Half Life 3: Unconfirmed

Episode 17 · March 14th, 2018 · 1 hr 39 mins

About this Episode

Folks, I'm just going to say it: this episode is long. We opted for a longer news segment and no deep dive because there was a lot to cover but we've got some awesome things to talk about. Microsoft hates recycling, Disney hates movie rentals, you should definitely hate Facebook's VPN, Twitter bots, and more!

Microsoft seeks damages against e’waste recycler Eric Lundgren:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2018/02/15/eric-lundgren-e-waste-recycling-innovator-faces-prison-for-trying-to-extend-lifespan-of-pcs/?utm_term=.722f77067106

Disney loses to Redbox in suit over re-selling download codes
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/21/17036932/disney-redbox-lawsuit-star-wars-marvel-pixar-digital-downloads
Disney and Redbox might accidently reshape copyright law
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/judge-slaps-down-disney-effort-to-stop-resale-of-star-wars-download-codes/

Facebook’s VPN service is exactly as intrusive as you (hopefully) think it is:
https://gizmodo.com/do-not-i-repeat-do-not-download-onavo-facebook-s-vam-1822937825

FCC says space startup launched satellites without permission
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/10/17102888/the-fcc-says-a-space-startup-launched-four-tiny-satellites-into-orbit-without-permission

Twitter battles the bot barrage:
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/twitter-suspends-thousands-of-accounts-for-bot-behavior-some-cry-censorship/

Anroid P Dev Preveiew 1 Released
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/03/hands-on-with-android-p-is-this-the-beginning-of-a-new-design-language/

GitHub survived the Largest DDOS attack in history
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/us-service-provider-survives-the-biggest-recorded-ddos-in-history/

Ghostery is now open source
https://github.com/ghostery/ghostery-extension

Copyright vs. Historical Preservation:
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/preservation-or-theft-historians-publishers-argue-over-dead-game-servers/

Goodyear develops tires for Electric Cars’ Torque problems
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/goodyear-tire-concept-electric-car-problems-ev/

Linux Apps for ChromeOS
https://www.developer-tech.com/news/2018/feb/27/project-crostini-chrome-os-support-linux-apps/

Artifact “First of several new games” from Valve according to Gabe
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/03/10/artifact-the-first-of-several-new-games-from-valve-according-to-gabe-newell/

Cellebrite claims ability to unlock ANY iphone
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/02/cellebrite-can-unlock-any-iphone-for-some-values-of-any/

Vulkan Coming to macOS and iOS, not by Apple
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/vulkan-is-coming-to-macos-ios-but-no-thanks-to-apple/

California Allows Driverless Cars without Human Babysitters
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/california-now-allows-driverless-cars-without-any-human-safety-drivers/