We give, it’s Christmastime; how’s that crypto going, bro; Apple lowers their app store cut; Buzzfeed acquires HuffPo because…?; Facebook’s E.gg on the face; Comcast data caps; its a mess at the FCC & FTC; Facebook, Twitter face content moderation problems; adios, Arecibo; RadioShack in the Land of the Lost; Panopticon worries; Utah monoliths; Shane MacGowan; the Iron Lady; micropayments for artists; Hollywood isn’t in Kansas anymore; Jeopardy hosts; AirPod woes; it’s all about the grip; feedback.

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Show Notes


The Perfect Time to Delete Instagram is Right Now


Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent for most developers starting January 1st

BuzzFeed to Acquire HuffPost in Stock Deal With Verizon Media

Facebook just launched a new app named E.gg where users can create ‘personalized spaces’ that look like Tumblr pages

Comcast to enforce 1.2TB data cap in entire 39-state territory in early 2021

‘A Breathtaking Constraint on Capacity’: Internal FTC Memo Announces Major Cuts Ahead of Tech Giant Action

Tell the FCC: Handouts to Fox and the Murdoch Family Are Not in the Public Interest

Uber and Lyft just scored a huge federal transportation contract

Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law

Twitter Has Set Itself Up for an Enormous New Content Moderation Problem

The Tragedy of a Ruined Telescope


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

Hacking Humans


Retail Entrepreneurs Buy Twice-Bankrupt RadioShack With Plans for Online Revival

Apple’s security chief indicted in Santa Clara County sheriff concealed-gun permit scandal

This Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes

Very Little Stands Between the U.S. and a Technological Panopticon

Mysterious Metal Monolith Discovered In Remote Utah Desert


Shane MacGowan on his new film, Crock of Gold: ‘I’ve never liked being worshipped’

Jimmy O. Yang

Streaming Needs to Pay Artists More—but There’s an Idea From China That Could Help

Spotify, Please Stop Buying Podcasts

Hollywood’s ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore’ Moment

The Grand Tour Season 4 Madagascar Special Release Date, Trailer Unveiled by Amazon Prime Video

The Expanse – Season 5 Official Trailer

The Crown

The Iron Lady

‘Jeopardy!’ names Ken Jennings as its first interim host after death of Alex Trebek


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Why are telehealth companies treating healthcare like the gig economy?


Bit of an old article but didn’t hear it on the show:

‘The lowest of the low’ – Hundreds of thousands of intimate images of Irish women released online without consent

In Germany, your ex must destroy nude photos on request

Zoom drops 40-minute meeting time limit for Thanksgiving, eliminates all means of escape

Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

Toronto Police Pull Over Car With 30-Year Expired Plates

Qantas CEO Says Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Necessary To Fly


Microsoft’s Windows turns 35 today

Robert Fogarty 0:02
grumpy old geeks, a weekly talk show hosted by Brian chill Meister and Jason defilippo. Discussing the finer points of what went wrong on the internet. And who's to blame.

Jason DeFillippo 0:16
Welcome to grumpy old geeks. I'm Jason DeFillippo.

Brian Schulmeister 0:19
And I'm Brian Meister.

Jason DeFillippo 0:20
A very grumpy Brian show my

Brian Schulmeister 0:23
Yeah, well, you know, a couple days ago, we decided Fuck it. It's 34 Days of Christmas. I used to lose my mind if we even heard a Christmas song ahead of Thanksgiving, but this year has been so crap To hell with it. And besides snowed here, so it's Christmas.

Jason DeFillippo 0:38
Yeah, we've had a tree up for a week and a half now. We're fine. Didn't have and since we are a multicultural household, we have an eight foot blowup draisaitl in the front. We're like, let's just mess with everybody. Why not? It's like, this year has been so screwed up time doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. So why not have fun?

Brian Schulmeister 0:58
Yes, we're just gonna have a longer Christmas. And I think for Christmas, I need to actually get rid of my air pods and maybe get AirPods Pro. I don't know if there'll be any better, but I've just had a nightmare. Recently. I don't know what's changed, but the air pods swit Auto switching to devices has gone off the charts. Like I'll be playing music on my phone. And I will walk by my Amazon Echo and it will switch to the Amazon Echo or switch back. And then I will walk down the street and it will automatically switch to my laptop for some reason. It's just I cannot keep my air pods like Bluetooth onto something if I want to keep them on something I have to turn Bluetooth off on all the other devices because it just keeps switching it's like it's like gone crazy on me.

Jason DeFillippo 1:42
That's messed up

Brian Schulmeister 1:43
that has it's been it's been a goddamn nightmare.

Jason DeFillippo 1:46
that'd been awesome if you could like as you walk down the street you just switch to everybody else's Amazon echoes.

Brian Schulmeister 1:52
I feel like that's what's happening but it is a pain because like we'll have music playing for the kid on the on the show and like I'll come up here to try to do something then all of a sudden the kids music is blaring in my ears. I hear the kids screaming downstairs why'd it go off? And then you know, he'll pick up the iPad and then all of a sudden we'll switch to whatever he's doing on the iPad. It's It's crazy. I can't keep these things locked anything.

Jason DeFillippo 2:14
You've been gas lit by your own air pods.

Brian Schulmeister 2:17
I'm so ready to throw them out the window

Unknown Speaker 2:21
thanks apple.

Jason DeFillippo 2:22
Oh my god it's a feature not a

Brian Schulmeister 2:24
bug. So that's been my entire week is just me losing my mind and I literally have thought about throwing these into the snow a few times because I won't find them until they melt

Jason DeFillippo 2:34
so I got to get air pods a little bit okay. First off I do want to say I did I had something else but what will switch things up a little bit last week I was really pissed off about the apple news icon yes on Mac OS. And so I'm at the grocery store the other morning and I you can see it in the in the show notes bar and this is an actual advertisement for Amazon gift cards that was that was literally on the front of my shopping cart. Right now. It says it for those visually impaired people since we are an audio podcast. It'll be in the show notes to go check it out. It says for everything in everyone and the O in the four is an Apple Watch. And the second E and everything is an apple news icon. Which means that even Apple marketing doesn't know what the fuck that icon is for. Because if you weren't good a little bit farther down the word everything there is an actual fucking n in the word that would have made sense if they use the news icon for

Brian Schulmeister 3:29
that's true and they also use an iPhone which is a rectangular object as a as a Oh,

Jason DeFillippo 3:35
yeah, I think that's an iPad actually.

Brian Schulmeister 3:37
Okay, well that's still around Yeah, object. Exactly. Now this is this is horribly designed and by it's so obviously it's supposed to be an end for news correct. So this is me thing and tell To hell with it. It's a candy cane. It's red white stripes is a candy cane. It's Christmas fucking

Jason DeFillippo 4:00
that's the theme for the rest of the year. It's Christmas. Fuck it. Sound like Melania Trump.

Brian Schulmeister 4:06
No, that's fuck Christmas.

Jason DeFillippo 4:07
That's what Christmas is Christmas. That is different. Yes, I love Christmas. It's the most wonderful time of the year. I noticed I noticed that Bitcoin has gone through the roof again. So I thought we should revisit your coin base account so you left it dormant and left your left your stake in there. So I was curious, how's your how's your coin base account doing?

Brian Schulmeister 4:25
Let's discuss what going through the roof means.

Jason DeFillippo 4:28
Okay. Let's back up to $19,000 a Bitcoin today.

Brian Schulmeister 4:31
Right? Okay, so going through the roof is not quite the same thing that it appears to be for everyone else. So I initially made a $60 investment. This was I don't know two years ago, three years ago now something like that back when everything went crazy. And now we should understand about how it's all going is just you know, in general what we say about Bitcoin all the time, it's stupid. So I made an additional $60 investment and I split it evenly between Bitcoin aetherium and Litecoin. So 20 bucks. Each For a long time, my $60 investment was hovering around 20 bucks. I haven't looked at it in probably six months or something like that but it is back up to $48.40. So okay, just a little bit over a $20 loss at this point, mostly thanks to Litecoin Litecoin completely crashed and burned. I lost $15.62 there, but aetherium has made me $2.81 and the much ballyhooed Bitcoin resurgence has has got me $1.23 I think

Jason DeFillippo 5:29
should cash out while the getting's good.

Brian Schulmeister 5:32
I'm gonna hold on for like going to come back. Go Yeah, so that's where it's at. So you know, have fun with that everyone. All right. All right. And we had been discussing both the the horrible Instagram update that rolled out for everyone last week and up as we're discussing Christmas right now, and I really did enjoy this article. None of us are going to do this, but this article talks about how this is the perfect time to delete Instagram.

Jason DeFillippo 5:59
Isn't every time the perfect time to delete Instagram?

Brian Schulmeister 6:02
Yes, but they're particularly saying now and not because of the new updates but because we're about to slide into the holidays and the holidays are frankly going to suck this year. Millions of Americans are still without jobs. Hundreds of 1000s of grieving lost loved ones because of the Coronavirus, New Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging at unprecedented and devastating rates all over the country. And I am assuming all of our listeners are doing the right thing and staying home. So why should we watch all the dumb fuck houses that are going out and doing awesome things I really saw yesterday, a friend of mine who will probably not be a friend of mine much longer posting pictures from her first friends giving of many, no. And who needs to see this stuff and feel bad? Dell? Yeah.

Jason DeFillippo 6:45
Yeah, this is just it's, that's the thing. It's like, you know, everybody's going to lose so many friends over the holidays, anybody with a brain is going to lose their friends over the holidays? Because I just yeah, I mean, it's head scratching. How many people are on planes right now. And I'm sure people are instagramming the shit out of that. Fortunately, most of my friends, they actually all of my friends have stayed at home so far. So I've got no one to lose yet, yet. Yeah, but you know, it's coming.

Brian Schulmeister 7:09
Yep, it's gonna be pretty crazy. And it's all going to be well documented. Yay.

Unknown Speaker 7:15
In the US,

Jason DeFillippo 7:21
we've got a little bit of news from last week, we'll just touch on very quickly. Since this came in right after we did the last show, Apple is going to reduce their app store cut to 15% for developers who make less than a million dollars. And as Marco arment pointed out, well, that's just gonna make everybody go make $999,000 and cut it there. Because so you're gonna pull your app from the App Store

Brian Schulmeister 7:41
as soon as you hit that amount.

Jason DeFillippo 7:43
must, must be, because then you figure that it goes up to 25%. So how much more do you have to make to get back to that money that you would have made making $999,000 if you're gonna make, you know, $1,020,000, you're screwed, then you just lose, lose a lot more money. It just, it's weird. It needs to be on a sliding scale. I think I think that's the way this needs to go. But yeah, and here's the other fun thing. They're not actually going to auto enroll people in this small business program that they're starting, they're going that you have to go and opt in.

