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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Apple vs the FBI

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the issues around Apple's stand against the FBI, the dangers of crypto backdoors, etc... In the news, the machine learning revolution continues by mining social media to source food poisoning outbreaks more effectively than traditional inspections. This breakthrough joins the final end of human input into the game of Go, one of many advances in what appears to be an accelerating field. Google technically complies (the best kind of compliance) with Europe's ridiculous data censorship rules.

One of our newest lectures - Designing Game Rules - is finally on youtube!

Don't Share your Password

Don't share your password. Ever. With anyone. Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about why. We also talk about the most complex haunted house "plot" we've ever seen, why you can't run an email server anymore, and how Lenovo (who you should never trust ever) made a table-computer competitor.

Online Gambling Technology

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 In other news, don't confuse unpublished SDKs in flux with malice (yet) when Google's Chromecast beta stops working with your application.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!

The Levels of Protecting Your Privacy

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of recent non-revelations about the activities of the NSA, we discuss how you can protect yourself, your associations, and your communication. It comes down to the levels of inconvenience with which you are willing to deal. But first, Rym reviews Citibike in New York, and how quickmeme was taken out.

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  • GPG Voip
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  • Burner Laptops
  • Ridiculous Spy Bullshit
  • Preternatural Forethought

Hardware Sabotage

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of the results of a recent US congressional investigation's findings against Chinese firm Huawei, we talk a bit about hardware exploits and security concerns on a high level. But, before that, Rym's Lenovo X230 had some issues, Scott learned of the tragic ring of fire, Raising the Bar reveals a horrifying reality, and Rumble 2012 was streamed with an amazing degree of incompetence. Also, PAX East badges are on sale, and will sell out.

Government Hackers

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of many interesting revelations about Stuxnet and Flame, including having been signed by quasi-legitimate Microsoft certificates and being well beyond commodity security software vendors' capabilities, we consider government hackers and the future of this sort of "cyber" warfar (though there is actually quite a past as well). But first, a couple of extra satellites the US Government happened to have lying around, ICANN's ludicrous digital archery, the coming disaster of arbitrary TLDs like .lol, and Google having won the case that APIs are not copyrightable.

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