AV Tech for Panels and Public Speaking

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the AV tech used in panels and other public speaking scenarios. Just in the last few years, some important things have changed (e.g., you can no longer rely on presenters OR venues having VGA).

In the news, vile people continue to plague tech company staff, Hyperloop is (rightly) held up by regulation, LastPass is raising prices, Lenovo is moving to stock Android for all its phones, and radio navigation returns to prevent a Battlestar Galactica situation.

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Passwords

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of updated NIST guidelines for password best practices, we talk about the current state of passwords in 2017. Sure, 2-factor is important and so forth, but what about the passwords themselves? Are you using passphrases instead?

In the news, big names are backing the royalty-free AV1 codec, Pokemon GO Fest was a technological disaster (just as much as it was an event planning disaster), MS Paint is dead, Snopes might be in trouble, but it's not clear what that trouble is, an evil VC-funded firm is undermining open source projects, and the next GeekNights Book Club book after Dune is The Fifth Season!

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So you deleted the prod database

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the new employee who accidentally trashed the company's (not backed up) production database, and how it is literally 100% not his fault. Separation of duties my friend. In the news, we might be coming up on the Age of Nvidia, and vaping may be just as bad as smoking.

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DRM

Tonight on GeekNights, we shockingly have never talked about DRM (Digital Rights Management) despite it being one of the primary things we were mad about between 1992 and 2002. The landscape is a little different these days, but Encrypted Media Extensions make it once again complicated and potentially dangerous. In the news, Amazon now offers digital subscription sales, a Tinder photo dataset raises all sorts of hell, and Turkey has banned access to the most important resource on the Internet.

PC Cooling

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the current state of PC cooling and a little bit of the history around it. It's a golden age, and the consumer market has got your back. In the news, Nvidia releases beta Pascal GPU drivers for hackintoshes, and cops are using GPS darts to avoid dangerous high speed chases.

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Build vs Buy

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the problem of "Not Invented Here" and how to decide if you should build or buy. In the news, RAM is getting faster, Optane blurs the line, and Firefox drops support for ALSA. GeekNights will be live at Zenkaikon!

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.

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