Brian Schulmeister 8:13
Well, that's okay. I don't have a problem with that. I mean, pay attention to what you're doing. If this is your business, you should be aware of this. And it's not like it's not like governments go here's small business programs. We're just gonna cut you a check. No, you have to like file for it. That's okay.

Jason DeFillippo 8:29
Yeah. Yeah. And in other funny news, BuzzFeed is acquiring huffpo I like really Huff Post Tila thing that somebody actually wants.

Brian Schulmeister 8:41
Yeah, I'm just trying to figure out why. As as, as everybody else in tech news. Everybody was trying to figure out what the deal is here and why they were interested because it hasn't been a thing of note, really, for a long time. It's it's an aggregator that has silly celebrities sort of write articles for it sometimes. And you know, it's just not a thing. But BuzzFeed is so much more impactful and then gets, unless there's just lingering traffic. The only thing that that my wife and I could figure out is they must have so many deals for huffpo content being placed into different the for the aggregator being in different aggregators that might be worth it for BuzzFeed

Jason DeFillippo 9:24
might be and also, you know, it was just a stock deal to get huffpo they don't they haven't released that. But here's the other thing. Verizon also gave BuzzFeed, a bunch of cash. So it's like here, would you take this off our hands? Here's some money you can give us some stock if it works out. Right. But

Brian Schulmeister 9:41
yeah, even give you aryana for a while.

Jason DeFillippo 9:43
That's the thing they they really need to rebrand that there's no more huff and huffpo No, there hasn't been for a long time. The Hough has left the building. And I saw this when I scratched my head Facebook has launched a new app called egg where users can create personalized spaces that look like Tumblr pages. No, they don't look like Tumblr pages. They look a hell of a lot worse. They are definitely the geo cities look and feel. And I wouldn't I downloaded the app because I'm I like to torture myself. And I was scrolling through it it is god awful ugly. I don't understand anything that's going on there. It is impossible to tell what the hell is happening. And but I did find the about page. Okay. And on the about page it says, We acknowledge that a lot of this seems like misplaced nostalgia, and maybe it totally is. But it's important to note that we're not looking to create a 90s throwback platform. We build egg to enable all sorts of content slash visual styles. Ideally, the rougher the better. The 90s infomercial slash web page style just happened to be fun. So we ran for it. We ran with it for this page. Okay, um, yeah. What does somebody get paid to make this thing? Yes, book.

Brian Schulmeister 10:53
Somebody got some dirt on Zuck got a magic taken care of, I'd like to point out that the site or the app is not called egg. It's It's called e.gg.

Jason DeFillippo 11:01
Yes, yes. I figured I've just dropped the period, which is even worse and silly. It makes it experimental.

Brian Schulmeister 11:11

Brian Schulmeister 11:12
I see what you do there. Yeah.

Jason DeFillippo 11:16
Yeah, it's terrible. Don't Don't waste your time.

Brian Schulmeister 11:17
I wasn't planning on it.

Jason DeFillippo 11:19
Yeah, why? No, you weren't, I was telling our intrepid listeners not to waste their time. So Comcast is finally gone full evil, they're going to have data caps in their entire territory. Now, all 39 states, it's a 1.2 terabit, or terabyte data cap, and

Brian Schulmeister 11:36
higher than I thought that they would go in at? So yeah,

Jason DeFillippo 11:38
I think it would be one terabyte, that's where most of them are. So they're gonna give some people a grace period who just signed up and got slapped with it. And they're like, Oh, yeah, well, we'll cut you a break. So that won't go into effect until April in some places, and, you know, they're gonna give everybody a grace month. So if you, you know, if you go over one month, they'll be like, yeah, okay, we'll let you slide on that. But you've got a warning, sir. Next month, we're going to start billing you. And yeah, it's it's interesting that they're doing that. And

Brian Schulmeister 12:08
I'm just gonna say, again, for the record, we've been screaming on the show, since day one, everybody is pushing you to streaming don't own anything. Don't keep it on your drives stream stream stream stream stream. And here come the data caps.

Jason DeFillippo 12:21
Yeah, well, and this is weird, because you know, Comcast is cable, but you look at somebody like Verizon FiOS, they're uncapped. in my neighborhood, I can get at&t fiber, one terabit or 100, Meg or 1000 megabit, whatever uncapped. My spectrum is uncapped until they, you know, run it through that they need to have caps to stay competitive. But basically, anybody that has fiber is staying uncapped. Yeah. Which, which is smart, because you can get so much more on fiber, if you gave me a fiber connection, you know, and then kept it, I would be, I will, I would switch plans and go somewhere else. Because you're gonna hit like, with fiber, you're gonna hit a terabyte cap pretty quick. If you're doing 4k video and everything and just not knowing what you're doing. It's like Netflix, just auto defaults to 4k, boom, okay, there goes my data, you know. So, but you know, it'd be nice if we had a body a governing body to keep things like this in check.

Brian Schulmeister 13:18
If only if only we did.

Jason DeFillippo 13:21
Yeah. And well, it's definitely not going to be the Federal Trade Commission, because they are being gutted. And we'll talk about Ajit pi or buddy in a second, because Oh, he's added again. But yeah, the the Federal Trade Commission has basically cut their budgets, and they're putting on a hiring freeze, they're gonna start, you know, capping vacation and things like that. But the most important thing that they're going to do is they're going to cut litigation costs for the cases that they have out there. Yeah. and former FTC Chairman, William COVID, sick co vucic. kombucha, guys, something like that. COVID chick, good Polish name. He says everything you've just recited is a breathtaking constraint on capacity. It severely limits what the institution is going to do. If I were a prospective defendant, I'd be heartened by this. And this comes on the heels of the FTC going after Facebook and Amazon and other big tech for, you know, their, their anti competitive practices and their behaviors. And they just got hamstrung. And this is this. Also, this blew my mind. The Federal Trade Commission's annual budget is $330 million a year 330 million a year for the entirety of the Federal Trade Commission. And this funny they compare this to $18 billion that Facebook made just in last quarter,

Brian Schulmeister 14:43
right, so Goliath and imagine David is stupid. Ajit pie.

Jason DeFillippo 14:49

Brian Schulmeister 14:51
How are they getting anything done?

Jason DeFillippo 14:53
Yeah, well, Ajit pi was still he's the FCC and now he is. He's trying to sneak some shit under the door on His way out, and I can't wait for the let the doorknob pitchy, where the good Lord splits it, motherfucker. So what he's trying to do is he's trying to give Fox and rupert murdoch a lifetime pass to own as much media as they want in New York City period. They're trying to make this they've got like a little thing going on right now because Fox owns two, basically two TV stations and newspaper they in the New York Post, and you're only supposed to allow like so many things. And you can't have, you know, basically a monopoly in the market. Yeah, that's what part of the mandate is part of the fucking mandate. And so Ajit PI's trying to sneak this through saying that let's make this a permanent thing we're Fox can have whatever they want in New York City. And he's cut the public comment down to only till December 4. So there's a link in the show notes that I want everybody to go to click on it and sign the petition and go to the the FCC website, tell them to stop this shit. Because you know, this is it's a permanent, it's a permanent lock on New York City, New York City. So if you live in New York City, you should be pissed off about this unless you really like Fox, which will then get on you. But I don't know many people that live in New York City, like Fox that much know

Brian Schulmeister 16:16
me there. Yeah, that's not a good thing. I'm waiting to hear what Biden's gonna do about the FTC and FCC. So hopefully, all of this bad news will get turned around at some point.

Jason DeFillippo 16:26
At some point, at some point soon, sooner than later, please. I think I think Biden's got a lot on his plate. You know, yeah. Crazy. Yeah. Yeah. So at least at least the first, you know, member of his cabinet was the for the State Department. And, you know, let's we can use one of those. Yeah, we could really use one of those. Because after everything that Bittner told us there isn't much of one left. So But hey, you know, those people at the State Department now they'll be able to use Uber and Lyft to their heart's content, because the government just signed an $810 million contract with Uber and Lyft, authorizing them to provide transportation for up to 4 million federal employees. and their families know, how about them apples?

Brian Schulmeister 17:08
Well, alright, fair enough. Yeah. throw money at bad companies. That's fine. That's kind of what the government does.

Jason DeFillippo 17:15
our tax money goes to pay Uber and Lyft. Now and then our other tax money goes to subsidize the welfare for the Uber and Lyft drivers because they don't get paid enough by Uber and Lyft. From all the government money they just got. Yes, exactly. Yes. It's the Walmart suffocation, I guess, of the United States. Now remember, Austria from last week? I do. Yes. They were trying to put a ban on content that would ban it. Yes. Well, Pakistan has joined the fray. And I do believe you and I Brian said that, you know, Facebook could just say Screw you, Austria. We're going home. Yep. Well, since Pakistan has done it. Everybody has said screw you Pakistan. We're going home? Because you're Pakistan.

Brian Schulmeister 17:55
Right. Yeah. So yeah, we'll see what happens with all this. But it's it's Yeah, it's a it's gonna be interesting. And it's one of the rare times I'm going to be on Google Facebook and Twitter side.

Jason DeFillippo 18:08
Yeah, exactly. And I think what's gonna happen here is everybody's basically just going to gang up on these countries and say, No, you can't do that. You know, stay in your lane. stay in your lane. If you have rules that apply to people in your country alone. We'll discuss it. But when you want to get into this global removal of content, we're not going to play that game, homie. Don't play that.

Brian Schulmeister 18:26
That's right. Yeah. And speaking of content moderation, Twitter has set itself up for an enormous new problem, thanks to their fleets. Have you checked

Jason DeFillippo 18:34
out? You have no choice? Because here's the here's the fucked up thing. Now I can't tell what happened, then. I can say the exact same thing. I

Brian Schulmeister 18:42
know if I've launched Instagram or Twitter. And it doesn't matter, because it's almost the same exact content.

Jason DeFillippo 18:48
Except there's just a teeny bit more hate on Twitter.

