DTNS 2299 – Unlawful Content (BGP Uber Alles)

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAdam Curry joins us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Daily Source Code show and podcasting as we know it.


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Show Notes
Today’s guest: The Podfather, Adam Curry of the No Agenda podcast and curry.com


James Bamford, author of the Puzzle Palace and Shadow Factory published an account on Wired of his 3 days spent interviewing Edward Snowden in Moscow. Among the many revelations, Snowden cites two main discoveries that caused him to do what he did. On was the data center built in Blufdale, Utah to store intercepted data. For the other, he describes a tool called MonsterMind that would monitor all digital communications and ‘auto fire’ without human supervision if it detected an attack. Snowden also claims he was told the US caused the Internet outage in Syria in 2012 when covert software installation on an ISP went wrong. He also expresses disapproval of cyberattacks on China which he says target civilian institutions like universities and hospitals. 

Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha, a 4.7-inch Android phone with a metal ring around it that causes many reporters to write the word ‘iPhone.’. The screen is 720p, runs on Samsung’s octa-core Exynos with 2 GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Alpha will come in five colors and be available at the beginning of September. No word yet on price.

The Next Web reports WeChat now has 438 million active users, up from 396 million last quarter and hot on the tail of Facebook’s WhatsApp with its 500 million users. The gains come in spite of the fact that 20 million Chinese WeChat accounts were closed last quarter due to a new law that requires public account owners in China to register real identities and receive permission to disseminate news. 

You may have heard that the Internet broke recently because of the 512K limit. The problem is that global routing tables, which must be stored on every border router, have grown to the maximum number of routes supported on some older hardware platforms. That number os 524,288 or 2^19. Jim Cowie at Renesys writes that the situation is more of an annoyance than a threat. All of the routers that operate core infrastructure have plenty of room and are unaffected. Affected routers may cause local connectivity problems but those can be quickly identified and hardware upgraded. Thx to CdrMarks.

News From You

spsheridan submitted the story of a murder suspect who allegedly asked Siri where to bury a body. Ars Technica reports Gainesville, Florida detective Matt Goeckel presented evidence in court Tuesday showing the suspect telling Siri, “I need to hide my roommate.” The Gainesvilel PD has clarified that the queries in the screenshot were not necessarily connected to the alleged murder.

KAPT_Kipper submitted an Engadget report that Amazon is stepping into the ring ’em up fight with Square, unveiling Local Register, a credit-card reader and app for small businesses. The online retailer is offering a flat charge of 1.75 percent per payment until January 2016, compared to the 2.75 percent charged by Square and the 2.7 percent charged by Paypal. (The fee rises to 2.5 percent on Jan 2, 2016). The card reader costs $10 and is available for Android, iOS, and Fire devices, and a bundle that includes a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 for $380.

Turns out Amazon v Square was just the undercard. KAPT_Kipper, our designated grudge match correspondent, also submits a Tech Crunch report thathttp://techcrunch.com/2014/08/12/uber-lyft-slap-fight/, compared to the 5,000 cancellations that Lyft alleges were generated by Uber. TechCrunch reached out to Uber to see how the company is getting that 13,000 number, but until then perhaps the two mobile-car hailing companies can settle this the old-fashioned way, with a drag race down main street at midnight. 

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6 thoughts on “DTNS 2299 – Unlawful Content (BGP Uber Alles)

  1. Hi Tom, usually I’m the cool boss who has zero complaints and just stays out of your way. However I have to let you know that the recent show with Adam Currey was too much ‘interview’ for me. I much prefer the shows where you and the guest focus on news topics.

    I know this was a special case (especially with the anniversary near and dear to all podcast listener’s hearts). However, I just wanted you to know my preference.

    Thank you and Jennie for your great content!

    1. Hey thanks for the feedback Patrick It definitely was different because we were celebrating the 10th anniversary. But I’ll note your preference for future. Thanks for the support!

    2. I am the exact opposite. I enjoyed actual analysis of issues than what turns out to be mostly shallow from many of the other guests. The guest is more or less a yes-man that is going with the consensus on the issue. I am not sure anyone can accuse Adam of ever being a yes-man or going with consensus. (Or Tom really) That means that I hear ideas that aren’t the same as everyone else is already spouting. I think this show had real meat in it and character that was less like mainstream, uniform cookie cutter productions that made me veer to podcasts in the first place.

      Great show Tom, I loved the dynamic you and Adam had. I saw you cringe when you started talking about the phone and again from Adam’s reaction. I get his argument but I also understand why you still talked about it. Actually, I have tuned out in those sections for some time so I don’t even hear it. New phones and anything from “Those familiar with the matter” or their close relatives. I like to know what happens, not what may possibly happen. Unless it is some crazy weird science breakthrough.

      1. I too thought Adam was a great guest and appreciate different points of view on all topics. The other comments on his appearance are baffling to me. They both admitted they didn’t finish the show so to me it shows a bias against Adam for some reason not really to the actual content of the show. As someone who has followed the show from day one (really since tnt) there have been way worse guest than Adam and I didn’t see any comments from these two then. Please have him on again knowing that a bit of controversy is sometimes the most informative and entertaining of shows

  2. I have to agree with Patrick. I couldn’t make it through this show. Adam Curry is just too much for me also. I honestly have never heard his podcasts before, though I remember him from the MTV days. But, I know now to avoid anything with him on it.

    Other than that, I love the show and your guests…. except this one 😉

    1. Ya, you would hate anything with Adam I think if you didn’t like him on this show. He had the knobs turned down to absolute bare minimum. He isn’t just another standardized talking head, that is for sure and he doesn’t say what any other guest would have said in each situation. If I wanted the same old network style tech news, I would listen to TNT.

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