Ep 272: Vulcan Tighty-Whities

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  August 16, 2018

SPACE FORCE! WeWork at losing money; Google still tracking you; hacking voting machines; A New Spock; new Monty Python; streaming killed the music star; sand & salt; murderbots; Snapchat Dysmorphia; Seagal & Rodman 2020; Airbnb breaking down walls; the perfect banana.

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Show Notes

IN THE NEWS

Pence details plan for creation of Space Force in what would be the sixth branch of the military
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/pence-details-plan-for-creation-of-space-force-in-what-would-be-the-sixth-branch-of-the-military/2018/08/09/0b40b8d0-9bdc-11e8-8d5e-c6c594024954_story.html

These are the logos the Trump campaign is offering the Space Force
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/trump-wants-campaign-donors-to-vote-on-the-logo-for-the-space-force/

It’s Time to Quit Twitter
https://lifehacker.com/its-time-to-quit-twitter-1828307515

WeWork is still growing phenomenally — and losing a lot of money
https://www.recode.net/2018/8/9/17671874/wework-q2-revenue-profit-loss-membership-statistics-adam-neumann

WeWork raised another $1B from SoftBank as revenue — and losses — accelerate
https://thehustle.co/WeWork-Softbank-funding-round/

Google tracks your movements, like it or not
https://apnews.com/828aefab64d4411bac257a07c1af0ecb

An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/an-11-year-old-changed-election-results-on-a-replica-florida-state-website-in-under-10-minutes

Rachel Tobac – At @defcon hacking conference and just learned how easy it is to physically gain admin access on a voting machine that is used in 18 states. Requires no tools and takes under 2 minutes. I’m concerned for our upcoming elections.
https://twitter.com/RachelTobac/status/1028437783050776576

10 charts that sum up 2018 (so far)
https://www.recode.net/2018/8/13/17664284/2018-trends-charts-elon-musk-juul-facebook-bitcoin-moviepass

The FDA Has Approved a Contraceptive App. Now More Could Flood the Market.
https://futurism.com/contraceptive-app-natural-cycles/

Google Starts Beta Evaluation of New AI Developer Tools
http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-starts-beta-evaluation-of-new-ai-developer-tools

MEDIA CANDY

Star Trek: Discovery’s Spock will be played by Gregory Peck’s grandson
https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/14/17689062/star-trek-discovery-spock-ethan-peck-casting-leonard-nimoy

STLV18: Jonathan Frakes Reveals Ted Danson And More Stars Join Marina Sirtis In His ‘The Orville’ Episode
https://trekmovie.com/2018/08/04/stlv18-jonathan-frakes-reveals-ted-danson-and-more-stars-join-marina-sirtis-in-his-the-orville-episode/

Looking for Lost Monty Python Material? Look No Further
http://www.vulture.com/2018/08/looking-for-lost-monty-python-material-look-no-further.html

The Oscars Made Some Dumb Decisions Today
http://www.vulture.com/2018/08/the-oscars-made-some-dumb-decisions-today.html

Musicians only got 12% of the $43 billion the music industry generated in 2017, and it mostly came from touring
https://www.businessinsider.com/musicians-received-12-percent-43-billion-generated-by-music-industry-study-2018-8

AT THE LIBRARY

The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
https://amzn.to/2vgA4qj

The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible BY VINCE BEISER
https://www.wired.com/story/book-excerpt-science-of-ultra-pure-silicon/

Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
https://amzn.to/2MyUUrE

Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
https://amzn.to/2OZKliL

MORON OF THE WEEK

‘SNAPCHAT DYSMORPHIA’ DRIVES PEOPLE TO PLASTIC SURGERY TO IMPROVE THEIR APPEARANCE IN SELFIES, RESEARCHERS WARN
https://www.newsweek.com/more-people-seek-surgery-look-better-selfies-1057713

Russia tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving U.S. ties
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-seagal/russia-tasks-hollywood-actor-seagal-with-improving-u-s-ties-idUSKBN1KP0NP

Sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal and Anthony Anderson land on L.A. prosecutors’ desks
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-metoo-weinstein-steven-seagal-anthony-anderson-20180809-story.html

Airbnb cancels Great Wall of China contest following backlash
https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/08/airbnb-cancels-great-wall-of-china-night-out/

‘We’re closed forever!’: How the search for the perfect selfie led to bedlam at an Ontario sunflower farm
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-how-the-quest-for-the-perfect-selfie-forced-an-ontario-sunflower-farm/

GENIUS OF THE WEEK

How to Eat Perfectly Ripe Bananas All Week
https://skillet.lifehacker.com/how-to-eat-perfectly-ripe-bananas-all-week-1828205839

One a Day Banana
https://twitter.com/AskAKorean/status/1026507776661639168

The Correct Way to Peel a Banana
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/food/2014/02/banana_peeling_trick_video_shows_bottom_first_best_method.html

FEEDBACK LOOP

Encrypt.me
http://encrypt.me/

Marvel Reportedly Scraps James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Script [Updated]
https://screenrant.com/guardians-galaxy-3-james-gunn-script-disney/

‘Scoobi’ on-demand electric scooter rentals arrive in Pittsburgh
https://www.wtae.com/article/scoobi-on-demand-electric-scooter-rentals-arrive-in-pittsburgh/22555123

POP Squad
https://www.popsquadhq.com/

Hundreds Of Bikes Dumped At Dallas Recycling Center As Ofo Leaves Market
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/07/636347531/hundreds-of-bikes-dumped-at-dallas-recycling-center-as-ofo-leaves-market

Whose sidewalks? Our sidewalks! Cleveland tells Bird Scooter Company to get lost
https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2018/08/11/whose-sidewalks-our-sidewalks-cleveland-tells-bird-scooter-company-to-get-lost

Voting Software
https://xkcd.com/2030/

ELECTRIC SCOOTER SHARING
http://www.utoledo.edu/parkingservices/electric-scooters/

The Editing Room: Mission Impossible
http://www.the-editing-room.com/mission-impossible.html

The latest way busy people are saving time: Hiring someone else to fill up their car with gas
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/08/10/start-up-that-wants-make-sure-you-never-have-go-gas-station-again/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.99b828beea9d

It’s not about the bike: The real story of oBike and what it can teach us
https://cyclingtips.com/2018/08/lessons-learned-from-the-real-story-of-obike-or-why-we-cant-have-nice-things/

Massive Pile of Rental Bikes Seen at Dallas Recycling Center
http://www.fox4news.com/news/massive-pile-of-rental-bikes-seen-at-dallas-recycling-center

Support Jen Fackler
https://ote4victory.org/jen-fackler/

HOT BOTS Brit sex robot firm first to offer £25-per-month finance deal on dirty droids
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/6935367/sex-robots-monthly-deal-subscription/

Sex dolls which ‘go all night’ could replace MEN – as women ‘can’t tell the difference’
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/721700/Male-sex-dolls-Gabriel-Harmony-Real-Doll-robot-cyborg-android-future

Thought you might enjoy this. Madison Wisconsin doesn’t want Birds. http://www.wkow.com/story/38801911/2018/08/02/police-motorized-scooters-cant-operate-in-madison

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS