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Material 173: In Protest of the Notch
Uh-huh. Good morning afternoon or evening. Please delete as Hello there. This is the material podcast. I e the one hundred seventy third episode fair of and I am India not go and I am Florence ion. And I say, say a prayer for my poor, like these these hands, these working class ends that I depend on for my livelihood because I do almost all my typing with it because I got, I got accepted into projects project stream a couple of days ago. So be able to like stream the new version of us asan's creed through a chrome browser. So they you accept a couple days ago. I just got accepted today. Clearly, there's a hierarchy here when you sign up. I don't know. Probably after you, I think after definitely after you told me about it because I had missed the initial announcement and I kinda wish it was another game beside assassin's creed. There was sorry opinion. It was well. No, it was a. I played it. I've been playing it and it's very, very stabby game. Very, very stabby. I mean, I have to tell you, I love it just so my favorite thing to play these kind of games, they love to play like the rogue character. Usually it's the character who gets takes on like the backstabbing abilities, you know, like the pickpocketing abilities, that sort of thing because I do love powerful, backstop and kill. It is really. Oh boy. This is why we need video games. By the way. This is your don't have the guts to fight a real war. You got to look into their eyes and see that last flicker of life during from their face. I don't wanna actually be faced with mortality or terra mortality of somebody else anyway. But yes, this season's cre- just like story line and just because I'm like personally over blockbuster games, I'm just personally kind of over it because I've lived through a lot of these cycles of, you know how they keep remaking stars born. Okay. Well, I'm going to play my my absolutely irrelevant to the conference to to Google technology card here. It's that's a hard movie to really nail down and but when you when you see how close you can get to it. Okay. When you when you see the Judy girl inversion and you're like, wow, if only they hadn't killed it in the editing, that could have been wonderful. And then when it gets to the Kris Kristofferson Barbra Streisand version, which is more like an extended move music video and Streisand's you long. Yeah, that was. It was in way to Streisand e for my tastes. But but it is. It is. It is in the buzz right now. Basically, every podcast I've listened to talked about star is star is born and now you are listening it listening to here on the material. Everyone. That's that's fine. Listen, I'm a big fan of the Gago. I haven't seen the movie yet. I look forward to seeing the movie with the Gaga, but I have mostly about Briley Cooper's character, which kind of bums me out. See, I don't know. I haven't read anything any spoiler sort of like reviews of it, but the the, the idea of the the, the idea of changing it just a little bit so that it's not like the start, the beginning of the movie. The guy just has absolute like nightmare, train wreck that is inevitable to crash and the idea of saying, well, maybe he is kind of train wreck, but he has some principles that sort of don't help him avoid being to becoming train wreck. And it's all just so much. It's all just so much. You know what else is still watches, evacuate have to sign up for Ubisoft account to play this assassin's creed. I think that's unfair. I shouldn't have to sign up for an account. I already have Google account. Let me add true. What was the problem? But I, I had a sign of for newbie soft account to create this new wing. Personally annoys me when I have to sign up for something to sign into something that I've already had two signed into. That's the point the my problem was having to choose like a choosen name, big that would be displayed other people because normally I go by my just use my use my own name because gamer handle. Yeah, it's it's going to be bad enough that I'm going to be murdered by like eight year olds and eleven year olds. The idea of say, hey, not go, you stink, not go, it's okay. If I say, you know, ca captain banana had counted the banana had well, you should. You should kill yourself because you're so because you you get killed off and captain banana hat, and I can sort of, I can sort of let that slide because you know, it's it's, I'm not apt in, but in after whose captain had they're talking about now, I'm really wishing I'd chosen captain banana had because that's kind of a cool. Mine is usually flow Sieff which is like across between flow and Joseph. Don't you end and it's it's out makes you sound like a male rapper. Your name is Joseph and you're, you, may you maintain the flow? Oh, yeah. I guess I didn't think about that. I was actually going for something a little more biblical idealize play RPG's so or flower flowers. And other one I like to use anyway. Now that wealth. Okay. People who are kind of curious about how well the extreme works. I'm pretty impressed. It's it does go. I'll say that. I don't have a USB controller and I'm trying to. I can't decide whether playing it with a track ped- slash mouse or keyboard blows worse, which which of these two are the worst. So I did like after playing with him for about a half hour like actually leap on Amazon and order myself an XBox controller which is writing tomorrow, so I can go more stabby with with with the game. But in terms of those around anyway, I just feel like for what we do, you should just always have one, just it just looks better I think than taking the seriously. But I, I have very very, I have Verizon files here the office how it's schmancy, but it's but it's not like I've got like, you know, t- it's not like I got a Jillian gigabyte gigabit kind of connectivity. It works fine and I didn't even. I was. So excited about accepting this invitation filling out. I didn't bother to shutdown like eleven, Jillian, extra tabs in my chrome browser. I just went and I'll be darned. It's like the opening the the opening cut scenes played perfectly when it got into the game where obviously it's on like really, really, really, really super easy mode where you just keep clicking the mouse button and you'll be you're in sort of like a big, you know, fight army against army. Yeah. And you're just like you gotta speier and you've every time you press the mouse button. Like what? Whatever, whatever, whatever, I won't say bad, bad guy because they're just an opposing side, posing philosophy, they they didn't. They're not responsible for the acts of diplomacy failure. Gore and murder. Exactly. There was well murder. We shouldn't. We shouldn't impose our own morality on ideal on sky REM fake people, two thousand years before us. Okay. I do understand what people out of a good. It can't be cathartic at the end of a certain video games, bus exist in society to help humans not act out in real life. Thank you everyone for coming to the session just. Just blowing off a little bit of steam. It's just a little bit, you know, but the the frame rate was amazing. It was it the it also it's not. It doesn't even feel like you're, you're using the chrome browser in full screen mode at feels like you're playing like an actual locally run game so much so that you it gets kind of got a little bit frustrating, but I wanted to stop being in the game and wanted to go back to my browser is you have to type escape twice after go to full screen. But the frame rate was amazing, only stuttered once at felt like the sort of thing where some background process was taking needed was desperate for attention from the CPU and four like half a second. It was like it's slowed down a little bit, but then cut back up again. I'm sure that people who are more serious gamers than I would say. The people who use not only wired controllers as opposed to wireless, but want to. Absolutely. No. How many strands of copper are in each signal wire of the wired controller to get the maximum performance? I have no idea, but yeah, it's it looked. It was very, very enticing and I wouldn't. I I'd be more into the like sort of Cup head sort of game than against Abby stabby stabby, but it shunts got something that's got some going here. I think I'm going to get used to be a lot of us out of my twenty four dollar Amazon basics, XBox compatible, USB controller. By the way I have canceled my Amazon account and it is over on Halloween. I have it like marked on my Google calendar and some trying to like prime it while I will. I can. But yeah, I just can't do on his own. I don't need it. I don't get it. I just go to the store. I just go to the store. Leave the house. I'm Jeff as that. That's where you lost me. That's I was. I respect your. I respect your choice to leave the house on occasion, headphones on Andy. I don't just leave naked. I have players on and headphones in. Don't talk to me. I have my Rb f on for those who don't know that's the resting bitch face and let me tell you it works. It's just. Don't talk to me. I'm literally here because I was told that it'd be good for me to leave the house. But that is honestly one of the reasons because I need to leave the house and I just felt really not now I'm preaching to everyone, but I, I. It's important to see. It's important to keep evaluating how we use technology, even something as simple as online ordering and see if it's a net positive or net negative. And I do still door dash. Anyway. No, I if I don't, as I said before, I don't have a car. And one of the reasons why I was able to get by without a car is that so much. It's so much easier to just simply have people like bring things to me than I've I this, this, this doesn't speak well of me, but I, I've been without wastebaskets in the house since I moved it moved in here. Got the, I got the big recycling thing, and I got like the big kitchen trash thing. I got a couple of little like things I bought at a local drugstore almost I think, just for here and there, but I need those big rubbermaid like office space style once and never got around to it until it's a screw it just bought butts money. EBay, like last night, they'll be delivered in a couple of days. That's fine. Now it's the problem is out of my hands now I got a cardboard problem in the house, that's for sure. But other than that, it's just I, I like not having a problem solved by simply saying. I've done all I can do all I, I all that could be expected of me is that I point at the thing I want and pay for it. It's oughta my hands after this, Andy, you don't need a rubbermaid. What you need is simple human. Now here out it costs a lot of money, but and you have to provide Terry bags for its by. You are ready an apple user. So sorry, I'm sorry. I just totally ripped on, you know, but I'm serious about the simple Hugh. I was going to tell you they have a voice, activated trash can. So you have to do is go open trash, and it'll open and you don't even you don't have to program or anything. I saw them at CS there you don't program. They just understand open, trash, and close trash, and all you don't even have to touch anything. You don't have to use your foot. You just ask to open and then dump it in there. It's perfect. Meanwhile, the information on how often you're opening your trash barrel goes right to the central committee of the Chinese communist party with very low latency. I bet. Dinos up the first time I've heard that. Yeah. You see. Somebody's talking to me a lot about these, just how anyway anyway, let us move. I have. I have friends with one of those, like it's got like a motion sensor and every single time. I hear, okay, I've finished my can of soda and now rather than like leave it on the end table like a good guest. I'm going to go and put, and I just have to keep waving my hands to figure. I don't know where the sensor is, as opposed to gosh, this I'm waving my hands, say thinking to myself. Wow, this is so much simpler than simply stepping on like a big big lever. That's on the floor to open. It's like. Stop making things that are simple into things I have to debugging before I have to use, can use like used to know how to use a trash barrel. But now apparently I've got to solve a problem. I. We'll put the link in the show notes. Well, so do you have a do you have like the new, the new pixel phone on its way or gotten loaner yet tomorrow tomorrow order or getting a loner. I ordered it thought it, I'm, I'm cl- I got. I got to see if I can get loaner before I. I've got legitimate. I've got a legitimate use for press unit, but so I'll as usual, do the Wimpy thing thing to use a loner for thirty days before so. But so. But it's been so long since I've requested like review hardware that I did have to go and like re go on the web and make sure I knew the right context. I came across those something where Google used to have used to use a block spot as they're like, press contact page. Are these to have like a page, all the press releases and you can still and you can still visit at Google, press dot blog, spot dot com. And they've got every single press release up until like two thousand nine or something, but starting at the beginning. And so I was having such a blast going back to the very the very first one June seventh nineteen ninety nine pay press release entitled Google receives twenty five million dollars. In equity funding. I have to read part of the Google a startup dedicated providing the best search experience on the web today, announce it completed a twenty five million dollar round of funding led by sequoia capital and Kleiner Perkins call for by and also blah, blah, blah here. People who were on the board. Quote, we are delighted to have venture capitalists of this caliber help us build the company unquote said Larry, page. Larry page p. a. g. e. CEO and co, founder of Google quote, we plan to aggressively grow the company and the technology suey can continue to provide the best search experience on the web. And so. Google like that feels like some incredible foreshadowing. I don't even like just think about it during the current context. Now, with everything that's going on with Google China and them saying like that was the that was the original, we plan to aggressively grow the company and the technology. So we can continue to provide the best the best search experience on the web which had compasses all of the web, not just little web and America, but all of the web we can't get. We can't get into prodigy or e world, but we're hoping that we can that we can do this. Quote, search is an incre extremely challenging and improvements in the technology are significant said blah, blah, blah quote, one hundred million web searches are performed every day, Google revolutionizes search technology. It's just so quaint. And also like they're, they're, they're, they're talking about who's like, who's joining the board of directors, here's throw. Michael Maurits is currently director of numerous companies and see this is this is the pageantry of failure included. I'm not reading the press release. Didn't use the phrase pageantry of failure. But in retrospect including yahu e toys, quote dot com. E groups, planet Rx, Flextronics, and web van. Cool. Cool. Yeah. So it's the link will be in the show notes, but Google press dot block spot. It's a, it's a, it's a time machine back to a simpler. Time when you know the the, what, what Google the the the, the industry that Google was trying to beat was where the websites that were would simply write down a list of all the websites that existed. Oh, and the the next I won't read for