GeekNights Mondays: Science Technology Computing

by Rym and Scott - The Front Row Crew · · · CC BY 3.0 · 14 subscribers

This is the weekly Science, Technology, and Computing segment of GeekNights, covering everything from cold fusion to linux servers, cell phones to pseudoscience.

20180205 GeekNights 20180205 - M.2 and You Feb. 6, 2018

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the M.2 form factor and what it means for you. See also: NVMe. In the news, US states are working to protect net neutrality even if the federal government has gutted it, Uber may have sinister long term plans for self- driving car ownership, the Hawaii missile alert was more than just a bad GUI, and Best Buy was still selling CDs. Four of our recent appearances are live on youtube! PAX Unplugged 2017 - Learn and WIN: Carcassonne, PAX South 2018 - Balance in Game Design, [MAGFest 2018 - The 40 ...

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Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the crashiness of Scott's computer. In other news, we're back from back-to-back MAGFest and PAX South (there is video from our PAX South and PAX Unplugged panels), after the longest hiatus in GeekNights history, Microso
20171211 GeekNights 20171211 - Headphones Dec. 12, 2017
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about one of the most ancient topics in our fanbase: headphones. Earbuds are also included. What kind of headphones should you buy? Are more expensive ones actually worth it? All will be revealed. For reference, Rym uses th
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider how one should choose the right technology. Need a new NAS? Trying to decide which video card to buy? Do you really need a 4k monitor? My NAS Research and this episode can help guide you through the process. In the news
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20171030 GeekNights 20171030 - Batteries Oct. 31, 2017
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble battery. Portable power is better than it's ever been, but it has a long way to go. In the news, web sites are stealing your CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrencies and Portugal sees the true dystopia of lost net
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider how WPA is Effed in the A with the KRACK attack. In the news, there is ANOTHER crypto flaw that also broke today affecting Estonian cryptographic IDs. In actual science news, the world of astronomy is forever changed, e
Tonight on spooky GeekNights, we celebrate our inaugural month back in 2005 with a month of themed episodes! Thus, scary stories of technology (whatever that means). In the news, Scott had some apples at an apple fest, helpdesk hacking, and a geekbite of
20170918 GeekNights 20170918 - Equifax and Apple Sept. 19, 2017
Tonight on GeekNights, we planned to talk about portable electricity. Unfortunately, we went long talking about the egregious Equifax data breach affecting millions of Americans, some of the Apple news around iPhone 8/X and iWatch 3, and a shocking turn
Tonight on GeekNights, we don't do a tech news roundup, but we basically do a tech news roundup based on suggested topics from the listener. We will possibly alter the format of the Monday show, so let us know your thoughts. In the news, Intel Launches 8
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the AV tech used in panels and other public speaking scenarios. Just in the last few years, some important things have changed (e.g., you can no longer rely on presenters OR venues having VGA). In the news, vile peopl
20170724 GeekNights 20170724 - Passwords July 25, 2017
Tonight on GeekNights, in light of updated NIST guidelines for password best practices, we talk about the current state of passwords in 2017. Sure, 2-factor is important and so forth, but what about the passwords themselves? Are you using passphrases ins
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the new employee who accidentally trashed the company's (not backed up) production database, and how it is literally 100% not his fault. Separation of duties my friend. In the news, we might be coming up on the Age of
20170501 GeekNights 20170501 - DRM May 2, 2017
Tonight on GeekNights, we shockingly have never talked about DRM (Digital Rights Management) despite it being one of the primary things we were mad about between 1992 and 2002. The landscape is a little different these days, but Encrypted Media Extension
20170417 GeekNights 20170417 - PC Cooling April 18, 2017
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the current state of PC cooling and a little bit of the history around it. It's a golden age, and the consumer market has got your back. In the news, Nvidia releases beta Pascal GPU drivers for hackintoshes, and cops
20170403 GeekNights 20170403 - Build vs Buy April 4, 2017
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the problem of "Not Invented Here" and how to decide if you should build or buy. In the news, RAM is getting faster, Optane blurs the line, and Firefox drops support for ALSA. GeekNights will be live at Zenkaikon!
Tonight on GeekNights, it's a tech news roundup for March 2017! Cloudbleed caused a severe security breach for anyone using CloudFlare. The Internet of Things is rife in backdoors and poor security as always. CRTs are dying the true death, yet their corp
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Tonight on GeekNights, on our 11th anniversary show, we talk about the big DDOS that hit the US while Rym was in Sydney. In the non-spoopy news, the new Macbooks are underwhelming, and you can be hacked via your microphones and speakers. Don't use OpenDN