Brian Schulmeister 18:51
Yes, a little bit. Yeah. Yeah, you can't really tell the difference anymore. All that we all they have all become base belonged to us. Now, at this point, every app is exactly the same when you launch it. So you know, the only difference is you know, who you follow on any particular platform, like I use Twitter, mostly for news. So my friends are on Facebook, and I was doing kind of more brandy stuff like bands and things like that on Instagram. But the apps are virtually indistinguishable now. Yeah. Which is going to lead to problems that Facebook has had. Now and Instagram, obviously through there, because it is much more difficult to do content moderation, on these fleets on temporary stuff that gets posted. And it's often posted without context because it can be a series of things that are connected to each other and explain things to each other. It's a lot more difficult AI has a lot harder problem with it. So Twitter, which has been all about we are doing content, moderation, and we are we are even slapping the president with content moderation has just opened up a whole shitstorm of more problems for themselves, which is an interesting time period to do that. considering their flag waving the flag of content moderation around as if They're the heroes.

Jason DeFillippo 20:01
Yeah, yeah. Well, I think what they're gonna come back with this one and say, well, they just go away anyway, so who cares?

Brian Schulmeister 20:08
You can be a temporary racist.

Jason DeFillippo 20:10
Of course temporary racist. That's

Brian Schulmeister 20:12
well show title.

Jason DeFillippo 20:13
Welcome to America. Welcome to America.

Brian Schulmeister 20:16
Yeah, it's just interesting. fleets are just dumb.

Jason DeFillippo 20:19
They really are. I mean, it's really hard to tell. And in sad news, the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico is getting scrapped. It's just too far gone. And it's too dangerous to fix. So that's it's a sad day to say

Brian Schulmeister 20:36
because it's such a it's such a instantly recognizable icon. And it's, well, you know, how with the old in with the new, build a new one,

Jason DeFillippo 20:44
build a new one. I mean, you've got the land. So just, you know, take it down, recycle it and put it back up.

Brian Schulmeister 20:49
We'll always have contact.

Jason DeFillippo 20:51
We will and golden. I

Brian Schulmeister 20:53
will. That's right. It's golden. I use it too. I forgot about

Jason DeFillippo 20:55
that. Contact was a better movie, though. Much better.

Unknown Speaker 21:07

Jason DeFillippo 21:11
We're joined this week by Dave Bittner. Dave is the host of the cyber wire podcast and also the co host of the social engineering podcast hacking humans with Joe Kerrigan, as well as the co host of caveat with Ben yelin, where they discuss law and policy, as well as surveillance and privacy. Welcome back, Dave.

Dave Bittner 21:26
Hello, gentlemen. Hello, hello. Hello. Hello. Hello.

Brian Schulmeister 21:33

Jason DeFillippo 21:36
It takes a while for the sound to get all the way up there in Canada. The way I know I and

Brian Schulmeister 21:40
Jesse got asked to go through all the viral screens.

Dave Bittner 21:44
Mm hmm. And then it has to fall out. Yeah, say

Brian Schulmeister 21:49
two weeks to quarantine before the sound actually arrives. Yes.

Dave Bittner 21:52
Mm hmm. All the vowel sounds have to be softened up. So about become a boat's and we have to stick some use in unnecessary then you have to be sorry for everything. I know. Everybody's still morning, Alex Trebek. So I understand. Yes. Yes.

Jason DeFillippo 22:12
All right, guys. Well, okay. That's enough. Let's move on to Dave.

Brian Schulmeister 22:20
I've got a little low viral energy today. Sorry.

Jason DeFillippo 22:24
I threw this one in here for you, Dave. Because you tell us all the time how you used to work at Radio Shack and how it was one of the proudest jobs you've ever had.

Dave Bittner 22:30
It was I did I loved it. It was well yeah,

Jason DeFillippo 22:33
yeah. Now you can go work for social douchebag Ty Lopez because him and his team have bought the IP for Radio Shack and some of the patents and some stuff so yeah,

Brian Schulmeister 22:44
yeah, it's such a strange brand to want to revitalize I mean, I suppose it has name value, but is it a positive name value?

Dave Bittner 22:54
Right I guess my question is why the thing because certainly in the later days of Radio Shack when when you know computers had pass them by Why would you go to Radio Shack you go to Radio Shack because you needed something and you could not wait for it to be delivered by someone else? You needed it right now. Yes.

Jason DeFillippo 23:16
You can wait quality product to show up the janky way to

Dave Bittner 23:20
get the job done. Or or you just you know, you'd pay $5 for the cable that cost $1 from Amazon, but you needed it today. And so the fact that they had something like 7000 locations was was their value proposition there?

Brian Schulmeister 23:34
Yeah, now I know to target for that sort of thing.

Dave Bittner 23:37
Mm hmm. And a lot of times Amazon can get it to you the same day if you need it.

Jason DeFillippo 23:41
Yeah, yeah, it also remember the final days of Radio Shack they basically just turned into a low rent cell phone store. That was pretty much all they had.

Brian Schulmeister 23:50
Well and and think of well, we can't even say millennials anymore because they're quite old but think of Gen Gen Z with the name Radio Shack first. What's a radio

Jason DeFillippo 23:59
what's a radio shack is

Brian Schulmeister 24:00
what I call my house these days that's what I have to live in because I don't have it Yeah, yeah. Yeah,

Dave Bittner 24:06
go fire up the old ham radio kit out in the in the track Outback and CQ CQ Yeah. I what I wonder is if this is going to become one of those zombie brands like oh, gosh, Belen Howl, you know, it's a brand that that somebody just bought up the rights to, and they'll slap that logo on anything. It's an old brand that people have a certain affection for. And so somebody buys it up and takes advantage of that. Like, who cares about the the Enter cell batteries and like, whoever cared about the inner cell batteries, right? It

Jason DeFillippo 24:42
was literally like the Christmas morning you got you get a pack of enter cells. You're like, okay, these are going to last at least like maybe till lunchtime.

Brian Schulmeister 24:50
Better to Radio Shack.

Dave Bittner 24:53
Yeah, yeah. They I mean that was the thing you someone to buy a remote control car and you you upsell them to include to By the batteries and that's that was you know, that was a good business model when you had people in your store. But I don't see anybody choosing enter sell batteries over any of the big name brands with their own if they're ordering anything online. So

Jason DeFillippo 25:13
when What about power horn speakers? Sounds like a like a, you know, just a was an Icelandic death metal cover band. Yeah, power horn.

Dave Bittner 25:24
I mean Radio Shack had some good brands, you know, they made some other realistic speakers were quite good. Some of their old vintage receivers back in the day were quite good. Early cans of computing.

Brian Schulmeister 25:36
People that have receivers or actual monitors these days go super high end, and the vast majority of people are either just listening on their phone, God forbid, or at the very least, you know, one of the they're listening to music on smart speakers around the house, they're not there to go get any of this stuff.

Dave Bittner 25:53
That's a good it's a great point. It's a it's a hobby of days gone by that doesn't really

Brian Schulmeister 25:59
I mean, I'm an audio file, and I don't I don't bother anymore. I you know, I don't have a stack of receivers and you know, just separate components. And I don't even have I don't even have studio monitors anymore. Korea,

Jason DeFillippo 26:12
I think I think you guys might have missed the whole point where it's Tai Lopez. Tai Lopez, the douchebag, who likes to like pose on Instagram in front of lambos and airplanes that he doesn't. So right remember who we're talking about here who is now the steward. The Guardian, the caretaker, the keeper of the shack is I Lopez that is what makes this also head scratching.

Brian Schulmeister 26:37
Well, Ty Lopez is listening. I do think that there is somebody out there that should be the voice of Radio Shack moving forward. And may I humbly suggest Mr. Dave Bittner, who could probably start up a brand new radio shack podcast to bring them into the modern age.

Dave Bittner 26:51
It would be I would be authentic. You know, you've got questions. We've got answers. And yeah,

Brian Schulmeister 26:57

Dave Bittner 26:58
I'm all right. I'm game I'm in. I'm in sure when you're with

Unknown Speaker 27:04
Yeah, just right. Just

Dave Bittner 27:05
Yeah, give me some minimis seven speakers, some intercell batteries, and an old trs 80 model one and I'll be I'll be good to go. And

Brian Schulmeister 27:12
if you'd like to subscribe to the podcast, we're going to need your name, your address your telephone number.

Dave Bittner 27:27
So many hours of my life wasted gathering up people's right to read and writing it all down by hand.

Jason DeFillippo 27:34
Tai Lopez owns it all.

Brian Schulmeister 27:36
Really though, for for Radio Shack isn't that weren't they just way ahead of the game, collecting all the data? They were they were very much ahead of the game. Now. They were out. That's what it's all about. Yep,

Dave Bittner 27:48
that's true. That's a good point. Yeah, they they were way ahead of the game. Mm hmm. Good time. So I said genuine, I genuinely did enjoy that job.

Jason DeFillippo 27:57
So we have a little follow up on the August story about the Facebook security consultants who are trying to buy the CCW permits from the local Sheriff's Department and under under the table bribing action. Now, I'm sure you've seen this because it is on every news channel right now that Apple's security chief has been indicted for trying to swap some iPads for a couple of CCW permits $70,000 worth of iPads to be precise. And bootsy got busted. But they're saying that he you know, he will have his day in court. And he is an upstanding citizen. And this is all just completely wrong. your take?

Unknown Speaker 28:35

Dave Bittner 28:36
I mean, come on. I went well, why does the head the head of security at Apple need to put in a requisition for 200 iPads? You know, don't ask me why I need these. You know, we're just donating them to the local sheriff's office. I mean, I don't know the whole thing to me. In my opinion, it doesn't pass the sniff test. I suspect. I suspect what we think was going on here was exactly was what was going on here. And people got caught I who knows I know everybody's entitled to being assumed innocent before being proved guilty, but not yet. But this seems we got the pattern here with the folks from secure from Facebook. So it seems like word word was out on the street. But if you wanted, you know, something done, this is how you did it. And so I don't know who I'm sure well, here's the one that we know about. The gentleman from Apple, he's gonna have really good lawyers, right?

Brian Schulmeister 29:40
Yes, those lawyers cost exactly 200 iPads an hour. Right?

Dave Bittner 29:44
Yeah, yeah, exactly. So I one thing I wonder about is if he ends up being you know, found guilty, how is Apple going to sort of shed the stink from this, you know, that this is This is not, this doesn't really go along with Apple's brand, right? They like to be kind of squeaky clean when it comes to these sorts of things. So how, how are they going to answer those questions of who else knew about this and that sort of thing? You know, I'm sure they're all gonna say, Oh, this is a lone wolf acting on his own, you know,

Jason DeFillippo 30:19
he's gone rogue. He even has an Android phone.

Dave Bittner 30:23
Right? Right. We never liked him. Anyway, he was on his we had one foot out the door he, you know, so? I don't know. It's a lot of intrigue and of course, any story that has anything to do with Apple shoots right up to the top of the charts, because there's, there are a few things better for tech clickbait than something going wrong at Apple.