the next one is the next one is as excitedly talking about this brand new next generation browser called Mozilla from Netscape, Netscape launches next generation, internet's search service. Yeah. Yeah, it's this. This is so the these pressure leases there. Definitely the flared trousers and platform disco boots with live goldfish and slow in nineteen. Ninety nine compared to. Now I just remember how long it took to load a web page. Are you and you're not old enough to like be just a picture coming in on the screen being. Magic and having to watch it come in line by line by line. I am. Yeah. We had internet really young because my dad actually worked in Silicon Valley. And so he brought things home. And so we actually had a net for young and I got to see firsthand completely blank what pages and just running out of patience and just highlighting everything. So I read the. But that's why appreciate what I have now. Okay. I don't take what I have now for granted. I just wish you know Moraine Dan a little bit. Just like there was a generation who was raised by parents who grew up during the depression. We are raising, we will be raising children with parents who grew up during the age of dial up. Yeah. Oh, yeah. Straight people. After me, they don't even know that they don't even know. They weren't on the internet until it was broadband. Just I, it's, it's, it's amazing to think about people who grew up in a world where you didn't have to choose what music you would. You could listen to because you had all the music literally all the music. They never knew the horror of the of the ten CD like trout, zipper, travel case where you're going to be, you're gonna be on a flight for six hours and then you're going to be like a away from home for like five days and another flight home for six hours and these ten discs were all you could listen to can take up so much space in your carry on. Well, we'll we'll, we'll be able to what will save it for when the grandkids visit us at the home, they'll. And now it will be so old pathetic that they'll have to say, okay, well. Hey, at least, and at least least great uncle anti recognize me today. And it's some sparks, Andy. Okay. Well, let's let's let's talk about the hangover of the Google pixel of how about that. Let's let's pretend we just boozed up a bunch Schumer all wearing or fancy flapper costumes. And you know, we just came from a party celebrating this new phone. Pretend pretend that I was boozing up. Yeah, just came. Pretend we were losing up. Yeah, so so so the thing is that the people, oddly enough, despite the all the web Langston news stories that come out the day of the announcement saying we have the comprehensive review of the new pixel three phone. Apparently they're still lots more of what's more stuff to learn, much, much more stuff to do. Explain. First of all, most of the places that do first week reviews. They're out generally Kylie positive. Everybody has been praising the software and the camera. And when there have been complaints there been sort of superficial ones about the styling. Some people just can't get over the fact that there are Bengals of some kind on the on the pixel three and they are still clutching their Monica lls about the. Not getting that angry about Yemen, someone please. Yeah, come on again. A detour, but there are other things. Their their food banks in your community that could use your donations of canned goods or money or your time. Perhaps when you feel that kind of frustration, you channel that energy into something that in honor of the notch to expect a stick or in protest of the notch. Exactly. You ever put those things on donation. Every time you put a can of green beans into a box tests that whoever it was decided to put that make that not so big exactly. Boy, Genius report though, had had an interesting complaint. They're the only one who pointed out that was sort of a. Quirky flaw regarding the audio. Most everybody has been pointing out that the speakers on the new pixel phones are really, really good, and they produce lots and lots of sound and good quality sound no matter how loud it gets pretty and get pretty pretty loud, but they were. They pointed out that there is a handle amount of vibration that transmits through like the back of the phone. So if you're holding it, I'll quote the boy jeans report review quoting here at low volumes. It's really annoying the back of the phone vibrates with each and every beat of whatever music you're playing. Even during dialogue in a video, you can still feel the back of the phone, vibrate, constantly. If their sound, it's vibrating. Then if you turn the volume up to about fifty percent, the vibration goes from annoying to aggravating at eighty percent or higher. It's downright horrible. The back of the phone vibrates as hard or even harder than the vibration motor inside the phone that Google's Google us. For notifications. Imagine playing music and having your phones notification motor vibrating the entire time. It's so violent that Google's fabric pixel cases barely dampened at all, unquote, and that's interest. That's certainly point. It could be really annoying. I have to wonder though, like how many people are gonna be like playing audio while they're holding the thing. Okay. You're raising your hand I every when I wrote that aditorial for Android police about wanting a small phone, there were a lot of comments like, why are you watching all of this stuff on a small screen? And it's hard for me to explain that, like sometimes the big screen for civil, it bothers everybody around you. Like I'm not gonna turn on the TV while my husband is doing his work, like on the other side of the room. Let's road just, you know, look at my phone. You know, I don't have a, I don't have a TV on public transit, you know? I don't. Sometimes I don't have a TV when washing the dishes. All I have is my phone. So imagine like all of that vibration happening while I'm also trying to multitask would have it would if it moves the phone and then slipping and sliding around, you know, when I carefully place it on top of the paper towels. So that doesn't touch all the grime that I'm cleaning up on the on the tile. There's, you know, there's these little things you have to think of when you are making a phone. Can't think about. Think about me. How it flow user phone, both anybody think of the children and flow these. I see. I can see the problem of wanting to lean on the kitchen counter while you're doing stuff and not wanting to just bounce. It's itself onto the floor. That's big. I'm I don't think it would be as big a problem as a Boy Genius making making it out to be because I again, I can't think of holding a phone that's doing eighty percent. That's eighty percent volume at that point either. It's either I crank the volume up that loud on my phone, but usually it's because I'm leaving it on like my desk and I'm listening to a podcast or something. I don't. It's not important to like Lupu through chrome cast or through or their bluetooth. I can't imagine holding it while doing it that, but I guess we'll have to find out. It would be super annoying if every time it like issued a notification, you just heard. This felt this buzz in your hand, it makes you wonder how well they insulated or a well, they didn't insulate it back. So we have. We have some answers there because I fix it, of course, has done a tear down of the pixel three XL if not the pixel three and they don't mention anything about sound dampening, but making a couple of interesting points that they're, they seem to be using Samsung Oleg panels instead of LG panels, like they did with last year's pixel two and if some people might want to say. Uh-huh. See, that's the one that had the greenie, the grainy video, the the grainy images and the the, the bad color is all the