Ep 249: Distributed Excel Spreadsheet

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  March 5, 2018

Blockchain, explained; more completely wrong headlines; rat race to the bottom; Spotify; social media rules; removing yourself from searches; adventures in PC land; ello, Vero; expensive cameras & bad bags; upcoming shows; DNA barcodes; predictive policing.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Waze Still Provides the Fastest Driving Directions
https://lifehacker.com/waze-still-provides-the-fastest-driving-directions-1823286419

Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity
https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/10/times-up-for-facebook-ticker/

Facebook has decided that separating publishers into their own News Feed is a bad idea
https://www.recode.net/2018/3/1/17067438/facebook-news-feed-test-explore-tab-publishers-media-separate-friends

Snapchat’s redesign was meant for your friends, and celebrities aren’t your friends, says CEO Evan Spiegel
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/23/17045732/kylie-jenner-snapachat-tweet-stock-wall-street-evan-spiegel-redesign-app

50 Cent admits in bankruptcy document that he never actually owned any bitcoin
https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2018/2/26/17054746/50-cent-bankruptcy-no-bitcoin

LinkedIn’s New Integrated Marketing Campaign Seeks to Smash Its ‘White Collar’ Stereotype
http://www.adweek.com/digital/linkedins-new-integrated-marketing-campaign-seeks-to-smash-its-white-collar-stereotype/

How NASA averted the 2060 apocalypse
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/28/1745436/-How-NASA-averted-the-2060-apocalypse

1Password Integrates With ‘Pwned Passwords’ to Check if Your Passwords Have Been Leaked Online
https://www.macrumors.com/2018/02/23/1password-pwned-passwords/

IN THE NEWS

Let Them Eat Experience
https://jacobinmag.com/2018/02/trump-unpaid-internships-labor-department

Instacart says it mistakenly withheld tips from some of its workers
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/23/17046120/instacart-tips-bug-waive-service-fee

South Korea reduces its workweek to 52 hours
https://thehustle.co/south-korea-reduces-workweek-to-52-hours

California Will Let Autonomous Cars Operate Without Anyone Behind the Wheel
https://slate.com/technology/2018/02/autonomous-vehicles-in-california-do-not-need-emergency-drivers-inside.html

The Chinese government has banned the letter ‘N’ and George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 in a major online censorship clampdown.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/china-bans-the-letter-n-and-george-orwells-animal-farm-as-president-xi-jinping-extends-grip-on-power-a3777686.html

Twitter’s $70 million SoundCloud investment is officially wiped out
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/24/17048224/twitter-soundcloud-70-million-writedown-investment-music-streaming

Spotify files to go public with $1bn US SEC listing
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/28/spotify-files-initial-public-offering?CMP=twt_a-technology_b-gdntech

How the NRA fight between Delta and Georgia could roil Atlanta’s Amazon headquarters bid
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/03/01/amazon-second-headquarters-atlanta-nra-georgia-delta-airlines-gun-control/382331002/

Hey Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: It’s time to clarify what gets you banned — then actually enforce the rules
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/25/17043446/facebook-youtube-twitter-rules-harassment-parkland-high-school-shooting-conspiracy-theories

What Would a ‘Healthy’ Twitter Even Look Like?
https://www.wired.com/story/what-would-healthy-twitter-look-like/

The European Commission wants Facebook, Google to remove terrorist content within an hour after being flagged
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/1/17066362/european-commission-eu-tech-illegal-terrorist-content-google-youtube-facebook

In the EU, people have a right to be removed from certain search results
https://thehustle.co/EU-can-remove-you-from-search-results/

How people are exercising their ‘Right to be Forgotten’ on Google
https://mashable.com/2018/02/27/right-to-be-forgotten-google-transparency-report/

How to Opt Out of the Most Popular People Search Sites
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-opt-out-of-the-most-popular-people-search-sites-1791536533

LittleThings blames its shutdown on Facebook algorithm change
https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/28/littlethings-shutdown/

4G WiFi on the Moon? It’s coming as soon as next year
http://bigthink.com/news/4g-on-the-moon-its-coming-as-soon-as-next-year

APPS & DOODADS

Feedly
https://feedly.com/i/welcome

Reeder 3 for Mac
http://reederapp.com/mac/

Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/25/17044634/nokia-8110-matrix-banana-phone-mwc-2018

Why Is Vero Going Viral?
https://slate.com/technology/2018/02/why-vero-a-barely-capable-anti-facebook-app-is-going-viral.html

Vero’s founder was confused by his own terms of service at first, too
https://mashable.com/2018/02/27/what-is-vero-lebanese-billionaire-ayman-hariri-true-social/

As Vero Blows Up, Backlash Builds Against Social App’s ‘Shady’ Founder
https://www.thedailybeast.com/as-vero-blows-up-backlash-builds-against-shady-social-app

Amazon to acquire Ring video doorbell maker, cracking open the door in home security market
https://www.geekwire.com/2018/amazon-acquire-ring-video-doorbell-maker-cracking-open-door-home-security-market/

Skydio – The self-flying camera has arrived.
https://www.skydio.com/

Leica BLK360
http://leicablk360.com/

Can You LIDAR Scan a Movie Studio?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgI02cn1RdY

