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How Technology Affects Society from the Geeks Perspective A weekly talk show about technology, science, and human creativity that excites, educates, and fosters curiosity. Discussions touch upon how technology affects society and how we react to that change. Hosts are passionate about explaining complex concepts in simple, easy to digest, chunks. We bridge the gaps between Geeks and the rest of humanity. A weekly talk show about technology, science, and human creativity that excites, educates, and fosters curiosity. Discussions touch upon how technology affects society and how we react to that change. Hosts are passionate about explaining complex concepts in simple, easy to digest, chunks. We bridge the gaps between Geeks and the rest of humanity.




203 8th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-419-9659


Maine Votes to Watermark Bullying

Laptops can help kids learn, voting machine security, algorithm to remove watermarks, Bing still going and strong, iOS 11 updates, anti-bullying AI not so good, and more with Miles and Lyle. Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop ProgramHow Maine schools proved why schools everywhere should provide one laptop per childVoting machine supplier exposes 1.8 million voter recordsGoogle researchers made an algorithm to delete watermarks from photosNew Google research...

Duration: 00:59:06

Volunteering Yellow Stone Service Worker Rentals

Have a beer with Lyle for a one-man episode of GeekSpeak. Chatting about his recent visit to Yellow Stone and Car rental-fu, Service Workers, CSS Grid Layout, Zuckerberg on Charlottesville, and much more. I have volunteered all my life: MCT, this program, GeekSpeak, and a trustee for the Park Hall Community Center. Youtube Red - or Family Google Play MusicNo, Facebook Did Not Panic and Shut Down an AI Program That Was Getting Dangerously SmartApple signals it's willing to let next-gen...

Duration: 00:59:07

Rands on Diversity, Leadership, and No Email

An interview with Michael Lopp (@rands), VP of Engineering at Slack, about the importance of diversity, one-on-one meetings, management vs leadership, no email at Slack, speaking in public, fidget spinners, offer letters, writing, and much more. Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering ManagerZentri™ Nano Metal Fidget Spinner in Stainless Steel, Titanium & more – Fidget HQxkcd: Geeks and NerdsThe One About Pens – Rands in Repose

Duration: 01:12:59

Working at Netflix

Brendan Gregg and Lyle Troxell talk about what it is like to work at Netflix. How the culture of freedom and responsibility benefits us as employees and how it doesn’t feel like a culture of fear. Systems Performance: Enterprise and the CloudWorking at Netflix 2017, Brendan Gregg Blog

Duration: 00:54:15

Nordic Passwords are made from Chips, Salt, Fat, Paint, and Zombies

Employees can chip themselves, MS Paint is no more, 1Password focus on funding, Nordic Problems, T-Rex sprint speed, chickens as steady cam, and more Geek News. A Wisconsin company will let employees use microchip implants to buy snacks and open doorsA couple weeks ago on the AIs get Burned Out on AR episode of GeekSpeak Ben mentioned Salt, Fat, Actid, Heat – a cookbook. Listener Scot wrote: I’m a few days late to the podcast so I’m sure I’m not the first to mention it but the author,...

Duration: 00:58:19

Typos Force Arbitration of Big O Notation

AT&T thinks arbitration is awesome. Lyle can’t keep up with the latest Comcast bandwidth. Neilson’s ratings get gamed. The sharing economy doesn’t give back umbrellas. OpenBSD shows the way forward and the geeks put the oh! in to “Big O”. AT&T: Forced arbitration isn’t “forced” because no one has to buy service50 million US homes have only one 25Mbps Internet provider or none at allTV networks said to hide bad ratings with typosSpock's Brain - NetflixUmbrella-sharing startup loses nearly...

Duration: 01:17:53

AIs get Burned Out on AR

Verizon kills Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality, LeVar Burton’s new Podcast – like Reading Rainbow for Adults, AI to create design in code, AI drawing, Not even wrong, being Burnt Out, AR stuff, Words are cool, and a fun post show. Verizon is killing Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality - The VergeWhat Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law by Roman Mars on Apple PodcastsLeVar Burton’s New Podcast is Like READING RAINBOW for AdultsThis app uses artificial intelligence to turn design mockups into...

Duration: 01:49:07

Hamilton Sizes up Interactive Luggage

Gmail stops scanning email, neural networks provide ancient wisdom, 4×4′s don’t measure up, branching narratives, unstable rolling luggage, and the geeks throw away their shot. Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads - The Verge“4x4s” Aren’t Actually 4"×4"Terabyte - WikipediaLumber - WikipediaLetting neural networks be weird • Ancient wisdom from the neural networkRecurrent Neural Networks on Linear DigressionsThese Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of 'Choose...

Duration: 00:58:33

Broken Genome Tracks Girl Scouts; Live!!

Recorded in front of a live audience and benefitting Part Hall and KBCZ 90.1 FM, Boulder Creek, CA, we covered broken internet, vegetarianism permanently reshaping the human genome, Amazon buying Whole Foods, new browser tech, Meditation changing your DNA, court protecting your online social rights, and much more geek news of the week including questions form our live audience. ‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage ItPersuasive proof that America is full of racist and selfish...

Duration: 01:26:36

Democratic JSON Feeds Humanity

UserLand Frontier is a nearly 30 year old Mac database and scripting app. It only runs on Macs made before 2011. What does Frontier have to do with the Open Web and the democracy? Is there another vision of the web than Facebook and Twitter – how do we get there? What is the human side of software? Long Time blogger and Mac developer, Brent Simmons, joins us to think about these questions and maybe even answer a few. UserLand Software - WikipediaOpen Web - WikipediaWhat is the Open Web?...

