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Preview: GeekSpeak, KUSP Podcast

GeekSpeak | How Technology Affects Society and Culture from the Geek Perspective

A weekly talk show about technology, science, and human creativity that excites, educates, and fosters curiosity. Discussions touch upon how technology affects society and how we react to that change. Hosts are passionate about explaining complex concepts

Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:05:20 GMT


Fake Color Minvan Blows Wind in Denmark 2016/11/30

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:05:00 -0800

Virtually Doom 3, Color in Marvel Movies, Inflate Space, more Facebook News Foo, Alternative Browsers, Robotic Walls, and more Week in Geek News from Miles, Dedi, and Lyle.

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Automation, Medium, and Encryption 2016/11/23

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:44:00 -0800

Lyle’s thoughts on Apple firing Sal Soghoian (@macautomation), former product manager of automation and what that means for making your computer do what you want. And, in the second half, a discussion with Quincy Larson (@ossia), the founder of Free Code Camp, about writing on Medium and How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour.

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Hackers Claim Fake News is Ageist 2016/11/16

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:54:00 -0800

We speak a lot about Facebook’s impact on society in this election cycle and beyond, issues with Spotify and your hard drive, the ethical responsibility of software engineers, and we even try doing the whole episode on Facebook Live.

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Starcraft Bots Profit from Archived Racism 2016/11/09

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:35:00 -0800

Looking WayBack, technology intersects with some troubling advertising practices, Apple takes all the money and then some, and OH MY GOD, THAT BLACK HOLE’S COMING RIGHT FOR US! These and other stories on this episode of GeekSpeak.

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Phishing for Bugs 2016/11/02

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 15:51:00 -0800

Starting with Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO of KnowBe4, which hosts integrated Security Awareness Training and provides a Simulated Phishing platform.

And in the second half a wonderful conversation with Alex Fishman and Dmitry Fink , the founders of BugSee.

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AI Strikes over Internet of Things’ Accessibility 2016/10/26

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:49:00 -0700

Nintendo Switch, Obama on AI, Electronics surveillance, Yahoo Scanning, lighter fonts and pop-ups are not accessible, IoT and DDoS, and much more GeekNews of the week.

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Obama's Bot Fact Checks Cooled Diversity 2016/10/19

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:15:00 -0700

Banned cell phones, secure communication, and the dangers of a social monoculture on this week’s episode with Lyle and Miles.

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Samsung’s Map of Police Complaints Doomed 2016/10/12

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:23:00 -0700

Skynet takes one step closer to reality: killing demons, sabotaging our smartphones, brokering peace deals between Emacs and Vim, mapping our living spaces, and sending automated tweets. Lyle and Miles discuss these stories and more as we welcome our new pocket-exploding overlords.

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Jack Reviews Mirai's Password 2016/10/05

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:43:00 -0700

Cracking down on Amazon review profiteers, raking in the dough finding security flaws, the sad state of security, the US loses the keys to the Internet, and lots more as Dedi, Ben, Lyle, and Miles cover the week in geek news. Oh, and Lyle shot himself in the leg.

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Democratic Censorship Unplugs Zip-gun 2016/09/28

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:58:00 -0700

More on Dvorak, Democratization of Censorship, 3D Printed Gun plans take down, Google Open-sources an amazing image detection tool, Miles and Lyle argue about the ability for computers to program, social security and laws, virtual machines for browsers and malware detection and much more Geek News of the week.

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We-Vibe's Update increases Battery Range to reach New York 2016/09/21

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:50:00 -0700

Sensitive topics, political metaphors, electric cars, and technical labors of love, bad tech as political excuses, and more GeekNews of the week.
In the post show: Browser updating, Semver and vi vs Emacs.

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Facebook's USB Causes Legal DOOM 2016/09/14

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:59:00 -0700

Doom graphics study, drones delivering burritos, legal software like chat-bot tackling homelessness, Facebook removes socially important images because of nudity concerns, Crazy USB, Dropbox Hacking your computer.

And a long post show with FAA thinking shampoo is worse then burning batteries, Lyle almost blinds himself recharging a battery, and more.

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Home Networking - Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X 2016/09/07

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:24:00 -0700

Alex Sleeis, our Southern California Correspondent, teaches us how amazing the $50 Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X is and what you can do with it to keep your home network safe and happy in the age of IoT (Internet of Things).

