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Options July 9, 2018: Less texting, more hugging: Mobile Steam Unit sings songs about tech.

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This week: Mobile Steam Unit, playing songs about tech, recorded recently in Studio B.

Pointers to Mobile Steam Unit:

Mobile Steam Unit's Bandcamp page

• @MobileSteamUnit on Twitter

Official website ("We Make Business Music")

Kanan Indian Restaurant: the video (pitching Kanan Indian Restaurant on a jingle for their voice mail message)

Recent tech news:

A fitness app exposed sensitive location details for thousands of users including soldiers and secret agents (Business Insider, July 9): mirroring the Strava breach - covered on the Feb. 5 Techtonic episode - the Polar fitness app "had security flaws exposing the location data of its users, according to a joint investigation . . . this included the location details of soldiers and secret agents." Moral of the story: Check your settings. Better yet, delete all surveillance apps from your phone.

Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail (WSJ, July 2): "Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to 'remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.' But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services . . . Letting employees read user emails has become 'common practice' for companies that collect this type of data." Solution: Delete your Gmail account. Sign up instead with a trusted email provider like FastMail or ProtonMail. See this helpful list of alternatives to Google products.

Tim Berners-Lee says the Web has become 'anti-human' (Vanity Fair, July 1): Tim Berners-Lee: "the Web has failed instead of serving humanity, as it was supposed to have done, and [has] failed in many places.” The increasing centralization of the Web, he says, has "ended up producing - with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform - a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human."

Can Facebook clean up its act? (The Guardian, July 7): Security researcher points out a recent "data leak that saw personal information of 120 million users of a popular quiz app (nametests.com) exposed to attackers. He says that issues like that remain common on the site." Privacy activist Aral Balkan says about Facebook: "What we have here is a factory farm for human beings, that has been publicly humiliated for how it treats its livestock, running internal audits to avoid future PR disasters."

HBO Must Get Bigger and Broader, Says Its New Overseer: John Stankey, Warner Media CEO, speaking about his plans for HBO: “I want more hours of engagement. Why are more hours of engagement important? Because you get more data and information about a customer that then allows you to do things like monetize through alternate models of advertising as well as subscriptions, which I think is very important to play in tomorrow’s world.”

Survival of the Richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind, by Douglas Rushkoff (Medium, July 5): "It’s a reduction of human evolution to a video game that someone wins by finding the escape hatch and then letting a few of his BFFs come along for the ride. Will it be Musk, Bezos, Thiel . . . Zuckerberg? These billionaires are the presumptive winners of the digital economy — the same survival-of-the-fittest business landscape that’s fueling most of this speculation to begin with."

• Anton Troynikov: "Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union:
- waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality
- promises of colonizing the solar system while you toil in drudgery day in, day out
- living five adults to a two room apartment
- being told you are constructing utopia while the system crumbles around you"
...read the whole thread.

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Use Design to Trick You Into Handing Over Your Data, New Report Warns (Gizmodo, June 28): "A study from the Norwegian Consumer Council dug into the underhanded tactics used by Microsoft, Facebook, and Google to collect user data." Here's the PDF of the study, "Deceived by Design."

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Artist Track Album Comments Images Approx. start time
  Singing songs about tech: Mobile Steam Unit visits Studio B to play the first musical set aired on Techtonic.
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Options Machinarium Soundtrack   
  Mark's intro      
  Mobile Steam Unit - June 26, 2018      
0:14:45 (MP3 | )
Mobile Steam Unit  Your Working Boy   Options Live in Studio B on June 26, 2018      0:16:50 (MP3 | )
Mobile Steam Unit  Sex with OS   Options Live in Studio B on June 26, 2018      0:21:07 (MP3 | )
Mobile Steam Unit  Welcome to Kanan   Options Live in Studio B on June 26, 2018      0:28:27 (MP3 | )
Mobile Steam Unit  Microsoft Office Suite   Options Live in Studio B on June 26, 2018      0:30:38 (MP3 | )
Mobile Steam Unit  Less Texting   Options Live in Studio B on June 26, 2018      0:38:12 (MP3 | )
  Your calls and comments 201-209-9368      
0:43:30 (MP3 | )
Percival Pembroke  Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0   Options A Course in the Theory of Drones  Available on the Free Music Archive 
0:56:28 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:01pm listener james from westwood:

Evening, Mark and all!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:02pm ultradamno:

Hello, techtonys!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:03pm Bas NL:

Hi Mark & Techtoneros!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:04pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hey there, Mark and Techtocrats!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:05pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:05pm chris:

hi, Mark and techtonites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:06pm chris:

Mark, glad you saw that vanity fair article with Berners-Lee. Solid looks like an interesting platform concept. looking forward to learning more as it is developed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:06pm Bas NL:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:07pm Webhamster Henry:

How many were about BLOCKCHAIN?
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:08pm Fredericks:

Hey, my fellow Techtites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:12pm common:

Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:12pm northguineahills:

When I was help developing the Nike+ app, we made sure that all of the GPS jogging routes were anonymous. Only if a runner deliberately shared said run route would any one know. That said, that was almost 7 years ago.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:14pm jgrosch:

Linux + thunderbird + enigmail + gpg
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:16pm geezerette:

