Ep 314: Everyone is Garbage

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  January 24, 2019

Unintended consequences; targets & metrics; scooters & word salad; Google GDPR fine; DNS hijacking; resistance is futile agains social media; WhatsApp fights fake news; Facebook ethics; no escaping Amazon; Fyre fyre burning bright; new shows; YouTube channel mergers; check out the big hands on Brad.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Reflections on Antarctica

Why decluttering and adopting the Marie Kondo method isn’t always a good thing

When targets and metrics are bad for business

How IoT-enabled scooters, bikes, and cars are making streets safe

IN THE NEWS

French data protection watchdog fines Google $57 million under the GDPR

DHS releases emergency order to prevent DNS hijacking

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Amazon built an electronic vest to improve worker/robot interactions

WhatsApp restricts message-sharing to fight fake news

How WhatsApp helped turn an Indian village into a lynch mob

Popular WordPress plugin hacked by angry former employee

I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.

Facebook Invests $7.5 Million to Launch AI Ethics Institute

The long history of people worrying about tech’s ill effects

MEDIA CANDY

Star Trek: Discovery

The Grand Tour

Grace and Frankie

Sex Education

Annihilation

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

R. Kelly Has Been Dropped by RCA

Spotify’s mobile app lets you block artists you can’t stand

‘The Expanse’ season three streams on Amazon Prime Video February 8th

Crazy Rich Asians

Bohemian Rhapsody

Mythbusters Jr.

‘Nightline’ documentary, podcast: ‘The Dropout,’ the story of Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos

YouTube channels are selling for millions

AT THE LIBRARY

Bill Bryson returns with The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Cesar Millan’s Lessons From the Pack: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life

MORON OF THE WEEK

This Runner Is a Hitman. His GPS Watch Tied Him to a Mob Boss Murder

Trump’s Social Media Photos Reportedly Altered to Make Him Look Thinner and His Hands Bigger

FEEDBACK LOOP

Which is more expensive?

Uber plans to develop self-driving electric scooters and bicycles

Oxford University bans Huawei from research funding over security concerns

Twins get some ‘mystifying’ results when they put 5 DNA ancestry kits to the test

AeroMexico Commercial

Podcrypt: automatic, fair, peer-to-peer podcast donations with Ether

Stressed out and at risk: Inside Uber’s special investigations unit

Healthcare Triage

Snapchat fires 2 execs after alleged sexual misconduct

Steve Carell is reuniting with the creator of The Office for Trump-inspired comedy Space Force

Space Force | Announcement [HD] | Netflix

AI Laptop – The WORST demo at CES