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Siri Calls a Cab for Nextdoor’s Airline School 2016/08/31

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700

The WWW 25 years, pull requests to fix spelling, WhatsApp → Facebook your number, Self Driving Taxi in Singapore, Seymour Parpert made Logo, Nextdoor less racist, WhatsApp → Facebook your phone number, and more GeekNews of the week.

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Space Gates Gawks at Giant Aircraft 2016/08/24

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0700

Gawker Media ending, global warming is warmer, space station airlocks and docks, telcos are leading IPv6 adoption, NASA opening research, and much more GeekNews of the week.

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Hidden Figures RAID Code 42 for HIV vulnerability 2016/08/17

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:10:00 -0700

This week the geeks discuss another successful SpaceX landing, Hidden Figures: the story of a group of brilliant mathematicians who made NASA’s Apollo mission possible, Seagate’s new super large storage, different storage redundancy options, programming school, and HIV.

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Russian Trolls Hunt Pokemon on Tall Busses 2016/08/10

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:12:00 -0700

Bad lock security, phone battery sales double since PokémonGo, giant tall bus hits Chinese streets, FarmBot!, Trolling the internet for Politics, geeks and guns, slow mo actions, and much more GeekNews.

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Machines Elect to Shut Down Dolly's Sisters 2016/08/03

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 20:20:00 -0700

Dawn Motyka joins the Geeks to bring an extra level of awesomeness to this episode of GeekSpeak.

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KUSP Off Air 2016/08/01

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 01:10:00 -0700

On July 31st 2016 the KUSP board sent out a press release stating “Local independent public radio station KUSP 88.9fm | will sign off at midnight tonight, ending nearly 45 years of distinguished on-air public service in the greater Monterey Bay Area and more than 20 years online.”.

This prompted me to record the experience of hearing KUSP go off air.

This is a non-standard short episode of GeekSpeak.

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How Many Burritos to Automate a VCR? 2016/07/27

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:05:00 -0700

Good bye to the VCR, burrito currency, more car automation, For the Love of Spock doc, drone delivery slurpee, Echo dev, comic reader, and more geek news of the week.

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Pokemon Drives Terror App to Airbnb 2016/07/20

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0700

France’s terror alert app fails, autonomous cars or not, no more McPorn, Addicted to Pokemon Go, hidden voice commands, Airbnb laws, lack of diversity hiring.
In the post show: Ranscam, Las Vegas, iOS Development and bugs in AVPlayer sound completions.

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To The Moon, Pokemon!!! 2016/07/13

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:16:00 -0700

Apollo source code on GitHub, Facebook to handle graphic vids with nuance, faster SD cards, owning your finger prints, Pokemon Go, and more news of the week.

Post show Miles and Lyle talk black lives matter vs blue, gun control, GMOs, and on and on.

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Code Talkers Orbit Jupiter in VR 2016/07/06

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:00 -0700

Learning to code on iOS, FBI “don’t indict”, Lyle gets Echo, Facebook Changes their focus, Google Source Code management, Geek news of the week, and lots of post-show code geekery.

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Free Code Camp with Quincy Larson 2016/06/29

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:44:00 -0700

Quincy Larson (@ossia) runs Free Code Camp an open source community organization that helps people learn to code, and helps non-profits with software needs.

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Nuclear powered file allocation tables help in brain training Barbies 2016/06/22

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:02:00 -0700

This week the Geeks discuss China’s new supercomputer,
new Apple photos app and file system, Uber self driving cars, and much more geek news of the week.

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Carbonated Elements Thank Asimov for Automating Jobs 2016/06/15

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:01:00 -0700

Ben ponders hot carbonated drinks, Bios update security fail, new Element names, trademark on “thankyou”, Microsoft+LinkedIn, some Apple news and other GeekNews of the week.

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Kenny Hill, Guitar Geek 2016/06/08

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:26:00 -0700

Al and Lyle visited Kenny Hill at his Ben Lomond, CA Guitar shop and then chatted about his guitar making history. This is a true Guitar Geek.

Kenny is a well known Classic Guitar maker.

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$20,000 iPod Screams in ALL CAPS 2016/06/01

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:13:00 -0700

Vintage iPods are selling for amazing amounts, All Caps can make you overlook important information, and Human Glue comes to Japan. These and more stories on this week’s Geekspeak.

