This is our last episode for 2019 – we’ll be back on Monday 27th January 2020! Until then you can catch Phil, Andy and Mark every Monday night from 8pm with our summer series.

Phil Edwards, Andy Blume and Mark Macdowell are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Facebook EU Hurdle

EU agrees tough line on digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra [ITNews]

Labor Suddenly Doesn’t Like Encryption Laws

‘Government broke their promise’: Labor seeks to amend encryption legislation [The Age]

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-attacks-on-broken-promise-encryption-bill-20191203-p53gag [Financial Review]

Telecommunications Amendment (Repairing Assistance and Access) Bill 2019 [Parliament Of Australia]

Medicare Is The New Robodebt

Medicare data matching laws waved through [ITNews]

APS Restructure

Communications dept abolished in APS restructure [ITNews]

A Pos Trophies

Apostrophe Protection Society closes its doors, announcing that ‘the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!’
[ABC News]

Apostrophe society shuts down because ‘ignorance and laziness have won’
[Evening Standard]

The Apostrophe Protection Society

Instagram Influenzers

Instagram to collect ages in leap for youth safety, alcohol ads [ITNews]

Alphabet’s Leadership Change

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin relinquish control of Alphabet to CEO Sundar Pichai [The Verge]

Wallets Ready – Mac Pro Is Almost Here!

Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR orders start December 10 [AppleInsider]

Vale Dorothy Fontana

Star Trek writer and Hollywood trailblazer D.C. Fontana has died [Ars Technia]

Vale René Auberjonois

René Auberjonois, Odo from ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, has died [Mashable]

Vale Andrew “Greedy” Smith

Mental As Anything’s ‘Greedy’ Smith dies aged 63 [The Age]

Vale Carol Spinney

Big Bird actor Caroll Spinney, long-running Sesame Street star, dies aged 85 [ABC News]

Wanker News

Pete Davidson makes fans sign $1M non-disclosure agreement before his comedy shows [Global News]

Fans claim Pete Davidson is demanding $1 million NDAs to attend his shows. Lawyers say that’s a joke. [Washington Post]

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Phil Edwards, Andy Blume and Mark Macdowell are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Tasmania’s mobile phone school ban

Mobile phone ban introduced to public schools in Tasmania [ZDNet]

ACMA’s crackdown on scam calls

ACMA proposes three-point action plan to crack down on phone scams [ZDNet]

Revenue Raising Ideas

Australia’s New South Wales rolls out mobile phone detection cameras [Reuters]

Bad Optus! Naughty Optus!

Optus cops $6.4m fine for dodgy NBN disconnection claims [ITNews]
Optus ordered to pay $6.4 million over misleading NBN disconnection email to customers [ABC News]

ACCC Doesn’t Understand eSims

ACCC to steer clear of eSIM regulations for now [ITNews]

Another Day, Another NBN Thing

NBN pricing review adds new plans, CVC pools, and TCP/IP header overhead [ZDNet]

Indonesia’s AI Public Service

Indonesia proposes to replace public servants with AI [E&T]

Bye Sir Jony

Jony Ive has left Apple [The Verge]

London Leaves A 1-Star Rating

Uber loses London license again but can keep driving for now [CNN]

Vale Clive James

Australian broadcaster and author Clive James dies, aged 80 [The Age]

Not A Lot Of Depp…th

Depp Plans Jacko’s Glove Stage Musical [Dark Horizons]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Carrier pigeon ‘faster’ than internet broadband [The Telegraph]

Lives Lost – Year To Date [TAC]

1992 Telecom Ads with Clive James [YouTube]

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Andy Blume and Mark Macdowell are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Defamalibeslander

Law should treat social media companies as publishers: Attorney-General [The Age]
Social media slurs could put Facebook in the courts under defamation push [ABC News]
Media companies liable for Facebook comments made by others, court finds [The Age]

Borat Hates Facebook

Sacha Baron Cohen Says Social Media Companies Have Created The ‘Greatest Propaganda Machine In History’ [Gizmodo]
A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military [New York Times]

Village Roadshow Shitshow

Roadshow, Netflix seek to block open source Popcorn Time app [Computerworld]

RIP Cloud Print

Google is shutting down its Cloud Print feature in 2020 [The Verge]

Ol’ Musky At It Again

Tesla Cybertruck gets almost 150,000 pre-orders despite being widely mocked [ABC News]
Elon Musk: About 150k orders thus far for Tesla Cybertruck [ITNews]
The Cybertruck Is Good, Fight Me [Gizmodo]
Tesla Cybertruck – They Did Actually Test the Window [Tool & Gadget]

Safer & Privater Porns And Stuff

DoH! Microsoft to build DNS over HTTPS into Windows 10 [IT News]
UK ISP group names Mozilla ‘Internet Villain’ for supporting ‘DNS-over-HTTPS’ [ZDNet]

