GeekSpeak for 2016-01-30

Netflix Takes Broadband to the Broken Screen

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Netflix will do more to stop customers from bypassing country restrictions, Miles fixes his laptop screen, Donald Rumsfeld makes an iOS solitaire game based off of Winston Churchill’s design, and more week in geek news.

Facebook Adding Tor support on Android

We created a Tor onion address at https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/ in 2014 to make it easier for people to connect to Facebook securely from Tor-enabled browsers. This change increased the security of Tor connections to Facebook by eliminating steps that required traffic to travel beyond the cryptographic assurances provided by the Tor network.

Netflix VPN Story

Netflix has previously seemed content to allow these services to operate a cottage industry around its catalogs, like tiny fish cleaning the teeth of a huge whale, an insignificant distraction to the larger enterprise. But Netflix executives have now changed their approach. Earlier this month David Fullagar, Netflix VP of content delivery architecture, promised a change, stating that “in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are.”

GOP senators want lower Internet speeds to qualify as “broadband“ | Ars Technica

A year after the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of broadband Internet to include only faster speeds, Republicans in Congress are still mad about the decision.

Fixing a Laptop Screen

Miles tells a story of fixing his MacBook Pro screen…

Hacker accused of trying to frame reporter for buying heroin pleads guilty | Ars Technica

In the previous articles, Krebs explained that Vovnenko established a bitcoin fund so that members of his hacking forum could donate money. Once it reached a balance of $200, the hacker bought heroin through the then-bustling Silk Road online drug emporium. By then, Krebs had already alerted the FBI and local police to the plot, so charges were never filed against Krebs.

All the naked-eye planets will be in the sky at the same time.

If you get up very early over the next couple of weeks, there’s a treat waiting for you outside: All five naked-eye planets known since antiquity are visible in the dawn sky at once.

At 83, I Decided to Develop an App — Medium

My involvement in this game — an incredibly devilish version of solitaire — starts with one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century at one of the most tumultuous times in world history. This is that story.

Ground Hog Day

The middle segment of this show was repeated 3 times. The first two times I didn’t have the recorder running. Can you tell that we had had this conversation three times?

Video of Editing this Episode and Ben and Lyle talking the mistake


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