Jason DeFillippo 30:41
Yeah, Mm hmm. Exactly. Yeah, exactly. Oh, you know, what else is good? For headlines? something going wrong at Tesla. Yeah, that's, that's also in

Unknown Speaker 30:52
the top five.

Brian Schulmeister 30:54
Like, people leap on tap Tesla news, even though Elan musk provides plenty personally but anything with Tesla is a goes right up. Yes.

Jason DeFillippo 31:02
Even though they close it over $500 a share yesterday.

Brian Schulmeister 31:05
Yeah, I still haven't sold any of my shares, even no matter what craziness seems to surround both the company and of course, Ilan himself as he's been a consistent moneymaker for me.

Jason DeFillippo 31:15
So one thing about Ilan, he's a good runner here. Yes, he does. Well, this new one, we actually had a story last week about somebody who could do a quick hack outside of the Tesla with the Wi Fi. And you basically inject a webpage into the UI. Well, this new one is a little bit more serious. Turns out, we

Brian Schulmeister 31:35
don't need no stinking Wi Fi.

Jason DeFillippo 31:36
We don't need to get Wi Fi a little Bluetooth will do. Yeah, that's right. Leonard Walters great name. He's a Belgian security researcher, he basically figured out a way to a break into the car and be cloned the fob. So in you know, you know, he's basically got his own Tesla in 90 seconds or less.

Brian Schulmeister 31:54
Now, I've got to ask, though, about this. Is this, is this a use case that is specific to Tesla and the way that they do things? Or could this also be done with a Ford?

Jason DeFillippo 32:05
Well, we already know that you can do with a BMW. No, that

Brian Schulmeister 32:08
was easy. So I do feel that this is a bit of a story. That's just again, like the apple story, it shot up the headlines, because it's Tesla. I mean, this is something that can be done with many, many cars. Right? But

Jason DeFillippo 32:19
here's the thing about Tesla, Tesla knew about all the other hacks the BMW hacks because we talked about those three or four years ago. So by now they should have kind of maybe upped their game a little bit. You think he's busy? He's not doing the shit himself.

Brian Schulmeister 32:34
He's been kids weird things. He's putting space cars out there. He's screwing up. Astronomers lives for the rest of the first five to 10 generations. I mean, this is smoking weed on podcasts. You think he's gonna pay attention to this stuff?

Jason DeFillippo 32:50
I know.

Dave Bittner 32:50
He's a polymath.

Jason DeFillippo 32:54
pollywog. So yeah, this is it's a new one. And then this guy did actually tell Tesla about it. And they're gonna release a patch and go about our merry way. But yeah, it should have been something that this should not have happened. I'm thinking. No,

Dave Bittner 33:08
I don't I mean, has there actually been any Tesla's that have been stolen, because of this, probably. It seems to me like a Tesla is a hard car to steal, and do much with because of the way they have them. Like,

Jason DeFillippo 33:22
even if you're monitored and tracked in

Brian Schulmeister 33:24
Scott, Scott, Find My iPhone built right into it.

Dave Bittner 33:27
Well, but also if you plug it into a supercharger, and it has to identify itself and get authorized and all that kind of stuff. So

Jason DeFillippo 33:36
yeah, it's super low jack.

Brian Schulmeister 33:37
So it's a it's a one you steal?

Unknown Speaker 33:39

Dave Bittner 33:41
it's a joyride, which, you know, that's a that would be a joyful joyride, you know, to Tesla, I suppose, but this seems like a lot of work for a joyride. Yeah.

Jason DeFillippo 33:49
Yep. So tennis in a teapot? Is that what you're saying?

Dave Bittner 33:52
I think so. I think so. I think I think you I think you guys are both right, that this is, you know, another one of those things, because it's Tesla, it gets a lot more attention, you know, Tesla's, they get, they get banged on by security researchers, you know, every year at DEF CON, and blackhat. They, most recent years, I can think of there's a there's usually a Tesla that there. You know, that's again, it's it's, it's the it's the car that everybody wants to associate hacking with, right? It's the most futuristic car out there on the street, at least in everyone's mind. So it's the one that they want to have the credit to hack away at. And so to that end, I think it's, it's probably had, it's probably been tested more than most other cars out there for these sorts of things

Brian Schulmeister 34:44
much like apple. I mean, if you think of it like apple and Tesla could basically lay off their entire security divisions because everybody's out there doing it for them.

Jason DeFillippo 34:53
That's true. Yeah, I wonder if you can just like as soon as you steal the Tesla if you can just install a VPN and pretend cars in like Czechoslovakia

Brian Schulmeister 35:03
wouldn't turn on auto drive then.

Dave Bittner 35:05
Right? Exactly. Yeah.

Brian Schulmeister 35:08
Yeah. Oh boy. So I saw this article and there's there's nothing in here that's new. The it's over, it's laid very little stands between the US and the technological panopticon. And this ties into so many of the things that we've been talking about recently license plate readers, facial recognition, just everything that's being stored and tracked and data and blah, blah, blah, and how it's all being tied into databases. And again, like nothing new, but I am wondering, Dave, eu in particular, how do you feel that this is going? Do you think that we're creating headlong into panopticon? Or do you think that there is some hope here? Um,

Dave Bittner 35:49
I think that we are in the panopticon. I think one of the things that troubles me is the ability for the police to legally buy up all of this data that we have volunteered to hand over through all of the the eulas that we click on when we install the driver app on our phones. Yes, right. You know, we did not imply that we were here Give this to our government. Right. But we gave it to the private organizations and gave them them permission to sell it to whoever wants to buy it. And so the police can buy this data that we voluntarily gave up. And in doing so don't need any sort of warrant don't need to go before a judge. And so this is a great unintended consequence of of all of this. I think I suspect we're heading in a direction where we're going to see some of this stuff tamped down. I wonder if we have to see a case that directly affects a senator.

Brian Schulmeister 36:52
Yes, I know. You bring up all the time when we do discuss as it needs to be somebody high up in power that actually gets directly affected by this.

Dave Bittner 37:01
Yeah, yeah. But

Jason DeFillippo 37:05
I this this,

Dave Bittner 37:07
this causes me stress this, this whole. I've thought about you know, when I am about 10 minutes away from my house, between here in my office, how many times Am I on camera between here and there? Right, right there. traffic cameras, there

Brian Schulmeister 37:22

Dave Bittner 37:24
ATM cameras, there are drive thru cameras. There are cameras and other people's cars. There's a camera on my car. Right. So I'm contributing to it. Mine is an uploaded and available but I'm guessing you think that's right. Exactly. Probably. Yeah. My my camera was made in China. So who knows?

Brian Schulmeister 37:41
Well, yeah, and one of the other things that we talked about with the facial recognition is how bad it is. And you know, we shouldn't be letting police use it. As this article points out, it is getting better every single day and improvements are exponential. So is getting real good. real fast, huh? Yeah.

Dave Bittner 37:58
Yeah. Yeah. I hope that we're coming towards a point where we have an adjustment where something similar to GDPR happens here in the US. I don't think it's going to happen soon. I think we got a lot of other things that will take priority over this. I think maybe if we see some real antitrust stuff happen with some of the big companies that'll take away some of their ability to be so powerful and monolithic when it comes to having control over these things. But we'll see what I would love to see the control of this come back in the users hands the way well, but I mean, California is trying for that right? Yeah. GDPR is trying for that so I think there's a desire out there I think people have we've got sort of a learned helplessness I think right now and hopefully we can we can get get past that. This I this troubles me it the the reality of this troubles me and I wish I felt like I had more personal control over it. Because you can do like the three of us, we know how to we know everything we would need to do to do as much as you could do to block this. And yet, we can't block this. No, right? Yeah, no, not really.

Brian Schulmeister 39:24
No, no, we can. We can do security theater where we feel slightly better about ourselves, but we're still not really blocking it. Right.

Jason DeFillippo 39:32
Right. I mean, I probably the most secure because I just don't go anywhere. That's the only way.

Brian Schulmeister 39:38
Actually that would make you the least secure. We know exactly where you are.

Dave Bittner 39:44
Right, right. If if that's really good. Jason's

Brian Schulmeister 39:47
actually secretly recording he's always on the move. He lives on a train and we just don't know it.

Jason DeFillippo 39:54
Yes, and when I sneak out at night and a giant raccoon suit that I borrowed from Dave and yeah, basically, Terry Eyes the neighborhood and they're like, Wow, that's a big raccoon. Okay. Yeah, I did so I don't you know, the raccoon recognition doesn't really kick in yet. So they're working on that. But that's it. It's the only way to sneak around is go out at night and pretend to be, you know, a varmint.

Dave Bittner 40:14
I'm gonna need that thing dry cleaned before you give it back to me, too.

Jason DeFillippo 40:17
I'm just no problem. No problem.

Unknown Speaker 40:19
They couldn't make an appointment.

Dave Bittner 40:20
Yeah. Oh, good. Oh, good. You're here, gentlemen. I would expect nothing less.

Unknown Speaker 40:24
Yes. Excellent. And

Brian Schulmeister 40:25
I could think of no better place to actually put this story than in here. With the Dave. We may be 19 years too late for this. And it may not be the moon. It's Utah. I guess it's because we basically canceled our space program. So I guess they had to put it in Utah. Instead of the moon. We're never going to get there. But the Utah Department of Public Safety is founded curious, middle monolith that looks like it belongs in a science fiction film planted in a remote part of the states desert. I have no idea why every article about this doesn't say 2001 other than yes, some do. Good. Okay, all those other ones I can just say science fiction film. So far, no one has an explanation for how or why or even how long it's been there. But however, and people are saying it's just pure art installation, I prefer to think it is the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

Dave Bittner 41:16
I keep thinking that it's a multi dimensional portal from land of the last that

Unknown Speaker 41:24

Brian Schulmeister 41:25
Yeah, what

Dave Bittner 41:25
was that one stacks name? The one who was actually smart, who had the little vest that he wore like, it's like Enoch or something like that you on? Oh, it all it all makes sense. Now.

Unknown Speaker 41:38
I think it was Enoch. But I think you're right. I do believe i

Dave Bittner 41:42
think i think it's I think it's scenics portal that we've in it. This is the this is the portal to the land of the lost. Somebody has to figure out how to open it up and put the little crystals in and that's that's the that's what I'm going with.

Brian Schulmeister 41:54
That's sorry, let me sleep at night. I just disappeared for a while wondering how I'm gonna Photoshop Ilan musk onto a sleep stack.

