Pentagonal Episode 18: Meltdown and Spectre

Pentagonal Episode 18: Meltdown and Spectre
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Jake and Cristian talk about meltdown, spectre, Google Play ad creepiness, HID USB attacks, and Alexa Police integrations.

Show Notes:

00:00:31 – Meltdown and Spectre
00:17:53 – Android Games Listening To What You’re Watching On TV
00:25:15 – HID USB Attacks
00:31:54 – Alexa Police Integrations

Meltdown & Spectre:

Android Games Listening To What You’re Watching On TV:

HID USB Attacks:

Alexa Police Integrations:

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Transposable Episode 14: Rompto With Prompto

Transposable Episode 14: Rompto With Prompto
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Ace and Cristian take a look back at every single episode of Transposable so far in the 2017 year end episode. Awoo!

CW: Gender Discussion, Food, Chat App Discourse, Slight Abuse Mentions, Shitty Gamers

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Transposable Episode 13: The Great Chat App Discourse

Transposable Episode 13: The Great Chat App Discourse
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This week on Transposable, uhhhhhh we discourse for about 2 hours on chat apps. This is the discourse to end all discourses.

Show Notes:

A list of all the apps we mentioned today:

  • Wire
  • Signal
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook Messenger
  • SMS
  • WhatsApp
  • iMessage
  • Viber
  • Kik
  • Discord
  • Teamspeak
  • Mumble
  • Line
  • Wechat
  • Telegram
  • Riot
  • Matrix
  • Tox
  • IRC
  • Email
  • *SCREAMS*
  • Omegle
  • Reddit DMs (why the fuck????)
  • Tumblr DMs (uhhhh)
  • Twitter DMs (lemme get some nudes!!)
  • Masto DMs (whom’st the nudes????)
  • Google docs chat?
  • All 27 of googles chat apps
  • Slack
  • Skype
  • Games chat

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Pentagonal Episode 17: Still Better Than Android

Pentagonal Episode 17: Still Better Than Android
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This week on Pentagonal we talk about Apple’s recent security woes and email tracking. We also uhhh talk about uhhh AI generated faceswapping adult videos????

Show Notes:

00:02:25 – Apple’s Recent Security Woes
00:21:50 – Email Tracking
00:38:16 – Faceswapping AI Porn Videos???

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Transposable: Riff Along: Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Part 1

Transposable: Riff Along: Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Part 1
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This week on Transposable, we try something different. This episode is intended to be played alongside cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Ventus’ story. If you like this test, send us some feedback!

Show Notes:

00:02:10 – Opening Cutscene
00:04:50 – Land of Departure
00:27:55 – Dwarf Woodlands
00:37:10 – Castle of Dreams

 

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Valley Drag Episode 5: Cryptocurrencies

Valley Drag Episode 5: Cryptocurrencies
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This week on Valley Drag, we take a look at Cryptocurrencies.

Show Notes:

  • Terms:
    • Cryptocurrency just money whose transactions are secured by encryption.
    • Blockchain A distributed ledger of transactions. This is what allows bitcoin and other altcoins to be decentralized (they’re not tied to a government or a bank or any one person distributing the currency). In blockchains, every node in a network has access to the entire global ledger, and anytime a transaction anywhere happens, the global ledger must be updated and the change propagated to all nodes. Given that blockchains are peer-to-peer, modifying the history is extremely difficult, because you would need a majority of the network to agree on the change. Because blockchains are distributed and track every single transaction globally, they’re constantly growing in size.
    • Mining Individuals help maintain the blockchain by solving” blocks (finding a specific value required to validate a block of transactions) . This is a way of distributing the calculations needed to verify transactions. A miner who successfully generates the solution for a block is awarded with newly generated bitcoin. 
    • Fiat currency currency with no intrinsic value. Most currency these days is. US Dollars used to be directly fixed to specific weights of gold (making it Representative currency), but it no longer is. Basically, exchange rates depend on speculation about value, not on actual direct value.
  • Big fish, focused on speculation
    • Bitcoin
    • Ethereum
  • Concerns
    • Extremely wasteful power consumption https://powercompare.co.uk/bitcoin!
    • Totally based on speculation; people are rarely actually using it for anything other than playing exchange markets.
    • Mining is really problematic
      •  favors people who have money to buy or rent high end computers
      • it’s totally blown up the GPU market, creating shortages and driving up prices 
    • Systems are still hard to get in to. You have to pay through exchanges.
  • Different approaches
    • Ripple / Stellar
      • Focus on the ledger and payment protocols, supporting sending near-free transactions representing any type of value, not on the coin specifically. Stellar builds on a decentralized consensus protocol, allowing the network verify transactions much more quickly and cheaply than say bitcoin does. This addresses the concerns over waste. Also not based on mining, so no more shitty techbros.
    • Faircoin.
  • Cryptocurrencies do not solve that base issue with currencies in 2017 which is that you have to work to get the money and not everyone is in a position of being able to actively participate in the workforce.

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Alpha Centauri Episode 2: Kennedy Told Us About The Beacons

Alpha Centauri Episode 2: Kennedy Told Us About The Beacons
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This week on Alpha Centauri we answer your science questions! “What framerate does the human eye percieve the world as?” “How hard is it to identify what chemical substances are in, say, a random sample of powder? How do things like TSA itemizers do this?” and “Is it possible to increase bandwidth by sending both a horizontal and vertical polarized signal with different data on the same frequency?” are all discussed!

Show Notes:

00:00:00 – Hello! ()
00:01:16 – What framerate does the human eye percieve the world as?
00:21:19 – uhhhh jorts?
00:28:26 – jOrts????!!!!!
00:33:18 – How do things like TSA itemizers work?
00:42:02 – Is it possible to increase bandwidth by sending both a horizontal and vertical polarized signal?
01:00:40 – Goodbye

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Transposable Episode 11: Streams!

Transposable Episode 11: Streams!
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This week on Transposable we talk about streaming. Twitch drama, Mixer streams, steam refunds, and general gamer bullshit is discussed.

CW: Gamers, Food, Sexism

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Pentagonal Episode 16: Please Message Us If You Like Skype For Business

Pentagonal Episode 16: Please Message Us If You Like Skype For Business
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This week on Pentagonal we have some follow up on Amazon Key and Facebook Nudes. Equihax comes back from the dead. Plus we laugh at Google again and talk about a questionable Face ID Hack.

CW: Light discussion of gross internet things people who scan Facebook for content that folks upload to the service.

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Transposable Episode 10: Accessibility

Transposable Episode 10: Accessibility
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This week on Transposable we take a look at accessibility and why it matters. The web, social networks, mobile platforms, and games are all looked at.

Spoiler: It matters.

CW: General Conversation Around Abuse.

Show Notes:

Web Browsers:

Games:

Desktop:

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