Ep 259: All Your Blockchain Are Belong To Us

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  May 14, 2018

Customer non-service; nothing matters; robocalling, phone-scheduling overlords; Musk & Grimes; Facebook is just fine; Klout out; AI cones; sadness porn; exploiting voice assistants; Uber ignores people; drone swarms; android app oops; TaTaTuuuuuuie.

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Show Notes

INTRO

Amazon AWS – VOD – Building College Coach episode 1
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/257516300

Guide: How Building for Voice Differs from Building for the Screen
http://go.amazonappservices.com/SM0M0i0ys010jJU0q001acO

FOLLOW UP

My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed.
http://wilwheaton.net/2018/05/my-name-is-wil-wheaton-i-live-with-chronic-depression-and-i-am-not-ashamed/

Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/smarter-living/stop-robocalls.html

Infamous ‘Kodi Box’ Case Sees Man Pay Back Just £1 to the State
https://torrentfreak.com/infamous-kodi-box-case-sees-man-pay-back-just-1-to-the-state-180507/

The Cambridge Analytica scandal hasn’t really hurt Facebook at all
http://bgr.com/2018/05/07/cambridge-analytica-scandal-facebook-users-no-significant-decline/

Biotech engineer found dead in sensory deprivation tank in D.C.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/biotech-engineer-found-dead-in-sensory-deprivation-tank-in-dc/2018/05/01/ad767c6e-4d69-11e8-84a0-458a1aa9ac0a_story.html

IN THE NEWS

Google Assistant to make phone calls for owners
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44045424

Fans of Elon Musk and Grimes Are Worried Their Relationship Has Broken Art and Capitalism
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/elon-musk-and-grimes-are-together-and-their-online-fans-are-confused.html

Klout, the $200 million website that measured how important you are on social media with one number, is shutting down
http://www.businessinsider.com/klout-scoring-system-for-social-media-influence-shutting-down-2018-5

Instagram Model Reveals Downside To Social Media Stardom
http://www.ladbible.com/mental-health/interesting-instagrammer-reveals-downside-to-social-media-stardom-20180510?c=1525982071470

Warren Buffett would ‘love to own 100%’ of AAPL as stock price set to hit new all-time high at market open
https://9to5mac.com/2018/05/07/aapl-new-all-time-high/

Uber’s self-driving software detected the pedestrian in the fatal Arizona crash but did not react in time
https://www.recode.net/2018/5/7/17328104/uber-self-driving-crash-arizona-software-elaine-herzberg

Uber vehicle reportedly saw but ignored woman it struck
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/uber-vehicle-reportedly-saw-but-ignored-woman-it-struck/

Microsoft’s AI cone recognizes faces and voices during meetings
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/07/microsoft-ai-meeting-sensor/

An AI speed test shows clever coders can still beat tech giants like Google and Intel
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/7/17316010/fast-ai-speed-test-stanford-dawnbench-google-intel

California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/business/energy-environment/california-solar-power.html

Drone Delivery Is Finally Coming, but Only These 10 Places Will Be Allowed to Have It
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/drone-delivery-is-coming-but-only-these-10-places-will-be-allowed-to-have-it.html

Uber reveals new drone-like prototype to create aerial taxi service by 2023
https://www.dezeen.com/2018/05/10/uber-drone-flying-car-prototype-aerial-taxi-service-technology-news/

APPS & DOODADS

Stockpile
https://www.stockpile.com/

Fuse Reel
https://fusereel.com/

Tello Quadcopter Drone
https://amzn.to/2rwtg5n

7-Eleven launches Deadpool 2 augmented reality experience
https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/07/7-eleven-launches-deadpool-2-augmented-reality-experience/

MEDIA CANDY

The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 2
https://www.hulu.com/the-handmaids-tale

Killing Eve
http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/killing-eve

Billions
http://www.sho.com/billions

Cobra Kai Season One
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9DTWmhhxeKyYHL4mldGcA

COULD ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PREDICT THE NEXT AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR?
https://www.wired.com/story/artificial-intelligence-box-office-predictions/

‘The Expanse’ To End On Syfy With Season 3, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere By Alcon
http://deadline.com/2018/05/the-expanse-canceled-syfy-after-three-seasons-to-be-shopped-1202388026/

