Ep 251: SpaceForce2000

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  March 19, 2018

Rogue satellites; uplifting Musk; migrating Birds; AirBnB reality; YouTube & Wikipedia; Equifax CIO caught; Theranos fraud; Trim app; hodl the door; privacy review; citizen scores; Yahoo class-action; the Gall—Peters Projection; YouPic; RIP Hawking.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Falcon Heavy & Starman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=A0FZIwabctw

FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/satellites/fcc-accuses-stealthy-startup-of-launching-rogue-satellites

Elon Musk crashes SXSW panel to talk about space travel
https://beta.techcrunch.com/2018/03/10/elon-musk-crashes-sxsw-panel-to-talk-about-space-travel/

Spotify’s first day of trading will be April 3
https://www.recode.net/2018/3/15/17124640/spotify-first-day-of-trading-ipo-april-3

FOR NEWS PUBLISHERS, FACEBOOK IS A LESS RELIABLE FRIEND
https://www.wired.com/story/why-facebook-has-been-less-important-to-news-publishers/

The Price of Wonderland: Homeless Disney Worker Dies in Car
http://www.leftvoice.org/The-Price-of-Wonderland-Homeless-Disney-Worker-Dies-in-Car

IN THE NEWS

Bird, the Uber for Scooters, Just Raised $100 Million
https://www.inverse.com/article/42130-electric-scooter-uber-receives-millions-from-venture-capitalists

First the dockless bikes, now scooters.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/03/13/first-the-dockless-bikes-now-you-can-hop-on-a-scooter-at-a-sidewalk-near-you/?utm_term=.48376d8ae350

City of Santa Monica Prevails Against AirBnB and HomeAway
https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2018/03/13/city-of-santa-monica-prevails-against-airbnb-and-homeaway

What Airbnb Did to New York City
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/03/what-airbnb-did-to-new-york-city/552749/

Lyft is testing a Netflix-style monthly subscription plan
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/15/17127002/lyft-all-access-monthly-subscription

Twitter reportedly suspended users that steal memes and force viral tweets
https://mashable.com/2018/03/10/twitter-suspends-tweetdeckers/#CQXTTSD1CPqr

BAD ACTORS ARE USING SOCIAL MEDIA EXACTLY AS DESIGNED
https://www.wired.com/story/bad-actors-are-using-social-media-exactly-as-designed

YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about conspiracies
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/13/17117344/youtube-information-cues-conspiracy-theories-susan-wojcicki-sxsw

YouTube didn’t tell Wikipedia about its plans for Wikipedia
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/14/17120918/youtube-wikipedia-conspiracy-theory-partnerships-sxsw

Equifax’s former CIO just got charged with insider trading
http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/mv3-3KrLLhA/

SEC charges Theranos with “massive fraud,” CEO Holmes stripped of control
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/sec-charges-theranos-with-massive-fraud-ceo-holmes-stripped-of-control/

THERANOS AND SILICON VALLEY’S ‘FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT’ CULTURE
https://www.wired.com/story/theranos-and-silicon-valleys-fake-it-till-you-make-it-culture/

France is suing Google and Apple over ‘abusive’ developer contracts
http://bgr.com/2018/03/14/france-google-apple-developer-contracts/

The Snapchat Ad That Joked About Rihanna and Domestic Violence Was Approved by a Human
https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/the-snapchat-ad-that-joked-about-rihanna-and-domestic-violence-was-human-approved.html

Cloudflare’s Cache Can ‘Substantially Assist’ Copyright Infringers, Court Rules
https://torrentfreak.com/cloudflares-cache-can-substantially-assist-copyright-infringers-court-rules-180314/

Do You Own Bitcoin? The IRS Is Coming for You
https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-you-own-bitcoin-the-irs-is-coming-for-you-1521192601

APPS & DOODADS

Twitter is working on a camera-first feature that could threaten Snap
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/14/twitter-working-on-snap-discover-competitor-with-location-based-snaps.html

Slim Selfie Drone Camera
https://www.trendingvip.com/products/slim-selfie-drone-camera

JJRC H49 SOL 720P WIFI FPV Ultrathin Foldable Selfie Drone with Beauty Altitude Hold Mode RC Quadcopter RTF – Black
http://amzn.to/2GslDUs

Trim
http://www.asktrim.com/about

Jobs at Trim
https://jobs.lever.co/asktrim

‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Loot Box Overhaul Detailed
https://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/news/star-wars-battlefront-ii-loot-box-overhaul-detailed-w517937

MEDIA CANDY

Cryptocurrencies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6iDZspbRMg

RadioYo
https://rao.radioyo.fm/

Ricky Gervais: Humanity
https://www.netflix.com/title/80189653

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
https://www.netflix.com/title/70155581

Jessica Jones
https://www.netflix.com/title/80002311

Amazon Prime’s Streaming Numbers Are Out, and They’re Surprisingly Underwhelming
https://slate.com/culture/2018/03/amazons-prime-numbers-are-lower-than-you-might-expect.html

Trailer: Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a serious action drama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIffDJA9s0A

AT THE LIBRARY

Privacy: And How to Get It Back by: B. J. Mendelson
https://www.amazon.com/Privacy-How-Back-Curious-Reads/dp/1912475014

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Former Equifax Executive Charged With Insider Trading
https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2018-40

Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones to Sinaloa Drug Cartel
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a34b7b/phantom-secure-sinaloa-drug-cartel-encrypted-blackberry

Would you choose a partner based on their ‘citizen score’?
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43335813

Madison Square Garden Has Been Secretly Using Face Recognition Tech: Report
https://gizmodo.com/madison-square-garden-has-been-secretly-using-face-reco-1823746025

Judge Says Users Can Sue Yahoo for Massive Breach
https://gizmodo.com/judge-says-users-can-sue-yahoo-for-massive-breach-1823704720

115 batshit stupid things you can put on the internet in as fast as I can go by Dan Tentler
https://youtu.be/hMtu7vV_HmY

“It’s Fine,” They Said. “Just Ship It,” They Said.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBA6u5IsXyc

BRIC-A-BRAC

This Video Shows Reactions of Angelenos Seeing the Moon Through a 12″ Telescope
http://www.welikela.com/new-view-of-the-moon-youtube-video/

A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award
http://mentalfloss.com/article/88138/more-accurate-world-map-wins-prestigious-japanese-design-award

Gall—Peters Projection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVX-PrBRtTY

MORON OF THE WEEK

YouPic is building a new economy around photography- using Blockchain
https://youpic.com/learn/5623

Trump Proposes U.S. ‘Space Force’ to Guard the Galaxy
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-proposes-us-space-force-to-guard-the-galaxy

NRA Responds to National Walkout Honoring Students Killed by AR-15 by Tweeting Glamour Photo of AR-15
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/nra-tweets-ar-15-gun-used-in-parkland-during-national-student-walkout.html

Are You Still You if Your Brain Is Uploaded?
https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/the-concept-of-the-brain-uploading-company-nectome-has-a-few-flaws.html

FEEDBACK LOOP

Buy 3 Get 1 FREE! SQ w/ Clean Tech
https://www.cleanbottle.com/collections/all/products/buy-3-get-1-free-tritan-square?variant=14833803011

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Stephen Hawking’s final words to the internet: robots aren’t the problem, capitalism is
https://boingboing.net/2018/03/14/brief-history-of-class-war.html