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February 24 2014


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February 12 2014


DTNS 2168 – Today We Flap Back | Daily Tech News Show

David Prager joins us as we enjoy “Today We Fight Back” “Safer Internet Day” and the idea of an airline gate agent wearing Google Glass being a first class ticket perk. MP3 Warning: David’s video mysteriously disappears 20 seconds into the show. David’s video after that is replaced by YOUR IMAGINATION. Use it wisely. Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. Please SUBSCRIBE HERE. A special thanks to all our Patreon supporters–without you, none of this would be possible. If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting the show here at the low, low cost of a nickel a day on Patreon. Thank you! Big thanks to Dan Lueders for the music and Martin Bell for the opening theme! Big thanks to Mustafa A. from thepolarcat.com for the logo! Thanks to our mods, Kylde, TomGehrke and scottierowland on the subreddit Show Notes Dong Nguyen: Flappy Bird became addictive product Forbes spoke with Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen and got a little more info about his reasons for removing the popular game from the app stores. Nguyen said “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.” Nguyen met a Forbes reporter at a hotel in Hanoi after meeting with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Duc Dam. Nguyen also said he will continue to develop games and he does not plan to remove his other games, some of which are also highly ranked. The internet fights back against surveillance: A broad coalition of organizations, companies, and individuals joined together today to take a stance against unwarranted mass spying—over 6,000 websites have demanded reform. Some links: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/02/today-we-fight-back-against-mass-surveillance https://necessaryandproportionate.org/take-action/EFF http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/02/11/microsoft-google-and-twitter-mark-safer-internet-day-with-privacy-awareness-initiatives/#!vhUn0 News From You spsheridan submitted a GigaOm story about HP deciding its time to start paying for firmware upgrades. In an HP Blog post Monday, ZDNet’s Ed Bott noticed that starting Feb. 19 HP says it will “provide firmware updates through the HP Support Center only to customers with a valid warranty, Care Pack Service or support agreement.” Everybody else has to pay. The new policy applies to ProLiant system ROM and CPLD firmware. Security patches will remain free, as will upgrades to HP’s iLO server management, I/O and controller firmware. And oh what a little competition can do. jaymz668 pointed us to this Ars Technica story about San Marcos, Texas-based Grande bringing GigaBit Internet to western parts of Austin, Texas this week, several months ahead of AT&T and Google Fiber. Grande’s President Matt Murphy told the Austin American-Statesman that the service will cost $65 per month with no contract required. More links from the show Lithium Technologies will acquire Klout, the ranker of popularity on the Internet Google and Foxconn discuss building robotic manufacturing technologies Yahoo acqui-hires company that makes Days App Verizon says they are not throttling Netflix Hackers launch DDoS attacks across the Bitcoin eco-system in an effort to exploit the software vulnerability known as “transaction malleability” Sprint Q4 earnings Two competing wireless charging standards agree to join forces http://www.dailytechnewsshow.com/dtns-2168-the-peoples-wireless-alliance-front/

February 07 2014


5by5 | CMD+Space #62: Making Software Better, with Loren Brichter

This week Myke is joined by Loren Brichter. http://5by5.tv/cmdspace/62

5by5 | CMD+Space #82: Up and Coming, with Eva Giselle

This week Myke is joined by Eva Giselle. http://5by5.tv/cmdspace/82

February 06 2014


Larvarius - The Cloud After Episode 17 - 05.02.2014 (Progressive)

Larvarius - The Cloud After Episode 17 - 05.02.2014 (Progressive) Tracklist: Mike Hennessy - Naya's Dream (Original Mix) Following Light - Calm (Original Mix) Following Light - Wunjo (Ivan Lu Remix) Phonic Scoupe - Aliens In My Bed (Original Mix) Takashi Watanabe - Honetsuki Dori (OWL aka Satoshi Fumi Remix) Ivan Nikusev - Legendary (Bjorn Fogelberg Remix) John Freedman & Dance Bridge - You Will See (Loquai Remix) Michel De Hey vs. M.I.R.K.O - Some Change Please (Pitto Remix) One Million Toys - And Beyond (Original Mix) The Revolving Junkie - And Why Not (Hugo Ibarra Outside Remix) Twice As Nice - Overture (Guy J Remix) Dark Soul Project - Feels Like Heaven (Original Mix)

