Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Episode 20: Creationism, Cryptolocker, Bankers and Blame

Bart and Pete discuss some Creationism podcast episode feedback before veering into Billy Ray Cyrus's Achy Breaky 2 (complete with mostly naked alien twerking!), Cryptolocker malware and pondering where blame lies for people duped into poor decisions...

Direct link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/geekingafterdark/Geeking_After_Dark_20.mp3

Show notes:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Episode 19: Company Apprenticeships and Gender Questions

Bart and Pete discuss encouraging in-company learning and soon veer in to the topic of gender in tech and gender questions in general.

Direct download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/geekingafterdark/Geeking_After_Dark_19.mp3

Show notes:
  • Does having the word "boobs" in the description or title boost our search score?
  • Does a CS degree help with a job in IT?
  • CS may help for programing, but not really so much in IT
  • Programming can be self-taught
  • Pete laments a lack of apprenticeships for programming
  • Bart laments a lack of in-company mentorships
  • Pete thinks it's not worth it without a measurable profit to the company
  • Are free lunches for camaraderie, or a way to get more productivity?
  • On a person-centric note, gender and technology
  • Also, most awkward segue ever!
  • Linux journal article referenced: Click Here
  • Do girls do better in "girl classes" because they pretend to be stupid for boys?
  • Pete is essentially accidentally offensive
  • What is harassment?
  • Loyalty for a company
  • FaceBook added 50 options for gender

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Episode 18: Malware, More Spying and Creationism

Today we talk about malware and some interesting uses of technology in spying on people...an ongoing theme from last week. Then we veer into the territory of religion when discussing the Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate.

Direct Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/geekingafterdark/Geeking_After_Dark_18.mp3

Show notes:
  • Voretaq7 gives some feedback on last week's copyright on images discussion, regarding meme use
  • Is being a (court) lawyer just theater+debate?
  • Skeptics Guide to the Universe: should ISP's force customers to use antivirus software?
  • Would antivirus stop malware?
  • The AV software included in the OS's tend to suck (for political reasons)
  • Malware mining bitcoins?
  • ISP's injecting tracking code into your web browsing without your permission (news link)
  • Spying on your computer using radio waves? (news link)
  • Techniques for spying on people's computers and phones
  • Being off-grid makes you an anomaly that attracts attention now
  • Digital footprints and interview candidates
  • Sochi reporter hacked! (nope)
  • Viruses that spread using computer speakers?
  • Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate (view the video here)
  • We get into a bit of religion
  • The ark could NOT have happened
  • Pete says True Blood has T&A and Bart should watch it

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Episode 17: NSA Spying and Beware of Using Google Images

Today Pete and Bart meander through the topic of domestic spying, corporate information tracking, and the potential for litigation if you use Google image search to find pretty pictures for your blog.

Direct Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/geekingafterdark/Geeking_After_Dark_17.mp3

Show notes:
  • Making a 180 degree GoPro head mount
  • Coincidence: The Great Muppet Caper
  • Pete hates that Amazon searches follow him
  • Bart hates FaceBook because, in part, it's an echo chamber. It also kept screwing with settings
  • Commies are bad, says patriotic 'Muricans
  • Pete makes sure we know he's not a commie sympathizer
  • We have a special guest, Casey! But only because she didn't know it at the time.
  • NSA is spying on Americans
  • Target knows when you're (probably) pregnant
  • So much information about us is out there...
  • Just because some paranoids were right doesn't mean all their ramblings are true
  • Shop for random things to screw with spying algorithms
  • Beware what images you use lest you are sued