Tech News Roundup: March 2017

Tonight on GeekNights, it's a tech news roundup for March 2017! Cloudbleed caused a severe security breach for anyone using CloudFlare. The Internet of Things is rife in backdoors and poor security as always. CRTs are dying the true death, yet their corpses remain. There is a bill to legalize active countermeasures to cyber attacks. The FCC doing too little too late to prevent phone numbers from being entirely useless thanks to robocalls. Uber greyballed regulators to hide its shady and illegal practices. Amazon had a major outage that you probably encountered. The FBI dropped a child pornography case rather than reveal the Tor exploit it used to the court.

We are live at PAX East 2017 on Friday! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

Instant Messaging in 2016

Tonight on GeekNights, we cover a topic that we covered first in 2006: Instant Messaging. The decade that has passed brought great change, and not all for the better. Smartphones entirely altered the landscape of messaging technology, federation died before it ever truly lived, and the world of IM is a fractured mess. Join us for a look at IM 10 years later: we're curious to see how our concerns compare to those of a decade ago.

In the news, Pebble is dead, the smartwatch industry is largely moribund, and malware is fiendishly clever.

Support GeekNights on Patreon!

Building a Computer: End of 2016

It's an interesting time to be buying a computer, and we're both on the verge of doing just that. Rym's rig is pretty close to Scott's, but we talk in depth about the what and why of our choices. In the news, OSX's handling of /etc/hosts is ludicrous, and ransomeware takes out SF's transit terminals.

The GeekNights Patreon is worth checking out! We'll be at MAGFest and PAX South very soon!

The Big DNS DDOS

Tonight on GeekNights, on our 11th anniversary show, we talk about the big DDOS that hit the US while Rym was in Sydney. In the non-spoopy news, the new Macbooks are underwhelming, and you can be hacked via your microphones and speakers. Don't use OpenDNS to get around DNS DDOSes, but do listen to our show from 2011 on DNS!

We'll be live at GaymerX on Sunday talking about writing game rules, and also live at MAGFest! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

Disposing of Old Tech

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the disposal of old technology. Computers, phones, light bulbs, equipment, that old motherboard box you have full of the extra parts from the last computer you built: everything that you now have to get rid of. In the news, Scott reviews his iPhone 7, and the FCC wants to upgrade the new(ish) emergency alert system.

Support GeekNights on Patreon! Or watch our most recent PAX panel: The Grind!

Tech Books

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about tech books. As in, the ones with animals on the cover. As a reference or as a teaching aid, they're not entirely obsolete. In other news, Netflix releases its Meridian test/reference footage under the Creative Commons, the Apple II gets an update, and some good camera stuff was announced at Photokina 2016! We also streamed the production of this episode live for some reason.

Support GeekNights on Patreon!

Kaby Lake and Adblock Wars

Tonight on GeekNights, interrupted as we were by meat courtesy of the Queens Dinner Club: Mothership Meat Company, we talk about the new Intel Kaby Lake architecture and what it means for HTPCs. Android 7 Nougat is coming, but not to the Nexus 5. The Adblock Wars intensify, though we will win in the end. Also pedal hydrofoils, new bikes, and new skis.

Come see us live at PAX West 2016 with The Grind! Support us on Patreon. Follow the GeekNights Book Club and the new GeekNights Political Salon. Watch our Atari Game Design PAX lecture, and Lunch with Scott!

Creative Commons License