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Shining Sunlight on the FBI’s Backspace Button 2016/05/25

Wed, 25 May 2016 16:56:00 -0700

Solar cell efficiency milestone, solar fire outside of Vegas, near Paradise, praise for CGP Grey, lovely video of Mercury transiting the sun and more Week in Geek news.

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Kids Caught on Mic Reading Kepler’s Poem 2016/05/18

Wed, 18 May 2016 09:14:00 -0700

Kid hacks parent iPhone, Oliver on Science, OkCupid data for all, Government Surveillance using Google vehicle, Emoji Race, Keplar update and much more geek news of the week.

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Qubits Cause Podcast Cancer 2016/05/11

Wed, 11 May 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Miles is getting sheep, Lyle cuts grass with a scythe, Aussies share a great brain cancer study, podcasts are popular, game reviewer gaming the YouTube Content ID, and more geek news of the week.

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The Fellowship of the Geeks 2016/05/07

Mon, 09 May 2016 09:27:00 -0700

Geeks from near and far gather at the station for this last on-air broadcast, and reminisce on shows past, while discussing tech news and the future of media.

If you live in the Central Coast of California, join us live on May 21st… visit

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Firefighting Battery Podcasts with Lab Mice 2016/04/30

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:55:00 -0700

Using drones to fight fire, another promising battery technology, and an in depth look at podcasting. These and many other stories on this week’s episode of GeekSpeak.

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Synchronised SNES Bikes to Troll’s Nest 2016/04/23

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:17:00 -0700

Reprogramming SNES games on the fly, Modelling bike sketches, and Feeding the Trolls. These and many other stories on this week’s episode of GeekSpeak.

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Spacebound Emojis Learn with Libs 2016/04/16

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:11:00 -0700

The Geeks discuss the need to constantly learn in their jobs; Emojis can be misinterpreted; and there have been two successful spacecraft landings recently. These and many other stories on this week’s episode of GeekSpeak.

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Want to Convert your Flower Pots into Drones? Ask Siri! 2016/04/09

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:17:00 -0700

With technology you can buy a flowerpot that’ll keep your plants alive, steal drones from the police, and even turn air into water. The Geeks discuss these and many other stories on this week’s episode of GeekSpeak.

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Tay Tweets on FBI’s Phone Via Roller Coaster 2016/04/02

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:00:00 -0700

Long, long virtual coaster, bad names for computers, AT&T wants CA $$, AI get’s racist, and more geek news of the week.

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Node goes Nova over Marketing of GMO Pizzas 2016/03/26

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:19:00 -0700

We see a supernova, robot-pizza delivery, Nvidia has a massive graphics card and Facebook’s trailer for Straight Out of Compton was different for different ethnic groups.

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Pi's Chrome Extension uses a Unique PIN on Open Hardware 2016/03/19

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:16:00 -0700

1234 may not be the best PIN, quitting iOS apps does nothing, should Ben keep working on his Chrome extension for OkCupid, a 314gb drive for the RasberryPi, detecting people even while using Tor.
And in the post-show Ben and Lyle geek out on Star Trek and how working for NF and FB feels a bit like being in a Gene Roddenberry universe.

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Batteries Pledge to Ransom Mosquitos from FBI 2016/03/12

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:48:00 -0700

Let’s release GMO mosquitoes in Florida, give money to KUSP, beat a Go champion, encrypt every web server for free, and take care of your cell-phone battery.
KUSP’s new Interim General Manager Bonnie Jean Primbsch hosts, with Lyle Troxell, on a live pledge week episode. Discussion also include ransomware entering the Mac universe.

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Squirrel’s Comic Font Illustrates Google Car Crash 2016/03/05

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:26:00 -0800

Augmented Reality comic books, Squirrels cause power outages, and a look at highway sign fonts. Also; how a former NASA administrator says they have lost their way, and a Google car hits a bus.

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Thea Cook Archives the FBI’s Encrypted Data Forever 2016/02/27

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:37:00 -0800

The future of data storage, and Apple vs. the FBI, plus gender equity on GitHub repos.

