Ep 287: 20 Grand Wang

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  October 8, 2018

California vs Everyone; Presidential Texts; Coinbase; Ponzi schemes on the blockchain; Uber income; Path shuts down; the Mandalorian; forced face unlock; China’s chips & dips; Instagram location; Alexa audio hacks; Russians vs Star Wars; giant skull asteroids.

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Show Notes

INTRO

11% Say “Fuck Off.” – Penn’s Sunday School

FOLLOW UP

Entire broadband industry sues California to stop net neutrality law

The SEC’s “Punishment” of Elon Musk Is Exactly What Tesla Needed

AMC’s MoviePass competitor has 400,000 subscribers after 14 weeks

IN THE NEWS

Do Not Be Alarmed by the Test of the Presidential Alert Text Message System

Why I’m Worried About Google

Coinbase, the startup at the core of the crypto craze, is now considered an $8 billion company

How A Hapless Bitcoin Entrepreneur Got Swept Up In The Crypto Craze And Started A Multimillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 an hour after vehicle expenses, according to a new study

Can it get any worse for Snapchat? Stock falls below $8 after analysts cut price target

The Last Goodbye – Path shuts it’s doors

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Jon Favreau’s Star Wars TV Show is The Mandalorian

Followup on the BlackVue dashcam story

Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

The Big Hack: Statements From Amazon, Apple, Supermicro, and the Chinese Government

Setting the Record Straight on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Erroneous Article

The Risky Business podcast has a good interview on the Bloomberg piece. Worth a listen.

Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook

Alexa can be hacked–by chirping birds

APPS & DOODADS

BAKblade 2.0 PLUS – Back Hair Removal and Body Shaver (DIY), Easy to Use Curved Handle for a Close, Pain-Free Shave Wet or Dry

Check out how much a computer cost the year you were born

iZotope RX 7 Advanced

RX 7 – The Unofficial Video Manual

NodeHost

Anthony Rossbach

Koken

BRIC-A-BRAC

Study Finds Russian Trolls Likely Meddled in Our Most Sacred American Institution: Star Wars Fandom

Researchers may have found the first signs of an exomoon

Astrophysicists Are Selling Lab-Made Martian Dirt to Researchers for $20 a Kilogram

Please Let the Giant Skull Asteroid End Us All