thing. Well, it's probably not because of that might be they, they do have. They did get the contract from apple to make phone displays. So if they were if they were having quality control issues, I don't think apple would be happy taking second pick from from Google there, but in but interesting to point out. One thing that they did point out. But at I fix that, it's kind of a portent that they're using. Apparently lots lots more glue holding it together than they did last year and I fix it. They are pros at taking things apart even things that they never taken apart before, but even they when they're trying to take apart the pixel three excel tour when the ribbon cables and tore one of the speakers just trying to get it apart and they did. They're saying that there in their estimate. If you have a cracked display, it's going to be so much more difficult to replace it on the pixel three than on the pixel two or other phones because you are just going to have to take the entire phone apart. So this nothing simple about it, which disappointing, I, I know the these things aren't made to be repaired by people, but it would be it's nice when you've with for whatever reason by accident or by design, a maker manages to find a way that it's most expensive and vulnerable component. The screen. Can be swapped up pretty easily so easily that you can even just by eighteen dollars kit and it is into the part and do it yourself. I've just thinking like sent back pixel. I'm already thinking about that. Play with it for a while. Badly vibrates. I guess I'm still stuck on that. Get at least two thousand dollars worth of like freelance columns out of it before you send it back. So. Well. No, I'm just thinking about, you know, if I weren't me doing what I do and how like hearing this stuff would make me really nervous. 'cause it's it makes me a little nervous. It just makes me think like, why am I? Why am I up dating every year? Because if this is going to be like anyway, what are we go through the rest of the pixel two bits that have come out before I upon. For we didn't talk about the security, new security chip on the pixel three, the titan him. Because it's important, but not as sexy as the super zoom feature of the about it very, I mean, they just mentioned it as a new branding, and it was like, okay pro probably because the one, whether reasons why photos always gets the highlight is not just because it's one of the most popular features of a phone, but because it allows you through the use of the demo sample pictures to associate your product with a bunch of happy twenty-something multicultural people. Again, smiling rather suspiciously at a beach and at other exotic locations. I wish security you have to think about, you know, like Chinese and Russian hackers that are trying to overturn your government. And that's, you know, that's not as much rather have the. You imagine that this, this guy, he he's in a band. He knows it's not going anywhere, but hey, he's just he just likes to play and die. Hard movie, even be sexy. It can be hacked. The system could be sexy. Exactly. None of them look like that they're holding down the kind of job that would pay enough to live in the parts of San Francisco where these pictures are being taken. All I'm saying. I'm just saying that, you know, I think they're having a sort of a twist. Let's let's trust fund kids that could be trust fund kids, but that's not going to go down there yet, but so they're saying the, they're calling it enterprise. There's a Google block posted explains that the entitled titan m makes pixel three are most secure phone yet giving, quote, enterprise grade, unquote security. That's important because that's an actual term that has kind of with that means that you can really deploy it with companies and not worry about it as much as you'd worry about consumer great stuff. And they say it's based on the best features from the titan chip using Google cloud data centers, the post calls out a few details and a few features that with because of the titan 'em chip, it's integrated into androids verify boot processor process so that you so that the malware. Can't unlock the boot loader and like introduce its own code and or like roll back Android, two previous and less secure version of it. It also is managing the entire lock screen pass code process itself. So once again, it makes it much harder to tamper with and also allows to enforce fewer failed, low, logging Tech's attempts. So now the getting past lock screen is not as easy as it once was somebody that I'm kind of looking forward to seeing how it plays out in the next year. Google is also introducing new Android API is that will allow a third party apps to leverage the titan m.'s Gertie chip to store private keys so that if anytime it needs verification, that is much much better than whatever they're getting through software only they can actually get that through the titan ship. And also like there's another API the calling protected con. Mation which is part of Android pie. So that again, the titan 'em could basically be responsible for authenticating of the users confirmation of transaction. So for instance, let's say there's creates a piece of malware that looks for the the looks for the presence of your banking app. And basically manufacturers key presses to trickle into thinking that your you wanna wire, ten thousand dollars from your Bank account to Nigerian prince, but needs an authentication. Can't they? Thanks to the tank. Thanks, protected confirmation. API it won't be able to to simply trick the interface or trick the app and thinking that, yes, he this person did click the ok button or yes, this did. This person did punch in their pass code because now it's all going in through the titan emp which is going to be much, much harder trick and much much harder to to tamper with. And finally, they've also locked up the titan 'em firmware, so that what's again not wear, can't. Push update to the firmware of the titan 'em chip without an actual passcode verification soon. It looks like they're bringing it into a lot of the same level as I phones have had for the past three or four years, which is that what all this means. It's it's the idea of having essentially of a he really, really good gatekeeper chip that doesn't. It's not part of the operating system that's supposed to be doing this the at the, it's basically the security chip is such that you see, it's a special protected space where nothing can be it's tightly monitored tightly controlled, and any attempt to tamper with it will basically destroy the entire thing. So hopefully sing find. We'll find out if this actually works out and quite. They should have made a bigger deal about it. I think because it's something that apple rips on them for all the time. And I think there's a way that this could be explained to make it sound just a sexy as the photo. Stuff and couple couple of last points I won't. I was really excited to see that the Google AI blog did a whole paper on the super resume feature, which is I, I'm so nerdy out on all the details more learn about those that like when I first when we first saw the the leaked photos of the of the pixel three and absolutely confirmed that no, no. If there's only one lens they're not doing too lenses doing three d. or anything like that. It's still one lens. I was like, oh, dear, I'm disappointed. But now they're really putting out like, here's exactly why. Here's exactly why we're we're putting all of our faith behind. Let's get. Let's have a really good sensor a much better lens. And then like a lot of smart, I'll read. I'll read one line that seems like it should be like intoned by professional voice over person over. Over a star field of some kind. Here's a the piece starts off with digital zoom using algorithms rather than lenses has