Ep 268: Fiddlesticks

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  July 24, 2018

Tech news overload; Uber background checks; Twitter’s lack of “bandwidth”; Apple autonomous cars; AI decision learning tree bullcrappery; Prime Day; Google fined; Moviepass copycats; Facebook’s many problems; facial recognition; Samsam, election, IoT attacks.

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Show Notes

INTRO

WE SHOULDN’T BE SURPRISED THAT HIDEOUS, HIGH-HEELED CROCS ARE FLYING OFF THE SHELVES
https://quartzy.qz.com/1329984/crocs-high-heeled-cyprus-v-shoes-are-selling-out-and-we-shouldnt-be-surprised/

FOLLOW UP

Dude Figures Out How Much He’s Actually Making Per Hour Driving For Uber
http://digg.com/video/uber-lyft-pay-per-hour

Yvette Nicole Brown Is Taking Over Walking Dead Post-Show Hosting Duties
https://io9.gizmodo.com/yvette-nicole-brown-is-taking-over-walking-dead-post-sh-1827592094

Uber drivers are now subject to ‘continuous’ background checks
https://mashable.com/2018/07/13/uber-continuous-background-checks-for-drivers/

Twitter says it doesn’t ‘have the bandwidth’ to fix verification right now
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/17/17583624/twitter-cant-fix-verification-because-elections

Apple continues to ramp up testing of its self-driving car technology in California
https://9to5mac.com/2018/07/18/apple-self-driving-car-expansion-california/

Apple adds 11 cars to its California fleet of autonomous test vehicles
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/18/apple-adds-11-cars-to-its-california-fleet-of-autonomous-test-vehicles/

Ex-Apple employee pleads not guilty in trade secret case
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-theft/ex-apple-employee-pleads-not-guilty-in-trade-secret-case-idUSKBN1K702N

Kodak Bitcoin mining ‘scam’ evaporates
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44845291

IN THE NEWS

AI Weekly: How to regulate facial recognition to preserve freedom
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/13/ai-weekly-how-to-regulate-facial-recognition-to-preserve-freedom/

Academic expert says Google and Facebook’s AI researchers aren’t doing science
https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/07/14/academic-expert-says-google-and-facebooks-ai-researchers-arent-doing-science/

Facebook AI Research Expands With New Academic Collaborations
https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/07/facebook-ai-research-expands/

The $24 billion chatbot industry sucks because it needs better AI
https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/07/14/the-24-billion-chatbot-industry-sucks-because-it-needs-better-ai/

Quick guide to understand the hype around ‘deep learning’
https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/07/14/quick-guide-to-deep-learning/

A beginner’s guide to AI: Computer vision and image recognition
https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/07/18/a-beginners-guide-to-ai-computer-vision-and-image-recognition/

New AI Algorithm Can Fix Grainy Images Without Looking at Clean Photos
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/new-ai-algorithm-can-fix-grainy-images-without-looking-at-clean-photos/

Digital Surgery’s AI platform guides surgical teams through complex procedures
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/16/digital-surgerys-ai-platform-guides-surgical-teams-through-complex-procedures/

Amazon AI predicts users’ musical tastes based on playback duration
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/16/amazon-ai-predicts-users-musical-tastes-based-on-playback-duration/

Google is using AI to see inside the brain like never before
https://qz.com/1327196/google-is-using-ai-to-see-inside-the-brain-like-never-before/

Microsoft and National Geographic team up on AI research grant
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/16/microsoft-national-geographic-ai-environment-research-grant/

IBM researchers train AI to follow code of ethics
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/16/ibm-researchers-train-ai-to-follow-code-of-ethics/

Haven Life uses AI to underwrite life insurance for noncitizens and people with chronic illnesses
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/17/haven-life-uses-ai-to-underwrite-life-insurance-for-noncitizens-and-people-with-chronic-illnesses/

An app that uses AI to help you improve your basketball shot just raised $4 million
https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/17/an-app-that-uses-ai-to-help-you-improve-your-basketball-shot-just-raised-4-million/

CareDash detects fraudulent reviews with the help of AI
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/17/caredash-detects-fraudulent-reviews-with-the-help-of-ai/

DeepMind, Elon Musk and others pledge not to make autonomous AI weapons
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/18/deepmind-elon-musk-pledge-autonomous-ai-weapons/

Watch out, birders: Artificial intelligence has learned to spot birds from their songs
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/07/watch-out-birders-artificial-intelligence-has-learned-spot-birds-their-songs

Artificial Intelligence Is Automating Hollywood. Now, Art Can Thrive.
https://futurism.com/artificial-intelligence-automating-hollywood-art/

Promethean AI uses artificial intelligence to help artists fill out game worlds
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/18/promethean-ai-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-help-artists-fill-out-game-worlds/

Former soldiers use AI to wage war on convenience store lines
https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/07/18/former-soldiers-use-ai-to-wage-war-on-convenience-store-lines/

