DTNS 2749 – Daily Tech Normie Show

DTNormieS_1400x1400_coverartJennie Josephson & Rich Stroffolino talk about switching between operating systems and why it hurts our brains so very much. Welcome to the pilot of the Daily Tech Normie Show!

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Hello! It’s Jennie, senior advisor to The Daily Tech News Show. These are not your usual show notes, because this is not your usual DTNS. (Although it is an official epsiode of DTNS, hence the numbering.)

Part of my new role in the DTNS ‘verse is to do a monthly bit of tech-related storytelling.  So I asked long-time DTNS listener, emailer and creator of the post-show wrap up Rich Stroffolino to come on the show so we could work through a tech-related conundrum, switching from a Mac OS to Windows OS, and even more difficult, switching between the two on a daily basis.

This is tech from a normie’s POV, so you’ll hear some places in the show where I ask for your advice. If you have thoughts you can go to reddit and comment here or you can write us at the usual email address feedback at daily tech news show dot com.  Just put something like “DTNormieS” in the subject line so I can find it easily.

Oh and go check out Rich’s podcast, The Novelization Realization Project – it’s a lot of fun.

Let us know what you think!

 

 

DTNS 2748 – Execute Rule 41

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comThe Supreme Court amends court procedures to make it easier to get a warrant to search remote servers. A boon to legitimate law enforcement investigations or open door to trampling privacy? Tom Merritt and Darren Kitchen discuss.

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DTNS 2747 – A Wolfram Ate My Homework

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhat funding fade? Justin Young reports back from the Collision Conference in New Orleans with tales to tell Tom Merritt of bots and natural language processing.

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DTNS 2746 – Blizzard Streisand

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhy do game companies like Blizzard have such a rabid following and what does it mean for the future of video game trade shows like E3? Jenn Cutter and Scott Johnson discuss.

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DTNS 2745 – Disclaimer: Beyonce’s Hubby works at Tidal

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comListening to music is a mess. Streaming systems no longer all have all the music you might want. Did they ever? CNET’s Iyaz Akhtar and Tom Merritt discuss what artist exclusivity does to the music fan.

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DTNS 2744 – SWIFT on Security

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comCan Google stop employees from leaving to do startups? Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt discuss project 120 which aims to do just that and give Google some ownership at the same time.

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DTNS 2743 – The World’s Petri Dish

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.com Peter Wells, Patrick Beja and Hannah Francis discuss the news on a beautiful Kyoto afternoon.

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Weekly Tech Views – April 23, 2016

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Real tech news. Really shaky analysis.

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekly Tech Views, where each story, like the Cleveland Browns draft in a few days, is sure to start promisingly but end with you saying, “What the heck just happened?” 

Take That
Amazon is now offering their Prime Video streaming service as a stand alone product for $8.99 per month, the announcement coming just after Netflix increased their rate to $9.99 per month. Netflix, of course, did not take this lying down, and immediately created NetBoox, promising to undercut Amazon’s book prices by a dollar. Currently, the selection is limited to what they could find laying around the employee break room, but $7.92 isn’t bad for a (minimally-stained) copy of Gone Girl.

Paging Doctor Langdon
Intuitive Surgical Inc reported a profitable quarter as use of their Da Vinci surgical robots–which specialize in hernia surgery–rose 17% from a year ago. Despite the promising financial news, Intuitive thinks Da Vinci use could have been substantially higher, but was hindered by the robot’s high cost prompting medical facilities to institute extreme security around them, often consisting of thick steel doors secured by not only multiple physical locks but intricate passcodes, and we all know what a bear it is to figure out… the Da Vinci code.*

Honey, This Is What We Call A Silver Lining
Intuitive will soon have company in the robotic surgery market from Medtronic Plc, a company partially funded by Google. They have reportedly been delayed due to some Google self-driving car software finding its way into their version of the robot. As a result, some hernias were not completely repaired, though patients’ groins do slip smoothly into third gear.

