Holiday cheer & good wishes abound in our final episode of the year; Netflix slides into your DMs; for once, Facebook made sense; WhatsApp moderation problems; Target targets Amazon; Pinterest goes public; copyright infringement; defining cybersecurity; a weasel, a baguette & the glitch in the Matrix.

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Show Notes


Netflix Swears It Didn’t Read Your Facebook Messages in Weird Tweet

Tech giants deny they ever looked at the private messages Facebook let them access

What the NYT’s Facebook Investigation Really Tells Us

We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites

Stay Tuned with Preet

A very scary Zuck-mas and a crappy New Year: 2018’s failed attempt to ‘fix’ Facebook


WhatsApp has an encrypted child porn problem

Twitter stock down after analyst calls it “Harvey Weinstein of Social Media”

Target’s same-day delivery service will soon cover all ‘major’ products

Prime and Punishment

Amazon Air expands with 10 more cargo aircraft, bringing fleet to 50 planes

Spotify settles $1.6 billion copyright infringement lawsuit

Report: Pinterest may go public as soon as April

Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans

Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World’s Most Powerful Particle Collider

EFF’s guide to creepy, surveillant Christmas gifts

Alexa user gets access to 1,700 audio files from a stranger

FBI kicks some of the worst ‘DDoS for hire’ sites off the internet

How Hackers Bypass Gmail 2FA at Scale

Cybersecurity: Time for a New Definition


Ford’s noise-cancelling doghouse keeps pups calm during fireworks

iBoySoft Data Recovery for Mac

Zoom Digital Multitrack Recorder (F1-LP)


Popeyes Made ‘Emotional Support Chicken’ To Make Holiday Travel Better, And The Boxes Are Actually Hilarious

15 Long-Lost Words To Revive This Christmas

8 Truly Strange Christmas Customs

Brian’s Christmas Gluhwein

2 clementines
1 lemon
1 lime
1 1/3 cup sugar
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 fresh bay leaves
1 whole nutmeg
1 vanilla pod
2 bottles Chianti or other dry red wine
2 star anise


1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime.
2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a thick syrup.
5. When the syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, to let it all warm.

For wow factor, pick up a Zucker Hut (aka a Sugar Cone – Suspend it over the bowl of Gluhwein, and drench it with brandy. Then light it on fire, and let the sugar and brandy melt into the wine. If you do this, CUT BACK the amount of sugar used earlier accordingly – I will generally only use 1/3 a cup, just enough to get that thick syrup.

American Meme


Watch Greg Dulli’s incendiary video for “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”