Larvarius - The Cloud Episode 17 - 05.02.2014

Tracklist: Greg Gow - Flashover (Original Mix) Minor Dott - Back In Black (Original Mix) Unkwnow - (Nombre Desconocido) Nile Rodgers vs. Eats Everything - Do What You Wanna Do (Eats Everything Haus Rework) Mendo - Everybody Love (Original Mix) Nakadia - Flying Blue (Original Mix) Marc Marzenit - Run Wild (Original Mix) Christian Smith - The Exchange (Original Mix) Chus, Ceballos, Oscar De Rivera, DJ Chus, Pablo Ceballos - Blowin Minds (Original Mix) Sergio Fernandez - DNA Repair (Original Mix) Coyu & Ramiro Lopez - Y.E.A.H. (Original Mix) Dave Stewart feat. Martina McBride - Every Single Night (Eddie Amador Club Mix) Rafa Barrios - Festivulus (Original Mix) Rafa Barrios - Killing Zoo (Original Mix) Metodi Hristov - Earth (Coyu Edit) DJ Roland Clark - Whuup (Original Mix) Melody Stranger - See Me (Original Mix) Gershon Jackson, Byron Stingily, Mike Dunn - Father (DeepShakerz Vocal Club Mix) Nader Razdar - Day Or Day (Original Mix) DJ PP - Groove You (1977 Mix) Jorge Montia - Back To Basics (Original Mix) Reset! - I Need You (J Paul Getto Remix) UMEK & - Sweet Harmony (Original Mix) Sergio Matina, Gabry Sangineto, Joy Malcolm - Let Me Know (Manuel De La Mare Remix) Larvarius Feat. Don Goliath - Give More (Larvarius Escoplo Mix)

February 04 2014


Cul de Sac | 99% Invisible

When people critique cul-de-sacs, a lot of the time, they’re actually critiquing the suburbs more generally. The cul-de-sac has become sort of like the mascot of the suburbs– like if suburbia had a flag, it would have a picture of a cul-de-sac on it. Cul-de-sacs by definition aren’t well connected to other streets and they are far away town centers. People can argue whether or not these are pros or cons, depending on what lifestyle choices they prioritize. For little kids, cul-de-sacs can be great, but they do have some real, quantifiable design flaws. Imagine being a garbage collector, or a street cleaner, instead of driving down one long street and collecting all the garbage from that street, then taking a right onto the next street and so on, you have to turn around in all of these cul-de-sacs over and over again. It takes more time and uses more gas. They’re expensive for governments to maintain, and now, governments are starting to enact regulations against them. Producer Katie Mingle talks with Matt Lassiter about cul-de-sacs, the pitfalls of suburban design, and of course, E.T. Special thanks to The Congress for the New Urbanism, who provided very helpful background information, but didn’t end up in the piece itself. Katie Mingle works for the Third Coast International Audio Festival. She produces Re:sound, hosts the Third Coast Podcast, and develops features for the TCIAF website. If you aren’t familiar with the Third Coast International Audio Festival, get familiar! It’s the best. ALSO— Thank you, beautiful people! The show received dozens of new iTunes reviews and well over 100 new followers on Facebook. It was so lovely to read everyone’s kind words about the show and know that I’m at least partially achieving my many goals for the program. Several of the reviews could’ve been lifted directly from my “mission statement” (the one in my head), so clearly you’re picking up what I’m laying down. I knew you were capable, but I wasn’t sure I was. Anyway, your reviews have been very effective and are helping the show stay high up in the “Arts” rankings. Keep them coming! Thanks, again! http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-29-cul-de-sac-download-embed-share/

February 02 2014


5by5 | CMD+Space #57: Digital and Physical things, with Jim Coudal

On this special episode Myke is joined by Jim Coudal. http://5by5.tv/cmdspace/57

January 31 2014


MythBusters' Kari Byron Explains How to Safely Blow Stuff Up When You're Pregnant | Mother Jones

