Geek Speak with Lyle Troxell

Lyle Troxell & The Geeks

A weekly talk show about technology, science, and human creativity that excites, educates, and fosters curiosity. Discussions touch upon how technology affects society and how we react to that change. Hosts are passionate about explaining complex con...Show More
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Ben Joins Netflix

1:02:58 | Apr 24th

Ben Jaffe and Lyle Troxell talk about the culture at Facebook and at Netflix and about vulnerability at work. Lyle tells a story about doing a branching talk about branching narratives. A quick chat about Star Trek Next Generation and even Ben's brok...Show More
Web Auth; Predicting Wind; Anti-Vax Videos

1:09:16 | Mar 22nd

Wind prediction with AI, Anti-Vax movies pulled from Amazon Prime, Web Authn, and Home Automation and the cloud.
Software: Android, Ruby, ORM, & Podcasting

50:47 | Mar 9th

Miles and Lyle chat about software development esp. about Ruby and ORMs which leads to a bit about the GeekSpeak Rails website, podcast chapter marks, recording podcasting, including hardware and budgets. A bit of inside baseball.
Fake Images Undergo Existential Crisis

41:32 | Mar 1st

Generative Adversarial Networks are a pattern of Machine Learning that can do some amazing things-in this episode we chat about them effecting our concepts of truth. And we include an episode of Linear Digressions from Ben and Katie to really explain...Show More
Updating Broken Laptops with Bad Languages

39:07 | Feb 23rd

Miles walks us through buying a used 2015 MacBook Pro and upgrading it with a better hard drive. And we talk programing languages: Kotlin, Swift, Groovy, Java, Python and more. It's a programing rich episode of GeekSpeak.
Hacking NES Across Kazakhstan for Better Netflix

1:34:55 | Jan 9th

Software engineer and "I'll show it to you at hackday... chap", Guy Cirino joins Lyle for a chat about hacking at Netflix, driving across Asia, high energy particle physics at CERN, and improving streaming video better for everyone.
Computational Medicine

59:49 | Dec 29th, 2018

UCLA Health technical project manager Robert Smith joins for a discussion on the state of personalized medicine and computational medicine. The goal of personal genomics is to move toward being able to interpret each person’s individual genetic seque...Show More
Supersonic Git Mansplains to Facebook

1:52:16 | Nov 28th, 2018

Some flight in the news, laws managed by git source control-and how awesome collaboration can be using git. A large discussion: does Facebook's benefit outweigh its drawbacks and how can we make social networks better for society or do they just repr...Show More
Noble Ape with Tom Barbalet

1:11:15 | Nov 7th, 2018

In 1996 Tom is in Australia dumpster diving to find a computer... he needs this already out-of-date hardware to prove that "you can simulate ecosystems." For the last 22 years Tom has been maintaining and improving Noble Ape a software "ecosystem" w...Show More
A Wifi Mesh of Meditating on Podcasting

25:43 | Oct 23rd, 2018

iPhone Max, Meditation, Amplify Mesh, Adobe Apps, Procreate, and Podcasting "I chat about a few things I am into lately."-Lyle
Robot Apologizes for cutting Antenna with Chainsaw ARM

1:32:47 | Sep 25th, 2018

Japanese robots are hopping around on an asteroid, Linus Torvalds apologizes for being a jerk, and ARM chips have a new trick up their sleeves. All this and more on the latest GeekSpeak.
Martian Telescope Senses Wrecked Teslas

1:33:36 | Sep 3rd, 2018

A bunch of great news stories from Miles, and a wonderful tail of VR exploration at Siggraph 2018 from Ben. Plus goat sounds, stories of the geeks hurting each other, and thoughts on existential VR.
Hate Speech and Mistrust of Pseudo AI are a matter of Timing

1:06:17 | Jul 16th, 2018

New time, see RBG, Facebook vs Jefferson, AI and Humans, Humans as AI, Humans as resources, Mistrust of tech, AI better then humans medical addition, space mission, CFCs found, and much more with Miles and Lyle.
Mapping Database Abuse with Better Apps

59:29 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Week in News: Police officers fired in California after abusing privacy through large databases. Microsoft gives to OpenStreetMap, Lyle plays with HoloLen, Supercomputers and Linux, and #FamilesBelongTogether bot attack. And a long form discussion on...Show More
Public Domain Brains Program Siri

1:40:09 | Jun 29th, 2018

Digital assistants talking gooder, EU legislating worser, long copyright worstest, cryptocurrencies downing, and spaceships fartherest. These stories and more as the Geeks critique each others' communication skills and discuss the ability to excel in...Show More
Zach on Law

