Ep 250: Useful But Creepy

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  March 12, 2018

250 episodes of mild grump; not making $ w/ YouTube & Uber; fighting Birds; unintended consequences; baffling Snap; Bat Day; Netflix, rising; Dirty Coin; bad UI; Jessica Jones; the Cure; Moviepass tracking; Alexa laughing; the Narc Squad; Goop; the Cyber.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Standing desks ‘increase pain’ and slow down mental ability, study suggests
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/23/standing-desks-increase-pain-slow-mental-ability-new-study/

A Snapshot of Online Image Theft (Infographic)
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/309876

Bird Scooters
http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2018/03/03/bird-scooters/

Santa Monica City Council Approves Ordinance Outlining Temporary Regulations for Shared Mobility Systems
https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2018/03/07/santa-monica-city-council-approves-ordinance-outlining-temporary-regulations-for-shared-mobility-systems

IN THE NEWS

Why almost no one is making a living on YouTube
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/02/why-almost-no-one-is-making-a-living-on-youtube/

Uber and Lyft drivers’ median hourly wage is just $3.37, report finds
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/01/uber-lyft-driver-wages-median-report

An MIT study concluded that Uber drivers make less than $4 an hour… Uber calls BS
https://thehustle.co/mit-study-concludes-uber-drivers-dont-make-much-money/

Mission District cabbie attacks self-driving car
https://sf.curbed.com/2018/3/7/17091412/taxi-cab-driver-attacks-self-driving-car-uber

Airbnb and the Unintended Consequences of ‘Disruption’
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/02/airbnb-hotels-disruption/553556/

Snapchat’s redesign is baffling publishers
https://www.recode.net/2018/3/2/17068038/snapchat-discover-redesign-algorithm-traffic-publishers

Snap reportedly laying off around 100 engineers
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/7/17093512/snapchat-engineering-layoffs-100-people

Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/04/technology/silicon-valley-midwest.html

People Are Leaving Silicon Valley and Orlando Might Be the Next Hot Spot
https://www.inc.com/jeff-barrett/leaving-silicon-valley-heres-what-to-look-for-in-a-new-city.html

People on Twitter like passing on lies better than they like retweeting the truth
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/8/17096538/fake-news-twitter-information-social-media

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/technology/two-months-news-newspapers.html

Google adds Disney parks to Street View
https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/06/google-adds-disney-parks-to-street-view/

Bat’s Day 20!
http://www.batsday.net/

After years of neglect, Google finally sells Zagat
https://thehustle.co/google-finally-sells-zagat/

Netflix is worth more than GE or Ford, and it’s creeping up on Disney
https://www.recode.net/2018/3/6/17086244/netflix-worth-more-market-cap-chart-2017-ge-general-electric-ford-disney

Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Official New Cryptocurrency Is Called “Dirty Coin”
https://pitchfork.com/news/ol-dirty-bastards-official-new-cryptocurrency-is-called-dirty-coin/

SEC issues stern warning for potential cryptocurrency investors
https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/07/sec-issues-stern-warning-for-potential-cryptocurrency-investors/

Bitcoin drops below $10K following SEC warning and Binance hack rumors
https://mashable.com/2018/03/07/bitcoin-sec-statement-potential-illegality-binance-hack/

Coinbase Faces a Class Action Lawsuit for Insider Trading
https://futurism.com/coinbase-faces-class-action-lawsuit-insider-trading/

APPS & DOODADS

Launcher for iOS
https://www.cromulentlabs.com/launcher.html

Jurassic World gets the Pokemon GO clone nobody needs
https://thenextweb.com/gaming/2018/03/07/jurassic-world-gets-pokemon-go-clone-nobody-needs/

Google’s productivity suite now shows who viewed your files
https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/07/google-g-suite-shows-file-activity/

FlightView
https://www.flightview.com/flighttracker/

Getting Started in Podcasting with Chris Piccione
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-started-in-podcasting-with-chris-piccione-tickets-43996859792

MEDIA CANDY

Abacus – Small Enough to Jail
http://amzn.to/2FrJFAN

Too Big To Fail
http://amzn.to/2tq57Sj

The Osbournes Podcast
http://www.theosbournespodcast.com/

The Goodstuff Morning Show
https://goodstuff.fm/morningshow/

Derren Brown: The Push
https://www.netflix.com/title/80220000

Chris Rock ‘Tambourine’ Netflix review: In first special in 10 years, comedian discusses his recent divorce: ‘I fucked up; I cheated’
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/chris-rock-tamborine-netflix-divorce-wife-standup-special-review-a8210416.html