long, been the quote, ugly, duckling unquote of mobile device. Cameras. I'm going to try to Hoy's as compared to the optical zoom capabilities of d. s. l. cameras the quality of digitally zoomed images as not been competitive. And conventional wisdom is that the complex optics and mechanisms of logic cameras can't be replaced with much more compact mobile device cameras and clever algorithms with the new super res- zoom feature on the pixel three, we ought challenge that. And then it gets dirty stuff. Wow, I was that was actually very haunted mansion of you. All the fancy schmancy like audio processing. Jim might be doing that. I don't know pressure, Jim, I'm just, I'm just saying that that's so in case you case you did do that. I'm very, very pleased. Close complement of saying, okay, well, let's let's move right on the things that that actually most people are going to wanna know about Android police and a couple of others, but I liked Android polices piece. Did a piece on what pixel three features are coming to older, pixel phone because some of these things like like the white angle selfie camera that's obviously new hardware that's in the pixel three. So it's not gonna come to the pixel two or the pixel one, but other stuff is software. And so here's list that they Andrew has confirmed from Google are definitely coming to older phones either in November or sometime after that adjustable depth afield, you know, the sort of you can choose what level of black background blur post picture taking in when you taking in portrait mode. The nightside camera. That's when you're, it takes a three second or four second exposure. So that you can take pictures and damn near under darkness of the playground feature when that's not a surprise because it's really just the air stickers that we've been using under a new name call screening, which I'm really looking forward to getting. That's such an such a brilliant, but simple stupid idea that what if we just do speech to text while someone is like as like a before, you've answered the phone while they think they think they're going to voicemail. So they're all these things are things that they've confirmed the rest of the stuff may or may not. They just haven't confirmed it or Google hasn't seen anything about yet or sometimes it's hardware hardware, relying right now that they think the pixel three exclusives include the aforementioned wide right angles sell fees, top shot, photo, booth mode, the motion autofocus, which is they're kind of advanced motion tracking the super resume, which is so disappointing to me because that's what I want on my phone lens suggestions. That's where you've just do the live viewfinder say, Ooh, I know that that's a Coca Cola logo. If you tap on that, I will tell you all about Coca Cola. And interestingly enough, the flip to sh- feature where you flip it over face down on the table and it knows that. Okay. Well, I guess he doesn't wanna be bothered. That's weird because that is that was pioneered by Motorola. It was also it's also been seen and other phones, but the big deal. Is that Google I demonstrated flipped Sh-sh-she I'm sorry. I don't. I don't know any other way to say that. It's that it's meant to be written and read not to be said, but the flip a sh- was demonstrated at Google's yo this year, and of course was demo on a pixel two. So obviously that means that there's no reason why it can't run on a pixel two or an original pixel, but at least they haven't said were confirmed to anybody. It's coming to older phones. So if you if you just bought a phone last year or like me, you bought a. A pixel one and you're just cheapskate and terrified about spending seven hundred ninety nine dollars on a phone. Taxes. And if you and if you got the cheap one and I'm not going to get this case that matches and you have to get the stand and then also if you're close anyway, why not? And by that RV that that av hutch you've been sort of looking at yet, it's it's, it's a nightmare and they gave me fifty dollars back though. I'm supposed to get fifty dollars and Cirque Reddit. If I keep it for two weeks, you buying the in the new pixel buds. No, no. Apparently they already come with pixel three. True, but but you could buy another some to me because I don't have the pixel one. Andy. That's the. That's one of the couple things that I'm the. I'm buying from the pixel from the Google store because I can afford them. They are kind of interesting. You know, you could pay for those pixel beds. I fear to even wonder with an ad break. Holy cats. That's brilliant. Why don't we have one? Let's do it. This episode is brought to you by our friends over at ping. Dumb ping is brilliant because they help you keep your sites and sites you love online, ping monitors your site so that you don't have to and gives you real time feedback. You know exactly what's going on at all times. The internet is awesome, but stuff does break all the time. Ping the text around thirteen million outages every month. 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And as soon as I learned about this piece that was hitting life hacker, I think today the day the day were recorded on Wednesday. I was like, oh, I got on slacks. Oh, that's great. 'cause could you tell me that I thought, oh, wait, we could monetize this conversation, so it is an you wrote all about what. Okay. So I wrote how to run a windows off on a Chromebook and now this is not okay. This is not a how to written for the super crumble enthusiast who knows all the Lennox tricks and wants to install it. So the app is called crossover and they haven't Android app, and they also have a Lennox app and a map in. So if you wanted to, you could download the Lennox app and use it on a Chromebook until base Chromebook and have that run because that one can support sixty four bit applications. Whereas the Android app one cannot because the Android app environment is limited to thirty two bit on the Chromebook. If you follow. So why I wanted to experiment those because I wanted to see if I could get some of the helpful little apps that I use windows over with me to chrome s so that I can fill in the gaps for some of the things that I have not been able to do with. Sorry. I just got really distracted because my thinks that poor network connection, hopefully I don't drop out here. So I'm, I'm glad you're has a sense of empathy. Connection. All by yourself with no help from that low good spouse, but just you never know what strength you have until you just dig right in and you never know what power your pixelbook has until you try to run windows apps on his hell. You connection, it's not looking for pity. It absolutely isn't. So when you say porn, sorry, I got. I got invested in the emotional story arc of your network connection. It's all right. I do that all the time. So we'll talk about the emotional arc of this putting a windows up on a Chromebook because I'll tell you that I was elated to get out slake seven zip running. I have not been able to find a formidable on archiving solution for chrome. OS said there aren't really any Android apps out there that do it the way that I like it with the file browser way that it is. And I just wanted the familiarity of the windows app that I use all the darn time. And so I brought that over and it worked fine. So now I use that in a shell to do my having. I've also been trying out acidy on it for possible. We're gonna record from a from a Chromebook and you will have no idea that I'm doing it because we still need to test it and see how it works alongside if he some other Android apps. But I've got recording to work and it works with the input of my fan. See Mike. So you know that that sounds like it's promising. I also managed to get. I also just basically managed to get all these tiny little apps that I use that like nobody