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Preview: GeekSpeak, KUSP Podcast

Geek Speak with Lyle Troxell

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: Thu, 25 May 2017 16:37:54 GMT


Alternative Energy & Alternative Security

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:37:00 -0700

Electricity abounds without proportional CO2 output, where to draw the line with online comments, and code in uncomfortable places. All this and more with Lyle and Miles in this week in geek news.

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Billboard Radiation pulls HandBrake on Antivirus Jobs

Wed, 10 May 2017 21:30:00 -0700

Radioactive Jovian followup, Dallas Sirens followup, billboards for corrupt lawmakers, antivirus software fails, GeekSpeak LIVE, Automation and Jobs, HandBreak compromise, Facebook Interns make bank, Facebook culture, and some Regex love in the post-show.Followup: Radioactive JoviansOn Correcting Greyhound’s Bug Harassment GeekSpeak episode Miles mentioned how radioactive Saturn is… but Glenn helped correct us. Hi Geeks, Glenn is now putting on his pedant hat. Saturn is not “radioactive”, rather there is high energy electromagnetic radiation in its vicinity. radioactive: of, caused by, or exhibiting radioactivity radioactivity: the property possessed by some elements (such as uranium) or isotopes (such as carbon 14) of spontaneously emitting energetic particles (such as electrons or alpha particles) by the disintegration of their atomic nuclei; also : the rays emitted It’s really unfortunate that “radiation” (the phenomenon, not the word) has multiple origins (e.g., nuclear reactions and electrical activity) and that “radiation” can refer to particles or e-m radiation; furthermore, “radiation” covers a huge spectrum of energy, where only some frequencies are harmful. Radiation from radioactive decay consists of charged particles (alpha and beta rays), neutrons, and gamma rays (very high frequency electromagnetic “radiation”). Of all these emissions, only gamma rays have long range. Both Saturn and Jupiter have very strong magnetic fields that accelerate charged particles to such high velocities that they become dangerous “ionizing radiation”. These particles may be electrons and may also be ions. There are some processes in the magnetic field that can create x-rays and even gamma rays, but these are unusual and transient events. The earth itself is probably more “radioactive” than either Jupiter or Saturn by virtue of being a rocky planet with heavy elements such as uranium, thorium and radon. Followup: Dallas Sirens On the Linux Bricks Siri with Fake Tractor GeekSpeak episode we covered a story about the Dallas security warning system being compromised… Robert responded… Hi Lyle, I was just listening to the show about Dallas and had to comment. I work in the wastewater industry and we use point to point radio communication. We use this because our sites have back-up generators and/or batteries, so even if phone systems or internet systems fail we can still control remote sites. For the system in Dallas I would definitely recommend they use an encrypted radio system controlled at a central location. The other thing, you guys were talking about DOS attacks and I was wondering; do you think it would even be possible to perform a DOS attack on goggle or Amazon? Thank you, Robert Billboards target lawmakers who voted to let ISPs sell user informationNet Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)Yikes! Antivirus Software Fails Basic Security TestsGeekSpeak Live and Community Event - Celebrating Technology and Local Community in the San Lorenzo ValleyAutomation and JobsHandBrake Server CompromisedFacebook interns out-earn the average AmericanFacebook rejects female engineers’ code more often, analysis finds[...]

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Martian Spuds Neutral on Daylight Saving Time

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:21:00 -0700

Crazy claims vs net neutrality, game of life programing, NASA gets funding for Mars, Potatoes can grow on Mars, Google’s algos lie about onions, Firefox 52 is awesome, Daylight Savings time is Dumb, CIA leak shows encryption works, the new Raspberry Pi, and much more bits.Net neutrality hurts health care and helps porn, Republican senator claimscode challenge - Build a digital clock in Conway's Game of Life - Programming Puzzles & Code Golf Stack ExchangeCorrectionsCongress Passes Bill Pushing NASA To Send Humans To Mars By 2033 : SCIENCE : Tech TimesIndicators show potatoes can grow on MarsGoogle's Algorithm Is Lying to You About Onions and Blaming Me for It Firefox 52 will be the last version of Firefox for Windows XP and VistaMozilla Releases Firefox 52, the First Browser to Support WebAssemblyProof Daylight Saving Time Is Dumb, Dangerous, and CostlyWhat the CIA WikiLeaks dump tells us: Encryption worksRaspberry Pi Zero W is a $10 Linux-friendly computer with Wi-Fi and BluetoothNew $10 Raspberry Pi Zero comes with Wi-Fi and BluetoothQuestion and Feedback from Listener about WebASM Hi Marcus, > I’m not a big web programmer, so I haven’t heard anything about WebASM yet. To be honest, I don’t know how much folks outside the web programming community will hear about it. It’s not particularly visible in daily browsing. I think the biggest impacts will be in online games and taking existing libraries to port to the web, e.g., image and video codecs, numerics, and other performance-critical sundries. I think also, it will be a quick and dirty way of getting already-written code ported over quickly, not just for speed. > Sounds interesting, though. Was the prohibition against DOM and canvas access > an intentional limitation, or just not specced yet? It was considered out of scope for initial release. There’s a lot of history with the DOM and a very wide security footprint to lock down. I’ve heard that taking away the limits on access by wasm is on the roadmap, but no firm timetables. There’s also a question of utility. Once you hit DOM methods, especially writing (triggering layouts), any speed gains you have over straight JavaScript are greatly diminished. Then there’s the issue of the single-threaded, event-driven nature of the web UI. This was the target environment for JavaScript but doesn’t map as cleanly and easily to C source code, for example. Thanks for listening![...]

