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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, 21 Oct 2016 17:10:34 GMT


We-Vibe's Update increases Battery Range to reach New York

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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Home Networking - Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X

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).

  • Alex's Feature Wizard for Zone Initialization
  • Alex's Ethernet-over-Power Device

    I went with the TP-Link AV 1200. In theory I could get up to gigabit, but few home power lines are that clean… so I get about a couple hundred Mbps. I haven’t really tested it heavily once I saw I got reasonable speeds.

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Hidden Figures RAID Code 42 for HIV vulnerability

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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Machines Elect to Shut Down Dolly's Sisters

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

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.

  • Last Songs

    That entirely appropriate penultimate tune was My Morning Jacket off last year’s release The Waterfall. “Only Memories Remain.” And the station’s chief engineer Brant Herrett offering a feelingful sign-off.

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Pokemon Drives Terror App to Airbnb

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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Free Code Camp with Quincy Larson

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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Kenny Hill, Guitar Geek

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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    Gaming the Laws on Cockroach Repair

    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.VideoLAN Celebrates 15 Years of VLCCheap USB-C Cables Could Kill Your Phone or LaptopUnravel Review: Not a wasted stitch in sightThat Dragon, Cancer and how the digital age talks about deathStephen Hawking: 'Things can get out of a black hole' - BBC News‘Error 53’ fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6 | Money | The GuardianMake your own cyborg cockroach for under $30A New Advocacy Group Is Lobbying for the Right to Repair EverythingSpaceX sets launch date for later this month, sea landing likelyIndia rules to block Facebook’s Free BasicsStudy finds tired people overuse Facebook“AT&T is the villain” in city broadband fight, Republican lawmaker saysPost Show Starts HereGoogle now blocking websites that show fake download buttonsWindows 10 passes 10% market share, overtakes Windows 8.1 and Windows XPMicrosoft makes Windows 10 a 'recommended update' for Windows 7 and 8.1 usersOne dies as ‘meteorite’ falls in VelloreMicrosoft's Cortana Won't Put Up With Sexual Harassment[...]

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    Netflix Takes Broadband to the Broken Screen

    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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    Perl’s First Stage of Net Neutrality is Swift

    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

    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.North Carolina citizenry defeat pernicious Big Solar plan to suck up the Sun David Porter wroteJust listening to your show today. I keep hearing the story about the North Carolina solar thing. It’s actually not totally true. It’s true that there were a couple of weird fears expressed at the meetings… the cancer one mainly. The panels sucking up the sun I think only referred to the shade created and the dead vegetation underneath the panels. Thanks for the show, David PorterJim from Cenral Jersy wroteI was a bit perturbed at your easy dismissal of the citizens of Woodland NC, when they didn’t want another solar farm in their town. Granted, the woman who blames solar for the increase in cancer is an easy target (but more below). But I think the real problem has to do with these small, rural towns. A few points: Woodland is one of those towns that has little going for it. It’s rural, and not close to much. They’ve already got solar farms on three sides, evidently; the most recent dispute is about closing the fourth side. Now, solar farms, once built, don’t generate a lot of jobs, and the only other thing this town has going for it is the land, which, if it’s covered by solar panels, can’t be used for farming or anything else. So the teacher’s argument that nothing grows beneath panels is a cogent one for a largely-farming community, especially if there’s no other visible source for growth in the town. Younger folks generally move away as soon as they can (there’s nothing to keep them there), leaving behind older residents. Older people are often sicker… so there might, in fact, be a larger proportion of cancer-sufferers in the town. When I initially heard about this, I was as giggly as the geeks seemed to be. But the people in these towns are the people that the digital revolution, and the economic recovery, have largely passed by. These people are not stupid (well, not ALL stupid). Their concerns reflect their reality. And our missing that reality is a sign, essentially, of one of the divisions in the country. I’d ask that the geeks think about that. I don’t live in a town like that, and I don’t want to (this is Jim in Central Jersey, after all). But I’m glad I saw the article… in a sense, it makes me think of why so many people respond to demagogues, who voice the real concerns of these folks in a way they understand. Please forgive the inordinate length of this email. Plain Jim in Central Jersey. Not at all Jim, gre[...]

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    Interview Kepler on Jury Rigging

    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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    Mobile Ranging Computational Cinematographer

    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.

    • Professor Arnav Jhala
    • The Mobile Ranger
    • Some thoughts on the AppleTV

      I like the new things that Apple is trying in the new AppleTV.

      The “Seri” remote has an interesting new touch surface that allows you to move through the D-Pad like flow of a TV (Up/Down/Left/Right) but allows you to move with momentum.

      I share some of my thoughts on the AppleTV on this episode of GeekSpeak.

      Devices like the AppleTV:

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    Life, Memory, and the art of Phoning it in

    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.Facebook App FollowupTimes Square with adblock enabledAsteroid spewing ethanolLaptop SSDsNew fastest SSD @5GB/s100 different ways to talk on a phoneWificalling overview : In addition to offering customers a cheaper alternative to their phone plans, one of the main draws of Google’s newly launched Project Fi service is that it will seamlessly switch a user’s phone service from cellular to Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi calling is nothing new; apps like Skype, Google Hangouts and WhatsApp make it easier for smartphone users to place calls over the Internet and forgo mobile networks altogether. But as this option becomes increasingly more beneficial to users, carriers have shown increasing interest in adopting Wi-Fi calling themselves. Whether it’s because they want to bolster their network coverage or improve user experience, some US carriers already provide the service, and now Google has jumped into the ring as well. Sprint Google Voice Integration Sprint customers can now take advantage of the complete set of Google Voice features without changing their number. Bye Bye Google Voice Sprint Continuity Following the release of iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, Sprint announced that iPhone users updating their firmware will be able to take advantage of improved Wi-Fi Calling, expanding on Apple’s Continuity feature. Web Extra: The Apollo Archives Hit Flickr[...]

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    Fermi & Snowden- The Ethics of Trucking Chip-cards

    Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:35:00 -0700

    Have you wondered about those gold tabs on your latest credit card, or maybe where all the aliens are? How about whether Software Engineers keep you in mind when they develop your apps? Covering the Geeky News and touching on some ethics on this episode of GeekSpeakChip and Pin Live Everywhere in the US as of Oct 1Daimler tests a self-driving, mass-produced truck on real roadsEdward Snowden's Fermi Paradox solutionCorrection on Galaxy DistanceLast week, Wet Martians Teach Their Cars to Program, we spoke about Andromeda and said that it was the closest galaxy. Listener Phil [DuiTchLeh] from Hartnell College and Salinas High wrote in to say: Andromeda is not our closest galaxy. It’s just the most distant thing can be seen with human unaided eyes. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are closer and visually brighter, but only viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. Altogether, there are about two dozen galaxies closer to us than Andromeda. Andromeda is the only one that can be seen without a telescope from the Northern Hemisphere. -Shine on, Phil Deutschle Ethics DiscussionDiffused Responsibility - Ash FurrowAmazon to cease sale of Apple TV and ChromecastMan builds house, then finds out cable Internet will cost $117,000Marco Arment on why he pulled down PeaceMarco Arment on Core Intuition PodcastCapturing Light on Film at MITNew Audio FormatThis week I moved our podcast away from NPR. So now we are serving it directly. When I did that I was able to move to a stereo audio file. This show is the first time we are doing stereo – slight pan-left for the host and right for Miles and me, we were sharing a mic. Now we are covering our own bandwidth. Wanna help? Contact us.[...]

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