really uses anymore. That are super old. I got gimped running, which I? Yes, you could run the Lennox version on chrome OS, but instead I ran the windows version. Okay. Because I wanted to try it. Apparently you can also run Microsoft Office two thousand six and two thousand ten if you have keys for it in. So it's it is because of that thirty two bit limitation of crossover that you can really go into anything more heavy than that. So it is kind of a bummer when he think about it from from that perspective. But at the same time, if all you wanna do is launch some quick little windows up that you just absolutely love. That's kind of like a a long time ago app, just this legacy. The app that you've kept with you with every machine. You can bring it over to chrome OS. My next. So now that I got this down, you know, trying to make sure that I only use it when he really need it because it is kind of a process to run windows up. The fact that I can do at those. Super cool. I did manage to get steam to work, but then it kept crashing because it needed some sort of access that I didn't know how to give it. There's there's a lot of little nuances that you have to play around with on crossover because of the way that it reads the chromosomal directory. But for the most part, it does all the work for you. And that's why I kinda suggest the Android up the lyrics Ferguson. I have not tried using an. I am not super well-versed in that, but I could follow. I can follow how to if I just have a little bit of patience. So kinda wanna try it and see what it's like to have the windows apps. The little windows apps, the major Android apps use the chrome browser. The chrome extensions that I have installed. Plus see what links apps I get. If I could get give running via links than I would essentially have my Photoshop. My version of Photoshop that I wanted on criminal ask, can't do that tried. It doesn't work. Apparently you can crossover actually told me that you can run Photoshop. If you have a valid key, you just have it separately. But it can't run creative cloud, which is how I tested it. So. So there's gonna be, this is this is so much. This is so fun for me. This is what I do. It reminds me a lot of like being a kid because. You know, kind of a introvert and hanging out with the computer. And so for me, it's really fun because in between, like from having writer's block, kinda like not feeling getting into zone, I can just kind like work on this and you know, try and see what else I can get running and try and see what else they can do. And so I think I'm just gonna keep pitching stories about my experiences with the Chromebook because I'm trying to use it as like an every person. I don't wanna be. I don't wanna have what I write about it be exclusive to people who are super comfortable, like getting onto a command line. I don't really. I don't want to steer people that way because the whole point is the Google wants more people to use these things. So I'm trying to figure out how I could use it. Like if I can do it, anybody can do it because I'm scared of. I'm scared of code like I don't like doing it. I will immediately burst into tears. It's like doing math for me. 'cause 'cause it requires so much thinking. I've got. I've got this. This sort of like two faced attitude where I do. I do enjoy coating. I do enjoy scripting I do enjoy like command line stuff, but I have to be in the mood for or what I'm creating is a solution that doesn't exist or what I'm trying to create is getting this MAC or this raspberry pi to do something that's not on the side of the box when I sit down to write a column and research it and submit it, and it's forcing me to solve a problem that's not related to writing that column. I get really grumpy exactly rugby. It's fun. When you have phone, you have to go to work. When you play. So I figure plus I just kinda miss. I started my career tinkering a PC lab and I'm not by any means like the boasts hardcore tinker out there. There's definitely a lot of stuff that I don't know, but I like to do it because I figure like if I can do it, anybody can do it seriously, let's let's stop it. Stop making. The seem like this is just a enthusiasts level thing that can be done. So, okay. I totally digressed for what the actual article was. We're, we're all kind of like waiting with baited breath for the announcement from Google or leaving the acknowledgement from Google that one day Intel based Chromebooks will be able to run windows just as a regular, Microsoft licensed Mike, like Microsoft approved target installation for windows ten, but the idea of being able to justify this thousand dollar six hundred dollar all the way up to like seventeen hundred dollars Chromebook as something that can run any app we want is kind of holy grail. So so with the experiments in the stuff that you do redoing for the for this life hacker piece, it sounds like you're saying that desktop apps are still better through chrome OS and still better through Lennox, but here ways to get like smaller, less ambitious windows windows stuff running on chrome yet because that was the big that was the begat for me us all these little apps that have. Listed on the internet to do things like bulk file renaming, which is a pain in the butt to do on a PC. I do miss the MAC method. I will say is total pay in about two on the PC and it's not much easier to do it on chrome. And also if you're in the Android follow directory, it doesn't let you Bokhary name files. So this way I can just launch the app when I need it. You know, in immediately have all the images for an article, half the same name in front of them. That's all I wanna do. I don't wanna have to type it out like that. Little thing, these tiny little apps that you need. It's like I'm not gonna run the Pok Mon app. I would rather run the Pokemon up like there's no point for me to run anything else. I think it's also concluded it as just like this is the way to bridge gaps for your cell phone chrome OS if you really wanna make this thing work and what you need is not super. It doesn't. It's not a resource hog, but for things that require more resources. It looks like, yeah, I'm glad I still have my PC my little PC laptop, but chugs along does what I needed to do. Did you try installing windows in like virtual box or some of the like virtualization tool? No, actually, I, I'm kind of afraid to do that because they see that I see some see something about. About chrome OS where it feels like if you push it too far, it's just kind of fragile. I don't want to say that is like a a negative of promo us because obviously, like I, I love using it every day and I it feels just as natural as being on the PC with you here right now, but it does feel like I really am just skillful not to break it. Maybe I'm maybe I'm being too sensitive about it, but I'm coming from ace's Chromebook flip which did crash. I would have a lot of Android apps loading at the same time. And so I'm just taking that experience and trying to see how far I can push it. What I do, what I do actually want to try is twitch streaming. I wanna see if I can do that through another. I figured out how to do it on PC. I wanna see, but I don't think it's gonna work. 