Ep 265: 5 Easy Ways To Keep Facebook from Listening To You

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  June 25, 2018

Yes, that again; mea culpa advertising; distracted parenting & gaming disorders; Amazon Show & Buttons; browser battles; the cyclical Internet; Hypernormalisation; Moviepass, hold my beer; a win for privacy; filtering AI out; we really do care.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Does the Trolley Problem Have a Problem?
https://slate.com/technology/2018/06/psychologys-trolley-problem-might-have-a-problem.html

L.A. City imposes moratorium, Santa Monica rejects scooter cap.
https://yovenice.com/2018/06/21/scooters-under-scrutiny/

Microsoft Employees Up in Arms Over Cloud Contract With ICE
https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-employees-up-in-arms-over-cloud-contract-with-1826927803

The Machine Fired Me by Ibrahim Diallo
https://idiallo.com/blog/when-a-machine-fired-me

IN THE NEWS

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/the-dangers-of-distracted-parenting/561752/

Facebook Groups may soon charge monthly subscription fees for access
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17484876/facebook-groups-monthly-subscription-service-fees-access

‘Gaming disorder’ is officially recognized by the World Health Organization
https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/18/gaming-disorder-is-officially-recognized-by-the-world-health-organization/

Why Don’t You Like Us?
https://slate.com/technology/2018/06/i-left-facebook-for-10-days-and-facebook-did-not-let-me-forget-it.html

Barcelona Finds a Way to Control Its Airbnb Market
https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/06/barcelona-finds-a-way-to-control-its-airbnb-market/562187/

With influencer fraud on the rise, Unilever bans paid followers to cut down on bots
https://thehustle.co/Unilever-influencers-bots/

APPS & DOODADS

Apple’s New Guidelines for the iOS App Store Include a Total Ban on Crypto-Mining
https://gizmodo.com/apples-new-guidelines-for-the-ios-app-store-include-a-t-1826735569?rev=1528742430587

It looks like Google’s going to launch a podcast app – The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/12/17453006/google-podcast-app-launch

Play Grumpy Old Geeks on Google Podcasts (Android Only)
https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2dydW1weW9sZGdlZWtzLmxpYnN5bi5jb20vcnNz

These Tests Will Tell You Just How Good Your Eyes Are at Seeing Color
https://gizmodo.com/these-tests-will-tell-you-just-how-good-your-eyes-are-a-1826868420

Amazon Show
https://amzn.to/2I1MCp5

Vivaldi
https://vivaldi.com/

MEDIA CANDY

Chris Hardwick’s Hard Times: The Silence From Those in His Orbit Is Deafening
https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Chris-Hardwick-s-Hard-Times-The-Silence-From-13008817.php

Lydia Hearst Supports Husband Chris Hardwick After Abuse Allegation: ‘The Truth Will Always Win’
https://people.com/tv/lydia-hearst-supports-husband-chris-hardwick/

Co-Creator of ‘Juggy Dance Squad’ Defends Chris Hardwick, Says Everyone’s Making Too Many Allegations
https://jezebel.com/co-creator-of-juggy-dance-squad-defends-chris-hardwick-1827015228

Falling Out of Love With the Nerdist Podcast
https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/06/the-chris-hardwick-allegations-mark-the-end-of-an-era-in-podcasting.html

Sounds Like We Won’t Be Getting More Star Wars Spin-Off Movies Anytime Soon
https://slate.com/culture/2018/06/lucasfilm-reportedly-cancels-planned-star-wars-spin-off-films-for-boba-fett-and-obi-wan-kenobi.html

Hypernormalisation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afBmN7icFRw

Adam Curtis continues search for the hidden forces behind a century of chaos
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/09/adam-curtis-donald-trump-documentary-hypernormalisation

The Liar’s Club Podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-liars-club-w-jessica-wellington-and-felicia-michaels/id1399754888?mt=2&i=1000413891629