1:27:26 | Jun 3rd, 2018

Attorney and candidate for Santa Cruz Judge, Zach Schwarzbach geeks out with Lyle about law. We chat about Public Defender, Bad Choices vs Luck, Prosecution for Manslaughter, Cell Phones-Rights, Cell Bright, No Naked Pics on your Phone, Rational Pros...Show More
Illuminating the Pentagon's Bumper Sticker for Bitcoins

1:23:05 | May 30th, 2018

Are the Warriors worth talking about? What is an Astroboffin? A new solution to identity from the Pentagon. AI recognizing cars. Ben tries Siempo. And much much more-including Bitcoin power usage with Cake and Lightbulbs.
Augment your Pictures at Ikea

45:01 | Apr 26th, 2018

The Geeks often spend time discussing the pitfalls of technology; today they look at some of the upsides. From microscopes that help find cancer to simpler directions from your mapping app, and even IKEA furniture building robots; Geekpeak is your so...Show More
Self-driving Robot Fooled by Facebook

1:10:33 | Apr 20th, 2018

The Geeks are back with stories from Self-driving cars to Facebook, Facebook, and Facebook.
Avoid Performance Management, Share Things, and Feedback

1:21:26 | Apr 11th, 2018

Interview 2.0 with Michael Lopp (@rands), VP of Engineering at Slack. We chat about the dangers of Performance Management, Speaking Last, the Builder's High, Front Page of Reddit, Biking Inspiration, Sharing Your Things, Phone Home Screen, some usef...Show More
Crypto Currencies and the Block Chain

1:43:57 | Mar 1st, 2018

Fellow software engineer Kyle Bahr joins me for a good metaphoric description of Block Chain Tech. Why does Bitcoin burn so much power and are all crypto currencies like that? Also a look at what other neat things are being done using bitcoin technol...Show More
John Barlow Secures Verizon's Bitcoins

1:26:26 | Feb 16th, 2018

This week's episode is dedicated to John Perry Barlow; Writer, Lyricist, and Internet Freedom pioneer. On the show we look into Google Chrome's move to label unsecured sites, Verizon's trouble with phone thefts, and speak in depth on cryptocurrencies...Show More
Japanese Teapot Maps Super Mario

1:08:05 | Feb 9th, 2018

Days after the launch of the world's smallest orbital rocket SpaceX is set to launch a Tesla Roadster into space. Meanwhile, Strava has accidentally mapped out secret bases around the world, and the Slomo Guys demonstrated the differences in TV techn...Show More
Amazon Goes with Busses after Australian Meltdown

1:00:36 | Jan 27th, 2018

Snap Inc. may need to change it's culture, Nvidia suggests limiting purchases of their high demand cards, Amazon Go, tech shuttles under attack, copyright static, some thoughts on Spectre and Meltdown, and a bit more geek news from Lyle and Miles. on Social Media with Manton Reece

1:19:01 | Jan 23rd, 2018

We have been talking about the problems with Twitter, Facebook, and social media throughout the last year. Our guest has too, and he's trying to do something about it. Manton Reece, talks about, the technology it is built on, and how he i...Show More
The one with Nate Walkingshaw of Pluralsight

54:40 | Jan 12th, 2018

I interview Nate Walkingshaw the Chief Experience Officer of Pluralsight an online developer skills site. We chat about his buisness and product advice and dance around the themes of his new book Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Aw...Show More
GitHub's Prince Hates Hijacking Slow iPhones

1:43:16 | Jan 5th, 2018

Can you hear the difference between a human voice and a computer's? Maybe not. It turns out that the infamous Nigerian Prince actually lives in Louisiana, and that Facebook's Hate speech policies don't work. How should we interact with our tech? And...Show More
Re-Run... Ready Player One with Ernest Cline

54:38 | Dec 15th, 2017

The trailer for the movie of Ready Player one was just released and it got us quite excited. The book is amazing.. here is my interview with Ernest Cline about 1980s nostalgia first broadcast with the release of the his book Ready Player One in Augus...Show More
Re-Run... Kevin Mitnick, The Art of Deception

34:05 | Dec 10th, 2017

Originally aired on KUSP on October 21st 2002, this episode of GeekSpeak features special guest, by phone, Kevin Mitnick talking about social engineering and his book The Art of Deception.
Facebook isn't Neutral about Pokemon Nazis

1:05:12 | Dec 1st, 2017

Does Facebook help or hinder? Is Net Neutrality dead? Just how dangerous is Pokemon? We discuss these questions and more on this episode of Geek Speak.
Scambot Hijacks Scott Kelly's Exoskeleton

1:08:29 | Nov 17th, 2017

Want to find out how waste the scammers time, or how likely you are to be hacked? How about what spending a year in space is like? Join us on this week's Geek Speak and we'll discuss these stories and a whole lot more.
Mr. Starcraft goes to Washington