Jason DeFillippo 42:03
I tell you, I wanted those crystals so bad when I was a kid. So one thing I wanted, I don't know. They look so shiny and they kind of remind you of candy. So I just wanted to I wanted to eat the crystals it would. That was basically our version of the tide pod challenge probably would be the slowest x crystal.

Dave Bittner 42:18
I don't know. But those sleaze stacks scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I had nightmares about them. I thought they were so like, and if we went to Luray Caverns or something, there was no way you're getting me off on my own because I knew if I went around the corner, there would be half a dozen of those giant sleaze stacks going. They would grab me I just yeah, many times as a child, I woke up in the middle of the night just terrified that the sleep stacks were coming for me.

Jason DeFillippo 42:46
I've been to those caverns too. And that's that. I don't know why they take kids down there. That was not like we had to go on three field trips to those things. It is Yeah, fun. It's not fun. I was there last year.

Dave Bittner 42:56
We had a good time. I was there last year,

Jason DeFillippo 42:57
but it's kids. It's not fun. It's terrifying.

Dave Bittner 43:00
Yeah, that's true.

Jason DeFillippo 43:01
That's true. Yeah, we prefer going to Busch Gardens. That was much better. Let's go to Old Town and go to Busch Gardens instead of the damn well. Yeah.

Dave Bittner 43:10
Sometimes they make you go to Luray Caverns and then you get to go to Busch Gardens right.

Brian Schulmeister 43:16
The carrot and the stick? Yes.

Dave Bittner 43:18
Exactly. Exactly. Actually, most of the time it was that you had to go to historic Williamsburg and your reward was you got to go to Busch Gardens

Jason DeFillippo 43:28
Williamsburg was the worst right? No, no,

Dave Bittner 43:31
y'all are going to experience making candles

Jason DeFillippo 43:39
we did I one of my favorite trips though was we went there the year that they opened the big bad wolf at Busch Gardens is gone now I guess but it is yeah,

Dave Bittner 43:48
there's a different ride there now. But that was a classic roller coaster that was a that was an all time great rollercoaster I think it was a good one

Jason DeFillippo 43:56
never got to go on it. I was too short when I went it Oh really? Yeah, I was too young when it opened Hmm. And I just sit there and watch the Loch Ness Monster all day guess yeah, is that still there? Is

Dave Bittner 44:06
that gone? Still there no that's still there still running. You know the the interlocking loops Yeah, that's another classic one. Yeah, yeah. Which card is a beautiful park they do a great job keeping that place looking nice. I guess they they have all that beer money that they can spend on all the plants and things it's a it's a nice place to go. I I enjoyed if it can't get if you can't make it to Disney World, Busch Gardens is a nice little alternative.

Jason DeFillippo 44:32
Exactly. Alright, gents. Well stay safe because shits about to get real. Yeah, again, again. It's about to get realer to get real. On that happy note, Doctor next week.

Dave Bittner 44:47
See you next See you next week guys.

Brian Schulmeister 44:49
I won't be going anywhere.

Brian Schulmeister 44:56
media can be

Jason DeFillippo 44:59
right. I want to Talk about the dangers of going to Sweden to find television shows that you are really into and really want to enjoy.

Brian Schulmeister 45:07
Sometimes you can't find an episode.

Jason DeFillippo 45:09
Well, Junior MasterChef Australia, I knew that there were a couple episodes missing in the middle and I was okay with that, because they have recaps at the beginning I can see it unfortunately, they were elimination episodes, which really kind of bummed me out. But the nice thing about missing the elimination episode and just seeing the recap is you don't have the sadness of waiting to see these kids get kicked out. So that was actually a plus.

Brian Schulmeister 45:27
I was gonna say and actually the structure of how those how those shows are done is really the recaps gets you basically everything that you need to see in the previous episode anyways.

Jason DeFillippo 45:36
Exactly, exactly. Except when the one episode that's missing is a fucking finale. Yeah, yeah. twats down in Australia can't Bit Torrent, right. Sorry. strines.

Brian Schulmeister 45:52
But yeah, we're just gonna have to wait a week.

Jason DeFillippo 45:55
No, no, no, it's already done. I went and I had to go try and find the torrent. And then of course, I found out who won, which is fine, I guess because the person I wanted to win one. So there was at least that but man it was a great show if you're in Australia, and you can watch the recap, which I can't. No VPN on. No VPN, and the verse would let me through the Australian content, Windows I've tried five different VPN and not a single one of them would let me through I'm like, you bastards. But it was a great show. But yeah, unfortunately, missed the end. And we've got some new video news coming out crock of gold, a Shane magallon story. It's called Yeah, it's literally crock of gold. A few rounds of Shane magallon is in quote unquote cinemas and on digital and DVD on December 7, so I will be picking this one up. It's a you know, kind of a behind the scenes of his life. And it goes up to the the big concert for his birthday on 28 in 2018, where everybody in the world, you know, came out and said, Hey, Shane, we love you. But I'm looking forward to it. Johnny Depp was involved with this one. So that's interesting.

Brian Schulmeister 47:05
It's also perfect timing for the yearly kerfuffle about the fact that there they use the word faggot in the Christmas song.

Jason DeFillippo 47:14
Oh, yeah,

Brian Schulmeister 47:14
well, because you know that there's I've already seen articles talking about how radio stations are considering banning it or editing it. It's every year we get the same story.

Jason DeFillippo 47:22
Well, they should ban it anyway. Cuz I'm so fucking sick of that song.

Brian Schulmeister 47:25
You'll never hear it again and be totally happy. Oh, it's

Jason DeFillippo 47:27
one of my least favorite folk songs of all time. It's, I'm fine with him banning that one. But I still love the fact that Cadillac use sunny side of the street in an advertisement on the Superbowl. Right before they cut it right before the line, a heart full of hate and a lust for vomit. Cut it right before that at the end of the Cadillac commercial. I just love that. jimmy o Yang,

Brian Schulmeister 47:53
you know who he is? I do. He's a stand up comedian. He was in that show that I liked that you hated. But then I ended up hating to and never finished watching

Jason DeFillippo 48:01
Silicon Valley. That was Yeah, I watched a stand up on Amazon. He's got some stand up. That's out. loved it. I loved it. My roommate and I watched it last night. It's it's very light. It's a little raunchy. So no kids, but not super raunchy. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't know he was that funny. I didn't know he did stand up. So yeah, that was that was nice. That was trying to find something funny for the holidays. So that was a nice pop of laughter.

Brian Schulmeister 48:29
Yeah, he dropped in on an la radio show morning radio shows listen to all the time frosty Heidi and Frank quite often. And he was always very funny when he showed up. So I figured it's got to be pretty good. So

Jason DeFillippo 48:40
yeah, definitely worth checking out.

Brian Schulmeister 48:42
Right. And then I found this article. And I posted an awful lot of points in here. But I'm actually going to cut it down. Because what I realized is this is basically something that you and I have been talking about for ages and then stop talking about because we realized it was never going to happen. This is streaming these to pay artists more duh. Yeah, there's an idea from China that could help. And we will Yes, get the bait the same nothing. So but it gets into China's 10 cent music, which has a number of different streaming platforms under their umbrella. And guess what they use, which is actually working pretty well.

Jason DeFillippo 49:19
enlighten me, Brian

Brian Schulmeister 49:21
micropayments. With

Unknown Speaker 49:23
payments, oh, yes,

Brian Schulmeister 49:24
basically, digital tip jars, the ability to sell and sell small things like here's a screensaver here's a different thing for your phone and all of that and and the key is Spotify rolling out micro payments, that would actually fix a lot of things.

Jason DeFillippo 49:41
Unfortunately, I use Apple Music now. So I don't think Apple is gonna roll that out.

Brian Schulmeister 49:45
Nobody's gonna do it. Nobody. Nobody's actually but but the point is, and the article gets really into the finances, it's actually working. It's working for major artists in China. It's working for smaller artists in China. They're actually getting some more money than Just what the streamers were paying them. And because fans that are really into it, when given the option, will, will hand out some cash in small amounts. Everything counts in small amounts as Depeche Mode always said,

Jason DeFillippo 50:12
Yeah, and that's funny because yeah, if it that's how this podcast survives is basically quote unquote micro payments from fans who listen to the show and donate every month if we if we tried to live on advertising alone, the show would not exist.

Brian Schulmeister 50:25
No, have been done a long time ago,

Jason DeFillippo 50:26
long time ago. So I mean, this show literally lives by, you know, payments from the fans, so I can see why it works over there. Yes, proof positive proof is in the pudding people

Brian Schulmeister 50:37
it is it's really interesting article. So if you're doubting it, go read this.

Jason DeFillippo 50:40
Yep. And speaking of Spotify, there's a great, great article by jack reciter, from dark net diaries, and it basically echoes everything that we've been saying about Spotify and the walled gardens and shit like that. It's called Spotify, please stop buying podcasts, period straight to the point. And I love it because in the article, he actually pulls out a pull quote from Spotify as, you know, upper echelon saying, Yeah, we know limited releases and wild releases really suck and they were talking about music. They, you know, because they were I think this when Kanye was doing like, you know, parent releases and shit like that. Yeah, I titled What happened to them? around nine. No. The tide is out, though. Anyway, so it's just it's a really good it's a really good read, because it just says everything that we've already said. And I like it when I read articles. That'd be great with me iterate, reiterate things we've already said. Yes. Yeah.

Brian Schulmeister 51:34
Well, speaking of that, actually, well, first off Spotify. Please stop buying podcasts. After you buy ours. Yeah, we will take the big suitcase of money. That suitcase is big enough anymore, but not anymore. But getting back to things that we've been talking about in articles that tell us that we were right. Here's another one. We were complaining about the the movie industry just not catching up to the pandemic please just let us watch our movies at home. None of us are going to a theater. Except for all the idiots on my Instagram. But they're finally doing it there they will be releasing Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters and on HBO max on Christmas Day. So there you go. They figured it out and as the article says Hollywood's we're not in Kansas anymore moment. Yes, they have finally realized that they can't keep shelving these movies indefinitely because we're looking at summer at the earliest. Before we all get vaccinated and feel comfortable going anywhere again. So they are finally starting to come around to our way of thinking and just giving us the damn movies will pay for it if need be. And obviously, HBO is seeing this as a way to drive subscriptions. So if you want to see Wonder Woman 1984 it'll be on HBO. Pixar is animated soul movie will be on Disney plus DreamWorks Animation is the croods a new age will be coming out I believe in pay per view or something like that. So they figured it out. And of course, for a lot of these multi huge 1000 people, companies with a gazillion different arms. They have their own streaming platform. So they make the movie. They put it on their own streaming platform totally makes sense.