It’s Always Something
After the pilot of a British Airways flight reported that he believed a drone had struck his plane during landing, the UK Transport minister failed to back up the claim, stating, “it may have even been a plastic bag or something.” This is not to say that either gentleman would want to mislead us, but I’m just reminded that “or something” was my favorite way of not quite lying as a kid. When my dad discovered a crack in the windshield of our car on my return from a party, I told him there had been a big truck in front of us kicking up rocks from the road and one “must have hit us or something.” And “or something” technically does include “during a game of Beach Ball Skeet Shooting, the heavy metal tip of an errant lawn dart I threw smacked the middle of the windshield.”

Don’t Worry About The Wii, It Took Care Of Itself
Microsoft has ceased production of Xbox 360s, nearly eleven years after its launch on November 22, 2005. This occasion has led to the hurriedly completed miniseries 11-22-05, a sequel to Hulu’s Stephen King project 11-22-63. This time, rather than attempting to stop the Kennedy assassination, James Franco’s Jake Epping, on orders from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, goes back in time to stop the release of “that meddling PlayStation 3.”

Old Things Come To Those Who Wait
The end of Xbox 360 production also means many households will be making plans to upgrade, including ours. The 360 is finally going to fall into my price range! Bring on Halo 3!

And Also Be Sure To Check Out MealChamp
Google Play Music has started carrying podcasts. You can search for and subscribe to specific podcasts, or browse “channels” focused on comedy, news, business, etc.

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They Just Can’t Help Themselves
Volkswagen says it is going to buy back nearly five hundred thousand diesel engine vehicles that were programmed to fake compliant emission test results. This may help VW owners feel a little better about the company, at least until they try to deposit the check signed by Mr. Fakey McDieselton.

It’ll Never Replace My 5th-Grade Candy Dish-Ashtray-Dinosaur
Chemists have developed ceramics that can be used in a 3D printer. This could supposedly be very beneficial for improving parts used in microelectronics, automobiles, and spacecraft, which is all well and good, but it would be a shame if this were adopted in schools and supplanted pottery-making in art classes, denying millions of kids the joy of creating something with their own two hands and then making Freddy Krueger jokes around the kiln.

Maybe Something With The Word “Laser”
Magic Leap was showing off their augmented reality headset, and explained that their technology, while apparently similar to the Hololens method of “beam-splitting,” was “better than beam-splitting.” Right. And there’s a food better than cheesy fries. Go home, Magic Leap, you’re drunk. (I don’t actually know what beam-splitting is, but it sounds pretty science fictiony, and Magic Leap doesn’t have a cool name for their process, so I’m Team Beam-Splitting.)

Though The Plots Have Nothing To Do With Reality, Virtual Or Otherwise
Virtual reality headset maker AuraVisor is teaming up with VR Bangers (not a joke) to provide in-room adult VR content for hotels in–go ahead, guess which city… that’s right–Montpelier, Vermont.

No, of course it’s Las Vegas. The visors–pre-loaded with requested videos–will rent for $20, which, given the technology, sounds not particularly expensive, seeing how hotel pricing results in that same $20 buying you a bottled water and a couple candy bars from the mini-bar. But where they get you is the highly-recommended $200 vat of Purell.

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You know that fantasy movie draft I keep claiming Tom and Jennie took part in, even though the “zero” next to Team DTNS’s name suggests “taking part in” is a rather liberal interpretation of what they’ve been doing? Well, that’s changed in a big way. It took them all of three days to go from last place to second place. You can get the details and their reaction** in the CRUMDUM.

 

*   That sound you hear is a blogger high-fiving himself.

** “Reaction” is simulated, and not based in what many call “reality.”

 

There you go. The tech blog equivalent of drafting a first-round running back with bad knees and a severe allergic reaction to leather. Better luck next week, I guess.

 

Mike Range
@MovieLeagueMike

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DTNS 2472 – Tip Your Uber Driver

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comCan you be an independent contractor without being exploited? Shannon Morse and Tom Merritt discuss the pros and cons in light of the Uber settlement. Plus why you should now carry cash for Uber rides but Lyft.

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DTNS 2741 – VPN Phantom of the Opera

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comOpera’s making a free VPN, built in to its browser. How’s that going to sit with governments? Including the one that governs the Chinese companies trying to buy Opera? Justin Young and Tom Merritt discuss.

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