Ep 247: Thoughts and Prayers

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  February 19, 2018

Here we are, again; Doggie DNA; Apple glass accidents; cryptomining instead of ads; Magic Leap’s some amount of money; Amazon layoffs; Berlin bans Airbnb; facial analysis bias, informed consent & data ethics; Star Trek; Smashing Pumpkins; Mac viruses.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Planned Gifts – NPR in your will
https://www.npr.org/about-npr/463571033/planned-gifts

Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit
http://amzn.to/2Cx7ZM7

Bird Rides, Inc. takes plea deal and will pay $300,000
http://smdp.com/bird-rides-inc-takes-plea-deal-and-will-pay-300000/164437

IN THE NEWS

Alleged Florida Gunman Took an Uber to School Before Shooting
http://fortune.com/2018/02/15/alleged-florida-gunman-took-an-uber-to-school-before-shooting/

After Sandy Hook we said never again. And then we let 1,607 mass shootings happen.
https://www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-sandy-hook

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens
https://www.theonion.com/no-way-to-prevent-this-says-only-nation-where-this-r-1819580358

No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-there-havent-been-18-school-shooting-in-2018-that-number-is-flat-wrong/2018/02/15/65b6cf72-1264-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html

Trump’s Florida shooting speech was one giant lie by omission
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/15/17016396/trump-parkland-florida-school-shooting

Thoughts and Prayers by David J (Bauhaus / Love and Rockets)
https://soundcloud.com/davidjhaskins/thoughts-and-prayers

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse
https://eand.co/why-were-underestimating-american-collapse-be04d9e55235

Some ‘distracted’ Apple employees accidentally walking into Apple Park’s clear glass panes, claims report
https://9to5mac.com/2018/02/16/apple-employees-walking-into-apple-park-glass/#more-520791

The Robots Really Are Coming. But in the Meantime, Let’s Not Go Crazy
https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/02/the-robots-are-coming-but-in-the-meantime-lets-not-go-crazy/

Salon Is Asking Readers to Mine Cryptocurrency if They Don’t Want to See Ads
https://slate.com/technology/2018/02/salon-is-offering-readers-to-suppress-ads-in-exchange-for-cryptocurrency-mining-power.html

Cryptocurrency mining is hampering the search for alien life
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/14/cryptocurrency-mining-is-hampering-the-search-for-alien-life/

Berlin stops Airbnb renting apartments to tourists to protect affordable housing
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/airbnb-rentals-berlin-germany-tourist-ban-fines-restricting-to-protect-affordable-housing-a7008891.html

Snapchat is finally giving influencers data about their posts and followers
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/14/17010490/snapchat-celebrities-influencer-data-insights

Here’s what we just learned (and what we still don’t know) about Magic Leap
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/13/17010300/rony-abovitz-magic-leap-one-headset-augmented-reality-shaq-nba-basketball-code-media-price

Amazon makes rare layoffs, cuts several hundred corporate jobs
https://thehustle.co/amazon-lays-off-hundreds-of-employees/

SpaceX gets U.S. regulator to back satellite internet plan
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spacex-broadband-fcc/spacex-gets-u-s-regulator-to-back-satellite-internet-plan-idUSKCN1FY2H4

Former Verizon lawyer now running the FCC under investigation for pro-industry bias
http://bgr.com/2018/02/15/fcc-investigation-ajit-pai-new-york-times/

Judge Tosses Playboy’s Lawsuit Over Links to Centerfold Photos
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-tosses-playboys-lawsuit-links-centerfold-photos-1084918

APPS & DOODADS

Data Ethics Class
https://www.coursera.org/learn/data-science-ethics

AI facial analysis demonstrates both racial and gender bias
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/12/facial-analysis-ai-has-racial-gender-bias/

German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-facebook/german-court-rules-facebook-use-of-personal-data-illegal-idUSKBN1FW1FI?il=0

Bob Woodwardteaches Investigative Journalism
https://www.masterclass.com/classes/bob-woodward-teaches-investigative-journalism/

MEDIA CANDY

Why Star Trek: Discovery Needs to Evolve
http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/star-trek-discovery-needs-to-evolve.html

Jane Wyatt
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Jane_Wyatt

Majel Barrett
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Majel_Barrett

Cynthia Blaise
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Cynthia_Blaise

Winona Ryder
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Winona_Ryder

Mia Kirshner
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Mia_Kirshner

Fake Research Paper Based on Star Trek: Voyager’s Worst Episode Was Published by a Scientific Journal
https://io9.gizmodo.com/fake-research-paper-based-on-star-trek-voyagers-worst-1823034838

Get Out
http://amzn.to/2snMn5f

What ever happened to torrenting?
https://thehustle.co/torrenting-is-dying/

Smashing Pumpkins Announce Reunion Tour With Three-Fourths of Original Lineup
http://variety.com/2018/music/news/smashing-pumpkins-announce-reunion-tour-with-three-fourths-of-original-lineup-1202700408/

Smashing Pumpkins Bassist D’arcy Holds Nothing Back In First Interview In 20 Years
https://www.alternativenation.net/smashing-pumpkins-bassist-darcy-first-interview-in-20-years/

YouTube’s Karate Kid reboot is like the original, except everyone’s way too old to be doing this
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/15/17016990/karate-kid-cobra-kai-youtube-series-first-look-ralph-macchio-william-zabka

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Teledildonics
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teledildonics

Mueller Charges Russians With Pro-Trump, Anti-Clinton Meddling
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-16/u-s-charges-13-russians-3-companies-for-hacking-election

Some background on these sorts of indictments –
https://www.endgame.com/blog/technical-blog/indictments-countering-cyber-crime-yesterdays-indictments-context

Government websites hijacked by cryptomining plugin
https://www.grahamcluley.com/government-websites-hijacked-cryptomining-plugin/

How Mac Apps Can Spy On Your Computer
https://lifehacker.com/how-mac-apps-can-spy-on-your-computer-1822928525

US intelligence agencies warn buyers to avoid Huawei smartphones
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/14/fbi-nsa-cia-warn-against-huawei-smartphones/

Mac malware OSX.Proton strikes again
https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2017/10/mac-malware-osx-proton-strikes-again/

FEEDBACK LOOP

“The Square and the Tower”.
https://youtu.be/iAWmWBm2TkY

Privacy.com
http://privacy.com/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Every Town for Gun Safety
https://everytown.org/