Tonight on GeekNights, we talk some USB. In the news, 3D printing got a lot more colorful, and India is on the road to eradicating Polio, reminding us that the application of existing technology more widely will have far greater effect than anything at the bleeding edge.
The next book club book is Wool, now that the previous book - Idoru - is ready for our discussion. There's also some new GeekNights Presents on the way, and we're more regularly streaming our versus gaming (like Nidhogg and Divekick)!
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the technical/skill requirements of one Penny Arcade job posting. We talk about how to learn how to set up that most dreaded of services: email. RMS proves that Bitcoin has finally "made it" by calling for an anonymous alternative. Amazon reveals its (entirely unsurprising) plans for drone deliveries, further casting into stark contrast the progress of technology and the inability of government and society to keep up. Rym is back from Istanbul and has photos to share.
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about live streaming video, while streaming said video live (and discovering after-the-fact that the video ended up stuttery-as-fuck: sorry about that!). In the news, Caller ID by Google and a reputation data for phone numbers are angering a certain kind of person, Scott's english muffin problem proves unsolvable, and Scott reviews the iPad Mini Retina.
Tonight on GeekNights, Rym recounts server room cooling adventures. HVAC isn't really taught in most university IT programs, but it's often one of the first things you'll end up dealing with in the real world. Before that, we consider Lavabit's issues with the FBI and Adobe's CC security breach.
Tonight on GeekNights, back from PAX and getting rolling again, we lethargically talk about motherboards, which are far less interesting than they used to be (at least, if you're building a PC). In the news, the tech sector is still pretty sexist, Bitcoin block chains can be subjected to interesting analysis, and Photoshop is now only $10/month.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the technology concerns of online gambling, itself a microcosm of Internet security and trust concerns in general. In the news, Ballmer steps down as Microsoft CEO (likely signaling a change of direction for the company), so we consider what Microsoft could do to win back the hearts and minds of, well, anyone. In other news, don't confuse unpublished SDKs in flux with malice (yet) when Google's Chromecast beta stops working with your application.
Don't forget to some see is at PAX Prime 2013, where we'll be presenting Bad Games, and also at the Pre-PAX Sky High Tabletop Play Benefitting Food Lifeline!
Tonight on GeekNights, Scott has Google Glass and we discuss some first impressions. In the news, John Carmack is now the CTO for Oculus VR (maker of the Oculus Rift), big cell phones aren't better, and dark email providers are biting the dust.