2019-10-25
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Introduction to The Software Arts

This episode kicks off a limited series of discussions with Warren Sack centered around his book The Software Arts, MIT Press, forward by John Rajchman

The Software Arts offers an alternative history of software that places the liberal arts at the very center of software’s evolution.

2019-07-29
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Micro Extensions Expand State of Emergency

MicroLEDs, Google Chrome Extensions are more private, macOS is locking things down, Expanse and other shows we are watching, and a post show covering wonderfully geeky PostGraphile.

2019-07-27
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Simplecast - Podcasting and Business Development

Brad Smith (@brad), the founder and CEO of Simplecast, talks with me about the creation of Simplecast from initial musings to venture capital infused growth, and building partnerships. Brad is also an expert on the podcasting landscape and walks us through some wonderful changes that Apple and Google have recently made that should help the podcasting community.
And, of course, this wouldn’t be GeekSpeak if we didn’t get technical – Brad is a geek and is proud of it.

2019-06-30
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Lyle's Back Surgery and Podcasting Conversations

Lyle Troxell and Ben Jaffe about the current state of the Geek Speak podcast, conversation styles, and Lyle’s L5 S1 Back Surgery Fusion with instrumentation.

2019-05-24
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Oruk-hai's Eugenics Star Trek in 1996

New Geek Rich Zurad joins Ben and Lyle to cover the JRR universe badly, the Star Wars vs Star Trek argument, cover some of the podcasts they like, and their pet health problems.

2019-05-16
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Lyle Update from Amsterdam

For the Netflix podcast I did a quick jaunt to Amsterdam – here is an audio-blog type entry of my time there – Lyle.

2019-04-23
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Ben Joins Netflix

Ben Jaffe and Lyle Troxell talk about the culture at Facebook and at Netflix and about vulnerability at work.
Lyle tells a story about doing a branching talk about branching narratives. A quick chat about Star Trek Next Generation and even Ben’s broken dryer.

2019-03-22
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Web Auth; Predicting Wind; Anti-Vax Videos

Wind prediction with AI, Anti-Vax movies pulled from Amazon Prime, Web Authn, and Home Automation and the cloud.

2019-03-07
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Software: Android, Ruby, ORM, & Podcasting

Miles and Lyle chat about software development esp. about Ruby and ORMs which leads to a bit about the GeekSpeak Rails website, podcast chapter marks, recording podcasting, including hardware and budgets. A bit of inside baseball.

2019-03-01
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Fake Images Undergo Existential Crisis

Generative Adversarial Networks are a pattern of Machine Learning that can do some amazing things – in this episode we chat about them effecting our concepts of truth.
And we include an episode of Linear Digressions from Ben and Katie to really explain how GANs really work.

2019-02-23
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Updating Broken Laptops with Bad Languages

Miles walks us through buying a used 2015 MacBook Pro and upgrading it with a better hard drive. And we talk programing languages: Kotlin, Swift, Groovy, Java, Python and more.
It’s a programing rich episode of GeekSpeak.

2019-01-07
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Hacking NES Across Kazakhstan for Better Netflix

Software engineer and “I’ll show it to you at hackday… chap”, Guy Cirino joins Lyle for a chat about hacking at Netflix, driving across Asia, high energy particle physics at CERN, and improving streaming video better for everyone.

2018-12-29
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Computational Medicine

UCLA Health technical project manager Robert Smith joins for a discussion on the state of personalized medicine and computational medicine.

The goal of personal genomics is to move toward being able to interpret each person’s individual genetic sequence, and predict it’s effect on their bodies and health.

2018-11-26
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Supersonic Git Mansplains to Facebook

Some flight in the news, laws managed by git source control – and how awesome collaboration can be using git. A large discussion: does Facebook’s benefit outweigh its drawbacks and how can we make social networks better for society or do they just represent who we are. The geeks chat about Geek Speak being Therapy for Mansplaining.

2018-11-06
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Noble Ape with Tom Barbalet

In 1996 Tom is in Australia dumpster diving to find a computer… he needs this already out-of-date hardware to prove that “you can simulate ecosystems.” For the last 22 years Tom has been maintaining and improving Noble Ape a software “ecosystem” which allows one to simulate life, language, weather, and internal thought.

2018-10-22
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A Wifi Mesh of Meditating on Podcasting

iPhone Max, Meditation, Amplify Mesh, Adobe Apps, Procreate, and Podcasting
“I chat about a few things I am into lately.” – Lyle

2018-09-24
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Robot Apologizes for cutting Antenna with Chainsaw ARM

Japanese robots are hopping around on an asteroid, Linus Torvalds apologizes for being a jerk, and ARM chips have a new trick up their sleeves. All this and more on the latest GeekSpeak.

