HTTP Proxies

HTTP Proxies can be used for good or evil, and are generally a good thing to know about. Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the high level of what they are, where they're used, and how you can mess with your friends with them. Google has restructured under Alphabet, likely as a giant middle finger to ridiculous European regulation. The rapid rise of cord cutting and ad blocking accelerates with possible devastating (and deserved) consequences. Scotland hilariously bans "genetically modified crops." Linux servers make too little entropy, which itself is ever more crucial to secure operations. North Korea targets Rym with its new time zone. We've also upgraded the GeekNights production systems to Windows 10 with basically no problems.

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When Services Die

When services disappear, they often disrupt. Tonight on GeekNights, we consider dead, dying, end-of-life, deprecated, and dilapidated services in light of Google blocking access to their unsupported auto-complete API and Nintendo dropping their Nintendo TVii service (if anyone even knew it existed). Windows 10 day is tomorrow (we're upgrading all of our devices). You should buy an SSD if you don't already run the OS on one, upgrade, then use the new install media to re-install on the SSD. Trust us. Windows 10 Home will force Windows Updates. This is a good thing. Oleogustus joins sweet, savory, sour, bitter, and umami as a fundamental tongue taste. Pentaquarks were observed in LHC experiments. Some people are failure canaries.

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Buying a new PC in 2015

Rym is considering buying a new PC to replace his i7-920 from 2009. Despite even a ridiculous spec being pretty reasonable, it's worth it to hold out until fall for skylake. Thunderbolt 3.0 will use USB-C connectors, bringing a grand cable unification. So get used to this guy. Scott brings us a review of the Livewedge video streaming device.

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Sneakernets

Sneakernet is how one used to acquire what was at the time known as warez. It's also how Cubans have received "the packet." Physical data transfer is far from dead. In the news, there is tons of Apple news (like Swift going open source and split screen app use on the iPad), encryption and anonymous speech are crucial in the fight against corruption, and injectable brain meshes are a real thing.

Come see us at ConnectiCon 2015 in July! Watch our lecture from PAX South on Bad Games!

Trusting Application Downloads

How do you trust the software you download is what you think it is? Tonight on GeekNights, we explore that question in light of Sourceforge's disgraceful ad-fueled intrusion into the GIMP's installer on their site. In other news, MinGW conflicts badly with MSVCRT in some situations to mess up your floating point numbers, and Google has made a big move by separating Google Photos from G+, giving it unlimited storage, and having a killer UX.

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Ad Blocking

Tonight on GeekNights, from host file to adblock, we discuss the technology of ad blocking. European telecoms are considering blocking ads on mobile networks (in an egregious and bad-faith violation of basic network neutrality). A drug dealer was caught in a particularly interesting way. Windows 10 isn't a free upgrade for pirates. Slashdot's community has gotten increasingly conservative and regressive.

Tech News Roundup April 2015

Tonight on GeekNights, there's more tech news than we have time to talk about, so we focus on age-discrimination claims against Google, the launch of the iWatch, another victory for the Internet with the breakdown of the Comcast/TWC merger, the EU's misguided antitrust suit against Google, enemies of mine enemies fighting one another in the TV/cable network race toward grim death, and a turning point where robots are replacing migrant and seasonal labor in agriculture.

In other news, Rym finally bought a new phone and GeekNights will have one final hiatus next week while he is in Hong Kong before returning to our full regular schedule!

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