones-creators-david-benioff-and-d-b-weiss-to-write-and-produce-a-new-series-of-star-wars-films

Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waIUyu0Bey8

ER doc & CPS principal perform with their band The Bollweevils
http://abc7chicago.com/3048370/

X-Files Gillian Anderson strips naked for new PETA campaign
http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/the-x-files/news/a849491/gillian-anderson-naked-peta-campaign-x-files/

Chris Hardwick Talks Nerdist, ID10T, And The Future Of Podcasting
http://uproxx.com/entertainment/chris-hardwick-nerdist-podcast-id10t/

The Cure‘s Robert Smith is set to curate the 25th edition of Meltdown
http://www.post-punk.com/robert-smith-meltdown-festival/

SECURITY HAH!
The CyberWire
http://www.thecyberwire.com/

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Should Data Scientists Adhere to a Hippocratic Oath?
https://www.wired.com/story/should-data-scientists-adhere-to-a-hippocratic-oath/

This phishing trick steals your email and then fools your friends into downloading malware
http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-phishing-trick-steals-your-email-and-then-fools-your-friends-into-downloading-malware/

‘Minecraft’ Data Mining Reveals Players’ Darkest Secrets
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbpdzm/minecraft-data-mining-reveals-players-darkest-secrets

The Brute Force Of IBM Deep Blue And Google DeepMind
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2018/02/07/the-brute-force-of-deep-blue-and-deep-learning/#2d54316c49e3

Bluetooth ‘Panty Buster’ ‘smart’ sex toy fails penetration test
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/02/adult_fun_toy_security_fail/

MIND THE GAP: THIS RESEARCHER STEALS DATA WITH NOISE, LIGHT, AND MAGNETS
https://www.wired.com/story/air-gap-researcher-mordechai-guri/

MORON OF THE WEEK
No, McDonald’s French Fries Will Not Cure Baldness
https://vitals.lifehacker.com/no-mcdonald-s-french-fries-will-not-cure-baldness-1822801718

New York Lawmakers Want Tide to Stop Making Its Pods Look So Tasty
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/new-york-lawmakers-want-tide-to-stop-making-its-pods-look-so-tasty/ar-BBINSQJ

FEEDBACK LOOP
A self-driving semi truck just made its first cross-country trip
http://www.livetrucking.com/self-driving-semi-truck-just-made-first-cross-country-trip/

Here’s the Solution to the 3-Year-Old, $50,000 Bitcoin Puzzle
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kzpqzz/heres-the-solution-to-the-3-year-old-dollar50000-bitcoin-puzzle

Bitcoin and Your Security Clearance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvGFrg_yh24

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales
https://gizmodo.com/the-eu-suppressed-a-300-page-study-that-found-piracy-do-1818629537

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS
John Mahoney, the Cantankerous Dad on ‘Frasier,’ Dies at 77
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-mahoney-dead-frasier-actor-was-77-1081939

John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/john-perry-barlow-internet-pioneer-1947-2018

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
https://www.eff.org/cyberspace-independence

UNIDOS – Hispanic Federation – Puerto Rico Disaster Relief
https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/