Why There’s Likely No ‘Good Ending’ In Sight For MoviePass
http://digg.com/2018/moviepass-worth-it-gotti-amc

AMC’s new subscription service is a formidable competitor for MoviePass, analysts say
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/amcs-new-subscription-service-is-a-formidable-competitor-for-moviepass-analysts-say-2018-06-21

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Supreme Court: Warrant generally needed to track cell phone location data
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/22/politics/supreme-court-ruling-cell-phone/index.html

This Filter Makes Your Photos Indecipherable to Facial Recognition Software
https://futurism.com/filter-photos-facial-recognition-software/

Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Police Use to Crack Devices
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/technology/apple-iphone-police.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

Oops, a DNA Testing Company Accidentally Sent Strangers’ Spit to Five Customers
https://gizmodo.com/oops-a-dna-testing-company-accidentally-sent-strangers-1826861777

Smart lock can be hacked ‘in seconds’
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44457166

ow to Shim Master Lock Anti-Shim Combination Lock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJMGr9AlCoU

Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/wjbzzy/your-phone-is-listening-and-its-not-paranoia

BRIC-A-BRAC

Interactive Map Shows Where Your House Would Have Been 750 Million Years Ago
http://mentalfloss.com/article/548431/interactive-map-shows-where-your-house-would-have-been-750-million-years-ago

MORON OF THE WEEK

Melania Trump Wears “I Really Don’t Care Jacket” to Visit Immigration Children’s Detention Facility
https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a21753500/melania-trump-jacket-immigrants-zara/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Deleting Your Online DNA Data Is Brutally Difficult
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-15/deleting-your-online-dna-data-is-brutally-difficult

oBike to leave Melbourne after crackdown on bicycle share company
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-12/obike-dockless-bicycle-scheme-to-leave-melbourne/9860314

Putting Pokémon On The Blockchain Takes Microtransactions To Their Inevitable, Insufferable End
https://futurism.com/pokemon-blockchain-microtransactions-twitch/

There’s Now A Religion Based On the Blockchain. Yes, Really.
https://futurism.com/blockchain-religion-matt-liston/

Scoobi scooters a fun way to zip around the neighborhood
http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13739512-74/first-ride-scoobi-scooters-are-a-fun-way-to-zip-around-the

Ovis: 1st AI-Powered Suitcase Following by Side
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ovis-1st-ai-powered-suitcase-following-by-side

Scooter startups helped solve Segway problem
http://thedailytelegram.mi.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=31c428f58

Pure Purpose Life Coaching
http://www.purepurpose.co.nz/

Firefox makers working on voice-controlled web browser called Scout
https://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-working-on-scout-a-voice-controlled-web-browser-project/#ftag=CAD-01-10aai3d

Yellow oBikes leaving Melbourne in wake of crackdown
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/yellow-obikes-leaving-melbourne-in-wake-of-crackdown-20180612-p4zkyk.html

Tim Hortons drops even further in consumer trust rankings after introducing bitcoin donut
https://www.thebeaverton.com/2018/06/tim-hortons-drops-even-further-in-consumer-trust-rankings-after-introducing-bitcoin-donut/

McDonald’s New Self-Ordering Kiosks Ring the Death Knell for Many Fast Food Jobs
https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/mcdonalds-new-self-ordering-kiosks-ring-death-knell-for-many-fast-food-jobs.html

smide
http://www.smide.ch/

Bicycle hire company oBikes pulls out of Melbourne
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jun/12/bicycle-hire-company-obikes-pulls-out-of-melbourne

A possible Lightroom replacement is darktable. It is available for all platforms.
https://www.darktable.org/

Here’s a creative use of the bikes you hate for a high school senior prank
https://www.reddit.com/r/Seattle/comments/8pkk8o/ah_the_good_ol_senior_year_prank/

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Beer supply running low in Moscow during World Cup
http://www.espn.com/soccer/blog/the-toe-poke/65/post/3534916/beer-supply-running-low-in-moscow-during-world-cup