Ep 267: Everybody’s Heard About the Bird

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  July 16, 2018

More scooter wars; pseudo-AI; Apple moves; Uber purges; fair use on the Internet gone insane; haptic vaporware; laser rifles & 3d printed guns; Lando’s back; Goliath, Mrs. Maisel & Sneaky Pete; Murderbot Diaries; DNC hacks; California’s GDPR; 25 locations.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Facebook’s Political Ads Are Still a Black Box
https://slate.com/technology/2018/07/facebooks-ad-transparency-system-isnt-nearly-good-enough.html

Birds and Limes scoot through loophole to ride on the beach path
http://smdp.com/birds-and-limes-scoot-through-loophole-to-ride-on-the-beach-path/167447

The Scooter Wars will be a bloodbath — and Uber will win
https://www.recode.net/2018/7/12/17549498/scooter-wars-bloodbath-bird-lime-spin-uber

The rise of ‘pseudo-AI’: how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots’ work
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/06/artificial-intelligence-ai-humans-bots-tech-companies

IN THE NEWS

A LANDMARK LEGAL SHIFT OPENS PANDORA’S BOX FOR DIY GUNS
https://www.wired.com/story/a-landmark-legal-shift-opens-pandoras-box-for-diy-guns/

Exclusive: Apple to deploy 1Password to all 123,000 employees, acquisition talks underway
https://bgr.com/2018/07/10/apple-1password-acquisition-deal/

Ex-Apple employee charged with stealing autonomous vehicle secrets
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/10/ex-apple-employee-charged-with-stealing-autonomous-vehicle-secrets/

Apple combines machine learning and Siri teams under Giannandrea
https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/10/apple-combines-machine-learning-and-siri-teams-under-giannandrea/

New York City Considers New Pay Rules for Uber Drivers
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/nyregion/uber-drivers-pay-nyc.html

Uber has terminated its self-driving car operators in Pittsburgh
https://qz.com/1326155/uber-has-terminated-its-self-driving-car-operators-in-pittsburgh/

Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use
https://petapixel.com/2018/07/02/court-rules-copying-photos-found-on-internet-is-fair-use/

APPS & DOODADS

Just Press Record
https://www.openplanetsoftware.com/just-press-record/

Surface Go
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-go/8V9DP4LNKNSZ

MacBook Pro Updates
https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/

1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?
https://arstechnica.com/features/2018/07/classic-computing-joyride-cruising-through-modern-workloads-on-a-macintosh-iisi/

HoloSuit promises full-body VR tracking and haptics by November 2018
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/02/holosuit-promises-full-body-vr-tracking-and-haptics-by-november-2018/

Would you pay $700, plus a monthly fee, for a digital license plate?
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/07/would-you-pay-700-plus-a-monthly-fee-for-a-digital-license-plate/

China brings Star Wars to life with ‘laser AK-47’ that can set fire to targets a kilometre away
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153310/china-brings-star-wars-life-laser-ak-47-could-set-fire

Amazon is turning its Fire tablets into portable Echo Shows
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/06/amazon-is-turning-its-fire-tablets-into-portable-echo-shows/

MEDIA CANDY

Adorama: The Podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/adorama-the-podcast/id1403619066?mt=2

Goliath Season 2
https://amzn.to/2KiNP0p

Sneaky Pete
https://amzn.to/2tnU5ds

The ‘Downton Abbey’ movie is officially happening and filming starts in just a few weeks
https://mashable.com/2018/07/13/downton-abbey-film-announcement/

Star Wars 9: Lando actor Billy Dee Williams returning to franchise
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/star-wars-9-billy-dee-williams-lando-calrissian-return-episode-xi-release-date-a8439791.html

The Cure closes Robert Smith’s Meltdown by going ‘there to here and back again’ — hear the full set
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2018/06/24/cure-meltdown-setlist-audio-stream/

Watch: The Cure’s full 2-hour-plus 40th anniversary concert at London’s Hyde Park
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2018/07/09/cure-hyde-park-video-full-concert/

WHAT YOUR FAVORITE ’80S BAND SAYS ABOUT YOU
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/what-your-favorite-80s-band-says-about-you

New episodes of Somebody Feed Phil have dropped, and a new website broken down by city!
https://philrosenthalworld.com/

AT THE LIBRARY

The Singularity Trap by Dennis E. Taylor
https://amzn.to/2MquKHK

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
https://amzn.to/2zv3Vjy

Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075DGHHQL/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force Book 1) by Craig Alanson
https://amzn.to/2zypUG8

Christopher Moore – Secondhand Souls
https://amzn.to/2ufT5si

Harlan Ellison, one of science fiction’s most controversial authors, has died
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/28/17515214/harlan-ellison-science-fiction-star-trek-author-obituary

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

US Charges 12 Russian Intelligence Officers for Hacking DNC, Running DCLeaks
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/government/us-charges-12-russian-intelligence-officers-for-hacking-dnc-running-dcleaks/

California just passed one of the toughest data privacy laws in the country
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/28/17509720/california-consumer-privacy-act-legislation-law-vote

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/29/california_data_privacy_law/

Beware of Extortion Scams Stating They Have Video of You on Adult Sites
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/beware-of-extortion-scams-stating-they-have-video-of-you-on-adult-sites/

Gmail and other services let third parties read users’ emails
https://www.techspot.com/news/75340-gmail-other-services-third-parties-read-users-emails.html

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ross Ulbricht’s Case
https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/07/13/supreme-court-refuses-to-review-ross-ulbrichts-case/

BRIC-A-BRAC

Most People Consistently Visit 25 Different Places in Their Daily Lives
http://mentalfloss.com/article/549939/most-people-visit-just-25-different-places-their-daily-lives

Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/sports/world-cup/england-croatia-france-belgium.html

Alternative Ballistics
http://www.alternativeballistics.com/en/

FEEDBACK LOOP

Bird Electric Scooters | Realistic Marketing, Inc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU6WSFG8CIA&feature=youtu.be

Nazi-themed goods found on Amazon marketplace
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44766463

m1 Finance Review
https://youtu.be/UXwJahoz4E4

This truly shows the power of AI….
https://twitter.com/Droidian_Cowboy/status/1015646442109767680/photo/1

AMAZON DASH HACK WITH RASPBERRY PI AND PYTHON
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/hack-amazon-dash-button-raspberry-pi/

Slow Burn
http://www.slate.com/slowburn