Oh Japan, You So Crazy

This Japanese hotel room costs $1 a night. The catch? You have to livestream your stay [CNN]

iOS 14 Might Be Less Crap

Apple Reportedly Overhauling Its Software Development Process Following Buggy Release of iOS 13 [MacRumours]

Your Mum Rates Me

Apple killed the option to leave product reviews on its site just as holiday buying starts [Business Insider]
Apple removes all user reviews and ratings from its website [London Case Factory]

Doctor Whom

Your First Thrilling Look At Doctor Who Season 12 Is Here [Gizmodo]

S’all Good, Man

Returning: Better Call Saul [TV Tonight]

Other stuff we mentioned:

A cartoon intro to DNS over HTTPS [Mozilla Hacks]

ADL International Leadership Award Presented to Sacha Baron Cohen at Never Is Now 2019 [YouTube]

One Dollar Hotel [YouTube]

Migrate from Cloud Print to native printing [Google Chrome Enterprise Help]

Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander Visits PM Jacinda Ardern [YouTube]

Inside a Prague Brothel, Where Sex Is Free If You Perform for the Web [Wired]

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Andy Blume, Mark Macdowell and guest host Mark Havas are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

5G, 5x The Stupidity

Telstra calls for government help to combat 5G fears [Computerworld]
The science is clear; we’ve more to fear from baby monitors than 5G [The Sydney Morning Herald]

iVote, youVote, weallVote

Report exposes flaw in iVote system used in NSW election [University Of Melbourne]
Researchers warn further flaws may be found in NSW’s iVote [Computerworld]
iVote online and telephone voting [NSW Electoral Commission]

Free English Internets

British Labour pledges free full-fibre broadband for all premises [IT News]
Labour’s free broadband plan fires up the election battle [The Guardian]

WT:Social

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a Facebook rival social network [ZDNet]

Project Nightingale

Project Nightingale: Google probed over US patient data deal [BBC News]
Google signs healthcare data and cloud computing deal with Ascension [IT News]
Google’s Totally Creepy, Totally Legal Health-Data Harvesting [The Atlantic]

The Surface Pro X Sucks

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro X [Wired]
I tried the Surface Pro X, Microsoft’s slim new $1,000 laptop with long battery life, a brand-new processor, and huge potential [Business Insider]
Hands on: Surface Pro X Review [Trusted Reviews]

16″ Of Macbook

Apple introduces 16-inch MacBook Pro, the world’s best pro notebook [Apple]
16-Inch MacBook Pro Debuts With New Magic Keyboard, Physical Esc Key, Up to 64GB of RAM, and More [MacRumours]

Disney+

The glitchy debut of Disney Plus is the stuff of tech launch nightmares [Washington Post]
With a compelling offering Disney+ enters the Australian streaming wars [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Nine Nine Renewed For Eight Eight

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Snags Early Season 8 Renewal on NBC [Hollywood Reporter]

You’re Jokering, Right?

‘Joker’ to cross $1bn global box office on Friday [ScreenDaily]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Standing Committee On Communications And The Arts – Inquiry Into 5G In Australia – Submissions [Parliament Of Australia]

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Phil Edwards and Andy Blume are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

I Heart Instagram

Instagram will test hiding likes in the US as soon as next week [The Verge]

Horse Stuff

Uber app crashes, stranding thousands at Flemington [The Age]
Drones watch over Victorian train network on Cup Day [Rail Express]
Man, 52, charged over copper robbery that brought trains to a halt [The Age]

NBN is crap: ACCC

Homes connected to NBN via fibre-to-node only getting 80% of speed they paid for [The Guardian]
NBN Co urged to over-provision downlink on all services [ITNews]

AEIOU

CBA, NAB and Telstra to test govt’s new AI ethics doctrine [ITNews]

Goldman Sachs Is Sexist!

Apple Card issuer investigated after claims of sexist credit checks
[The Guardian]
Five Things You Shouldn’t Do If You Want Your Home Loan Approved [Lifehacker]

AT&T Were Naughty

AT&T fined $60 million for throttling ‘unlimited’ data plans [The Verge]

Cinemas Chuck A Tanty

Martin Scorsese struck a deal with Netflix for The Irishman — and cinemas aren’t happy [ABC News]

Ermagherd Ghersberters

Bill Murray’s “Ghostbusters” Return Confirmed [Dark Horizons]

Star Trek

“Obi-Wan” Writer On Why A Series, Not A Film [Dark Horizons]

Other stuff we mentioned:

/r/oldpeoplefacebook [Reddit]

How many days since the Montague Street Bridge has been hit?

Melbourne Cliches [YouTube]

CatGenie

eSim Providers [Apple]

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