Jason DeFillippo 53:10
Yeah, I just wish HBO max would get with it and get a goddamn Roku app. So you figure they're gonna vote Wonder Woman 1984 out on HBO Max, it would at least get that Roku thing settled right now because Roku you know, watchers are a pretty big part of the the ecosphere.

Brian Schulmeister 53:27
Yeah, you know, you can stop complaining you've got enough devices around. I know I hear you get stopped maximum something else.

Jason DeFillippo 53:34
Yeah, I got a dust off my Apple TV that I have somewhere in a closet that it's the only thing that runs it. God what you gonna do anyway, the Grand Tour season for medic ascar special has a release date, which is December 18. I glanced at the trailer looks like standard Grand Tour fair. So yeah, it's been a while since we had one of these so it's hard

Brian Schulmeister 53:54
for me to get too excited about it anymore because I really just do miss the actual Top Gear format that they did but at least you know they're sticking to the travel thing which is the only thing that really works for this format. So I'm sure it'll be good.

Jason DeFillippo 54:06
Yeah, I mean that's what cuz you before said that you just want them to do these. Now you're saying you miss the other one?

Brian Schulmeister 54:12
Well, no, I missed the the Oh, gee, man, when they were on top gear. I hated that tent. They never go. Yeah, right. With grand tour. That's what I'm saying.

Jason DeFillippo 54:21
Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. The old school Top Gear. I see what you're saying. Yes. Yep. The Yeah, they have to have the runway in the 747 if they don't have that.

Brian Schulmeister 54:29
Stick, man.

Unknown Speaker 54:30
No mistake. Yes. Yeah.

Brian Schulmeister 54:34
We're getting our expanse season five very shortly. December 16. So that's pretty exciting. Did you watch the official trailer?

Jason DeFillippo 54:40
I refuse to I refuse to go back and watch it though. Okay, I just need to get caught up I forgot what happened in season four. So

Brian Schulmeister 54:49
yeah, just gonna watch the endless Lupin recap of Adam. Adam, what's his face being blown into space. Okay. And I finished the crown last season. Excellent, highly recommended. I know you will probably never watch it but it was very, very good. Gillian Anderson absolutely nails Margaret Thatcher, so much so that my wife and I then decided we needed to go back and watch the Iron Lady which we never watched, which has, of course, Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher. That was a bit of a bummer. I understand why there were mixed reviews about that movie because it basically just went to the very end of Margaret Thatcher's life when she was suffering from dementia and did flashbacks and things like that, but it's sadness porn. Like I stand that there are a lot of people in this world that really hate Margaret Thatcher, and maybe they got their jollies off seeing her so miserable at the end. But Jesus it was sad.

Jason DeFillippo 55:41
Can we get one of those a Donald Trump that I'd watch? You can watch? Exactly. I knew it knew it. I started watching queens Gambit because everybody said so and then I just right as I was walking in into the studio to do the show, I saw it come across TV that the Queen's gambit is now the most streamed limited series on Netflix is history. So apparently people like it, which means I'm probably gonna hate it.

Brian Schulmeister 56:07
Yeah, I've kind of held off on it too. Because anytime I see anybody or everybody liking something that usually means I'm not gonna like it but

Jason DeFillippo 56:14
yeah, Tiger,

Brian Schulmeister 56:16
or whatever that was. Jesus Christ. Yeah,

Jason DeFillippo 56:19
no, I watched the first episode. Um, it was decent. It wasn't I mean, I wasn't blown away but of Tiger King or no. I watched like five of Tiger kickin, and I'm like, why am I watching this shit? I mean, I'm nowhere in lockdown, but God Damn, this is bad. I know. I watched the first episode of Queens Gambit and it's beautiful that shot Well it's interesting. Hopefully it picks up from there so I will I'll give it a shot I'll give more episodes and this one's for you. Jeopardy has named Ken Jennings is its first interim hosts after the death of Alex rebec which is surprises no one

Brian Schulmeister 56:52
I'm surprised that they're saying interim I wish they had some balls just make him the host my I know there was a big online campaign to have Jordy be reading Reading Rainbow be the the hose. It should be you mean LeVar Burton, it should be Ken Jennings yeah don't don't ever round don't do interrupt. Just give him the damn show. That's what fans of the show want. I'd be fine with it. Yeah, don't fuck around. No interim guest hosting. Just give it to them.

Jason DeFillippo 57:19
Yeah, honestly. I mean, I'm not even a big Jeopardy fan and I can get behind that because I like Ken Jennings. I listen to this podcast I think he's a cool guy and he would do the show justice.

Brian Schulmeister 57:27
You see what

Jason DeFillippo 57:29
ups and do that. Brian let's talk about air pods again for a second you had you have your story of your air pods

Brian Schulmeister 57:39
I wonder what happened to you might solve my problem.

Jason DeFillippo 57:43
So I'm making a nice batch of impossible chili because I do like the impossible burger since I you know this whole keep Jason alive 2020 thing is is going very well. We will touch on that in a couple points in this fake news fake news a fuck you so I'm making my impossible chili and I Yon Well, I'm making the chili with my head over the thing. And there goes my left air pod pro that I just bought. And I watched it in slow motion tumble into the pot of chili and go and promptly disappear. It was like a cartoon scream I'm just like the

Brian Schulmeister 58:23
most expensive pot of chili ever.

Jason DeFillippo 58:25
grabbed the spoon shoved it in there got it up slipped off the spoon back in the chili. Oh crap. Finally got it out. ran it under the water kept it out. Grab some paper towels dried it off. Breathe breed stick it back in my ear in it worked just fine.

Brian Schulmeister 58:42
I tell you man, I've I've had a pair go through the laundry work totally fine.

Jason DeFillippo 58:46
Yeah, but this is chili man. Chili was going to be the death of my air pod pros.

Brian Schulmeister 58:51
It is just fine. Maybe your air pods will be gaslighting you soon because yeah.

Jason DeFillippo 58:58
So I went out and I bought a couple things for those. And I first off since it popped out I'm like Okay, everybody keeps telling me get the phone tip. So I got the phone tips. The phone tips suck that I got. They were they were like 12 bucks. Or 13 bucks and they they suck so I'm going to try maybe a couple different ones but these just popped out just as much. And then I got these anti slip covers it basically air pod condoms that you put in that like Help Help your ears stick to it. Those kind of work ribbed for your pleasure. Exactly. Yes. They those actually kind of work and it was nine bucks for a set of five of them with god awful colors. I just put the black ones on and they they seem to help they seem to help cuz I had to put the other covers back on so if anybody has the any tips for the foam ones, the ones I got were the pieces three, three pair replacement ear tips compatible with air pod AirPods pro memory foam reducing noise in your ear tips accessories fit in the charging case XML black, just the tip.

Unknown Speaker 59:57
Just go black. You

Jason DeFillippo 59:58
never go back Exactly. And oh, I didn't do have a little aside. One password now unlocked with the Apple Watch and seven, seven, which is great. So I don't have to type that 18,000 character password all the time just saying if you're if you're a one password fan upgrade, and you have an Apple Watch works great. Next thing I got was I got the camera digital handgrip tester 198 pounds slash 90 kilogram strength measurement meter, auto capturing electronic hand grip power dynamometer.

Brian Schulmeister 1:00:29
What the actual hell is that?

Jason DeFillippo 1:00:31
So what it does is it measures your grip strength.

Brian Schulmeister 1:00:34
So, so it's like those old arcade games. Kind of Yeah, yeah. Yes, machine.

Unknown Speaker 1:00:39
Yeah. You know.

Brian Schulmeister 1:00:44
So there's a lot of why did you get this?

Jason DeFillippo 1:00:46
There's 1000 studies out there that talk about how grip strength and health are very intertwined. And this is this goes back a long way. This Oh, by the way, the the hand grip power dynamometer was 2999 at Amazon. So I was reading up on some articles. And, of course, this is a click Beatty headline. But it was interesting. It says this one simple move could lower your blood pressure by 10% without medication, even though my blood pressure is okay. I'm still always fascinated by grip strength stuff. So I read it. And there's a very simple exercise where if you do two minutes of 30% grip, like holding a couple times a week, it's been shown to lower blood pressure. I'm like, okay, so to do the 30%, you need something to tell you what your 100% is. So I got the dynamometer in my I haven't done grip exercises in a long time. And I got the I did the thing. I grabbed it, and I squeezed with all my might. And like it was so sad because it says it's Yeah, it literally said we so there's like weak, normal and strong. So ever since I got it. I've been using my little grippy hand things and doing curls and stuff like that. So I went from 98 pounds of grip strength to now I'm at a yesterday morning I was at 130 pounds. So which it which is I skipped normal and went straight from weak to strong. So I want to I want to get it to the point where I can break this motherfucker. I want 190 899 pounds, because 198 but it's nice having good grip strength again. I like it. I missed it. I felt like a little limp. fisted accountant sitting here typing all day.

Brian Schulmeister 1:02:23
It's like you're dating someone new.

Unknown Speaker 1:02:25
Yes. Actually.

Jason DeFillippo 1:02:29
This man knows where he got. He talks. That's right. Oh, hey, Rosie. You got strong baby.

Brian Schulmeister 1:02:36
Alright, riveter, yep.

Jason DeFillippo 1:02:39
Rosie Palmer and her five sisters. And unfortunately, my scale broke this week, too. I was cleaning a sign I No, no, no, I dropped it. I dropped it and landed right on the corner and basically shattered. So I'm like, Okay, well, let me look and see if I can because it was like a, you know, a nice digital $30 scale. So I'm like, Okay, let's see what the state of electronic you know, home scales are that you can sync with apps and shit like that. And I found the Fitbit Aria err, which is now a Bluetooth scanner. The old Fitbit err arias used like shitty Wi Fi to connect, and it was a pain in the ass. And if you had a five gigahertz network in your house, it wouldn't work as it was 2.4. And it was a pain in the ass. But this is Bluetooth, so it pairs to your app, and it was under 50 bucks. I'm like 20 bucks more than a regular one fucking I'll get it. Alright, got it. Sync perfectly. Works fine, works totally fine, except since Fitbit or a bunch of clickers. You can't they don't have any apps to sync to Apple Health. So you have to buy another fucking app. Go. I found one called sync solver, which will take your Fitbit data from your Fitbit app and sync it to Apple Health. So you have like one place to go where everything is saying so that was another five bucks on top of it. No. Anyway. So got that all taken care of. You. There's there's keep Jason alive. 2020 hashtag in a nutshell for this week. Seems like it's

Brian Schulmeister 1:04:07
doing really well and very unsuccessful.

