Ep 261: Money for Nothing

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  May 31, 2018

We’ve updated our Privacy Policy; GDPR; tech & defense; scooter madness; internet ghost towns; Uber profits; ICO scams; break up Facebook; the Expanse, saved; Vevo, dead; phone security; facial recognition for fun & profit; Alexa, open the pod bay doors.

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Show Notes

INTRO

Opera Issues
https://forums.opera.com/topic/26750/invalid-code-signature-on-latest-update

FOLLOW UP

Bought my Wired.com
http://wired.com/

THE LINE BETWEEN BIG TECH AND DEFENSE WORK
https://www.wired.com/story/the-line-between-big-tech-and-defense-work/

Amazon and Google Are Cultivating Quiet Ties With Police and Military. That’s Becoming a Big Problem
http://fortune.com/2018/05/23/amazon-aclu-police-google-military/

Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/charging-electric-scooters-is-a-cutthroat-business/560747/

For the Birds
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/charging-bird-scooters-overnight-is-like-a-much-less-fun-version-of-pokemon-go.html

We Now Know Why the Self-Driving Uber That Killed a Pedestrian Didn’t Brake
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/uber-car-in-fatal-arizona-crash-perceived-pedestrian-1-3-seconds-before-impact.html

IN THE NEWS

THE DECLINE OF SNAPCHAT AND THE SECRET JOY OF INTERNET GHOST TOWNS
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/18/17366528/snapchat-decline-internet-ghost-towns

Snapchat execs are dropping like flies as Spiegel tries to Snap out of his slump
https://thehustle.co/Snap-Spiegel-specs/

Uber turned a profit thanks to its deals in Southeast Asia and Russia
https://www.recode.net/2018/5/23/17380952/uber-2018-financials-yandex-grab-softbank

Uber’s raising up to $600M in a secondary round at $62B valuation, Q1 sales grew to $2.5B
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/23/uber-q1-2018/

Tesla’s Model 3 Might Not Be the Perfect, Affordable Electric Car After All
https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/teslas-model-3-fails-to-get-consumer-reports-recommendation-due-to-braking-problems.html

TruStory, a new startup, just raised $3 million to identify ICO scams before they happen
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/23/trustory-a-new-startup-just-raised-3-million-to-identify-ico-scams-before-they-happen/

Yelp and TripAdvisor Team Up to Pile On Google Over Search Monopoly
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2018/05/yelp-and-tripadvisor-team-up-to-pile-on-google-over-search-monopoly/

Advocacy Groups Call for the FTC to Break Up Facebook
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/advocacy-groups-call-for-the-ftc-to-break-up-facebook/

Freedom From Facebook
https://freedomfromfb.com/

Facebook releases its U.S. political ad archive
https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/24/facebook-releases-its-u-s-political-ad-archive/

The archive is available to view at:
http://facebook.com/politicalcontentads

MEDIA CANDY

‘The Expanse’ Revived for Season 4 at Amazon
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/expanse-revived-season-4-at-amazon-1113803

Westworld
http://www.hbo.com/westworld

If This Footage Is Any Indication, Disney’s Millennium Falcon Roller Coaster Is Going to Be Amazing
https://www.fatherly.com/news/test-footage-millennium-falcon-ride/

No Cable and want to see the World Cup? No problem.
http://www.fubo.tv/lp/World-Cup/

NETFLIX UNVEILS THE RELEASE DATE FOR MATT GROENING’S DISENCHANTMENT SERIES
http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/netflix-unveils-the-release-date-for-matt-groening-s-disenchantment-series-106-02

Record Labels Sensibly Decide to Wind Down Pointless Vevo Service
http://gizmodo.com/record-labels-sensibly-decide-to-wind-down-pointless-ve-1826302786

The Jim Jeffries Show – Leave Your Emotional Support Camel At Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz8bqJaKeKk

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Some low-cost Android phones shipped with malware built in
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/24/some-low-cost-android-phones-shipped-with-malware-built-in/

MIT engineers replace chefs with machines at “world’s first” robotic kitchen
https://www.dezeen.com/2018/05/22/mit-engineers-replace-chefs-with-machines-in-worlds-first-robotic-kitchen/

