Daily Archives: January 26, 2016

Ep. 65 – A Day Late And A Dollar Short

A Day Late and A Dollar ShortThis week the guys get the show out by the skin of their teeth.  Which is odd, because teeth don’t even have any skin!

  • The results are in for Apple’s financial results.  And despite a slight decline, Wall Street is beating them up. Despite selling $70+ billion dollars of stuff, and sitting on $200 billion in cash reserves. Plus rumors of a new 4″ phone – possibly the iPhone 5se?
  • OMGTV!! is an interesting little thing.  Not really.  They’re selling a Raspberry Pi 2 in a case with Kodi (http://kodi.tv) pre-installed.  And they’re charging $150 up front and $120 a year for the privilege.  But interestingly, one of the approaches they’re taking to selling is setting up booths at shows and teaching their “sales people” that with this “magic” box you’ll not pay anything but the price of the box (false) and you’ll be able to stream live TV (false) and any movie you want (false). Aaaaaand since it’s “streaming” and not downloading the content it’s all 100% legal and approved by the FCC (false, false, FALSE)!
  • Dunbar’s number seems to hold true on social media – most of your Facebook friends just don’t care about you at all…  Robin Dunbar has analyzed the results of a UK study of 3,375 Facebook users and found that – like in the offline world – you can only really maintain about 150 meaningful relationships. And precious few of those people will commiserate with you when you have an “emotional crisis”.  Which, why are you having “emotional crises” on Facebook, anyway?
  • Amazon now supports two-factor authentication! If you’re not using 2FA everywhere you can, well you’re just missing out on an extra layer of security that makes it much more difficult for “hackers” to break into your accounts and steal your stuff.  And now Amazon supports it, too!  Listen to the episode to find out how to enable it!
  • Netflix is going to be implementing tech to catch people using VPNs and proxies to get content from outside their home country.  Apparently it’s a big issue due to Netflix’s licensing agreement, and currently savvy users can use proxies and VPNs to make it appear that their “home” country is different than it really is.  Well, apparently Netflix is going to focus on cracking down on this and will be implementing new tech to help them identify and stop proxy and VPN users.  We’ll see if this ends up having a material impact on Netflix’s international subscriber numbers.
  • CERN scientists may have found that the speed of light might not be a constant after all.  A team has been studying three year’s worth of measurements of neutrino beams that appear to be traveling faster than the speed of light would allow them to travel, and now they’re looking for colleagues and other scientists to attempt to verify their data and duplicate their results. It would be a huge change to physics as we know it if it does turn out that the speed of light isn’t truly the limit to how fast stuff can move about the universe.  What a cool time to be alive!  And, Jeff wants to point out that he totally called this a few episodes back.
  • Atari is bring 100 classic titles to Valve’s Steam this spring! They’ve just announced that they’re creating the Atari Value of 100 classic games, including titles like Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, and more, and bringing them to Steam.  No mention on the full list of games yet, or whether they’re ports from the arcade or home version (or both).  But apparently they’re going to work really well with the Steam Controller to give “precise control” over gameplay.