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- 10 / 04 / 2023 -
Emergency alerts were tested today on cell phones and broadcast stations, Emmanuel reports on how various local stations aired the test, memories of the test in 2018, the last Maker Faire in New York City also took place that long ago, why those gatherings were so important, Maker Faire will return to New York City this weekend, three guests (Elijah Horland, Scott Schubert, and Becky Button) from Maker Faire join the conversation, Becky's words on the ending of Maker Faire in 2019, Scott is the chief executive officer of Maker Faire Coney Island, how Scott first heard of Maker Faire on "Off The Hook," what Scott remembered from previous Maker Faires, what was particularly special about Coney Island, what it means to Becky to have Maker Faire back, Becky's DIY software-based guitar pedal, how Elijah got involved with Maker Faire and "Mythbusters Jr.," what Becky's Wi-Fi deauthing sandals do, the "Mr. Robot" connection, Scott discusses how to avoid the pitfalls of the previous Maker Faire, how Coney Island turned into the new location, encouraging people to take public transportation, the potential for the boardwalk and the beach, Elijah will be running a learn-to-solder booth, how Alex's son saw an R2D2 replica at Maker Faire, Girls Who Hack will be teaching lockpicking, Becky discusses how to overcome the barriers to entry and how those have changed over the years, details on where and when Maker Faire will be taking place, the hopes of the organizers for this weekend, what the response has been like so far, plans to drive the 2600 van to the event, a new album is out from Don Letts, a piece featuring John Cusack.
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- 10 / 18 / 2023 -
Kyle and Emmanuel get multiple vaccines and are starting to feel the effects, encouraging listeners to get their shots, Gila shares info on the need for longer needles, why it's never been more important than now to check your sources, Emmanuel has a run-in on Mastodon for mentioning the death of a thousand Palestinian children, how chaos.social insisted that such remarks had to be filtered, the overattention devoted to not upsetting people, a look at some of the rules and how they impede speech, Rob explains the concept of content warnings on Mastodon, Gila's parallel to deodorant, Emmanuel's objections to having to label his own words, discussing whether filters would be better used on the reader's end, clarifying what Alex agrees and disagrees with, Rob explains how the content warnings can be beneficial, a report on Bluesky, the problem with responsiveness, the issue of impersonation on Bluesky, Mayor Eric Adams of New York City is found to be making AI-generated phone calls in foreign languages he doesn't speak, debating whether there's an ethics issue here, how there doesn't seem to be much concern over the robocall aspect of this, listener mail, info on the intro, more from the new Don Letts release.
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- 10 / 25 / 2023 -
There will be a special guest tonight, Emmanuel gets kicked off of chaos.social after last week's show, what he refused to do, where Emmanuel can now be found on Mastodon, realizing that Mastodon isn't necessarily the best place for freedom of speech, Gila has an update on the OMNY fare system, listener letters, answering critiques about the content of the show, encouraging people to complain, defining "hate," responding to COVID criticism, how the hacker perspective can improve almost any situation, Kyle describes how politics and technology mix, an update on the listener-built transcript of every show using artificial intelligence, the prospect of having the show translated into different languages using everyone's actual voices, Emmanuel gets a hostile-sounding postcard from the Democratic Party of Suffolk County, Welton Chang from Human Rights First and Pyrra joins the discussion, Welton describes what's important about these times, the difference between misinformation and disinformation, how social media can reach more people than mainstream media, analyzing a recent explosion at a hospital in Gaza and how Al Jazeera did a bad job with its reporting, the way the story continues to change, the increase is anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim imagery on the Internet, how to differentiate anti-Semitic attacks from those who are criticizing the Israeli government, whether having an advantage or disadvantage lends itself to spreading false news.
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