Ep 361: Thumbsy Uppies

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  July 17, 2019

YouTube’s toxic feedback loop; e-scooter death; Facebook’s $5 billion wrist-slap; Assange’s war room; FBI social media surveillance; streaming eco-footprint; AT&T sued for location data; Jessica Jones; the Grand Tour; Eric Idle; getting to the Moon; interdimensional insurance agent; the Solar War; psychic apps; storming Area 51; feedback loop.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

THE TOXIC POTENTIAL OF YOUTUBE’S FEEDBACK LOOP

The US government is fining Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations, and Wall Street thinks that’s great news

Television presenter Emily Hartridge dies in electric scooter crash

IN THE NEWS

Never Commit a Crime When Your Phone Is Connected to a Wi-Fi Network

Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling

The FBI plans more social media surveillance

Facebook Board Member Peter Thiel Calls Google ‘Treasonous’ and Says CIA Should Investigate

Your Binge-Watching of Netflix and Porn Is Contributing to Millions of Tons of Emissions a Year

AT&T is getting sued for selling customers’ location data

MEDIA CANDY

Jessica Jones

Stranger Things 3

THE CURE ANNIVERSARY LIVE IN HYDE PARK FILM REVIEW

The Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson teases new farming series with wholesome Instagram post following filming for The Grand Tour season 4

Amazon Orders ‘Our Man in…Japan’ With James May

Streaming Overload? Nielsen Report Finds Average Viewer Takes 7 Minutes To Pick What To Watch; Just One-Third Bother To Check Menu

AT THE LIBRARY

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle

The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon by Todd Zwillich

The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent by Larry Correia

The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2) by A.G. Riddle

MORON OF THE WEEK

App-based psychics may be the only people who are doing well in the gig economy

Facebook-Driven Area 51 Storming May Be Countered With Force, Says US Air Force

The US Air Force Has a Warning For The 1.1 Million People Wanting to Storm Area 51

FEEDBACK LOOP

El chat de Telegram

Study: Influencers can’t even influence anymore

Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks

Researchers show limited success in getting rid of data

E-scooters are all the rage – but are they legal?

Alexa Now Gives U.K. Users N.H.S. Medical Advice

Pakistani politician mistakes a GTA 5 stunt video for real life, congratulates pilot

300+ abandoned scooters up for auction in Richmond

How to Disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Probability

The Fake Crusade for Free Speech

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists’ phones

Roav Viva by Anker, Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger in-Car Navigation, Compatible with Android and iOS Smart Devices

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

The Bank of England will honor Alan Turing on its new £50 note

Amazing Easter egg in iOS speed test app