Posts tagged amazon
TOPIC: Mostly prognostication, but we DO get into a long discussion about how the prevalence of memes adds to the misinformation quotient of the Internet … Jay Garmon gets to weigh in on that one too, before asking us this awesome question:
How many people have been both astronauts and been elected to Congress (not necessarily in that order)?
Then it’s time for our yearly “future look” for the team. We may not come up with many predictions, but they’re good ones! We’re confident enough to put these down in ink, not just audio this year, so you can call us out on them as we miss/hit over the next 12 months:
- Tesla figures out a way to sell direct to consumer. (JG)
- A fully autonomous commuter vehicle will be put into regular use. (MK)
- We will see the first conventional military response to a cyber-attack. (JG)
- NVRAM will begin replacing hard drives in consumer tech devices. (DS)
- Major breach of healthcare data will reveal not only that our government is just as bad at protecting our data as corporations are, but also details of price collusion and related corruption. (MK)
We end up with the Black Keys screaming out some “Howlin’ for You” off their album Brothers!
TOPIC: With the revelation that a popular flashlight app is stealing your data, Mike answers listener questions about how to prevent security problems with your mobile apps. As a reminder, you can submit questions to us via our facebook page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or even leave a voicemail at 847/984-0847.
Jay Garmon weighs in with some great geek insight about the cold temps and disposing of your paper books, and then follows up with an answer to last week’s question and gives us this new head-scratcher:
What was the longest distance a wheeled vehicle has driven on a body other than Earth?
On “Kids Talk Tech” this week special guest host Olivia talks to us about the awesomely fun (and educational to boot) Animalia on YouTube, and we finish it all off with the podcast only song of the week Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) by Laura Marling!
TOPIC: After a few minutes of talk about the AWS outage and how our states and brick-and-mortars are allowing our private data to get loose (again), we bring on Rob Green from Dyson Corporation to talk about the recent Dyson Awards finalists, innovation in general, and just exactly how long it took them to build that crazy bladeless fan! Two of the finalists this year are local from Northwestern University, so tune in and support their efforts!
We missed Jay Garmon, which allowed us time for one coolsite of the week:
- Vaccine Location Finder – Not sure where to go to get your flu vaccine this year? Enter your zip and find a place nearby! Chances are your vaccine is covered or at very low cost, so what’s your excuse?
I sign us off with the song of the week “Le Goudron” by YACHT. You don’t have to understand it to move to it!
TOPIC: OK, maybe not, but Mike and Dave cover so much ground (and go so far off the rails) there’s no possible headline that could encompass it all! Between bemoaning the anti-vaccer movement to Kindle library books and Spotify on Facebook, we get a lot of great conversation in … and the occasional bit of tech too!
Jay Garmon comes to us with yet another great geek trivia question:
Since ratification in 1972, how many people have filed suit under the space liability convention?
We go for quality not quantity this week on the coolsites with:
- Mouse Without Borders (download link) – Straight from microsoft’s garage, this KVM killer will let you run multiple machines with a single mouse and keyboard!
- F.Lux – adjusts your screen color and brightness automagically based on the time of day and your location.
The podcast only song of the week this week is “Bomba” by Jesse Matador!
TOPIC: Dave and Mike try to figure out how many bitcoins make a kilocoin, which somehow leads Mike into (yet another) rant on Amazon and the public education system … a deep, deep rant on the public education system. But don’t turn that dial just yet, there’s even more great stuff to listen to!
Jay Garmon joins us again and asks the question:
What two major game console manufacturers almost collaborated on a game unit?
We do deliver on the coolsite front this week again too:
- Nemo Documents – Document storage and retrieval by date!
- Quick Forget – Set an expiration date for that email or message link!
And we end with the podcast only song of the week “Buildings and Mountains” by the Republic Tigers!
TOPIC: Like playing poker online? Well, so did a lot of people apparently; enough so that when the government decided to bust ’em all for money laundering and fraud there was quite an outcry! We miss Dave, but that’s just as well as he’s probably sick of Mike’s rants about Amazon and tax laws at this point, not to mention more discussion on the Kindle 🙂
Jay Garmon comes on and as usual stumps us with this trifle of trivia fun:
What word in the OED is directly credited to the Simpsons?
Without Dave, there’s finally ample time to get to a whole bunch of really cool cool sites of the day:
- EReaderIQ – Gets you connected to the best free kindle books (and alerts you if there’s a price drop on watched books)
- KindleFish – Google translate … for your kindle!
- MarkUp.io – Edit and markup web pages and then share the notes with your friends!
- LightWorks Beta – Llightworks open source video editor. Professional-grade movie editing software.
We end this week with the podcast only song “We Got Tonight (say it again)” by Sleeperstar!
TOPIC: Mike and Dave break down the good things – and the problem – with Mike’s new kindle, including how useful (or not) it may be for academicians.
Jay attempts to come on, we fight through some tech issues and finally get some great geek trivia!
What mathematical geek search technique was used to find the missing hydrogen bomb that was lost in the ocean in 1966?
We wrap it up with some great cool sites of the week too:
- 2011 Compact Calendar – David Seah does it again with an incredibly useful and customizable compact calendar!
- Yet Another 2011 Calendar – Actually a whole bunch of them, take your pick!
- Perform (nearly) Any Task from your Address Bar – A fantastic list of things you can do with your address bar, got to be read to be believed, and shouts out to LifeHacker once again!
Gotta love that music – this week our podcast only song of the week is Maximum Balloon (vs. David Byrne) with Apartment Wrestling!
(NOTE: Due to licensing issues we instead play The Killer’s “Somebody Told Me” on the podcast – sorry to be confusing!)