In This Episode: How to tell if click-bait stories are worth paying attention to. Amazon Web Services accidentally reveals GoDaddy internal “trade secret” documents. New AI finds who was overlooked by Wikipedia — and it’s mostly women.
This Week’s Hosts
- Randy Cassingham, founder of the Internet’s oldest entertainment newsletter, This is True.
- 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.
- In the warmup, Gary’s back from his trip through Central Europe by rail to see Venice, Vienna, Budapest and Prague, and he visited a Globe Museum and the Apple Museum. Randy is still trying to sell his house, and buy a new one. And Leo finished Orange is the New Black (NO SPOILERS!), and fired up the latest World of Warcraft expansion on Monday’s release.
- Breach of the Week: Amazon Web Services is in more places than you might think. Example? Leo talked about an AWS error that exposed GoDaddy business secrets. (Wait: GoDaddy uses AWS?! ZDNet) As part of that discussion, who are the biggest cloud storage providers? Amazon is not number one. A different ZDNet article says who.
- Randy talked about a new Artificial Intelligence application that has spotted 40,000 “prominent” scientists that were overlooked by Wikipedia — mostly women. It even writes a draft article when it finds one! (The Verge)
- Gary outlined his 3-point test for whether to pay attention to click-baity articles, such as this one on “Zero Day” exploits, which claims there’s a new Apple macOS vulnerability paves the way for system compromise with a single click. Yeah, probably not. Gary’s criteria: 1. Does it require physical access to the machine? 2. Does it require that you are already logged in to a user account? 3. Does it require that malware already be installed on the machine? If so, probably not a big deal when it comes to the real world. Leo responded with his 2-point test: 1) How Likely is it to impact real users? 2) Is there something users can do about it? If not, chill!
- And as we wound down, Gary started work on 11th edition of his best-selling book, My iPad. Randy installed an outdoor antenna to flood his back yard with WiFi, thanks to the less-than-$80 EnGenius Access Point/Bridge (and with 2 of them, you can do multi-mile point-to-point).