The Premature Death of QA

Yahoo has declared QA dead. Tonight on GeekNights, we have some thoughts. Unit tests and test driven development are valid ideas, but they are often misused. In the news, basically all drones in the US must now be registered, American NIMBYs think solar panels steal sunlight from crops and scare young people away, MIT unleashes Vuvuzela for deniable communication, Google bans Symantec root certificates due to their egregious betrayal of trust (possibly related to US government snooping), Gigster has a horrible business model, and Philips adds DRM lockouts to its lightbulb firmware (proving that we are nigh on cyberpunk dystopia).

Headphone Jacks and iPhones

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of the most recent rumor of Apple dropping the old TRS 1/8" headphone jack (the pursuit of which being not without precedent), we talk about headphone jacks (or phone jacks), the importance and history of analog signalling on the universally adopted TRS/TRRS/TRRRS/TRRetc... standards, and the nuances of where to place the smart parts of your devices.

In other news, we're both looking into new HTPCs, Amazon delivery drones are more real than you realize, Formula E drops the humans, and corporations are trying to add advertisements to Unicode.

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Ignoring Tech News

We don't follow tech news like we used to. The return-on-investment is for most things less than it used to be, and tonight on GeekNights we talk about why. In other news, Apple won't converge the iPad and Macbook, Mozilla removes a useless feature from Firefox, police body cameras come pre-packaged with vintage malware, and Scott reviews the iPad Pro.

Don't Drop your Phone

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss how not to drop your phone. Too many of you drop your phones. And the phones break. Stop it. Take care of your phones. Other technology too. But mostly your phones. In other news, no one in Turkey knows what time it is, and you probably didn't know that Java has its own time zone stuff. Many countries don't manage their time well. Anonymous might be doxing a bunch of KKK members, raising the wider concerns surrounding the idea that ostensibly public information that was once obscured by poor technology is now easily found and disseminated. Also Rym and Emily were at Disney!

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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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