2018-08-20
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Martian Telescope Senses Wrecked Teslas

A bunch of great news stories from Miles, and a wonderful tail of VR exploration at Siggraph 2018 from Ben.
Plus goat sounds, stories of the geeks hurting each other, and thoughts on existential VR.

2018-07-09
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Hate Speech and Mistrust of Pseudo AI are a matter of Timing

New time, see RBG, Facebook vs Jefferson, AI and Humans, Humans as AI, Humans as resources, Mistrust of tech, AI better then humans medical addition, space mission, CFCs found, and much more with Miles and Lyle.

2018-07-02
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Mapping Database Abuse with Better Apps

Week in News: Police officers fired in California after abusing privacy through large databases. Microsoft gives to OpenStreetMap, Lyle plays with HoloLen, Supercomputers and Linux, and #FamilesBelongTogether bot attack.
And a long form discussion on software/apps/programs performance and change over history with a bit about Podcasting software.

2018-06-29
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Public Domain Brains Program Siri

Digital assistants talking gooder, EU legislating worser, long copyright worstest, cryptocurrencies downing, and spaceships fartherest. These stories and more as the Geeks critique each others’ communication skills and discuss the ability to excel in various areas including programming through nature versus nurture.

2018-05-31
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Zach on Law

Attorney and candidate for Santa Cruz Judge, Zach Schwarzbach geeks out with Lyle about law.

We chat about Public Defender, Bad Choices vs Luck, Prosecution for Manslaughter, Cell Phones – Rights, Cell Bright, No Naked Pics on your Phone, Rational Prosecution, Harassment and Threats, When to Prosecute?, Compassion, Bad guys going free, Social Media Parole, Washington Nationals, Who Decides Defense?, Cell Company Data, Stings and Data, Paranoia and Privacy, Knowing a Crime, Be Polite, Secrecy, Privacy, Liberty, Silence > Lying, Judges – Election, Technical Expert Witness, Tesla Class Action, Swatting Indictment, Digitally Enhanced Anger, Doing Right, Prop 47 & Prop 57, Running for Judge, Metallica Megan, and a close out on Lyle Breaking the Law.

2018-05-25
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Illuminating the Pentagon's Bumper Sticker for Bitcoins

Are the Warriors worth talking about? What is an Astroboffin? A new solution to identity from the Pentagon. AI recognizing cars. Ben tries Siempo. And much much more – including Bitcoin power usage with Cake and Lightbulbs.

2018-04-25
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Augment your Pictures at Ikea

The Geeks often spend time discussing the pitfalls of technology; today they look at some of the upsides.
From microscopes that help find cancer to simpler directions from your mapping app, and even IKEA furniture building robots; Geekpeak is your source for trends in tech.

We also have a great discussion about Git and how it works.

2018-04-15
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Self-driving Robot Fooled by Facebook

The Geeks are back with stories from Self-driving cars to Facebook, Facebook, and Facebook.

2018-04-10
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Avoid Performance Management, Share Things, and Feedback

Interview 2.0 with Michael Lopp (@rands), VP of Engineering at Slack. We chat about the dangers of Performance Management, Speaking Last, the Builder’s High, Front Page of Reddit, Biking Inspiration, Sharing Your Things, Phone Home Screen, some useful apps: 1Password, DarkSky & Wonderground, Strava, Bear App, MarkDown.
Then we get into some Email vs Slack, Slack Tricks and thoughts on Slack for Social and as a knowledge base.
Finally – Spoilers: Last Jedi & Blade Runner

2018-02-23
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Crypto Currencies and the Block Chain

Fellow software engineer Kyle Bahr joins me for a good metaphoric description of Block Chain Tech. Why does Bitcoin burn so much power and are all crypto currencies like that? Also a look at what other neat things are being done using bitcoin technology. And how smart contracts work. Learn a bit about initial coin offerings (ICO) and get a good general understanding of crypto currencies without any math nor too many complex terms.

2018-02-16
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John Barlow Secures Verizon's Bitcoins

This week’s episode is dedicated to John Perry Barlow; Writer, Lyricist, and Internet Freedom pioneer.
On the show we look into Google Chrome’s move to label unsecured sites, Verizon’s trouble with phone thefts, and speak in depth on cryptocurrencies.

2018-02-09
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Japanese Teapot Maps Super Mario

Days after the launch of the world’s smallest orbital rocket SpaceX is set to launch a Tesla Roadster into space. Meanwhile, Strava has accidentally mapped out secret bases around the world, and the Slomo Guys demonstrated the differences in TV technology at 380,000 frames per second.