Black Mirror gets renewed for another season at Netflix
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/5/17080946/black-mirror-season-5-renewal-netflix

Obama in Talks to Provide Shows for Netflix
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/us/politics/obama-netflix-shows.html

The Cure to Release New Compilation “Torn Down” and a Reissue of “Mixed Up” for This Year’s Record Store Day
http://www.post-punk.com/the-cure-to-release-new-compilation-torn-down-and-a-reissue-of-mixed-up-for-this-years-record-store-day/

About Amazon Music Storage Subscriptions
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201379330

one giant hand A comic by Ben
http://onegianthand.com/

one giant hand on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/onegianthand/

Farewell to NME: a rock’n’roll riot that petered into silence
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/mar/07/farewell-to-nme-rocknroll-riot-that-petered-into-silence

Maximum Rock and Roll
http://www.maximumrocknroll.com/

‘Luke Cage’ season two premieres June 22nd
https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/06/luke-cage-season-two-premieres-june-22nd/

JON FAVREAU TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE AND WRITE LIVE-ACTION STAR WARS SERIES
http://www.starwars.com/news/jon-favreau-to-executive-produce-write-live-action-star-wars-series

David Chase Will Revive The Sopranos With a Prequel Film
https://slate.com/culture/2018/03/david-chase-revives-the-sopranos-with-prequel-film.html

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

MoviePass CEO Proudly Claims They Are Tracking Your Location
http://www.slashfilm.com/moviepass-tracking-location/

Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Phone’s Mic
https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-really-is-spying-on-you-just-not-through-your-phones-mic-1520448644

Alexa Is Creepily Laughing at People for No Reason
https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/amazons-alexa-is-creepily-laughing-for-no-reason-its-just-the-start.html

Unprompted, creepy laughter from Alexa is freaking out Echo users [Updated]
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/03/unprompted-creepy-laughing-from-alexa-is-freaking-out-echo-users/

Geek Squad’s Relationship with FBI Is Cozier Than We Thought
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/geek-squads-relationship-fbi-cozier-we-thought

Dutch Police Are DNA Testing 21,500 Men to Solve a 20-Year-Old Murder
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2018/03/dutch-police-are-dna-testing-21500-men-to-solve-a-20-year-old-murder/

It’s Time to Drop “Cyber” from Our Vocabulary
https://www.technative.io/its-time-to-drop-cyber-from-our-vocabulary/

The Bizarre Evolution of the Word “Cyber”
https://io9.gizmodo.com/today-cyber-means-war-but-back-in-the-1990s-it-mean-1325671487

MORON OF THE WEEK

New York Times issues hilarious correction after Chrome extension mishap
https://mashable.com/2018/03/07/new-york-times-correction-millennials-snake-people-chrome-extension/#rOY22AolGsqP

President Trump’s Exaggerated and Misleading Claims on Trade
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/us/politics/07dc-tradefacts.html

Hope ‘Hacked’
https://gizmodo.com/hope-hacked-1823597700 (https://gizmodo.com/hope-hacked-1823597700

Uber founder Travis Kalanick started his own fund to invest in companies that focus on ‘large-scale job creation’
https://www.recode.net/2018/3/7/17094272/uber-travis-kalanick-investment-fund

All of Oculus’s Rift headsets have stopped working due to an expired certificate
https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/07/all-of-oculuss-rift-headsets-have-stopped-working-due-to-an-expired-certificate/

Oculus issues patch to bring Rift VR headsets back to life after catastrophic shutdown
https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/08/oculus-issues-patch-to-bring-rift-vr-headsets-back-to-life-after-catastrophic-shutdown/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots
https://www.salon.com/2018/03/03/why-americans-are-such-easy-targets-for-trolls-and-bots/

Voice recognition lift (courtesy BBC Scotland) with subtitles….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3lYLphzAnw

$20 porn-unblocking fee could hit Internet users if state bill becomes law
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/20-porn-unblocking-fee-could-hit-internet-users-if-state-bill-becomes-law/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

‘M*A*S*H’ actor David Ogden Stiers dies at 75
https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/03/entertainment/david-ogden-stiers-dies/index.html

Founder of Tower Records dies at 92 while drinking whiskey and watching the Oscars
http://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article203542104.html

All Things Must Pass
http://amzn.to/2oKHLSp