DTNS 2811 Pokemon and the Secretive One-Sided Shadow Court

Social Media in Turkey, Diversity at Facebook, and the crazy Pokemon Go EULA.



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Show Notes
It’s not unusual to see countries in a time of political crisis block the internet, social media, and the liek in an attempt to crush dissent. The events that happened in Turkey over the weekend, which i dont pretend to understand, show the other side of the coin – how a government can take to social media asking its citizens to fight back over a coup in progress


Women and minorities are under-represented at Facebook but the WSJ reports that Facebook puts the blame on the talent-pool. Facebook’s workforce is 4% Hispanic, 1% Black and 33% female, up 1% from last year.


The Surprising Neuroscience of Gender Inequality

Slack Solution

And one of the symptoms of a non-diverse tech workforce is expressed in emoji.
In the last year, emoji have added different skin tones to the cute little faces we use everyday, and now Google have addressed the fact that female emoji were generally seen in pretty old fashioned sterotypical roles, getting their nails done, or doing their hair. Google have submitted new emoji to the Unicode Consortium showing women as doctors, scientists, chefs and mechanics

Google was developing a VR headset in the same space as Oculus and HTC but has nixed the project. This is ‘Another sign that Google is putting its eggs into mobile VR’, according to recode.

All is doom and gloom at the good ship Cupertino as Apple’s arch rival, Samsung, saw it’s flagship overtake the iPhone in sales last quarter

The EULA for Pokemon Go contains a whithering clause in which players surrender their right to sue and instead have recourse to a “system of secretive, one-sided shadow courts paid for by corporations where class actions are not permitted and the house always wins.” However, users have 30 days to send an email to developer Niantic to opt out.

A federal appeals court has ruled Microsoft and other companies cannot be forced to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States, handing a victory to privacy advocates.”

Science with Gibbo

The Juno probe, named for the wife of the Roman God Jupiter, arrived at Jupiter this month (July 4 is the accepted date).
Its mission is study Jupiter, of course.
But then thing that has space geeks geeking isn’t just the science. It’s that the four Galilean moons, the ones that could be seen by the earliest telescopes, are all named for mistresses of Jupiter — Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa.
So now Juno’s in town to give him what for.
According to NASA “The god Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief, but his wife, the goddess Juno, was able to peer through the clouds and see Jupiter’s true nature.”

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Weekly Tech Views (The Tech – No Logic Blog) – July 16, 2016

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Real tech stories. Really shaky analysis.

The tech news was just about as varied as can be last week, with topics ranging from playing Pokemon Go to stock prices affected by Pokemon Go to the cost of playing Pokemon Go to the fitness benefits of Pokemon Go to the social benefits of Pokemon Go. And Apple is doing a TV show. To find the creator of the next Pokemon Go.

For the week of July 11 – 15, 2016…

And There Is A Lot Of Swiping
Pokemon Go, in just four days, was installed on more Android devices than Tindr. Of course, they are very different apps. Though when strangers who happen to be on Team Instinct come together on a moonlit night and fight a harrowing battle side by side to reclaim a gym from Team Valor, who am I to say where passionate emotions of victory may lead.

They Have The Best Job Ever
Oculus has filled all preorders for their Rift VR device. As the last of the preorders arrived at their destinations, anxious customers ran to meet the UPS drivers, breathlessly shouting the same question: “Where have you seen the best PokeStops?”

Samsung is coming out with a four-terabyte solid state drive for desktops, which should be just enough to accommodate the spreadsheets of a UPS driver logging the locations of prime PokeStops.

Grassroot Campaign
Twitter reached a deal with CBS to stream both the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Meanwhile, the Green Party has stepped up negotiations with my neighbor, who is sure his new GoPro is really going to boost his Periscope game.

The Town Elders Are Satisfied, Though
The Samsung Galaxy 7 Active, in testing by Consumer Reports, twice failed to live up to the claimed ability to survive thirty minutes submerged in five feet of water. “Bah, I could do that standing on my head,” said Hester Lovejoy from beneath the 1783 headstone on her Salem, Massachusetts grave.

