Ep 270: The Mean Cul-de-sacs

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  August 6, 2018

FB’s got 99 problems; burning down the scooter; DNA deals; delete old Tweets; Moviepass lumbers on; Apple trillion; working up from the middle; chairs, desks & monitors, oh my; Bourdain, bad TV & British slang; Reddit hack; Quiet Skies; bad actors; super donkeys!

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

Don’t fear fake accounts on Facebook. Fear Facebook itself
https://www.salon.com/2018/07/31/dont-fear-bad-actors-on-facebook-fear-facebook-itself/

The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/opinion/the-expensive-education-of-mark-zuckerberg-and-silicon-valley.html

Chris Hardwick To Serve As ‘America’s Got Talent’ Guest Judge As Scheduled, Set To Return As ‘The Wall’ Host
https://deadline.com/2018/07/chris-hardwick-americas-got-talent-guest-judge-the-wall-1202437839/

Guardians of the Galaxy cast pledges support for James Gunn
https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/30/17630288/guardians-of-the-galaxy-cast-james-gunn-chris-pratt

Cities crack down on electric scooter scofflaws, while trying to untangle the chaos of a new technology
http://www.latimes.com/la-me-abcarian-scooters-2018072-story.html

So yeah… Bird and Lime scooter charging burned down a house!
https://twitter.com/peachhead/status/1024907494240313344

“Scooter Charging Fire” on Google
https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=scooter+charging+fire&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

DNA-testing company 23andMe has signed a $300 million deal with a drug giant. Here’s how to delete your data if that freaks you out.
https://www.businessinsider.com/dna-testing-delete-your-data-23andme-ancestry-2018-7

23andMe and other DNA-testing firms promise not to share data without consent
https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/1/17638680/genetic-data-privacy-consumer-rights-guidelines-23andme-ancestry

Why 23andMe’s new venture scares me
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/02/opinions/23andme-glaxosmithkline-partnership-dna-parkinsons-deliee/index.html

A Major Drug Company Now Has Access to 23andMe’s Genetic Data. Should You Be Concerned?
http://time.com/5349896/23andme-glaxo-smith-kline/

Open thread: Should Twitter users automatically delete old tweets?
https://thenextweb.com/insider/2018/07/31/open-thread-should-twitter-users-automatically-delete-old-tweets/

Updated: MoviePass to Raise Subscription Price Amid Service Outages
http://www.vulture.com/2018/07/moviepass-goes-black-just-days-after-running-out-of-cash.html

John Oliver fixes Facebook’s apology ad to remind you that the company still doesn’t care about you
https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/30/17629406/john-oliver-last-week-tonight-facebook-apology-ad-parody-fixed

IN THE NEWS

The U.S. government doesn’t know how big the gig economy is
https://www.recode.net/2018/7/24/17603482/the-u-s-government-doesnt-know-how-big-the-gig-economy-is

It’s official: Apple is the first U.S. public company to reach a $1 trillion market value
https://www.recode.net/2018/8/2/17644254/apple-trillion-dollar-market-value-tim-cook-buybacks

Apple’s Value Hit $1 Trillion. Add Disney to Bank of America and … You’re Halfway There
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/02/technology/apple-trillion-market-cap.html

Apple now worth $1 trillion thanks to tax cuts and tax aversion schemes
https://www.salon.com/2018/08/02/apple-now-worth-1-trillion-thanks-to-tax-cuts-and-tax-aversion-schemes/

Apple can reportedly no longer recover data from MacBooks if the logic board fails
https://www.techspot.com/news/75644-apple-can-reportedly-no-longer-recover-data-macbooks.html

Jeff Bezos got his parents to invest nearly $250,000 in Amazon in 1995 — they might be worth $30 billion today
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/02/how-jeff-bezos-got-his-parents-to-invest-in-amazon—turning-them-into.html

Uber ends autonomous truck program to focus on self-driving cars
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/30/uber-ends-autonomous-truck-program-to-focus-on-self-driving-cars/

Uber and Lyft are fighting a critical battle against New York City — and this time, they might not win
https://www.recode.net/2018/8/2/17635692/uber-lyft-new-york-city-regulation-bills-ride-share-car-cap

Artificial intelligence can predict your personality by scanning your eyes
https://www.cnet.com/news/artificial-intelligence-can-predict-your-personality-by-looking-at-your-eyes/

The U.K. Wants to Become the World Leader in Ethical A.I.
https://slate.com/technology/2018/08/the-u-k-wants-to-be-the-world-leader-in-ethical-a-i.html

Comcast to launch Amazon Prime Video on Xfinity X1 service later this year
https://finance.yahoo.com/m/11a6de39-6e4e-30a0-bd17-1df89b1def5e/comcast-to-launch-amazon.html?.tsrc=applewf

