Ep 260: A Laurel and Hardy Handshake

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  May 21, 2018

Google faked AI? More scooters, bikes; Net Neutrality; are you really the product; Bitcoin energy use; SEC fakes ICO; Alexa development; holographic blockchain phones; the Expanse; AI songwriting; YouTube; keys to the cyber; phone location tracking.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

UH, DID GOOGLE FAKE ITS BIG A.I. DEMO?
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/05/uh-did-google-fake-its-big-ai-demo

THE WIRED GUIDE TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
https://www.wired.com/story/guide-artificial-intelligence/

Netflix – My Activity
https://www.netflix.com/viewingactivity

How to see everything you’ve ever watched on Netflix and Amazon
https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/18/netflix-amazon-viewing-history-guide/

Police Realizing That SESTA/FOSTA Made Their Jobs Harder; Sex Traffickers Realizing It’s Made Their Job Easier
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180509/13450339810/police-realizing-that-sesta-fosta-made-their-jobs-harder-sex-traffickers-realizing-made-their-job-easier.shtml

Austin bike, scooter rules debut to mixed reaction from companies
https://www.statesman.com/news/austin-bike-scooter-rules-debut-mixed-reaction-from-companies/OL1ngKmjwY7104bQ6k1cJM/

There’s now yet another dockless scooter startup in San Francisco
https://qz.com/1281371/boosted-board-founders-have-launched-an-electric-scooter-service-called-skip/

The Dirty Truth Coming for Self-Driving Cars
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/who-will-clean-self-driving-cars.html

Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/05/senate-votes-to-overturn-ajit-pais-net-neutrality-repeal/

Placings on Apple’s Podcast Chart can be bought
https://podnews.net/article/rotten-apple-podcast-charts

Google Employees Resign In Protest Against Pentagon Contract
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/05/google-employees-resign-in-protest-against-pentagon-contract/

IN THE NEWS

“Yanny” or “Laurel”: the audio clip that’s tearing the internet apart
https://www.vox.com/2018/5/15/17357684/yanny-or-laurel-audio

Laurel or Yanny? What We Heard From the Experts
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/science/yanny-laurel.html

We Made a Tool So You Can Hear Both Yanny and Laurel
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/16/upshot/audio-clip-yanny-laurel-debate.html

Yanni on Twitter
http://twitter.com/Yanni

White House Video with Surprise Ending
https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/997255568782852096

Are You Really the Product?
https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/are-you-really-facebooks-product-the-history-of-a-dangerous-idea.html

Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/15/facebook-closed-583m-fake-accounts-in-first-three-months-of-2018

California Today: San Francisco Nurses Protest the Zuckerberg Hospital’s Name
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/us/california-today-san-francisco-zuckerberg-hospital.html

Google Chrome no longer breaks Web games, but the fix won’t last
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/05/google-temporarily-rolls-back-chrome-update-that-broke-many-web-games/

Google is pausing Chrome 66’s autoplay blocker after developer complaints
https://mashable.com/2018/05/16/google-pauses-chrome-autoblocking-feature/

Deliveroo employees are getting shares, riders are getting nothing
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/16/deliveroo-employees-are-getting-shares-riders-are-getting-nothing/

Uber will now let you rate your driver mid-trip
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/14/17350508/uber-driver-rider-rating-mid-trip

The rating game – How Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses
https://www.theverge.com/2015/10/28/9625968/rating-system-on-demand-economy-uber-olive-garden

Twitter delays shutdown of legacy APIs as it launches a replacement
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/16/twitter-delays-shutdown-of-legacy-apis-by-3-months-as-it-launches-a-replacement/

Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual
https://grist.org/article/bitcoins-energy-use-got-studied-and-you-libertarian-nerds-look-even-worse-than-usual/

New study quantifies bitcoin’s ludicrous energy consumption
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/05/new-study-quantifies-bitcoins-ludicrous-energy-consumption/

SEC sets up a fake ICO to warn naive investors against cryptocurrency scams
https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/05/17/sec-fake-ico-investors-cryptocurrency-scams/

APPS & DOODADS

Tweetbot for Mac 3.0
https://tapbots.com/tweetbot/mac/

Favstar says it will shut down June 19 as a result of Twitter’s API changes for data streams
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/14/favstar-twitter/

Alexa developers get 8 free voices to use in skills, courtesy of Amazon Polly
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/16/alexa-developers-get-8-free-voices-to-use-in-skills-courtesy-of-amazon-polly/

AT&T and Verizon will carry RED’s crazy ‘holographic’ handset
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/17/att-will-carry-reds-crazy-holographic-handset/

