Tonight on GeekNights, it's a tech news roundup. We mostly talk about Apple announcements. The rumors on the small iPhone and iPad pro were spot on, and Apple gives the FBI a hearty middle finger. Some people want to bring back supersonic commercial air travel. T-Mobile pushes the line on what flies under Net Neutrality. Rym continues his specs on a new PC and talks a bit about cooling the newer high end i7s. Scott discusses what turned out not to be fountains of blood. All this and more.
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Tonight on GeekNights, in light of the recent (likely boosted fission) nuclear test by North Korea, we talk about the mechanics, science, and engineering around nuclear weapons. In the news, there are solid rumors of a small iPhone 6c or 7c, the loss of TRS jacks from the iPhone 7 seems all but certain, and your Nvidia video card is keeping your incognito tabs around.
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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).
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.our Patreon, and be sure to listen to the show after the credits. I'll be waiting in... Rym's corner.
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.
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!
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.