Jason DeFillippo 1:04:10
Oh, no, actually, it's fucking great. Man. I've lost 15 pounds since the I got my first blood test. And I've got a 29 day step streak on my Fitbit. I feel fantastic. I sleep great. I eat mostly vegetables now. And it's crazy. I like it. I get free. Yeah, I'm turning into a human again. Speaking of humans, let's talk about get human. If you have to spend a lot of time with customer support, doing anything in this holiday season. God forbid you have to but you generally will go to get human.com it basically has all of the phone numbers in the the decision trees that you have to use to get to humans.

Brian Schulmeister 1:04:47
Yes, this is bookmarked. This is a useful site.

Jason DeFillippo 1:04:50
This is an incredibly useful site. So I highly recommend everybody use it. So check it out. And finally, I've just been doing a lot of writing. I've got some new LinkedIn on Articles coming out about podcasting and things like that. And I found the Hemingway editor, which is it's 1999, you can use their web version for free. But you can use the offline version. So when you just sit on your laptop, you don't need a Wi Fi connection. And it has just a bunch of different things to make your writing a lot tighter and a lot punchier. And I loved it. So I use it on my my latest article, and it made me think a lot more and use better words, I actually use, you know, more concise words and different types of adverbs and things like that to really kind of pull it together. And it made my article 10 times better, or maybe even more than that. So I really liked this app. It's very clean, it's very simple. You just go in, you type in, you can work without the annotations, and then you just flip over and it'll show you all the different it'll highlight the sentences that need work, fix those and then go back to writing. It's great. It's 20 bucks

Brian Schulmeister 1:05:49
isn't an over it looks really cool, actually, like way better than Clippy. I'll tell you that.

Jason DeFillippo 1:05:53
It's so good. It's so good.

Brian Schulmeister 1:05:55
You know those meetings that go around sometimes where they're like, use one word to describe how old you are. Without you know, stating your age or anything my go to was always word star.

Unknown Speaker 1:06:05

Brian Schulmeister 1:06:08
I love word star. You remember that?

Jason DeFillippo 1:06:10
I hated word star man. I hated it. Oh, the overlays that you had to put on your keyboard. Remember those? Yeah, just to figure out where anything is. They like for the x, the IBM x t keyboards. You had this giant overlay? And it's just like, what the fuck?

Brian Schulmeister 1:06:29
So good. And I've had this for two weeks now. And I keep forgetting to mention it on the show. But I'll bring it up. Now I have the B can't IKEA sit stand desk.

Jason DeFillippo 1:06:39
Brian, why didn't you get the B? Can it be positive? Why do you have to be negative and get the B can't?

Brian Schulmeister 1:06:44
I don't know. Because I can't be bothered. There was 399 Canadian, I'm not sure the exact price in the US, which is considerably cheaper than the fancier versions out there. But as you and I were talking about offline, a sit stand desk has two things. It has to be flat

Jason DeFillippo 1:07:00
and go up and down. Oh, well, it needs one more thing. But yeah, it's 399 us as well. By the way,

Brian Schulmeister 1:07:07
there you go. Good.

Jason DeFillippo 1:07:09
It's narrow. It's not very wide. It's only 47 and a quarter inches wide.

Brian Schulmeister 1:07:14
More than big enough for me, I know that you like to have basically a house door as your desk. And it needs to be that, that that width, but this totally works for me.

Jason DeFillippo 1:07:24
Yeah, cuz my standing desk right now is 72 inches wide. The house door is 80 inches wide. And I was thinking of actually getting the top like replaced the top on my current desk with an 80 inch one or get another one that's 80 inches.

Brian Schulmeister 1:07:37
It's like my old setup when I was doing music and all that I had three IKEA desks, too. Yeah, one in the corner. But nowadays, you know, my my footprint is pretty tight. And this is this is a much bigger desk than I was used to working on because I was using one of those medical grade standing desks for a while.

Jason DeFillippo 1:07:54
Hmm, God. Yeah, yeah. If it was wider, I would definitely look into it. But I need something. I mean, if I could get 120 inch desk, I would totally get it. But yeah, then you're then you're the serious territory there. But yeah, my 80 inch desk is perfect. Because you know, I've got you know, 27 inch iMac two studio monitors, all this editing gear and then if I need to, like do something with a another interface or things like that. This is just way too small. But you're just literally running on an air. Do you even have a monitor?

Brian Schulmeister 1:08:23
I do. I have the monitor setup. Here. I have the air and you know, hopefully at some point, I'll actually have my mic stand and all that this is more than big enough

Jason DeFillippo 1:08:31
total. Okay. Oh, you should definitely check out that these are coming out in January the bridge dock for the iPad Air. So you can just like slide it in, and then it plugs the it takes the FireWire out or the Thunderbolt sorry, Thunderbolt three out and goes into your hubs and stuff like that. Yeah, it's like 169 bucks, but it's really cool. I'm gonna get one get get one for sure. And this just in? I got this email from Amazon this morning. Did you get this email? as well? Yes, yes. So we are all under alert now that sidewalk from Amazon is about to be enabled next year. And they

Brian Schulmeister 1:09:05
I can't wait for my air pods to connect to every single Amazon echoes. I walk down the street.

Jason DeFillippo 1:09:10
Oh, wait, you don't have to wait. You've got that feature already?

Brian Schulmeister 1:09:13
Must be in the beta program.

Jason DeFillippo 1:09:14
Yeah, exactly. So they said that it's going to be coming later this year, early next year. And it's going to be on by default. And I have an issue with that being on by default, because they say when enabled sidewalk uses a small portion of your internet bandwidth to provide these services to you and your neighbors. Fuck you. I didn't sign up for that. I did not say that. You can change the terms of service to use my bandwidth whenever you like, but they at least said at the end of the email. To disable this feature, follow these instructions. Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla. Yeah, so I will be disabling sidewalk before I get it. But here's the funny part about it. When the app updates, it'll probably re enable it again because we know that that's what they like to do.

Brian Schulmeister 1:09:57

Jason DeFillippo 1:10:00
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Brian Schulmeister 1:10:35
got Stu who said hi geeks, old school hacker from do not fold, spindle or mutilate days which was before internet like dial up BBs love the show keeps me smiling during grumpy times. Since you were 20 on PayPal, thanks.

Jason DeFillippo 1:10:48
Thank you very much. Thank you very much

Brian Schulmeister 1:10:50

Jason DeFillippo 1:10:53
You can probably get no quadrate for cheap and run some phone lines in and get er done. Get er done. Nobody would connect but don't get

Brian Schulmeister 1:11:02
finally my own personal social network like parlor.

Jason DeFillippo 1:11:05
Yeah, you know, you could call it Schrodinger is BBs. Because if somebody connects, does it. Anyway, Jeff writes in over on Twitter, why are telehealth companies treating healthcare like the gig economy? And this is a TechCrunch article and you read this one, Brian?

Brian Schulmeister 1:11:20
Yeah, insurance companies love this model because it's cheap to operate. But patients bear the cost. Doctors in this arrangement get paid to work the assembly line every minute they spend listening to patients learning about their lives, building a personal relationship is a minute they're not moving down the line seeing the next patient and earning the next fee. The system doesn't reward doctors for providing care, It rewards them for churning through patients blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Is this the way it should be? No, of course not. Why is it that way? Let's go back to the first line. Insurance companies love this model.

Jason DeFillippo 1:11:48
Exactly. Welcome to American healthcare. marca. Right.

Brian Schulmeister 1:11:54
Yeah, and clear Romania said the EU defense minister is looking for a new producer or just a gatekeeper technology is just as good as the kids using it. And this is a link to I guess somebody hacked into some British Parliament meeting or something like that? Because they know how.

Jason DeFillippo 1:12:09
No, there you go. There you go. TJ writes in interesting investigation using social media data, and this is the Beirut port explosion, I watched this video to forensic breakdown of the explosion. This is fucking fascinating to watch. Did Yes.

Brian Schulmeister 1:12:25
I watched most of it. I just love the way that they actually just synced everything and then used all the models and like the data collection is it's pure data porn, and it's amazing.

Jason DeFillippo 1:12:36
This is what in the 90s they would give us those shitty movies and they would do it like episodes of 24 and shit. But this is real. It's actually real now.

Brian Schulmeister 1:12:46
I know pretty good. Yeah.

Jason DeFillippo 1:12:47
If you haven't watched this video, definitely go check the link in the show notes and watch it because it is. I'm like, I mean, I was just gobsmacked. Like this is so cool. It's real now it's actually real. It's like enemy of the state. You know that really horrible. Gene Hackman Will Smith movie. If it was. It's now it's so cool.

Brian Schulmeister 1:13:05
Yeah. And Nathan rights in prop 22 is a joke. But at the end of the day, Uber and Lyft only got away with it because of those pesky kids. I mean, California voters not the corporation's can't enact laws of the voters to do their job. Blame stupidity and low information voters. I take some issue with that. Yeah, that is true. Or we could blame a multi million dollar advertising campaign that was full of straight up lies and misleading information, which by the way should be illegal. Yeah, it

Jason DeFillippo 1:13:33
should be but it Yeah. And you know, I know people that voted for prop 22 that aren't stupid. But they were listening to their friends who are Uber drivers in other states. Like I got friends in New York who drive Uber and they're like, yeah, yeah, yeah, this is no, no, this is blah, blah, blah. And they went with, you know, outside advice for people who don't live here or drive here. And so I can't blame them for it. I told them they were dumb, but I'm like, You're an idiot. vote no. on Prop 22. Yeah, souls. They're like, no, screw you. I'm gonna vote. Yes. Yeah. Yeah, never God show Mr. Bubbles says got some stuff. I figured might interest you guys a bit of an old article, but didn't hear it on the show. And this is a GameSpot article that I didn't read.

Brian Schulmeister 1:14:14
Either something about being taken to court over tattoos. I totally missed this one. Sorry about that.

Jason DeFillippo 1:14:19
Sorry about that. It'll be in the show notes. Yes. He goes on to say if you want a great short show to watch, I would highly recommend the Queens Gambit. Yes. Everybody has been talking about that. And he says this one's for Jason. A while ago, you talked about how you like trucking or something like that. Check out this newish podcast over the road. It's a short podcast about the history and current days of big rigs. I not a huge trucking fan. I like cross country driving. But this actually sounds interesting. So check it out.

Brian Schulmeister 1:14:44
Yeah. And Joe writes in new album by Brandon Perry of dead condensed Brian might be interested cheers, and the album is called songs of disenchantment. Sounds perfect for 20

Jason DeFillippo 1:14:54
right up your alley.