The RED Hydrogen One is coming to AT&T and Verizon this summer
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/5/17/17362184/red-hydrogen-one-att-verizon-carrier-support-summer-release-date

Watches are Now Being Banned From GCSE and A Level Exams
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2018/05/watches-are-now-being-banned-from-gcse-and-a-level-exams/

MEDIA CANDY

Bohemian Rhapsody
https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/bohemian-rhapsody

Last Night’s The Expanse Was a Fantastic Example of Why Canceling It Was So Dumb
https://io9.gizmodo.com/last-nights-the-expanse-was-a-fantastic-example-of-why-1826082905

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
https://www.cnn.com/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown/

Ugly Delicious
https://www.netflix.com/title/80170368

Ali Wong – Hard Knock Wife
https://www.netflix.com/title/80186940

MORE ARTISTS ARE WRITING SONGS IN THE KEY OF AI
https://www.wired.com/story/music-written-by-artificial-intelligence/

The Church to celebrate 30th anniversary of ‘Starfish’ on fall North American tour
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2018/05/14/the-church-starfish-30th-anniversary-tour/

New YouTube Music Premium costs $9.99 monthly, add $2 to get all Red perks
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/05/youtubes-revamped-music-subscription-service-launches-on-may-22/

YouTube can now tell you who made the music in that video
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/16/youtube-music-in-this-video/

AT THE LIBRARY

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

Students Still Learn Way Better From Print Textbooks Than Screens
https://www.fatherly.com/love-money/students-still-learn-way-better-from-print-textbooks-than-screens/

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Trump eliminates national cyber-coordinator job, gives Bolton keys to the cybers
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/05/trump-closes-job-opening-for-cyber-czar-raising-protests-from-congress/

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data
https://www.zdnet.com/article/us-cell-carriers-selling-access-to-real-time-location-data/

Tracking Firm LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S. Mobile Carriers Without Consent in Real Time Via Its Web Site
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/05/tracking-firm-locationsmart-leaked-location-data-for-customers-of-all-major-u-s-mobile-carriers-in-real-time-via-its-web-site/

Decade-old Efail flaws can leak plaintext of PGP- and S/MIME-encrypted emails
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/decade-old-efail-attack-can-decrypt-previously-obtained-encrypted-e-mails/

How gaming can help solve cybersecurity woes
https://thenextweb.com/dd/2018/05/16/how-gaming-can-help-solve-cybersecurity-woes/

Red Hat admins, patch now – don’t let your servers get pwned!
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/05/16/redhat-admins-patch-now-dont-let-your-servers-get-pwned/

Xage introduces fingerprinting to protect industrial IoT devices
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/14/xage-introduces-fingerprinting-to-protect-industrial-iot-devices/

Interpol’s New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/consumer-electronics/audiovideo/interpols-new-automated-platform-will-recognize-criminals-by-their-voice

BRIC-A-BRAC

Chinese school uses facial recognition to make kids pay attention
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/17/chinese-school-facial-recognition-kids-attention/

A banned CFC is destroying the ozone and nobody can find its source
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/17/a-banned-cfc-is-destroying-the-ozone-and-nobody-can-find-its-sou/

The Wealth-X Billionaire Census 2018
https://www.wealthx.com/report/the-wealth-x-billionaire-census-2018/

100 Demon Dialogues is a collection of comics for anyone who deals with a little voice in their head that says “you’re no good.”
https://lucybellwood.com/100-demon-dialogues/

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/18209/buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo-buffalo

MORON OF THE WEEK

What Is a Blockchain Phone and Why Would Anyone Want One?
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/what-is-a-blockchain-phone-why-would-you-want-one.html

FEEDBACK LOOP

Nomorobo
https://www.nomorobo.com/

HTC reportedly working on blockchain-enabled smartphone
https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/05/15/htc-blockchain-phone/

The Crypto Candle
https://thecryptocandle.com/

Google’s New Algorithm Creates Original Articles From Your Content
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-article-algorithm/253565/

A bike-share border war has started in Boston
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/05/16/bike-share-border-war-has-started-boston/Hdb22XyWEnQAuh4r8zUdSI/story.html?p1=Article_Trending_Most_Viewed

Gillian Triggs joins call for digital rights reforms after brush with data’s dark side
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/14/gillian-triggs-joins-call-for-digital-rights-reforms-after-brush-with-datas-dark-side

The First Blockchain-Powered Relationship Registry & Love AI
https://viola.ai/

Expedia listing room unavailable because lodge isn’t Expedia client
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/no-room-at-the-inn-small-b-c-lodge-claims-expedia-listed-rooms-unavailable-for-2-years-1.4648991