Ep 257: Is AI Porn?

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  April 30, 2018

Our own Betteridge’s Law; Facebook & Twitter’s good news; YouTube drops more creators; the Internet is growing up; Bitcoin is a scam; Alexa game changers; disenfranchised franchises; the DNA police; tech task forces; more AI & ML; customer service bots.

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Show Notes

IN THE NEWS

Facebook releases content moderation guidelines – rules long kept secret
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/24/facebook-releases-content-moderation-guidelines-secret-rules?CMP=twt_a-technology_b-gdntech

Happy days again for Facebook and Twitter
https://www.recode.net/2018/4/26/17283102/facebook-twitter-q1-earnings-gdpr-europe-amazon-alexa-kids-sonos-ipo-gmail-update-gun-emoji

YouTube networks drop thousands of creators as YouTube policy shifts
https://www.polygon.com/2018/4/23/17268436/fullscreen-socialblade-youtube-mcn-multi-channel-network-creators-monetization

Snapchat’s new Spectacles show that Evan Spiegel is playing the long game
https://www.recode.net/2018/4/26/17278146/snapchat-spectacles-camera-video-evan-spiegel-sunglasses

Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history
https://www.recode.net/2018/4/24/17275202/bitcoin-scam-cryptocurrency-mining-pump-dump-fraud-ico-value

New Research: Crypto-mining Drives Almost 90% of All Remote Code Execution Attacks
https://www.imperva.com/blog/2018/02/new-research-crypto-mining-drives-almost-90-remote-code-execution-attacks/

Even ordinary buyers are flouting the law
http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20180223/FREE/180229948/why-cryptocurrency-could-be-your-worst-tax-nightmare

Exclusive: Flickr bought by SmugMug, which vows to revitalize the photo service
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/04/20/smugmug-buys-flickr-verizon-oath/537377002/

To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in car trunks
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-autos/to-beat-porch-thieves-amazon-slips-packages-in-car-trunks-idUSKBN1HV17S

Gmail.com gets its biggest upgrade since 2011 with today’s redesign launch
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/gmail-coms-massive-redesign-launches-today/

Here’s how the new Gmail’s ‘expiring emails’ feature works
https://mashable.com/2018/04/27/new-gmail-expiring-emails-confidential-mode/

APPS & DOODADS

APRIL 22, 1993: MOSAIC BROWSER LIGHTS UP WEB WITH COLOR, CREATIVITY
https://www.wired.com/2010/04/0422mosaic-web-browser/

THE (SECOND PHASE OF THE) REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN BY GARY WOLFE – 10.01.94
https://www.wired.com/1994/10/mosaic/

Say Goodbye to Apple’s AirPort Routers, For Real This Time
https://gizmodo.com/say-goodbye-to-apples-airport-routers-for-real-this-ti-1825588759

Amazon Gave Alexa a Game-Changing New Ability
https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/alexa-blueprints-amazon-echos-custom-skills-should-make-assistant-more-useful.html

Amazon’s New Alexa for Kids Will Raise Your Child For You
https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/amazon-announces-a-kid-friendly-alexa-freetime-and-echo-dot-kids-edition.html

Echo Dot Kids Edition variety pack – blue/green kid-friendly case
https://amzn.to/2KjJp6S

How to control your Sonos speaker with an Amazon Echo
https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16431688/sonos-speaker-alexa-voice-commands-how-to-setup

Sennheiser HD 559 Open Back Headphone
https://amzn.to/2HY4iU2

Logitech Easy‑Switch K811 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV
https://amzn.to/2qVR7ev

Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad – US English – Space Gray
https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MQ052LL/A/magic-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-us-english-silver?fnode=9d&fs=f%3Dkeyboard%26fh%3D40a2%252B4603

MEDIA CANDY

The Next Star Wars Animated Series Will Be Set Before The Force Awakens
https://slate.com/culture/2018/04/disney-lucasfilm-announce-animated-series-star-wars-resistance.html

‘Star Trek 4’: S.J. Clarkson Becomes the First Female Director in Franchise’s History (EXCLUSIVE)
http://variety.com/2018/film/news/s-j-clarkson-star-trek-4-chris-pine-chris-hemsworth-1202787592/

IMDB: S.J. Clarkson
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1237416/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Dead Can Dance set to Release New Album—Their First in 6 Years
http://www.post-punk.com/dead-can-dance-set-to-release-new-album-their-first-in-6-years/

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Police used genealogy sites to match DNA of Golden State Killer suspect
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/26/golden-state-killer-dna-genealogy-websites

Trump’s cell phone use is security “nightmare” waiting to happen, lawmakers say
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/04/trumps-cell-phone-use-is-security-nightmare-waiting-to-happen-lawmakers-say/

Researchers Turn Amazon Echo Into an Eavesdropping Device
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/researchers-turn-amazon-echo-into-an-eavesdropping-device/

Hackers built a ‘master key’ for millions of hotel rooms
https://www.zdnet.com/article/millions-of-hotel-door-locks-bypass-with-master-key/

Why All My Books Are Now Free (Aka A Lesson In Amazon Scams And Money Laundering)
http://mebfaber.com/2018/04/18/how-to-launder-money-with-amazon-aka-why-all-my-books-are-now-free/

The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1802.07228.pdf

RememBear Official Launch
https://www.remembear.com/blog/remembear-official-launch/

MORON OF THE WEEK

Customer Service Chatbots Are About to Become Frighteningly Realistic
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603895/customer-service-chatbots-are-about-to-become-frighteningly-realistic/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Deactivate your Strava Account
https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216918827-Deactivate-your-Strava-Account

Facebook explored unpicking personalities to target ads
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43869911

CryptoKitties
https://www.cryptokitties.co/

GOG 238: Same as It Ever Was
http://gog.show/ep-238-ever/

HOW TO PODCAST – Must Have Audio & Camera Gear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjs3Fpa5-K8

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/21/world/asia/facebook-sri-lanka-riots.html

Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet
https://medium.com/@mijordan3/artificial-intelligence-the-revolution-hasnt-happened-yet-5e1d5812e1e7

Bitwarden
https://bitwarden.com/

Rule by Machines
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/machine-thinking-alfie-evans-china-social-credit-score/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

‘Schoolhouse Rock’ composer and musician Bob Dorough dies at 94
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2018/04/24/schoolhouse-rock-composer-and-musician-bob-dorough-dies-94/545879002/