Netflix Adds More ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ (Exclusive)
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-adds-more-somebody-feed-phil-1109415

Nine Inch Nails Announce Tour Dates and “Bad Witch” EP
http://www.post-punk.com/nine-inch-nails-announce-tour-dates-and-bad-witch-ep/

Orbital Announce First New Album in 6 Years, Share New Song: Listen
https://pitchfork.com/news/orbital-announce-first-new-album-in-6-years-share-new-song-listen/

AT THE LIBRARY

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel – Themis Files, Book 3
https://amzn.to/2JWIAQa

Bandwidth by Eliot Peper
https://amzn.to/2KYkp59

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Exclusive: Spectre-NG – Multiple new Intel CPU flaws revealed, several serious
https://www.heise.de/ct/artikel/Exclusive-Spectre-NG-Multiple-new-Intel-CPU-flaws-revealed-several-serious-4040648.html

Android App With 10 Million Downloads Left Users’ Photos and Audio Messages Exposed to Public
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gykxqm/drupe-android-app-left-users-photos-and-audio-messages-exposed

Researchers show Siri and Alexa can be exploited with ‘silent’ commands hidden in songs
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/10/researchers-show-siri-and-alexa-can-be-exploited-with-silent-commands-hidden-in-songs/

Criminals used a swarm of drones to surveil and disrupt an FBI hostage operation
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/4/17318080/criminals-drones-swarm-fbi-raid

Welsh Police Used Face Scanning Software That Incorrectly Flagged Thousands
https://futurism.com/welsh-police-face-scanning-software-incorrect/

Researchers say a breathalyzer has flaws, casting doubt on countless convictions
https://www.zdnet.com/article/draeger-breathalyzer-breath-test-convictions/

BRIC-A-BRAC

Hilarious TV Ads From The Dawn Of The Home Computer Era
https://io9.gizmodo.com/hilarious-tv-ads-from-the-dawn-of-the-home-computer-era-1693791663

Fasting For Just 24 Hours Boosts The Regeneration of Stem Cells, Study Finds
https://www.sciencealert.com/fasting-for-just-24-hours-boosts-the-regeneration-of-stem-cells-study-finds-intestine-longevity

UPS Is Trying Out These Awesome-Looking Boxy Electric Trucks In London And Paris
https://jalopnik.com/ups-is-trying-out-these-awesome-looking-boxy-electric-t-1825884227

MORON OF THE WEEK

Hollywood producer brings blockchain to the movies with TaTaTu
https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/07/hollywood-producer-brings-blockchain-to-the-movies-with-tatatu/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Niantic details this year’s ‘Pokémon Go’ events
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/07/niantic-details-this-years-pokemon-go-events/

Mark Zuckerberg Says It Will Take 3 Years to Fix Facebook
https://www.wired.com/story/mark-zuckerberg-says-it-will-take-3-years-to-fix-facebook/

Firefox is adding ads, because only insults are free
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/7/17326184/firefox-ads-sponsored-content-pocket-suggestions

SMA.R.T.-OUR DATA, OUR PRIVACY: PART 1
https://smmirror.com/2018/04/sma-r-t-data-privacy-part-1/

SMA.R.T.-OUR DATA, OUR PRIVACY: PART 2
https://smmirror.com/2018/04/sma-r-t-data-privacy-part-2/

SMA.R.T.-OUR DATA, OUR PRIVACY: PART 3
https://smmirror.com/2018/05/sm-a-r-t-opinion-our-data-our-privacy-part-3/

Mysterium Network
https://mysterium.network/

Some students don’t know how to read analog clocks. Is it the end of an era?
https://apple.news/Abw8N4HQPTBK4PSrwctDt1A

The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-09/bunkers-for-the-wealthy-are-said-to-hoard-10-billion-of-bitcoin

Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/07/canadian_teen_hacker/

Binance CEO Calls ICOs Necessary And ‘100 Times Easier Than Traditional Venture Capital’
https://cointelegraph.com/news/binance-ceo-calls-icos-necessary-and-100-times-easier-than-traditional-venture-capital

Matrix Blockchain Platform
https://www.matrix.io/

Matrix Blockchain Platform Video
https://www.matrix.io/matrix.mp4

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Tony Hawk: 50 tricks at Age 50
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zx7fFFfPis