Facebook expands controversial revenge porn prevention to more countries
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/23/facebook-revenge-porn-prevention-tool/

‘Too inconvenient’: Trump goes rogue on phone security
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/21/trump-phone-security-risk-hackers-601903

Trump Can’t Block Critics on Twitter
https://www.wired.com/story/donald-trump-blocking-on-twitter-unconstitutional/

Report Confirms Deep Flaws Of Automated Facial Recognition Software In The UK, Warns Its Use In The US Is Spreading
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180518/10000439863/report-confirms-deep-flaws-automated-facial-recognition-software-uk-warns-use-us-is-spreading.shtml

Amazon Is Selling Cheap, Real-Time Facial Recognition Technology to Cops
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/3k4dq5/amazon-rekognition-facial-recognition-cops-body-cameras

Barcelona is leading the fightback against smart city surveillance
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/barcelona-decidim-ada-colau-francesca-bria-decode

Apple users in the EU can now download all the info the company has on them
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/23/17383692/eu-apple-users-id-privacy-portal-gdpr

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/24/alexa_recording_couple/

Here’s Amazon’s explanation for the Alexa eavesdropping scandal
https://www.recode.net/2018/5/24/17391480/amazon-alexa-woman-secret-recording-echo-explanation

BRIC-A-BRAC

These Fans Are Building a Dazzlingly Accurate Millennium Falcon Cockpit
https://www.sciencealert.com/replica-millenium-falcon-cockpit-screen-accurate-star-wars-fans

This Breathing Exercise Can Calm You Down in a Few Minutes
https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/kzxe83/this-breathing-exercise-can-calm-you-down-in-a-few-minutes

FILIPINO ADOBO (PORK OR CHICKEN) WITH SLOW COOKER VARIATION
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/filipino-adobo-pork-or-chicken-with-slow-cooker-variation-281472

This startup wants to help the planet with meatless burgers
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/23/smallbusiness/impossible-foods-meatless-burger/index.html

How The ‘Impossible Burger’ Revealed Some Disturbing FDA Practices
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/08/31/how-the-impossible-burger-revealed-some-disturbing-fda-practices/#70e9c24d6aa9

Impossible Burger’s ‘Secret Sauce’ Highlights Challenges of Food Tech
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/business/impossible-burger-food-meat.html

MORON OF THE WEEK

After tens of thousands of pre-orders, 3D audio headphones startup Ossic disappears
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/20/after-tens-of-thousands-of-pre-orders-high-end-3d-headphones-startup-ossic-disappears/

Dealership Makes Woman Sitting Right In Front Of Them Confirm She’s Not A Robot
https://jalopnik.com/dealership-makes-woman-sitting-right-in-front-of-them-c-1826232532

Woman Furiously Shits On Floor Of Tim Hortons, Throws It At Employees
https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/woman-furiously-shits-on-floor-of-tim-hortons-throws-i-1826082960

FEEDBACK LOOP

Food Evolution
https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/

Will Blockchains Revolutionize Education?
https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/5/will-blockchains-revolutionize-education

FastMail
http://FastMail.com/

Jolly Roger Telephone Company
http://jollyrogertelephone.com/

TIFU by getting Google to ban our entire company while on the toilet
https://www.reddit.com/r/tifu/comments/8kvias/tifu_by_getting_google_to_ban_our_entire_company/

Chinese unicorn Mobike readies Brazil launch
https://www.zdnet.com/article/chinese-unicorn-mobike-readies-brazil-launch/

Why Germans love this podcast app
https://medium.com/@threadpitt/why-germans-love-this-podcast-app-b17b3435aa3

folioinvestments.com
http://folioinvestments.com/

Robinhood.com
http://robinhood.com/

The Investors Podcast
https://www.theinvestorspodcast.com/podcast/

Berlin and Barcelona use sleuths to root out illegal holiday lets
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/berlin-and-barcelona-use-sleuths-to-root-out-illegal-holiday-lets

Bike wars: Chinese bike-share giants wheel out UK expansion plans
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/12/bike-wars-chinese-bike-share-giants-wheel-out-expansion-plans-in-uk

The Knot
http://theknot.com/