This AI will slap a bikini on your naughty bits
https://www.fastcompany.com/90209658/this-ai-will-slap-bikinis-on-your-naughty-bits

Americans are now spending 11 hours each day consuming media
https://qz.com/1344501/americans-now-spend-11-hours-with-media-in-an-average-day-study/

Researchers suspect digital media may be spurring rise in ADHD
https://www.salon.com/2018/08/02/researchers-suspect-digital-media-may-be-spurring-rise-in-adhd/

Sonos redesigned the Nasdaq opening bell to mark IPO
https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/2/17642330/sonos-nasdaq-bell-ipo-stock-market

APPS & DOODADS

Uplift Desk
https://www.upliftdesk.com/

LifeSpan TR800-DT3 Standing Desk Treadmill
https://www.upliftdesk.com/lifespan-tr800-dt3-standing-desk-treadmill/

Ficmax Ergonomic High-back Large Size Office Desk Chair Swivel Black PC Gaming Chair with Lumbar Massage Support and Retractible Footrest
https://amzn.to/2vgyapD

Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch 4k UHD LED-Lit Monitor
https://amzn.to/2vewCwx

Naked Labs raises $14M Series A led by Founders Fund for its 3D body scanning mirror
https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/01/naked-labs-raises-14m-series-a-led-by-founders-fund-for-its-3d-body-scanning-mirror/

Naked Labs
https://nakedlabs.com/naked-home-body-scanner

Mailist Is Instapaper for Email Addicts
https://lifehacker.com/mailist-is-instapaper-for-email-addicts-1828051612

MEDIA CANDY

Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Will Air Its Final Seven-Episode Season This Fall
https://people.com/food/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-final-season-cnn/

Remembering Anthony Bourdain, The Chef of Curiosity
https://redef.com/set/media-set-1528491573402

The Cloverfield Paradox
https://www.netflix.com/title/80134431

Dark Matter
https://www.netflix.com/title/80023289

Rampage
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2231461/

G-Funk
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5358146/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Hardcore History – Supernova in the East Part 1
https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-62-supernova-in-the-east-i/

Will Arnett Teaches You Canadian Slang | Vanity Fair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evvzG0Xz69Q

Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg Teach You English Slang | Vanity Fair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIj1nDUs9g

HAN’S COAT, MCFLY’S HOVERBOARD… Other Props Up for Auction
http://www.tmz.com/2018/08/01/han-solo-jacket-hollywood-memorabilia-auction-prop-store/

SECURITY HAH!

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

Dave Bittner
https://twitter.com/bittner

REDDIT GOT HACKED THANKS TO A WOEFULLY INSECURE TWO-FACTOR SETUP
https://www.wired.com/story/reddit-hacked-thanks-to-woefully-insecure-two-factor-setup/

The Cybersecurity 202: Feds arrest three in global cybercrime ring linked to hacks on Chipotle, Arby’s and other U.S. chains
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-cybersecurity-202/2018/08/02/the-cybersecurity-202-feds-arrest-three-in-global-cybercrime-ring-linked-to-hacks-on-chipotle-arby-s-and-other-u-s-chains/5b61e2331b326b0207955ea6/?utm_term=.6cef4b2b872e

TSA’s ‘Quiet Skies’ Program Tracks, Observes Travelers In The Air
https://www.npr.org/2018/07/30/633980912/tsas-quiet-skies-program-tracks-observes-travelers-in-the-air

Facebook has discovered a ‘coordinated’ campaign of misinformation accounts ahead of the U.S. midterm elections
https://www.recode.net/2018/7/31/17635164/facebook-bad-actors-election-midterm-us-coordinated-inauthentic-behavior

Data-centric security. — Special Edition
https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-special-2018-data-centric-security.html

MORON OF THE WEEK

Fat tourists are crippling donkeys that carry them on holiday in Greece
https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/28/greece-breeding-new-type-donkey-overweight-tourists-visiting-santorini-7770313/

Centers For Disease Control Reminds People Not To Wash Or Re-Use Their Condoms
http://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-news-cdc-reminds-people-not-to-wash-or-re-use-their-condoms-20180801

FEEDBACK LOOP

After Bird electric scooters land, Cincinnati officials left scratching their heads
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/07/27/birds-arrival-leaves-city-hall-scratching-its-head-over-scooters/849661002/

Get your own HAL-9000 replica with Bluetooth and voice command
https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/02/hal-9000-replica-bluetooth-voice-command/

E-scooters, bikes should be back in Denver by Friday
https://www.9news.com/mobile/article/news/local/next/e-scooters-bikes-should-be-back-in-denver-by-friday/73-577133937