In This Episode: The Falcon Heavy launch: why put a Tesla up, and the engineering of the whole thing. Google tells webmasters they “have to” make their sites secure (https) by July, or there will be trouble (and what does that mean for users?) The HQ Trivia game, and the ramifications of cheating on it. The Olympic drone squadron: where will it lead? An interesting Amazon-related scam.
This Week’s Hosts
- Randy Cassingham, founder of This is True and the Internet Spam Primer.
- Leo Notenboom, “Chief Question Answerer” at tech education site Ask Leo!
- Gary Rosenzweig host and producer of MacMost, and mobile game developer at Clever Media.
- Longer Bios on the Hosts page.
- SpaceX’s video of the Falcon Heavy test flight launch has been viewed 20 million times (so far).
- Randy mentioned the “Smarter Every Day” video with high-resolution sound — wear your best headphones when you watch this.
- Google Sets Deadline for HTTPS and Warns Publishers to Upgrade Soon (Search Engine Journal)
- The “HQ Trivia” game Gary talked about can be found in both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores (use the store on your phone or tablet). Ars Technica has an article about the game cheating schemes.
- Wired had a big write-up of the Olympic drone show in the opening ceremonies: Inside the Olympics Opening Ceremony World-Record Drone Show
- The news story Randy found about the weird Amazon scam — “brushing”, as Gary calls it: Couple inundated with mystery packages wants it to stop in the Seattle Times.
- All of Gary’s games, including the new Island Golf, can be found on his site, Clevermedia.com.
- Randy’s Honorary Unsubscribe site that was rebuilt this weekend (with a lot of Leo’s help!), and the entry for John Perry Barlow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.