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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: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:51:01 GMT


All Your Database Are Belong To Us

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:53:00 -0700

An extra long post show from early this month cut into a technical episode. We chat about Sonos online, iPad1 still running Netflix, Security Cameras, AT&T neighborhood discrimination, Miles Working and work spouses, software testing including at Netflix, Miles’s open source software projects: format base, m-text, and filesystem virtual tables for PostgreSQL. We also chat about home storage with NAS or not, and some GeekSpeak navel gazing around Date vs Episode numbering.

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Babylonian NSA Finds Tiny Antennas at Whole Foods

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0700

Followup, Germain team wins Hyperloop race, NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto, a new mini-antenna tech, Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices, trigonometry found on ancient Babylonian tablet, Autonomous Forklift, Surface Mount Soldiering, and no USB-C cables at K-Mart.

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Rands on Diversity, Leadership, and No Email

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0700

An interview with Michael Lopp (@rands), VP of Engineering at Slack, about the importance of diversity, one-on-one meetings, management vs leadership, no email at Slack, speaking in public, fidget spinners, offer letters, writing, and much more.

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Working at Netflix

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0700

Brendan Gregg and Lyle Troxell talk about what it is like to work at Netflix. How the culture of freedom and responsibility benefits us as employees and how it doesn’t feel like a culture of fear.

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Nordic Passwords are made from Chips, Salt, Fat, Paint, and Zombies

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:30:00 -0700

Employees can chip themselves, MS Paint is no more, 1Password focus on funding, Nordic Problems, T-Rex sprint speed, chickens as steady cam, and more Geek News.

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Broken Genome Tracks Girl Scouts; Live!!

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:15:00 -0700

Recorded in front of a live audience and benefitting Part Hall and KBCZ 90.1 FM, Boulder Creek, CA, we covered broken internet, vegetarianism permanently reshaping the human genome, Amazon buying Whole Foods, new browser tech, Meditation changing your DNA, court protecting your online social rights, and much more geek news of the week including questions form our live audience.

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Democratic JSON Feeds Humanity

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0700

UserLand Frontier is a nearly 30 year old Mac database and scripting app. It only runs on Macs made before 2011. What does Frontier have to do with the Open Web and the democracy? Is there another vision of the web than Facebook and Twitter – how do we get there? What is the human side of software?

Long Time blogger and Mac developer, Brent Simmons, joins us to think about these questions and maybe even answer a few.

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Sharing Developer Privilege at the Apple WWDC

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:31:00 -0700

John Fox and Casey Liss chat about what we as white male developers can do to make the programing community more inclusive and diverse—something Michelle Obama asked of all of us on stage at #WWDC2017.

This episode was release, and then re-edited to remove an interview. The first version was about 1hour the second episode is about half of that.

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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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