FPGAs and Parallel Computing

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk on a high level about FPGAs and massively parallel computing technology like CUDA or Intel Phi. In the news, LG may have leaked Apple's ridiculous 8k displays, Hyundai is releasing a production semi-automnomous car this year (hot on the heels of similar announcements from other vendors), and Estonia has opened its E-residency to the world!

We're back from Anime Boston, and you can expect at least a few weeks of regularly scheduled episodes before Rym heads back overseas!

Never Trust Lenovo Again

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss Lenovo's egregious violation of trust in bundling ad-inserting SSL-attacking malware with their computers. The malware included a SuperFish self-signed SSL certificate allowing straight-up man-in-the-middle attacks, complete with the now-known password "komodia". Even better, "komodia" is an obvious reference to the Komodia Redirector Framework, a ready-made SSL manipulation tool. EVEN BETTER, the Komodia site is now down under the load (and a claimed DDOS). The US Department of Homeland Security has gotten involved, at least one lawsuit has begun against Lenovo, and companies like Microsoft and McAfee have added SuperFish to their antivirus software. We humbly suggest that you never trust Lenovo hardware ever again.

In other news, Rym and Scott lost some money in a bad bet regarding Apple and OSX's Gatekeeper back in 2012, Waze is angering NIMBY Luddites by better utilizing public roads, and the US government move a tiny step closer to actually doing something resembling the right thing regarding Net Neutrality.

Will AI Destroy Us?

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider whether Artificial Intelligence (in the future tech magic sense) will destroy humanity or make everything awesome. Will AIs replace us, or will they treat us the way we treat ants? In the news, T-Mobile continues to play catch-up, but will have Uncarrier 8.0 tomorrow, HIV is evolving to be less infectious/deadly, and morons are angry at flickr for their own moronitude about what the Creative Commons license actually means.

Buying Other People Computers

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about how to buy or recommend computers for other people. As in, the people who will call you for help when they eventually fail. Rym had good luck with the Newegg iBUYPOWER configurator thingie. Gerrymandering can be analyzed, quantified, and solved with mathematics. The European Parliament tothlessly declared that Google should be broken up. Blackberry is so desperate they'll buy your iPhone.

The GeekNights Book Club book is now Watership Down. Also, rent can't be paid with anything other than paper in New York, and there's talk of laundry.

What Phone Should Rym Buy?

Tonight on GeekNights, Rym debates what phone he should buy to replace his Nexus 4. The Sony Z3 compact is the smallest (smaller than the iPhone 6), but is still a god damned monster. In the end, the best cell phone to buy at the end of 2014 is either the iPhone 5s or the Nexus 4. In the news, you can sort of build an actual PC on Newegg, New York's gentrification monoliths are getting gigabit WiFi, Google Glass is "dead," at least for mass market consumers, but still has massive utility in professional spaces. Also, you can start to earnestly debate whether or not it's immoral to torture a simulated creature.

Upgrading PCs

Tonight on GeekNights, in response to some unnamed friends not understanding when/how to upgrade their computers, we talk about upgrading computers. From the "$300 for 4MB of RAM" era to the "upgrade every component every six months" era to the modern "just get a new video card and maybe an SSD" era, there's fun for the whole family. But seriously, just upgrade your video card. It's way, way cheaper than buying a new computer.

In the news, Tivo still exists, and is selling a $5,000... NAS/HTPC? (To whom?) Also, the FAA is going after drone users and all the amazing things they're using them for.

Electricity

Tonight on GeekNights, Rym having realized just how many circuits the apartment has (and having no better excuse to banter for a while), we talk a vaguely about electricity (in the thick wire sense). Don't use cheap USB chargers. In the news, Amazon buys Twitch, and the Great Linux Divide is growing greater.

The official PAX Prime GeekNights Meetup will be right after our panel - Why no one will Game with You - in the Sandworm Theatre.

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