Hello all tech enthusiast!
Happy to have you come listen to our last meeting as a podcast. This one is a bit out there and all over the place. If you followed us for awhile then you know this is fairly common. In this meeting I ride with a lack of topics and so we had a general discussion about anything that was on our minds.
During the meeting many of us suffered from a quality of video audiolab as well as distortion. Present these issues what you’re about to listen to is the result of many hours of post production.
We never did narrow down where the bottleneck was, however halfway through the meeting everything lightened up and we all had a much better experience. It left me with the feeling that it was the Google meet infrastructure itself that was having problems. However I have not seen anything to validate that’s suspicion. As with all these writeups, you will find a list of some of our topics with extended reading and some recommendations from our club members.
Today’s meeting covered the following topic:
- Our own COVID19 Updates.
- Our own border crossing stories.
- Firesticks and the 4k working for content outside the USA.
- Trump’s Justice Department proposes legislation that could end the internet as we know it.
- The Trump administration’s flawed plan to destroy the internet as we know it.
Website Recommendations: justwatch.com – search for streaming service by content.
Local Restaurant Recommendations: La Calaca.
The YouTube video is available at: https://youtu.be/hh_e970XnC8.
NOTE #1: The Google Meet is scheduled on Google Calendar. If you want to be on that invitation, then provide me your Google account id. Also, provide your email address, or follow the appropriate accounts to see a reminder on the day of our meeting sent out by email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WordPress.
NOTE #2: A CHALLENGE: Can you design a phrase or dialog to trigger and execute a smart speaker commands, while masquerading as conversation? #speakerhacker – Any command execution counts, for example: play a song, get the weather, turn on/off a light. The goal is to covertly execute the command with conversation. We’ll play with our speakers and check back in next week. (see article: Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.)
[UPDATE for NOTE #2: currently no success, Bill and Cheryl have been experiencing random activations, but haven’t been able to reproduce their conversation. I too have had a few random triggers, but also cannot determine the dialog to set it off.]
Special thanks to all of you that have been helping in my endeavors. The things I am doing would not be possible without your support.
Impromptu intro was personalized and beautified with special attention by Viviana and myself, but it is only available on the podcast.
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Can’t wait till next week!
Everyone take care and #techOn!
Scott, headNerd at International Computer Solutions (internationalcs.net)
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this podcast is related to a blog post found at: https://www.sccclub.org/podcast/october-24-2020-04-sleaze-cleaners-quarantine-meeting-33