'cause the graphics, all data on how that works. I think you've just described everything that is good and bad about the human animal that we always wanna press something until we break it. It's like here. Here's all these engineers, hardware and software engineers who said we have figured out every single way that computers tend to go wrong, either either with like you didn't apply certain updates or you have, you have too much power to control things. And what if we just gave you a simple laptop that runs essentially everything with inside a browser container so that there's almost nothing that can make it stop working as well. That's great. And then a year later, there must be a way we can make it do something it was never intended to do and thus destroyed the reliability and consistency, Android in the first place to get it to do a bunch of staff that other phones can do. And that was super exciting. It's not it's. It's just interesting to talk about this out loud in this sort of like in a buddy buddy context with you. Andy, because I often feel like I don't fit in with. Many times throughout my career. I've had conversation with developers than mmediately gone to basically study up on every piece of terminology. I did not understand, and I learned the basics of that and then try to piece together a story based on that. An obviously done a good job of fooling office. But, but it's because I've always felt kind of scared of that environment because. Because certain factors make it seem very scary. And so I like to talk about it from this context because I like to normalize the idea that it really doesn't matter if you can do all of that fancy Kareem line stuff that like if you wanna play around with your Chromebook, go play around with it, go try and get it to break who cares? That's like, that's fun. And then think about that. Think about it? I do because I have to write stories about it. The Chromebook is probably the best sort of platform for doing that because when you're using it at its purest level, resetting it to factory settings is very something that will happen. You can do very, very quickly and then restoring it to exactly the way it was and the way you like it is also essentially pressing a button as opposed to my MAC book pro in front of me, I would. I would be the entire afternoon to wipe it and then restore it to to an operational sort of way over to break it. And really, we're and we're getting we sort of slid happily into a good example of the concept of ownership which is something that I think we've lost a lot of different platforms you. You don't really own something unless you have the ability to take it apart and put it back together the way you want it. And so much of what's been done to. Yes. Make our phone. And our computers more reliable, but also to prevent you from learning stuff that would give you some power over apple or over Google or when or Microsoft. It basically makes us into simple users as opposed to owners of this computer. This this is why of my favorite. Most used computers in my office is my raspberry pi because there is nothing that's more pure about the concept of I own this computer. I, if I want to understand everything that, but how this works down to how it finds a monitor, how puts a dot on a screen. It's all documented. I can find if I want to change the way it works and hopelessly break it. I can do that too. And it's a let me be very, very clear. I'm very, very glad that I will also have my MAC book that will still be working after I break my raspberry pi setup and and now have to get back to work. But I think that there is being a user of a device m being the owner of device. And I think that too many platforms deny as the deep, deep pleasure, almost a spiritual pleasure of, no, I own this. I can do whatever I want with it. Even if I just wanted to run the way that it came out of the box. I can choose to do that. If I want to turn it into a pinball game, I can do that too. And that's why I wanted to have a larger conversation around this because I think part of the reason that I am so tracked into the Chromebook is because it reminds me exactly what you're talking about. Like if you feel a sense of ownership when you get to customize it that much, that's exactly what attracted me to Android in the first place. Also, it brought to mind the memory. So one thing that sort of frustrates me as a person who's been writing about tech for so long is that we feel like we constantly refer to. Technical or technology of cesspool, listen as dislike. You know a nerd for for lack of better terminology, that's kind of what society is like pinned it on. But when I think about the fact that in high school, this is so this is so bad. I'm sharing a secret sharing a secret in. Hopefully nobody hears this that would feel betrayed by, I guess this is actually an open secret. Do you remember the TI eighty three plus calculators. They were programmable essentially like you could side low things on them. And so somebody taught me how to side load all the different. So there were all these games that you could put on that. And so somebody taught me how to side load that. And then from there I figured out like all the little tricks of the TI eighty three. An ultimately. I use that to store answers to attach particularly chemistry. Which I'm not happy about, but listen, chemistry, difficult. And so. But the reason every not up is because the whole school within on that the whole school was in on these little computers that we had to buy as part of a curriculum and figuring out how to use out game the system. And I just wanna encourage one out there to game the system. If they tell you can't run windows apps on your Chromebook, prove that raw show them what it can do, get in there and get your hands dirty. I want everybody to hear this like this is an empowering call, and that's also exactly why pitch story. It was super fun doing this. And now I know like this pixel book can do a lot more icy why they're trying to charge us this money. I see. L. the other reason why I'm kind of rather get have Google sent me a loner for couple months of the pixel three than by spend months and eight or nine hundred dollars on one. Is that the money that I had put aside earlier in the year two, probably by one I'm so much more interested now and buying a pixel book. I. I see the slate of the sleep, the sleep as well. I kind of think that I would much rather like the form factor of of someone who does writing every single day. It's, I enjoyed that more. And also, I mean, just today was another one of those situations where I had to do. I was going to an event in the city in Boston. That was like a five o'clock and so great. I just hop on commuter rail. I've got like an hour on the train to do some work. Then another hour, like at the Boston public library near the train station to do some more works had most of an office day. And I found myself just taking my MAC book pro with me, even though I didn't need like a thirteen inch like full bore, like huge like McCain and kept thinking back to what a Chromebook would have been. If I had one would have been the perfect thing to have. I didn't. Yup. Yup. I have. Have, yes, I, I definitely have I pads and like bluetooth keyboards, but there's something about all I have to do is like, unfold this once and tapa button and I'm writing as opposed to. I have to take my keyboard after take up my ipad gotta take out the little stand. Yes, yes. I know I could spend hundred fifty dollars on a keyboard that kind of clips onto it, but still there's something about the form factor of something that was built to be that compact as one unit. And also I just think the pixel book is kinda door -able as it is kinda kinda that great. It's definitely it's definitely. Again, it's design that lovely designed static Google's brought to its hardware and. You know, just this is all just so good. This is also good all costs lot of money, but I'm kind of happy figure. Get on in all honesty, I'm just I know sometimes of leg. I can't think about anything except what's going on, but I actually really do appreciate some distraction of being able to tinker around with by tech without I don't. I don't. I can be as intrusive, whereas not as I want to be and I'm not worried about breaking it and who come back to me in three months, and I'll show you the things that I can do this thing. It's going to be a winter. I bet that the Google