Savage Industries EDC ONE
https://adamsavage.com/

LED Tactical Flashlight – Wsiiroon 1600 Lumen XML-T6 Handhold Flashlight-Portable, Zoomable, Waterproof, Super Brightness with 5 Light Modes for Indoor and Outdoor Use, 2 pack (Batteries Not Included)
http://amzn.to/2F66n2b

Alto’s Odyssey!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaZsrAi6iJg

The state of iOS game development, according to the creators of Alto’s Odyssey
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/the-creators-of-altos-odyssey-on-how-to-make-a-mobile-game-thats-actually-good/

Chrome browser extension that replaces the word “blockchain” with the phrase “multiple copies of a giant Excel spreadsheet.”
https://github.com/cynthiablee/blockchain-to-spreadsheet

MEDIA CANDY

BREAKING: Weird Al drops new Hamilton Polka Single!
https://open.spotify.com/album/6W9Zh48twLSES56hA8mJEK?si=UBePbnvrT7qNmjrmawVtMg

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon React to Weird Al’s “Hamilton Polka”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUaB4o8xMvg

Kevin Smith Tweets He Has Suffered “Massive Heart Attack”
http://deadline.com/2018/02/kevin-smith-suffers-massive-heart-attack-twitter-1202303124/

The Tick
http://amzn.to/2GJgkiq

The Grand Tour Season 2
http://amzn.to/2GFyC47

More than 50 original Netflix shows and movies will debut in March
http://bgr.com/2018/03/01/netflix-march-2018-releases-original-tv-shows-movies-list/

Michael B. Jordan burns all the books in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ trailer
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/26/michael-b-jordan-burns-books-fahrenheit-451-trailer/

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

Black Panther
http://marvel.com/movies/movie/224/black_panther

M. Night Shyamalan is the latest to join Apple’s original TV ranks
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/27/m-night-shyamalan-apple-tv/

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Coming to Television With The Watch
https://www.tor.com/2018/03/01/terry-pratchetts-discworld-coming-television-the-watch/

AT THE LIBRARY

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
http://amzn.to/2GJpStS

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday
http://amzn.to/2F79K8h

Starman Jones
http://amzn.to/2t8Icuw

Starman Jones – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starman_Jones

Neil Gaiman is turning The Sandman into an expanded comics universe
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/1/17069162/the-sandman-universe-neil-gaiman-dc-comics-vertigo

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Facebook is listening to you
https://twitter.com/Snubs/status/968267265073340417

Are smartphones listening and targeting us with ads?
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/phone-listening-facebook-google-ads/

The X-Files Sure Tried to Be Black Mirror Last Night and It Did Not Go Well
https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-x-files-sure-tried-to-be-black-mirror-last-night-an-1823418615

Funny Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry comedy sketch! ‘Your name, sir?’ – BBC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNoS2BU6bbQ

MISCONFIGURED MEMCACHED SERVERS ABUSED TO AMPLIFY DDOS ATTACKS
https://threatpost.com/misconfigured-memcached-servers-abused-to-amplify-ddos-attacks/130150/

GitHub hit with record 1.35-Tbps denial of service attack, more attacks expected
https://www.cyberscoop.com/github-denial-of-service-amplification-attack/

PALANTIR HAS SECRETLY BEEN USING NEW ORLEANS TO TEST ITS PREDICTIVE POLICING TECHNOLOGY
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/27/17054740/palantir-predictive-policing-tool-new-orleans-nopd

Russia hacked the Olympics and tried to pin it on North Korea
https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/25/russia-hacked-olympics-and-tried-to-frame-north-korea/

BRIC-A-BRAC

How Scientists Are Using Plant-Based DNA Barcodes to Bust Counterfeiters
http://mentalfloss.com/article/503061/how-scientists-are-using-plant-based-dna-barcodes-bust-counterfeiters

We found some of our favourite satire Twitter accounts this week. And they have to do with Star Trek!
http://www.geeksandbeats.com/2018/02/high-among-stars/

A video that explains the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
https://boingboing.net/2018/02/27/a-video-that-explains-the-heis.html

Someone Put a Statue of Jason Voorhees in a Minnesota Lake For Divers to Stumble Across
http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/268037/someone-put-statue-jason-voorhees-minnesota-lake-divers-stumble-across/

MORON OF THE WEEK

Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dog. Here’s How Much That Costs
http://time.com/money/5178509/barbra-streisand-dog-coton-du-tulear-clone-cloning/

FEEDBACK LOOP

2018 Mac Power Users Chicago Meet-up
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-mac-power-users-chicago-meet-up-tickets-42693042038

BREAKING: You Can Make Wine in Your Instant Pot
https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/j5bnd7/how-to-make-wine-in-an-instant-pot

The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/02/26/government-can-access-any-apple-iphone-cellebrite/#63916554667a

ERICSSON IS BUILDING AI NETWORKS FOR OUR 5G FUTURE
https://sea.pcmag.com/news/19765/ericsson-is-building-ai-networks-for-our-5g-future?amp=1&__twitter_impression=true

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Booby Trap by Dr. Seuss
http://www.drseussart.com/secretandarchive/booby-trap