AI plus a chemistry robot finds all the reactions that will work
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/ai-plus-a-chemistry-robot-finds-all-the-reactions-that-will-work/

Amazon Boycott Unites Workers, Gamers, Shoppers For Prime Day Protest
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2018/07/15/amazon-boycott-unites-workers-gamers-shoppers-for-prime-day-protest/#72a00112ec29

Amazon’s Website Is Not Having a Great Prime Day
https://slate.com/technology/2018/07/amazon-prime-day-glitches-hit-website-users-shopping-deals.html

Amazon’s Prime Day again became the biggest sales day in its history
https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/18/amazons-prime-day-again-became-the-biggest-sales-day-in-its-history/

Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for Android antitrust violations
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/18/17580694/google-android-eu-fine-antitrust

Google suggests it may have to start charging device makers to use Android
https://qz.com/1330881/google-may-start-charging-device-makers-to-use-android-following-an-antitrust-decision/

Six questions you were afraid to ask about Google’s EU antitrust case
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/19/17586258/google-eu-antitrust-explainer-play-store-android-search-fine-apple

MoviePass is using you to ruin the movies
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/16/17570640/moviepass-amc-theaters-subscription-a-list

Check Out Sinemia, the MoviePass Competitor
https://lifehacker.com/moviepass-competitor-is-now-offering-25-in-free-food-w-1827555750

Facebook moderators’ disturbing policies exposed in undercover footage
https://mashable.com/2018/07/18/facebook-content-moderators-undercover-documentary/?utm_cid=mash-com-tw-uk-link%237CkfRp747lqj

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will ‘demote’ it
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44809815

The cameras that know if you’re happy – or a threat
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44799239

Congratulations, Mr. President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/congratulations-zuckerberg-call-trump-election-2016

Mark Zuckerberg says Holocaust deniers are making an honest mistake
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/18/17587080/mark-zuckerberg-holocaust-denial-kara-swisher-interview

New law forces Airbnb to open its books to New York authorities
https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/18/new-law-forces-airbnb-open-its-books-to-new-york-authorities/

Airbnb warned it breaches EU rules over pricing policy
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/16/airbnb-eu-pricing-accommodation-fees-charges

IBM demands $167 million from Groupon for using its patents
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/17/ibm-groupon-patent-lawsuit/

BMW launches a luxury ridesharing service in Seattle
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/17/bmw-reachnow-ridesharing-service-seattle/

APPS & DOODADS

Adjustable Overbed Sofa Table Couch Laptop Table Portable Computer Desk from 27.6″ to 39.4″ on wheels Laptop Cart for Hospital and Home Office with Bracket
https://amzn.to/2upM4FD

Moment Pro Camera iOS App
https://www.shopmoment.com/moment-pro-camera-app

ThinkGeek Star Wars Coffee Press R2D2 Limited Edition 4 Cup French Press – Includes Glass Carafe, Plunger & Filter
https://amzn.to/2utt2hA

Tank Military Edition
http://www.rezvanimotors.com/tank-military-edition#rezvani-tank-military-edition-specs

Target has a secret app for superfans, and it looks like Instagram
https://www.fastcompany.com/90177570/target-has-a-secret-app-for-superfans-and-it-looks-like-instagram

Couple Who Sold Illicit Streaming Devices Have Been Jailed For Five Years
http://www.ladbible.com/community/interesting-couple-who-sold-illicit-streaming-devices-have-been-jailed-20180716

5 Million Americans Will Cut Their Cable TV in 2018
http://mentalfloss.com/article/551493/5-million-americans-will-cut-their-cable-tv-2018

Opener is the latest startup to reveal plans for a personal aircraft
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/14/opener-flying-vehicle-personal-aircraft-blackfly/

Larry Page is quietly amassing a ‘flying car’ empire
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/19/17586878/larry-page-flying-car-opener-kitty-hawk-cora

Crazy People
https://amzn.to/2LmBZnh

MEDIA CANDY

Jim Jeffries – This is me now
https://www.netflix.com/title/80214743

Bill Maher – Live from Oklahoma
https://www.hbo.com/specials/bill-maher-live-from-oklahoma

Lawsuit claims ‘S-Town’ exploited John B. McLemore
https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/07/lawsuit_claims_s-town_exploiti.html

Blade Runner 2049
https://amzn.to/2NoYDbq

Justice League
https://amzn.to/2mujsGU

The Post
https://amzn.to/2Lqgmlh

HBO has ordered a science fiction series from Joss Whedon
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/13/17569334/hbo-the-nevers-science-fiction-series-joss-whedon

AT THE LIBRARY

Unseen Academicals
https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Unseen-Academicals-Audiobook/B07D5H12L6

SpecOps: Expeditionary Force, Book 2 by Craig Alanson
https://amzn.to/2zDOd5z

All Systems Red (Kindle Single): 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