Good idea to reward small ethical developers by using their products.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:18pm northguineahills:

W/O FB, that's one less tool I have for stalking! ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:20pm Bas NL:

Tim Berners-Lee was one of many just countering new European copyright laws. It was rejected in the EU parliament, but probably will be slightly changed and accepted in the long run. Then it's big brother checking and controlling everything on the web.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:21pm northguineahills:

@jgrosch: Did you see that the Cascadia soccer team made the quarterfinals of the ConIFA World Cup? (knocked out by eventual winners Kárpátalja).
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:22pm geezerette:

Jaron Lanier worth listening to or reading.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:23pm geezerette:

Wow, I really like these guys!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:23pm ultradamno:

Almost sounded like a Roxy tune.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:24pm northguineahills:

what ultradamno said....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:24pm chris:

read much Lanier back in the late 90's as i was writing a mini-thesis on ethics of computer use, geezerette. he's a really smart guy, to say the least.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:25pm Pen:

I'm looking at GMAIL alternatives.. feels like everything is a security risk.. trusting one company over another? trusting internet companies not to read your data.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:25pm Webhamster Henry:

I saw [her]! It was good in a lot of ways, a little off in others. Fun Fact: ScarJo's part was dubbed in later!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:26pm Buffalo's Tom:

These guys exceed my expectations. Reminding me of Squeeze a bit.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:27pm ultradamno:

Do they have a Facebook page ;D
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:27pm geezerette:

Chris, he is, and he's gotten disenchanted as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:28pm Webhamster Henry:

How about a MySpace page? I'm suggesting people move to deprecated and struggling social media to avoid getting Big Data'd.
I suppose you can run FIDOnet over VOIP!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:29pm jgrosch:

Pen: have you looked at riseup.net ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:29pm Webhamster Henry:

If you use a Flip Phone to video those phone users, you win!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:29pm geezerette:

Chris, impressed by your thesis subject so early in the history.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:32pm chris:

thanks, geez. i'm sure it sounds better than it read, in the end. :) i was inspired by a study i took part in (in the early 90's?) which was looking at computer-mediated communication. and of course, being a computer geek who was studying philosophy, that kind of made the connection for me.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:34pm ultradamno:

Well, now I want curry.
  Mon. 7/9/18 6:34pm queems:

this is fucking hilarious
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:35pm geezerette:

Hey, it's reassuring to know not everyone drank the kool-aid.
There was so much pressure to think uncritically.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:36pm geezerette:

...I want curry too. :D
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:37pm northguineahills:

Speaking of, I'm trying to startup MS Excel, and it's shatting itself....
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:37pm dale:

this is 'take this job and shove it' for the new millenium.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:38pm geezerette:

Excel at selling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:38pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Microsoft? Ick, sell!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:39pm geezerette:

dale,hahaha! :D
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:39pm ultradamno:

I could see this song getting worked into an episode of Corporate, similar humor.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:40pm βrian:

My latest edition of Office is 2008. Don't get much use out of it, really.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:41pm geezerette:

Ken FHP , NGH, howdy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:41pm Bas NL:

(I've actually installed Office on a PC today..)
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:41pm dale:

i'd like their take on powerpoint.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:43pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, geeze. Hot like fire out there today?
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:43pm northguineahills:

Usually, most updates to MS Office are crap, and 2010 is the last one I'd recommend. (have to use it for work).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:43pm Webhamster Henry:

For a while the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup has these guys ("Ads") making up songs about Tech subjects (mostly related to the meetup speakers)
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:45pm northguineahills:

Why does Mobile Steam Unit remind me of G Love and Special Sauce?
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:45pm dale:

since their songs are about corporate bolonga shouldn't they be called 'mobile shredding unit?' it works on a couple of levels.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:45pm Michael 98145:

must be the late-night rubbin
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:45pm northguineahills:

bleepblorp, geezerette!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:45pm geezerette:

Ken, its hot humid. We got your weather a week later.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:47pm geezerette:

NGH, back atcha! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:47pm Bas NL:

Thanks Mobile Steam Unit!!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:48pm northguineahills:

happy thanks mobile steam unit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:49pm Ken From Hyde Park:

You're sending their performance to Cheyenne for FMA purposes, Mark?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:51pm Webhamster Henry:

Microsoft Offense?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:51pm Bas NL:

I stopped at Office 2010 too.. ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:54pm Bas NL:

Mars is good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:55pm melinda:

The whole Mars thing makes me nuts.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:55pm geezerette:

two words: Ayn Rand.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:55pm Webhamster Henry:

The Rich are Just Not Rich Enough!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Those rich folks have the mega-yachts where they can float around the oceans.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:57pm northguineahills:

Ok, the Troynikov thread is totally a bookmark!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:58pm ultradamno:

Hey! A Fibonacci sink m.imgur.com...
  Mon. 7/9/18 6:59pm SeanG:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:59pm melinda:

Yay, that will be good.
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:59pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:59pm chris:

woah! that's really cool, Mark. kudos and yay!
Avatar Mon. 7/9/18 6:59pm ultradamno:

Thanks Mark and MSU, good show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 6:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 7/9/18 7:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Catch you next Week, Techys!
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