store is going to have like deep discounts on the crow on the pixel book, like on black Friday, not like maybe I can just get it next month. Sorry. I will be strong. It's super fun to buy yourself something for the holiday season and then wrap it up and put it under the tree for yourself. Yes, I do this often. That's. I live, I love alone. So that's that. That would seem a little bit too poignant. I'll be crews to, you know, I know. Time, but it's want to quickly touch on the the YouTube outage that hit shut down here doing all about Andrew yesterday. Chat room was filled with people going, hey streams down what's going on. Oh, to that, everybody this, this whole World War three starts with under under money. India was totally thinking, oh my God, Andy, I was just like I was pleased God to let the speed like don't let something be happening while we're in here doing this right now because like like, oh my God. See I went there. I was. As usual though I couldn't get access to YouTube, but I soon that my apple TV was screwing up so I didn't think I didn't think twice about it. But a lot of people were tooth tooth, two thirds of the world internet where concerned because they couldn't access YouTube. The Asia was the had. The greatest impact was down for two whole hours and you will never guess what happened. It is such it is such a twenty eighteen thing. So Pakistan, they Pakistan telecommunication authority. They were apparently there is a a new film coming out that has a new trailer that can be interpreted as being anti Muslim, and they decided, well, we're going to censor YouTube for Pakistan. So Noda in Pakistan can see this horrible, horrible YouTube video, YouTube trailer. And so they, they were basically ordering seventy Pakistani. I s Ps to block access to YouTube, and so what they, what they did was they basically were they were they decided to do this by changing the routing table for the internet in Pakistan, so that anytime someone in Pakistan going through one of these Pakistani ISP's tried to visit YouTube, it would just basically go into a dead end and basically go into nether space, so you wouldn't be able to access anything. Unfortunately, here's what they may to mistakes accidentally sent that that routing table to their upstream provider of international connection, the internet, and then that upstream. That upstream data carrier PCCW limited of Hong Kong, then simply accepted that and just sorta rubber-stamped it as okay, here's the new routing for YouTube essentially, what the what happened was so this this, this Hong Kong, talk data carrier essentially told the tire internet that the fastest route to YouTube was to use this translate this this table, which of course was sending all requests for YouTube into neither space, and that's a because of stupid censorship. That's how that's how this whole thing started, but the on the ca- somebody wanted to censor something and see but the but the doubles, the double horrible thing is that. Normally you would think, well, I hope that we'll hope whenever software bug allowed this to happen has been sealed off or while I can't believe that that Pakistan like inserted this piece of malware at, no, this is just how the internet works. If these were couple of human mistakes that were made that if you just simply the reason why all you request a YouTube go to the right place is because there is a routing table somewhere that tells the internet where to go if you wanna fast YouTube connection. And because somebody in very, very high position of authority, of course, but nonetheless, an individual was able to simply rubber-stamp. Oh, okay. Make sense to me. Yeah, that means a two-thirds of the world was not able to access one of the most important, not just places for funny cat videos and fail videos, but also like dissidents get stories out and important important. Let's just can we say that a. Source that's so important that an entire country Pakistan government decided that it was too dangerous, let it citizens have access to it. So that's how important it is to, oh well, and other Mary mix up. Thanks. Hey, I'm sure that nothing worse could possibly happen. It said that's, it'll be fine. It will be probably shouldn't say that ended. 'cause I. I hope that I hope that when in three years time when it all comes crashing down in this is quoted at me to throw in my face hope that whoever commentary to tater reflects the sarcasm that was tinged if not infused in that statement. All right. All advocate for you. Andy. When we get there, I promise. Life Hecker article is going to be linked in the show notes. Go to relay dot FM, slash material for show notes also how to get in touch with us with any questions, comments of rations, whatever. And you can tweet us and I'm sorry, I haven't been liking tweets should be better about that. I will like your tweet. If you tweet us doesn't like it to be were we were couple of days late and posting or a day late and posting last week, and you guys were. So people are so nice about it. Now I just. Using it using it as a as a testimony to how good and how nice noise we have that they were used. They use it as an excuse to to say nice things like, oh, Welby. I'll forgive you this time. Ha ha, but only because I love the show and you're, oh God, making his making us cry. And of course feel double guilty, which means that you're probably a parent. Fluid, anything else that you're coming up like people to get their attention drawn there too. Not that I can not that I can come up at this moment, but I did want to say, if you wanted to know about the ring alarm security system, my review finally went up act. It actually went up two weeks ago and I just found out today because I was I was in the Google FU for a while there. But yeah, if you wanna know what I thought about the ring alarm security system, you can go read at Tom's guide. And I say that because quite frankly, I still have it up because it's like the cheapest way to get professional monitoring to read more, go to Tom's guide dot com. Follow me on Twitter, the flow. I am not go on Twitter also and not go on Instagram. So the stuff that I do and my mom radio and the stuff like that, I tend to Lincoln from there. My website is not go dot com, but it is broken and tattered and of it gets it gets some sort of a header error that I'm probably I've got tomorrow off and yet is that it's a, it's a, I again, like, like I said before, when I, it's on the internet where I swear look, I said, during an ad break for for squarespace less week, I think it's like I'm switching my mom, my web stuff to like to like a provider like squarespace at that, basically keeps everything running for me because when I when I click into like the the Adleman page of my website, it is looking forward. 'cause I have an idea that I actually want to post and share with everybody immediately without going through like editing or editors and stuff like that. And when I say. Oh, by the way, here's something that's gonna take you probably fifteen minutes to diagnose and then maybe another hour to fix. I'm see. I'm not excited about doing that at that moment. And so I will not do that, which is why the site's been sort of down for two or three days, but tomorrow's an office day. And if if yesterday I was able to use part of my office day to finally after like two or three weeks, pull my bid away from the wall and do like the whole like vacuuming and mopping thing. I suppose I should also have that same sort of housekeeping authority against my own, so but not go dot com and not go into Witter, not go on Instagram, that's can do it for us for show one seventy three. Thank you so much for listening a hope. He listen again next week until then have a great seven days. Everybody thinks tuning in.
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