The Last One Shrunk And I Looked Ridiculous
It wasn’t all favorable news for Pokemon Go this week, as maker Niantic was found to have obtained access to users’ entire Google accounts. Niantic executives claimed this was not intended and was merely an oversight. Oh, really, Niantic? Then maybe you can explain the half dozen emails I just got trying to sell me an adult size Jigglypuff costume? I’m serious, can you explain? Is it comfortable? Does it have to be dry cleaned? Will it stand up to daily wear? Are the colors accurate? I have a reputation to uphold.

We Shared A Cartridge With Mario, Damn It
Following the release of Pokemon Go, Nintendo’s stock price rose 24% in one day, the largest single-day jump since 1983. The 1983 surge was fondly recalled by a couple of friends at the Nintendo Old Game Characters home:

“1983. Those were the days, weren’t they?” said Duck Hunt Dog, looking down the sofa at his old friend Duck Hunt Duck.

“I guess,” replied Duck.

“You guess? We were hot stuff then. We ruled the video game world. We were the reason Nintendo stock went rocketing through the roof.”

“We weren’t out till ’84,” said Duck.

“No, it was ’83.”

“April 21, 1984 in Japan, August 15, 1985 in the United States.”

“You sure? I swore it was ’83. Well, anyhow, there must have been a lot of talk about us in ’83 in anticipation of our arrival in ’84. That’s what goosed the stock price.”

“No, actually–”

Then Duck Hunt Dog ended the disagreement the way all disagreements between these long time friends ended, by grabbing Duck Hunt Duck’s neck in his jaws, thrashing him about the rec room for thirty seconds–knocking over a lamp and one of the twenty-seven statues of Super Mario–and finally flinging him into the corner next to the TV and snickering while covering his mouth with both paws while slowly ducking back behind the couch.

That Crazy Dave Is Crazy
Xbox Live will support high-quality Twitch streaming. This refers to video quality only. Content quality is still a crapshoot. Not much they can do about the guy shoving nachos in his mouth while espousing his killer strategy for dominating Level 1 of Plants vs Zombies.

But Apple Gets 30% Of Their Winnings
Apple’s first foray into producing original content is going to be called Planet of the Apps–a reality competition in which contestants, one assumes, compete to code the best iOS app while also whipping up the most accurate facsimile of TGIFridays Breaded Deep-Fried Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Bacon Cheesesticks.

Did You Know The Dryer Has Three Heat Settings?
Warner Brothers reached a settlement with the FTC for paying YouTube influencers for favorable video game coverage without announcing the payments. On the face of it, it sounds bad, but it’s pretty much the same deal I have with my wife regarding the Weekly Tech Views. Although no cash changes hands, I’m suddenly doing an awful lot of laundry while her index finger hovers over the “Send” button of a tweet ripping the Weakly Dreck Spews.

You’re On!
Valve is issuing Cease and Desist letters to third parties using Steam’s API to enable gambling. This fails to address the larger gambling problem of me buying seventeen games during the Steam Summer Sale and betting that I’ll ever play three of them.

Game Over Man
T-Mobile will start offering customers free data when they are playing Pokemon Go. In other news, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint thanked their employees for all their hard work, wrote them nice reference letters, and provided maps to the nearest unemployment office.

The “Lightning Never Strikes Twice” Theory
Music service Rhapsody is relaunching as Napster. “Great idea!” said Best Buy as they changed all their signs to “Circuit City.”

All You Have To Do Is Record It, Slow It By 95%, And Listen
The FDIC was found to have covered up hacks to their system in 2010, 2011, and 2013. “Nonsense,” said the FDIC. “We announce it at the end of every banking ad on the radio. Listen: DepositsinsuredbytheFDICuptoonehundredthousanddollarsohbythewaywewerehackedthreetimesinfouryearsrecentlybutdon’tworryaboutitwe’reprettysureit’sundercontrolnowalthoughthreetimesinfouryearsprobablydoesn’tmakeyoutooconfidentaboutthatohwellgoodthingnoonelistenstothispartoftheadokaybye.

So That’s What It’s Like To Burn A Calorie
The Pokemon Go app is getting an average of thirty-three minutes of daily use, higher than Facebook and Snapchat. And while it is not classified as such, causing thirty-three minutes of even casual strolling makes it, sadly, the most successful fitness app in history.


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