Starship Grifters (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) by Robert Kroese
https://amzn.to/2LtDEqk

BAD ROMANCE
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/16/17566276/cockygate-amazon-kindle-unlimited-algorithm-self-published-romance-novel-cabal

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

Samsam infected thousands of LabCorp systems via brute force RDP
https://www.csoonline.com/article/3291617/security/samsam-infected-thousands-of-labcorp-systems-via-brute-force-rdp.html

Half a Billion IoT Devices Vulnerable to DNS Rebinding Attacks
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/half-a-billion-iot-devices-vulnerable-to-dns-rebinding-attacks/

Microsoft discloses first known hacking attempts in midterm elections
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/397972-microsoft-three-of-the-first-known-attempts-to-hack-the-midterm-elections

Microsoft asks Congress to regulate facial recognition technology
https://boingboing.net/2018/07/13/facial-recognition.html

ACLU calls for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition technologies
https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/13/aclu-calls-for-a-moratorium-on-government-use-of-facial-recognition-technologies/

Smart TVs are invading privacy and should be investigated, senators say
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/07/smart-tvs-are-invading-privacy-and-should-be-investigated-senators-say/

American Engineer Faces Prison for Stashing US Navy Drone Secrets on His Dropbox
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2018/07/american-engineer-faces-prison-for-stashing-us-navy-drone-secrets-on-his-dropbox/

A $225 GPS spoofer can send sat-nav-guided vehicles into oncoming traffic
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/a-225-gps-spoofer-can-send-autonomous-vehicles-into-oncoming-traffic/

BRIC-A-BRAC

Digital Exile: How I Got Banned for Life from AirBnB
https://medium.com/@jacksoncunningham/digital-exile-how-i-got-banned-for-life-from-airbnb-615434c6eeba

Yes, open office plans are the worst
https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/13/yes-open-office-plans-are-the-worst/

Hang on, there’s a fucking Portillo’s in Buena Park, CA? H/T to friend of the show Brian!
https://www.portillos.com/index.html

BBC Sound Effects Beta
http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/

MORON OF THE WEEK

Elon Musk’s kid-submarine was ‘a PR stunt,’ Thailand cave rescue diver says
https://mashable.com/2018/07/14/thailand-cave-rescue-diver-says-elon-musk-submarine-pr-stunt/#w.ehhipHFaqs

Ugh, Elon Musk attacks British diver who called his submarine ‘just a PR stunt’
https://mashable.com/2018/07/15/elon-musk-attacks-thai-cave-diver-twitter/#Vsd44UJIFmqS

Tesla investors demand Elon Musk apologize for calling Thailand diver ‘pedo’
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/17/tesla-elon-musk-thailand-diver-pedo

After Elon Musk’s ‘Pedo’ Tweet, Tesla Shares Fall 4% as Some Investors Worry About His Erratic Behavior
http://fortune.com/2018/07/16/elon-musk-pedo-tweet-tesla-stock/

Elon Musk apologizes for calling cave diver a ‘pedo guy’
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/18/elon-musk-apologises-for-calling-cave-diver-a-pedo-guy/

Elon Musk Unmasked as Top Donor to House Republican PAC
https://www.thedailybeast.com/elon-musk-unmasked-as-top-donor-to-house-republican-pac

Elon Musk calls British diver who helped rescue Thai schoolboys ‘pedo guy’ in Twitter outburst
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thai-cave-rescue-elon-musk-british-diver-vern-unsworth-twitter-pedo-a8448366.html

People Are Donating Money To Kylie Jenner So She Becomes Youngest Billionaire
http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/celebrity-people-donate-money-to-kylie-jenner-to-become-youngest-billionaire-20180714

Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.
https://people.com/tv/dictionary-twitter-account-shades-kylie-jenner-forbes-cover/

FEEDBACK LOOP

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
https://wjccschools.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/01/I-Have-No-Mouth-But-I-Must-Scream-by-Harlan-Ellison.pdf

Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin
http://www.literary-arts-tribute.org/

Venmo: how the payment app exposes our private lives
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/17/venmo-payments-app-default-privacy-settings-public-information

Obike pulls out of Singapore and I can’t get my deposit back
https://www.cnet.com/news/obike-pulls-out-of-singapore-and-i-cant-get-my-deposit-back/

CR Researchers Find Facebook Privacy Settings Maximize Data Collection
https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/cr-researchers-find-facebook-privacy-settings-maximize-data-collection/

MasterChef finalist caught in conveyancer hack recovers half her money, but could still be homeless
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/companies/masterchef-finalist-caught-in-conveyancer-hack-recovers-half-her-money-but-could-still-be-homeless-20180624-p4znfe.html

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Brian’s Dad Memorial Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/user/1210871066/playlist/6Ev0iKXz6w1Cp5uWI8QiZi?si=GzS4Tu5JSmW4ifDKzSr1qA