EP 263: Bird Flu Epidemics

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  June 11, 2018

Scooters spreading; Sherlock, hero; RIP Bourdain; browser swapping; streaming scandals; Facebook data trending; declining crypto-crap; Buzzfeed pivots; Apple WWDC; Riverhead holo-phones; VR doilies; revisionist memories; Scalzi; an incomplete list of bunk.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain dead at 61
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/08/us/anthony-bourdain-obit/index.html

Anthony Bourdain Was Found Dead After Reportedly Killing Himself
https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/anthony-bourdain-found-dead

Benedict Cumberbatch hailed ‘hero’ after fending off four men attacking Deliveroo cyclist
https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/benedict-cumberbatch-hailed-hero-after-fending-off-four-men-attacking

Uber reportedly joining the San Francisco scooter fray
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/uber-reportedly-joining-the-san-francisco-scooter-fray/#ftag=COS-05-10aaa2h

How cheap dockless hire bikes are flooding the world
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44066083

Denver may start removing electric scooters from city sidewalks
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.9news.com/amp/article%3fsection=news&subsection=local&headline=denver-may-start-removing-electric-scooters-from-city-sidewalks&contentId=73-560761894

Bye-bye, SF scooters as Bird, Lime and Spin go on hiatus
https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Bye-bye-SF-scooters-as-Bird-Lime-and-Spin-go-on-12966874.php

Scooters littering US city streets shout at people: ‘Unlock me or I’ll call the police’
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/07/scooters-littering-city-streets-shout-at-people-unlock-me-or-ill-call-the-police

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/technology/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-electric-scooters.html

IN THE NEWS

London launches world’s first contactless payment scheme for street performers
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/28/17402034/contactless-payment-busker-street-performer-london-izettle

Are traders messing with the price of bitcoin? And why should you care?
https://www.marketplace.org/2018/05/31/tech/are-traders-messing-price-bitcoin-why-care

Capitalism Has Failed, and Jay-Z’s Streaming Scandal Is Proof
https://medium.com/s/story/what-jay-zs-struggles-with-tidal-say-about-hip-hop-and-the-end-of-capitalism-f606703eeac2

Spotify is starting to compete with the music labels by signing direct deals with music acts
https://www.recode.net/2018/6/8/17441544/spotify-daniel-ek-direct-deal-music-labels

Microsoft to buy coding site GitHub for $7.5 billion
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-github-inc-m-a-microsoft-corp/microsoft-to-buy-coding-site-github-for-7-5-billion-idUSKCN1J01N1

Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/03/technology/facebook-device-partners-users-friends-data.html

Removing Trending From Facebook
https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/06/removing-trending/

BuzzFeed is laying off about 20 people — and hiring 45 more — in another reorganization
https://www.recode.net/2018/6/7/17439368/buzzfeed-layoff-hiring-reorganization-facebook-business-jonah-peretti

APPS & DOODADS

iOS 12 Preview
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview/

watchOS 5 Preview
https://www.apple.com/watchos-preview/

Mojave Preview
https://www.apple.com/macos/mojave-preview/

Capture One
https://www.phaseone.com/en/Products/Software/Capture-One-Pro/Highlights.aspx

How to Find and Set Up Messages in iCloud on the Just-Released macOS 10.13.5
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-find-and-set-up-messages-in-icloud-on-your-mac-1826485023

A closer look at RED’s audacious Hydrogen One phone
https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/02/red-hydrogen-one-hands-on-preview/#/

Dave & Buster’s is building HTC Vive-equipped VR arcades
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/6/6/17434432/dave-busters-arcade-virtual-reality-htc-vive

MEDIA CANDY

Patrick Melrose
http://www.sho.com/patrick-melrose

Revisionist History – Free Brian Williams
http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/24-free-brian-williams

Thor: Ragnarok
https://amzn.to/2JpZdYZ

The Cure’s Robert Smith: ‘I was very optimistic when I was young – now I’m the opposite’
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/07/the-cures-robert-smith-i-was-very-optimistic-when-i-was-young-now-im-the-opposite

AT THE LIBRARY

Head On by John Scalzi
https://amzn.to/2Jt0ei7

Lock In by John Scalzi
https://amzn.to/2JrTPQM

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Diary 2019
https://amzn.to/2kScB9c

BRIC-A-BRAC

Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/its-possible-to-reverse-climate-change-suggests-major-new-study/562289/

Microsoft Just Put a Data Center on the Bottom of the Ocean
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pavq99/microsoft-project-natick-submarine-data-center

MORON OF THE WEEK

Man dies on Mount Everest during ASKfm cryptocurrency promotional stunt
https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Man-dies-Mount-Everest-ASKfm-sherpa-cryptocurrency-12967630.php

An Incomplete List Of Complete Bullshit Websites
http://scibabe.com/incomplete-list-bullshit-websites/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Pterodactyl Problems – Spreading Fear (Music Video)
https://youtu.be/NHq1YXOPABk

You Can Now Download the World’s Largest Self-Driving Dataset
https://interestingengineering.com/you-can-now-download-the-worlds-largest-self-driving-dataset

Bay Area exodus? Nearly 50 percent of Californians say they want to move out soon, poll finds
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/04/bay-area-exodus-nearly-50-percent-californians-say-want-to-move-out-soon-poll-finds.html

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy ‘social credit’ system — here’s what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you
http://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-punishments-and-rewards-explained-2018-4

John McAfee says he will run for president in 2020
http://fortune.com/2018/06/04/john-mcafee-president-2020/

US Defense Information System Agency Test
https://youtu.be/HAn0CDkdM88

Cyber Awareness Challenge
https://youtu.be/8nD2PHF1S_0

The week in podcasts: This Is Love; The Hotbed: Swipe Left Swipe Left!
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/feb/18/the-week-in-podcasts-this-is-love-the-hotbed-swipe-left