Duration: 00:51:28

Sharing Developer Privilege at the Apple WWDC

John Fox and Casey Liss chat about what we as white male developers can do to make the programing community more inclusive and diverse—something Michelle Obama asked of all of us on stage at #WWDC2017. Guest John C. FoxVideo of Michelle Obama... "Yes, we are ready."Guest Casey Liss Photo by Casey

Duration: 00:35:31

OneLogin Collapses Playground Exit

OneLogin breach, why few people major in computer science, collapsing star to black hole, LIGO finds another pair of black holes becoming one, Travel Mode for 1Password, Parker Solar Probe an introduction, Apple’s Swift playgrounds, wikipedia to https, exiting VIM, IBM Watson diagnosing cancer, Intel Core i9, parents and FB, and HDR from 80 years of TVs. OneLogin: Breach Exposed Ability to Decrypt DataWhy do so few people major in computer science?Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black...

Duration: 01:29:42

Alternative Energy & Alternative Security

Electricity abounds without proportional CO2 output, where to draw the line with online comments, and code in uncomfortable places. All this and more with Lyle and Miles in this week in geek news. Panic Blog » The Case of the Stolen Source CodeCalifornia breaks energy record with 80% of state's power generated using renewable methodsFrance's EDF denies report of 'secret plan' to delay scaling back nuclear power | ReutersFacebook content moderation guidelines leakedDevastated, look at my...

Duration: 01:01:05

Treble the Ransom for Unicode's Watch

We chat about Unicode probably too much, but we also chat about a new Android foundation, WCry, Google Email tricks, Graphing Calculator on the outs, Apple’s watch saving your life and a bit more here and there. Here comes Treble: A modular base for AndroidWCry is so mean Microsoft issues patch for 3 unsupported Windows versionsTest-approved app could kill off the graphing calculatorApple’s Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy, UCSF study saysGender differences and...

Duration: 01:06:47

Billboard Radiation pulls HandBrake on Antivirus Jobs

Radioactive Jovian followup, Dallas Sirens followup, billboards for corrupt lawmakers, antivirus software fails, GeekSpeak LIVE, Automation and Jobs, HandBreak compromise, Facebook Interns make bank, Facebook culture, and some Regex love in the post-show. On Correcting Greyhound’s Bug Harassment GeekSpeak episode Miles mentioned how radioactive Saturn is… but Glenn helped correct us. Hi Geeks, Glenn is now putting on his pedant hat. Saturn is not “radioactive”, rather there is high...

Duration: 01:26:21

Correcting Greyhound's Bug Harassment

SpaceX awesome, Greyhound.com bad dog, WWW for all, Pentagon using Win95, Tesla like Uber, Facebook creepy ads, Cassini images, robots that build, and a post show of Postgres time formats, and more. Correction: Does Apple take a 30% cut from UberSpaceX just provided views of a rocket landing all the way from 150km downMeet Greyhound.com, the site that doesn’t allow password changesPassword policies: the best of the worstWorld Wide Web is made free to everyoneWindows 95 and 98 still power...

Duration: 01:28:57

China Tutors Uber for Pennies

Web tutorials bake in vulnerabilities, coins suck, China space, Iris scan to pay Galaxy, Uber – lots of Uber, they are worse then coins, use a different search engine, Brave browser, BrickerBot, and Facebook cleaning thoughts. Top-ranked programming Web tutorials introduce vulnerabilities into softwareSouth Korea begins coinless society trial - BBC NewsChina launches 1st cargo spacecraft destined for its space stationGalaxy S8's iris scanner to be used on financial transactionsUber’s...

Duration: 01:05:22

Open.gov Calls BS on 30 Year Old Whopper AI

The various facets of artificial intelligence, history of telecommunication, how political views are affected by internet access, and how to spot BS effectively. Lyle, Brian, and Miles discuss all this and more in the week’s news. Followup: Video published - Calling Bull•••• in the Age of Big DataT-Mobile dominates spectrum auctionCell Phones 30 Years OldFCC Chairman to End Plans to Allow In-Flight Cellphone Calls‘Nobody’s got to use the Internet’: A GOP lawmaker’s response to concerns...

Duration: 01:17:43

Recycled Rocket Tracks AMPed up Uber

Gender and Race in Tech in Silicon Valley, plus FCC cuts, SpaceX, Enceladus, Eye tracking Piano, AMP is bad, Uber woes, iOS 10.3.1 again, Trump Script, and more news of the week. FCC to halt expansion of broadband subsidies for poor peopleSpaceX makes aerospace history with successful launch and landing of a used rocketAriel Waldman on Enceladus LifeEye-Tracking Glasses Illustrate What A Professional Pianist Sees While PlayingAccelerated Mobile Pages Project – Accelerated Mobile Pages...

Duration: 01:27:04

Hiring Filesystems to Dig under Borders

Hiring bias, Collage moves to Google, Apple iOS update comes with new File System, Left Socks, Dig Once Bill, Privacy under attack… use a VPN, US Border area, and a bit more about Dedi needing a job. poteto/hiring-without-whiteboards: ⭐️ Companies that don't have a broken hiring processManaging Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager“Howard West,” and Epidemic of Black Scrutiny – Hallie Lomax – MediumApple is upgrading millions of iOS devices to a new modern...

Duration: 00:53:32

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