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Sexist Robotic Taxpayers Smell Insecure Phones

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:35:00 -0800

Smell something? There’s an app for that too. Lyle, Al, and Miles discuss “AudioShopping,” the front lines of global cybersecurity, the effects of ubiquitous automation on our society, and more in this episode.Adobe Voco - Should We Be Afraid?Men Who Sent Swat Team, Heroin to My Home SentencedBill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes - YouTubeSecond Life for Second Life?Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber — Susan J. FowlerDo you Smell? There's an App for that.Who Needs Deodorant When You Have a Japanese Armpit Fan?Close of ShowWhy buying used cars could put your safety at riskTwitter's Algorithmic Timelinefrom listener Pascal: Hi geeks, First of all great show, waiting for it every week to then annoy my roommates with it and tell them about some stuff. I wanted to throw in a topic request. Twitter changed its algorithms to favor Humans, verified accounts etc. they don’t put those at first places that answered first (often bots) but those that matter. Like a NYT reporter for example Unfortunately I did not find an English article right away it was only written in the German newspaper “FAZ”, our version of the NYT. Here is the German one, maybe the new translate AI can help ;). Just go to twitter and watch the first responses shown to trump now. They are always anti, left or questioning and not, like previously often, sounding like worshipments. Again thanks for the show and keep it up. Cheers, Pascal P.S. put a “don’t listen to while driving” tag on your cast. My girlfriend and I almost crashed because we laughed so hard about you trying to figure out if it’s duck or duct tape :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: More Recent Story: Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline Is WorkingHitori de Karaoke DX Solo singing noise-free microphoneCongressman calls for probe into Trump's use of Android phoneYou to Lock Away Your PhoneScreenagersUSB Killer now lets you fry most Lightning and USB-C devices for $55MegaDrone!Electric buses are now cheaper than diesel/CNG and could dominate the market within 10 years, says Proterra CEOWhat could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border?[...]

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Transmitting your Thoughts Through Time and Space

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:27:00 -0800

Miles and Lyle chat about Twitter, Code vs Life, Calculus is Useful for cooking (Anna story), Trigonometry, Miles on Language, Math Lit, Awesome Teachers, Science Experiments and Assumptions, Statistics and AB Tests at Netflix.

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    Functional Medicine with Dr Dawn

    Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:09:00 -0800

    A discussion of Functional Medicine, digestion, circulatory system, aligns, detoxification (the real form), all with Dr Dawn Motyka, a brilliant physician.

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    Rendering RSS on Windows

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:32:00 -0800

    Email for show pages, Google Assistant can find us, rendering or real life, fake memories, Linux on Windows, and a close of show talking about the uncanny valley in Star Wars: Rogue One.

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    Thanks Alexa, Go Sue my Car.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:55:00 -0800

    We learn a bit about Brian, Drobo 5n is awesome, mystery Go player is an AI, LG Ransomeware, PDFs, a suite against Apple for a paten they didn’t implement, ransomware now illegal, self driving cars and organ shortages. And more news.

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    Engineering FlatBuffers Programing sans JSON

    Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:22:00 -0800

    Michael Paulson joins Lyle to chat about a better way to transfer data between web servers and clients esp. in a JavaScript environment.
    Also some feedback on our GSe50s16 opening discussion about the difference between Programers and Engineers; Alex joins us with some of his thoughts.

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    Fake Color Minvan Blows Wind in Denmark

    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.New Mod Successfully Brings 'Doom 3' to Virtual RealityVideo Essay Explains How Marvel Movies Could Look Better | The Mary SueThe Evolution of CSS4 ColorO Brother, This Was the First Movie to Use All-Digital Color GradingGoogle warns journalists and professors: Your account is under attackyan (@bcrypt) | Twitter‘Fake news’ threatens Germany’s election, too, says MerkelFour students fixed Facebook's fake news problem in 36 hoursVideo: Installing Facebook Chrome Extension Mobile marketing statistics 2016Brave Software | Building a Better WebIntroducing Firefox Focus – a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS | The Mozilla BlogAfter six months in orbit, that space inflatable habitat is holding up wellAsk TOH | Robotic Wall, Bench | This Old HouseHelp Out the #NoDAPL Protestors This Black Friday With a Few Donations and CallsNews | Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake SuperiorWind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand | Environment | The GuardianCentre for Effective Altruism – Combining empathy with evidenceSelf-driving trucks will hit the road in OhioCapital in the Twenty First CenturySchneier on Security: Data and GoliathThe very first plug-in hybrid minivan answers a long overdue question[...]

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    Automation, Medium, and Encryption

    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

    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.This Episode on Facebook LiveIMDb sues California to overturn law forcing them to remove actors' ages | Film | The GuardianIMDb sues California to overturn law forcing them to remove actors' agesBechdel test - WikipediaScarlett Johansson's First 'Ghost In The Shell' Look Revealed -- But Fans Aren't Thrilled | The Huffington PostMark Zuckerberg Says Fake News on Facebook Didn't Affect the ElectionMark Zuckerberg on Facebook's fake news and the election - Business InsiderFacebook Bug Tells Users They Are DeadCensorship row: Facebook reinstates iconic “napalm girl” photo | Ars Technica UKDemocracy in computational conditions — fellows RFIEAGoogle search for 'final election numbers' offers up fake newsGoogle's answer to 'who won the popular vote' is a conspiracy blogImproving Enforcement and Promoting Diversity: Updates to Ethnic Affinity Marketing | Facebook NewsroomGoogle Pixel Gets Hacked in Less than One Minute, Apple's Safari in 20 SecondsBoffins exploit Intel CPU weakness to run rings around code defenses • The RegisterThe code I’m still ashamed ofSpotify is writing massive amounts of junk data to storage drives | Ars TechnicaAdultFriendFinder hacked: 400 million accounts exposed[...]

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