GeekSpeak for 2014-11-15

Telling the Truth About E.T.'s Net Neutrality

Miles and Bonnie debate about extravagance, subjective value, when not to tell the truth about lying, and other tech ethics.

Successful Kickstarter campaign provides hope for audiocreatives

We are a collective of amazing storytelling radio shows. Let’s remake public radio together.

Theory of Everything podcast to feature mini-series, the Dislike Club

The theory of everything is a founding member of Radiotopia, the world’s best podcast network. And we are midway through our Kickstarter. We made our 250,000 goal in one week! But our work is not done. We want to change radio forever. We want to create more shows and a viable ecosystem so that we can all thrive.

City raises $36,000 selling nearly 100 trashed cartridges

Atari landfill cartridges sell for up to $1,500 each at auction.

Doing science with Philae’s limited power budget

Probe is still alive, and most instruments will get the chance to collect data.

FCC calls AT&T’s fiber bluff

AT&T claims net neutrality forced it to “pause” fiber builds it never started.

Polygraph.com owner indicted for training customers to beat the polygraph

“I can teach you how to pass, nervous or not, no matter what.”

Why your fingerprints may not be unique

Assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be identified through a computer database is flawed, says Home Office expert Mike Silverman

Fingerprints aren’t proof

Despite its aura of infallibility, courtroom claims of fingerprints’ uniqueness are slowly receding

How 18 inmates at California’s notorious San Quentin prison learn to code

Forget making license plates: Select group now taught HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

A rare peek at San Quentin prison—and its newbie coders

Usually cameras are not allowed inside San Quentin State Prison, but for a special media event such as the one held on Thursday, an exception was made. Reporters were treated to about two hours inside the prison and got a chance to meet and interact with inmates one-on-one.

HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

HBO and Warner Bros. TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy that will be written and produced by “Interstellar” writer Jonathan Nolan, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

After last week’s election, it didn’t look like Congress was going to do much legislating during the rest of this year’s lame duck session; however, a Wednesday evening announcement suggests that at least one big bill may be heading for a vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nev.) indicated that he filed a procedural motion on the USA FREEDOM Act, meaning the bill could get an up-or-down vote in the Senate as early as next week. If the legislation passes the Senate it could become the law of the land before the end of the year.