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.

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.

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.

IT Disasters

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of Otakon 2014's spectacular pre-registration badge pickup system failure, we discuss how to identify, mitigate, and entirely avoid IT disasters. We've both seen our share of them (from incorrectly configured servers to mystery Ethernet drops, disabled iptables to ENABLED selinux). Learn why your procedures should never involve "copying the /opt directory." In the news, Yahoo is rolling out browser-to-browser email encryption and Google is claiming to uprank search results for encrypted sites.

Babies and Accelerating Technology

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about kids growing up today and how they seem to be adapting technology into their lives (both for good and for ill), simultaneously more and less competent with it than their parents, and how the "digital divide" may be sharper than we realize. In the news, Amazon now has a 3D printing store, and the newly discovered CrAssphage wins the award for most aptly named virus.

Join us at PAX Prime! Join us at PAX Dev! Join us at the Pre-PAX Sky High Tabletop Charity Play (which is NOT yet sold out)! Don't have a badge? Stay tuned for our giveaway of TWO four-day PAX passes! What?!

Old Computers

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about old computers (e.g., the Apple II GS, the Amiga, and the humble 486), why they're different from modern computers, and what they can be used for today. Primarily, we mean museum pieces, teaching tools, awesome hacks, and guaranteed non-compromised encryption key generators. In the news, TrueCrypt was shut down under extremely dubious circumstances, raising fears that that project received a National Security Letter or had other government woes and other heavy speculation. Also, Apple Day brought many minor Apple announcements, though SWIFT is what you should be paying attention to.

ConnectiCon is just around the corner in July, and it has a pretty amazing panel/workshop/lecture schedule. Join us there! Also join us in the GeekNights Forums!

Tech News Roundup May 2014

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of the many tech news stories breaking recently, we discuss several issues. Google/Youtube is likely buying Twitch, a university accidentally re-imaged all of its computers, criminals are finding increasingly sophisticated uses for large drones, Europe is still obsessed with this ridiculous "right to be forgotten," the UK appears determined to veto any action on Network Neutrality in the EU, AT&T is buying DirecTV (reminding us why streaming tech/access is still so primitive), malware increasingly is targeting ad-clicks, gun advocates went crazy and threatened a company for introducing updated smartgun technology, Oklahoma botched an execution despite there being modern technology to do it properly (entirely aside from whether it should be done in the first place), and New York may be on the verge of treating Internet access as a right.

Come to ConnectiCon: it's actually pretty awesome. Post in our forum: it's extremely awesome. Read A Canticle for Leibowitz: we're hoping it's awesome (as part of the GeekNights Book Club)!

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