This week: net neutrality is struck down by a US appeals court, meaning the companies that make the richest country on earth suffer through some of the slowest Internet access among developed countries now have even more power. What could possibly go wrong? An academic paper says killer robots are all but inevitable, barring the leaders of the world putting their own interests aside in order to work for the common good of humanity. So yeah: all but inevitable. And, on the lighter side of things, EA did what it said was impossible: offer an offline version of SimCity, a single player game.
- US Federal appeals court strikes down net neutrality.
- Killer robots are going to happen, because everyone believes the other side is going to use them. Is resistance futile?
- Will machines replace everyone’s jobs? What will we all do then?
- You kids don’t realize how good you have it: back in 1971, information activists physically broke into an FBI building to leak documents.
- Google spends $3 billion on some fancy thermostats.
- Google+ is like spreading to your email, like some sort of disease.
- The Supreme Court put a stop to the “shopping cart” patent troll.
- Chuck Norris shuts down virtual currency named after him. Can we stop making virtual currencies now?
- Is Valve playing the long game with SteamOS?
- Remember when EA said it was impossible for them to build an offline mode for SimCity? Turns out that wasn’t true.
We also have plenty of listener feedback and other nonsense to talk about.