Kari Byron on set in 2011 with MythBusters "Build Team" members Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara. Martin Klimek/ZUMAMost expecting women ask their doctors whether it's okay to eat blue cheese, or have the odd glass of wine, while they're pregnant. Or maybe whether to stay away from fish, because of the mercury. When she was pregnant with her daughter several years ago, though, MythBusters' Kari Byron took her maternal Q & A to a whole different level. "I'd be going to my doctor saying, 'All right, so, when do I have to stop shooting guns because she has ears?'" recalls Byron on the latest installment of the Inquiring Minds podcast. "And the doctor would say, 'Hmm, I have never, ever had that question before. I'll get back to you.' I come back a little later: 'How far away do I need to be from an explosion of this much C-4?' 'Huh, I've never had that question asked. I have no idea, I don't even know where to refer you right now, I'll get back to you.'" As a co-host of arguably the most successful science-based show on television, Byron has developed a reputation as a courageous and fun-loving guide to testing the truth behind so many ideas that we take for granted. Airing on the Discovery Channel since 2003, MythBusters seeks to either validate or bust myths, rumors and folk wisdom—and has managed to find that sweet spot where curiosity meets creativity, and plenty of stuff gets blown up. (The show boasts of over 750 detonations, "and counting.") "The whole idea behind the show is that we're not scientists," says Byron. "It's not a talking head telling you facts, it's watching regular Joes experience the problem. And it just happens to be that the best way to explore myth is the scientific method, it's the perfect narrative." In this mix, Byron has a special place: She's the only female MythBusters co-host in a field, science entertainment, where women are all too often relegated to bit parts. Insofar as MythBusters is one of the few shows on television that increase rather than diminish our intelligence, Byron's presence as a high-profile female role model promoting critical thinking and making science accessible is vitally important. The MythBusters gang at the 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.  Michael Germana/Globe Photos/ZUMA She didn't start out there: Byron originally wanted to make a living as a sculptor, but found herself working instead as a receptionist at an ad agency. "I was trying to figure out a way to be artistic, but still not be starving, because nobody was actually buying my sculptures," she laughs. "They were a little dark." That's when a tour of MythBusters host Jamie Hyneman's special effects workshop, M5 Industries, introduced her to a very different use of artistic materials. She begged for an internship and got it. "Not long after, they just pulled me onto the show," she remembers. Nowadays Byron is part of the MythBusters' "Build Team," a trio that includes herself, model-builder Tory Belleci, and electronics expert Grant Imahara. The Build Team often works separately from the original hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Here's a video of Byron and Imahara demonstrating just how loud the show's detonations can be: And here's Byron on a recent myth test. The goal was to determine whether or not humans can outrun a horde of zombies. More specifically, how many zombies must there be in a given area (here, the size of a football field) before a human can no longer elude them, assuming the zombies can only move at about 2 miles per hour? Watch: Asked about her favorite myths (either busted or proved true), Byron remembers one particularly scary one: Diving with sharks, with and without lights, to try to see if the sharks were drawn to flashlights (as many divers report). "And yes, they were attracted to flashlights," Byron says. Maybe too much so: The team had to get out of the water on the flashlight dive for safety reasons. A more recent episode, meanwhile, involved testing out strategies for deterring unwanted animals: from kittens, to snakes, to grizzly bears. When it comes to bears, it turns out cayenne pepper worked great. "The bear didn't like that at all," says Byron, "it was sneezing all over the place." Later, Byron put the bear mace on her keychain for safety, and had it with her on a camping trip with her sister and brother-in-law. "And at one point," she says, "I had gone to take a nap in the tent with my baby, and I hear my brother in law sort of freaking out. He's like, 'Wait, is this, this sunscreen on this keychain, this red stuff, it's starting to burn!' He had sprayed it all over his arms and rubbed it in, not realizing it was bear mace pepper spray. And he started running around, screaming, looking for things to pour on it. So, it also works on brother-in-laws." Here's an aftershow of Byron and her co-hosts discussing what they found out about animal-repelling strategies: Of course, Byron is also interested in—or, worried about—some more socially consequential myths. As a mom, she's particularly appalled by the myth that vaccines cause autism. "It really frustrates me that things like this get propagated, this sort of pseudoscience, and still to this day get propagated," she says. Which gets back to why MythBusters isn't just about running from zombies or swimming with sharks: It's about a style of thinking, and a celebration of what we can do with our brains once we set up some reliable guidelines for using them. What's more, if you combine together critical thinking lessons with actual mass entertainment in the way that MythBusters does, then you start to actually make a difference. The public response that Byron receives demonstrates just that. "I've met so many mothers who were telling me that their girl was interested because I was on the show," says Byron. "And that really touched me, because when I was 12 years old, I kind of stopped being interested in science. It wasn't something that could compete with boys and rock stars and MTV. You didn't have role models. Even on TV, the doctors were all men." So now, with MythBusters, with her recent show Head Rush on the Science Channel, and with future projects, Byron says her goal is to "find that 12 year old girl that I was, and keep her interested in science." What she can't do, though, is guess ahead of time, without any investigation, which myths are true and which aren't. "People think that I just have like the Webster's of all myth knowledge," she says. "And I'm like, 'I don't know. I'd have to test that.'" To listen to the full interview with Kari Byron you can stream below: This episode of Inquiring Minds, a podcast hosted by neuroscientist and musician Indre Viskontas and best-selling author Chris Mooney, also features a report by Mother Jones' Brett Brownell on our growing ability to detect extra-solar planets, and a discussion of, yes, the myth that antioxidant vitamins protect against cancer. To catch future shows right when they are released, subscribe to Inquiring Minds via iTunes or RSS. We are also available on Stitcher and on Swell. You can follow the show on Twitter at @inquiringshow and like us on Facebook. Inquiring Minds was also recently singled out as one of the "Best of 2013" shows on iTunes—you can learn more here. http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2014/01/inquiring-minds-kari-byron-mythbusters

January 30 2014


Sound Bytes: January 25, 2014

Sound Bytes: Your Computer User Group of the Air! A weekly radio show with news, interviews, opinions (lots of opinions!), and phone calls. Sound Bytes: America's Longest Running Computer Call-in Radio Show. http://soundbytes.org/podcast/january-25-2014/

January 22 2014


5by5 | CMD+Space #80: The Next Chapter, with Tom Merritt

This week Myke is joined by Tom Merritt. http://5by5.tv/cmdspace/80

January 16 2014


5by5 | CMD+Space #79: Selling Shovels, with Steve Streza

This week Myke is joined by Steve Streza. http://5by5.tv/cmdspace/79
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