A Win For Paranoid Pessimism

August 13, 2012
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Bleu, Jeff, and Sean dig into some meaty topics for this week’s Universal Geek.  Bleu provides a special report on Wizard World in Chicago, Jeff gives a report on an intrusive facial recognition system utilized by state and city governments called Trapwire. It is enough to make you think every crazy conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard might be true.

Geek News Shownotes

CONVENTIONS, GATHERINGS, SEMINARS

Wizard World (Bleu)
Brom
Tim Burton’s (almost) Superman
Krampus
– Upcoming Kickstarter Art Book
Greg Capullo
The upcoming Return of the Joker

GEEK ENTERTAINMENT

Song Reader: A new album from Beck Hansen (Bleu)

INTERNET, PRIVACY, CYBERCRIME

Is Fan Art/Fan Fic Legal?(s)
Are Pirates the New Witches (s)
Mat Honan details the Amazon and Apple security flaws that let hackers wipe his MacBook (Bleu)
http://lifehacker.com/5831160/use-virtual-credit-card-numbers-to-shop-safely-online-keeping-in-mind-the-downsides

Abraxis Corporation, TrapWire and AntiLeaks – probably best saved for another show, as this is a very large story. (Jeff)

If I seem paranoid it’s because I am, in fact, being watched.

CORPORATE NEWS

APP.net – Would You Pay For Twitter (s)

SCIENCE, SPACE

Curiosity Gets Software Upgrade(s)

GEEK PRODUCTS

Wearable Tech (Bleu)
How To Reimagine Wearable Technology
MetaWatch STRATA: the Smartwatch for the iPhone 4S & Android

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