Brian Schulmeister 1:14:56
Thank you to that. for that. I've actually randomly been listening to a lot of dead condenser Recently as it's bounced from my air pods, from destination to destination tis the season I don't know why their music always feels a bit Christmassy to me, but it does. So always around this time of year I end up listening to them. I'm a casual fan of both his solo work and Lisa Gerard just the other main members Dead Can Dance but like an Amazon bucket and a password, they're always best together.

Jason DeFillippo 1:15:23
Yeah, it Dead Can Dance is not a summer type of band. It's definitely

Brian Schulmeister 1:15:29
a type of band. So no moving is held.

Jason DeFillippo 1:15:32
Yeah, this is you're actually in the perfect spot to listen to it now. Because when I think of Dead Can Dance, I think of Chicago in the dead of fucking winter. If that's the kind of music that I listened to, during that now you get to experience it. In all of its glory. Yes, good for you. And Vincent writes in Ireland is making steps to ban revenge porn. Yay. So apparently, a bunch of Irish women have been released nudies on the internet, thanks to bad boyfriends and things like that. So

Brian Schulmeister 1:16:01
yes. And also, the theory here is, it's getting passed around so much, because there are no actual laws and said Ireland is one of the few countries that doesn't go after people currently for this sort of thing. Yeah. It's not that the non consensual sharing of intimate images is not a criminal offence in Ireland. So it's actually

Jason DeFillippo 1:16:19
encouraged in Ireland,

Brian Schulmeister 1:16:20
basically are going to plug that loophole. Which is good. That's a good thing. Yeah. And

Jason DeFillippo 1:16:26
Vincent goes on to say, I wonder what the Germans approach to this is

Brian Schulmeister 1:16:30
funny, you should ask. I happen to have an article about that. In Germany, your ex must destroy nude photos on request. No. So that gets into the nitty gritties of this a little bit. So you know, holiday shots and things of that nature where they're closed or in everyday situations. those are those are perfectly acceptable. But they have made it clear that any pictures showing naked, semi naked or with intimate areas exposed in underwear, or before, during or after sexual intercourse, which one could argue is all times. I'm always either I'm always either before, during or after.

Jason DeFillippo 1:17:06
Me Me mainly after years, was that, okay?

Brian Schulmeister 1:17:11
Yeah, so,

Jason DeFillippo 1:17:13

Brian Schulmeister 1:17:15
revenge porn cases are no longer considered trivial by German code. courts, posting intimate images without consent can lead to criminal convictions and prison sentences of up to two years. So they take it pretty seriously.

Jason DeFillippo 1:17:26
Do you have to have like a, you know, like some kind of sign document that says I asked him to remove it. You know, like some kind of notarized document that says,

Brian Schulmeister 1:17:36
I wish I knew you're going there because I would have prepared some incredibly long German word. Like, stop them from documentum or something like that, but I was not prepared. You caught me by surprise.

Jason DeFillippo 1:17:47
I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Keeping dem movies off lines.

Brian Schulmeister 1:17:53
I think you went more Swedish chef there.

Jason DeFillippo 1:17:57
I was trying to go full farfegnugen but I ended up going a little bit. Good. Ralph writes in here. Ralph writes in hi grumps, I nominate the following headline for this week's best zoom drops 40 minute meeting time limit for Thanksgiving, eliminating all means of escape.

Brian Schulmeister 1:18:18
There's always the internet's going. Yeah, it's always a good one.

Jason DeFillippo 1:18:22
Here's some news for Brian Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

Brian Schulmeister 1:18:27
that day. So I have I have been dating my I've been with my wife. We've been married for nine years now. But I've been dating her for 1314 years. And in that entire time. This is a seasonal news item that comes out every single year since I've been coming to Canada. So it is a good is a good one. But it's very funny.

Jason DeFillippo 1:18:47
You want your moose knuckles licked, but not the other way. Yes, they

Brian Schulmeister 1:18:51
lick cars because they are covered with salt.

Jason DeFillippo 1:18:53
Yes. And this is an interesting one Toronto Police pullover car with 30 year old expired plates. And this is a guy who figured out it's you know, it's cheaper just not to renew your plates and just pay the fine. That's assuming you only get one ticket and you only get pulled over one time. Exactly. This guy only drives once a year, every time it gets pulled over once.

Brian Schulmeister 1:19:15
So the math and then the logic does not quite work out on that unless you're very lucky and nobody ever gets you things. Go for it. So, huh? Yep. Seth writes in Jason, I think you've mentioned Rob Reed's TED talk about the scary near future scenario of a homicidal lunatic killing mold have the capacity to print man made viruses in an effort to kill as many humans as possible, or 2020. But I don't recall hearing either of you mentioned his sci fi novel after on it seems like a God must read. It's clever funny. And so we have talked about this book. Definitely.

Jason DeFillippo 1:19:45
We have. We've actually had Rob Reed on the show talking about the book. I'm looking at the show art for after the podcast I did with Rob Reed for like 15 to 16 episodes or so. So yes, Rob has been on the show. So check the search on GOG dot show. It should be Bring up the his appearance on the show. But yeah, honestly, I like Rob is a he's an interesting guy. But after on too many words,

Brian Schulmeister 1:20:10
got a few Yeah, because I had a hard time reading it too. I love my dystopian sci fi and if you want something of that ilk, I can always recommend one of my favorite books of all time to stand by Stephen King.

Jason DeFillippo 1:20:20
Okay, I cannot recommend that because Stephen King. We have we have a we have a differing opinion on Stephen King, you and I yes. Jonathan writes in strap on your tinfoil hats and come for a walk with me. So you mentioned that tickets for concerts were real require a COVID vaccine certification. And that vaccine is only good for one year maybe. So basically, you now get your prescription to participate in public life, which gets renewed each year like a subscription. Does it come with the terms of service to it doesn't matter what your natural health predisposition is, this is a medicine for everyone who wants to go in public. So anyone from a less fortunate background without insurance will not get to participate in public events like voting. I'm going to stop right there for a second because we've seen the price of the vaccine, some are $5. The highest one is about $44. So that is 44 bucks for a lifetime or a year of protection. Yeah, and a lot of people are going to be giving them away for free. So yeah, let's not get too dystopian on that one. The very next bit was about an app for nightmares, which is prescribed if you come this far with me, then I think you can walk this one out yourselves. You get prescribed an app, which costs how much and I'm sure it will also be subscription because that's just how we live now stay grumpy.

Brian Schulmeister 1:21:35
Yeah, well, personally, I'm expecting there to be a national healthcare app here in Canada that you'll be required to show your status with before entering a business or whatever because well, national universal health care and 100% okay with that, given this particular set of circumstances, ie the pandemic, good luck, America. You You know if there was any anything that should be pushing America into the concept of socialized medicine, and that not being a bad word or a bad thing, it's a fucking pandemic.

Jason DeFillippo 1:22:06
Oh, it's gone the other way, the other way. Trust me, I

Brian Schulmeister 1:22:09
still see the news. It's a travesty. And there's nothing wrong with this. This is a Take off your damn tinfoil hat and put on the it's a fucking pandemic and we don't all want to die hat. There's nothing wrong with the idea of you. Have you have the vaccine? Okay, well, then you can come into our restaurant and dine You haven't? Well, then you cannot because it's a fucking pandemic. So anyways, related I did see this bit of news cuantas CEO says Coronavirus vaccine will be necessary to fly this is going to happen everywhere. I'm sorry, it just is. So basically if you want to fly on quantis and you want to go internationally, you're gonna have to prove you have the vaccine once it's available, and it's going to every airline is going to do that. I'm sure Southwest flying in the states won't be bothered. But if you if you're planning to go internationally, I mean, where do you think you can go right now Americans?

Jason DeFillippo 1:23:02
Nowhere. Okay, we're trapped. We're trapped. Yeah, unless Greyhound starts to have boats that were stuck. And Leif writes in Jason, your pronunciation of my name life was dead on. So leaf is an annoying Americanisation and he put in a whole bunch of stuff in here that I'm going to cut about cholesterol and low carb diets and things like that because nobody cares. At least nobody listening I was I liked it. Thank you leaf leaf. Anyway, I love the show and what you just stay around and keep on doing what you're doing. You guys have been helping me get through COVID while staying sane stay grumpy. Well, thank you leaf.

Brian Schulmeister 1:23:38
Thank you and over at iTunes. vygotskian sounds like a title of one of those horrible books that l Ron Hubbard from the side of our guardians from

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Brian Schulmeister 1:24:34
Only Apple did those a lot though. Given my experience with their air pods this week. I

Jason DeFillippo 1:24:41
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Jason DeFillippo 1:25:07
Or look at your window and wave it, Brian.

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Brian Schulmeister 1:25:16
boy, are we old Jason Microsoft Windows turns 35 this week, November 20 1985, Windows 1.0. The one that nobody saw was really, I

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Brian Schulmeister 1:25:28
I really I didn't see it until I think two but

Jason DeFillippo 1:25:31
yeah, pretty my mom brought home a floppy of it and showed it to me and she was blown away. And it was incredible. I don't I totally remember this. This is if you actually go to the go to Gog dot show and search for my first PC. You'll see the PC that she showed it to me on, AIX. Oh, yeah, that was that was crazy times, man crazy times. And a shout out to Steve wolf who let me know this was the thing. And also a shout out to whoever rebuilt the fucking mash sets in Malibu Creek State Park, somebody who actually went back after they burnt down and rebuilt the sets. So you can still go for a walk now and find the old mash sets. How cool is that?

Brian Schulmeister 1:26:09
except they're not really feel

Jason DeFillippo 1:26:12
it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. Look, if somebody is up there rebuilding the sets, you know, who's probably doing that. The guys who built them the first time. This is

Brian Schulmeister 1:26:20
Hollywood, they're still with us, you know, time ago, but

Jason DeFillippo 1:26:24
it's still Hollywood.

Brian Schulmeister 1:26:25
I loved being able to do that. I went out there a couple times. It was always really cool in the fact that I could someday go out there again, pretty cool. I would say take my kid but he's never gonna watch mash because,

Jason DeFillippo 1:26:36
yeah, no, I'm totally gonna do this. Because this is something that you can do now in COVID times, and you know, be safe and get you out of the damn house. So I'm totally I was so bad. I always wanted to do it, and I never did it and then it was gone. And we're live in fire season so they might burn down again. Got a slide in that match window.

Brian Schulmeister 1:26:54
Alright, until next time, I'm Brian Shaw.

Jason DeFillippo 1:26:57
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