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Bricked iPhone Blamed on Gravity Leak 2016/02/20

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 02:05:00 -0800

Starting with software fails and then talking about the confirmation of Gravitational Waves existence and detection.

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Gaming the Laws on Cockroach Repair 2016/02/13

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:23:00 -0800

Repair your gear rights, cheap USB C’s can kill your gear, Apple is bricking repaired iPhones, getting tired will increase your Facebook usage, and much more news of the week.

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Government Scanning ABTests 2016/02/06

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:56:00 -0800

Shodan has been scanning ports on IPV6 networks, Going Dark doesn’t mean you can’t be tracked, and an in depth discussion on how software engineers use you to improve their products using AB Tests.

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Netflix Takes Broadband to the Broken Screen 2016/01/30

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:15:00 -0800

Netflix will do more to stop customers from bypassing country restrictions, Miles fixes his laptop screen, Donald Rumsfeld makes an iOS solitaire game based off of Winston Churchill’s design, and more week in geek news.

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Throttling Bitcoins at the Back Door 2016/01/23

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:29:00 -0800

A follow up on T-Mobile’s Bingeon service, Discussion of Encryption and backdoors, Plus the latest news about Bitcoin.

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Enigma Translates SSL Certs using The Force 2016/01/16

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:29:00 -0800

The Computer History Museum has a full-scale Babbage Engine, SSL/TLS Sha-1 suite is discontinued and we Geek Out on SSL/TLS Certificates and The Force.

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Reusable WiFi Checks Out IPv6 2016/01/09

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:34:00 -0800

An update on SpaceX’s Falcon 9, IPv6’s 20th birthday, and a whole lotta Wifi brings the Geeks into the new year.

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Perl’s First Stage of Net Neutrality is Swift 2016/01/02

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 23:55:00 -0800

A successful SpaceX flight, Swift and Perl, mobile carriers and net neutrality issues. Disney using DMCA against individual’s photo of a Star Wars figurine.

And we round up the show with talk of Star Wars VII (at the end with warning).

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Big Solar Sends Kids to the AI Mine 2015/12/19

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:43:00 -0800

A town in North Carolina says no to solar power, There’s a new game in town when it comes to Artificial Intelligence, and the EFF brings light to the side effects of outsourcing public school IT services to companies like Google.

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Interview Kepler on Jury Rigging 2015/12/12

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 21:45:00 -0800

It’s “Jury Rig”, use PEX, software development expertise is useful for software development, use three words for any spot on the planet.

And in the second half: Aline Lerner, founder of, shares her insight about the uselessness of a resume when matching a person to a tech job: there is a better way.

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Can't Fix Black Friday, Figure It Out 2015/12/05

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:04:00 -0800

On Black Friday the Geeks fixed things, and urge you to do the same. You can figure things out, enjoy the learning, and learn to solve problems. Lyle and Ben chat about not knowing and still figuring things out.

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Geeks State "To the Moon, iPad Pro" 2015/11/28

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:05:00 -0800

External features of the world effect us internally, why does the moon have more creators on the “dark side”, our thoughts on the iPad Pro, and a bit about bridges.

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Mobile Ranging Computational Cinematographer 2015/11/21

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:16:00 -0800

A conversation with Arnav Jhala about computational cinematography and story comprehension, a chat about developing the MobileRanger App, and a quick review of the AppleTV.

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Vader Statue Pwns HTTPS 2015/11/14

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 02:00:00 -0800

Lenin looses to Vader, make sure you buy the right USB-C cable, caffeinated peanut butter, and a long form discussion on trust with regards to computers, password managers, and SSL certificates.

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Coin Card Senses Internet of Things’ Vulnerabilities 2015/11/07

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:48:00 -0800

Is the Internet of things a good thing? How do your senses affect each other? What’s the new thing in card payments?

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Life, Memory, and the art of Phoning it in 2015/10/31

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:44:00 -0700

New evidence for life beginning out there, not here. The epoch of fast computer storage will change what you can do. Wifi calling is here and it is awesome. The Geeks do a long form show.

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Warrant-less Flashing Kills Drone’s Battery 2015/10/24

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0700

California has a new privacy law, Flash has a huge problem, and Siri can be hacked. Also Facebook’s iOS app sucks battery life, quantum gravity experiment is possible, Apple vs University of Wisconsin-Madison and some more geeky weekly news.

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