Ep 369: Scroll and Weep

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  August 17, 2019

Snooping to improve “AI”; podcasting music; AI exaggerations & lies; WeWork’s insane IPO; Google employees “refuse to be complicit,” sign petition; robocalls; biometric data exposed; Rekognition; hacking cameras; Null license plate; mission statements; smart home mess; fridge tweets; Mac apps; drinking with Geoffrey.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

Do Tech Companies Really Need to Snoop Into Private Conversations to Improve Their A.I.?

Microsoft’s new privacy policy admits humans are listening to some Skype and Cortana recordings

Netflix’s biggest bingers get hit with higher internet costs

SoundExchange Teams with PodcastMusic.com to Connect Labels, Music Publishers and Podcasters with New Licensing Service

IN THE NEWS

AI Startup Boom Raises Questions of Exaggerated Tech Savvy

How WeWork is trying to justify its tech company valuation

WEWORK ISN’T A TECH COMPANY; IT’S A SOAP OPERA By Elizabeth Lopatto

UPS Ventures Invests in Self-Driving Trucking Startup

Google employees ‘refuse to be complicit’ in border agency cloud contract

Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents

AT&T and T-Mobile fight Caller ID spoofing with number verification system

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Massive biometric security flaw exposed more than one million fingerprints

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Amazon Claims Rekognition Can Now Detect Fear

Instagram users who post pet pictures more likely to get hacked

Researchers hacked a Canon DSLR with Bitcoin demanding ransomware

THIS GUY GOT THE LICENSE PLATE “NULL” AND IT WAS A TOTAL DISASTER

APPS & DOODADS

Amazon Subscription & Discovery Boxes

Smart homes are a broken mess and Nest wants to fix it

Smart ovens have been turning on overnight and preheating to 400 degrees

Devices and Appliances You Could Theoretically Tweet From, Ranked

Snap’s new Spectacles capture 3D video and aim for the luxury crowd

Jason’s Mac Apps

Opera

Spark

Things 3

Fantastical 2

1Password

Dropbox

TextExpander

Reeder 3

Screens 4

BBEdit 12

Scrivener 3

Highland 2

PDF Expert

DayOne

Transmission

Handbrake

VLC

Bartender 3

iStat Menus

Little Snitch

Clean My Mac X

Tyke

Timeline

Logic Pro X

Sound Studio 4

Audio Hijack

Loopback

Farrago

iZotope RX 7 Advanced

iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced

iZotope Neutron 3 Advanced

Auphonic Leveler Batch Processor & Multitrack Processor

Affinity Photo

Affinity Designer

BRIC-A-BRAC

‘I’ve Seen The Worst In Humanity’: The Hard Reality Of Being A Brand Social Media Manager

XKCD: A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature

Lot # 77: Fantasy Island (1970s-80s) “Tattoo” Golf Cart (Museum Exhibited)

Lot # 20: Toys ‘R’ Us x George Barris “Geoffreymobile” Hot Rod Built by Dick Dean W/Custom Enclosed Trailer (Museum Exhibited)

Johnny Marr invites nuisance fan onstage to accompany him with This Charming Man

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

Peter Murphy Suffers Heart Attack During NYC Residency