57:48 | Nov 9th, 2017

If someone offers you a deal on an iPhone X are you sure it wasn't stolen? Starcraft II may be free, but are humans still better players? Tech giants get grilled by the senate. These stories and more on this week's Geek Speak
Big Tablets Change Russian Dungeons

1:18:59 | Nov 3rd, 2017

An email from a listener sparks a conversation on how the show, and tech, has changed over the years. Also; Kids have their own tablets, and Dungeons & Dragons is experiencing a renaissance. There's lots to hear on this Week's Geek Speak!
Go Modem Divides FBI into Two Factors

1:07:27 | Oct 24th, 2017

Self-taught AI's are better at GO, Building your own modem, and The FBI can't break encryption on today's phones. All this and more on this week's Geek Speak with Lyle Troxell and Miles Elam.
Monday AIMs to Sleep in Space

1:11:13 | Oct 12th, 2017

Don't like Mondays? Twitter data shows it really is the worst day of the week. AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down in December, and a year in space is really bad for you. And at the very end, Lyle and Ben try and sing using Ben's wonderful relyric...Show More
Reactive Programing at Netflix with Jafar Husain

59:55 | Oct 6th, 2017

A discussion with T39 member Jafar Husain, one of Lyle's software engineering colleagues at Netflix about Jafar's growth as a developer and journey from Object oriented development to functional development and the Reactive Programing pattern used in...Show More
Rands on Diversity, Leadership, and No Email

1:12:55 | Oct 2nd, 2017

An interview with Michael Lopp (@rands), VP of Engineering at Slack, about the importance of diversity, one-on-one meetings, management vs leadership, no email at Slack, speaking in public, fidget spinners, offer letters, writing, and much more.
Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS purchase Racist Ads on Facebook

58:26 | Sep 28th, 2017

Off doesn't mean off under IOS 11, but that's OK your iPhone is too complex for you to fix anyway; You'll soon know where you are with super accuracy thanks to new GPS chips; and Russian election tampering on Facebook was a feature, not a bug. All ...Show More
All Your Database Are Belong To Us

1:14:04 | Sep 21st, 2017

An extra long post show from early this month cut into a technical episode. We chat about Sonos online, iPad1 still running Netflix, Security Cameras, AT&T neighborhood discrimination, Miles Working and work spouses, software testing including at Net...Show More
Tesla Jacks Equifax's Ultrasonic Pot

59:00 | Sep 14th, 2017

The Geeks discuss the need for a corporate death penalty in light of the Equifax data breach exposing private info of every adult in the US. Don't worry, they talk about some fun tech too and even drug running. Well, maybe not running since apparentl...Show More
Microwaves and Micro RNA Patch Pacemakers

1:16:24 | Sep 8th, 2017

Doctor Dawn Motyka joins Lyle and Miles in a discussion about genetics, living longer, and of course the tech angle on biohacking.
Babylonian NSA Finds Tiny Antennas at Whole Foods

59:22 | Sep 1st, 2017

Followup, Germain team wins Hyperloop race, NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto, a new mini-antenna tech, Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices, trigonometry found on ancient Babylonian tablet, Autonomous Forklift, Surface Mount Soldiering, and no USB-C cables ...Show More
Maine Votes to Watermark Bullying

58:55 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Laptops can help kids learn, voting machine security, algorithm to remove watermarks, Bing still going and strong, iOS 11 updates, anti-bullying AI not so good, and more with Miles and Lyle.
Volunteering Yellow Stone Service Worker Rentals

59:02 | Aug 18th, 2017

Have a beer with Lyle for a one-man episode of GeekSpeak. Chatting about his recent visit to Yellow Stone and Car rental-fu, Service Workers, CSS Grid Layout, Zuckerberg on Charlottesville, and much more.
Working at Netflix

54:08 | Aug 4th, 2017

Brendan Gregg and Lyle Troxell talk about what it is like to work at Netflix. How the culture of freedom and responsibility benefits us as employees and how it doesn't feel like a culture of fear.
Nordic Passwords are made from Chips, Salt, Fat, Paint, and Zombies

58:11 | Jul 25th, 2017

Employees can chip themselves, MS Paint is no more, 1Password focus on funding, Nordic Problems, T-Rex sprint speed, chickens as steady cam, and more Geek News.
Typos Force Arbitration of Big O Notation

1:17:45 | Jul 13th, 2017

AT&T thinks arbitration is awesome. Lyle can't keep up with the latest Comcast bandwidth. Neilson's ratings get gamed. The sharing economy doesn't give back umbrellas. OpenBSD shows the way forward and the geeks put the oh! in to "Big O".
AIs get Burned Out on AR

1:49:04 | Jul 7th, 2017

Verizon kills Tumblr's fight for net neutrality, LeVar Burton's new Podcast-like Reading Rainbow for Adults, AI to create design in code, AI drawing, Not even wrong, being Burnt Out, AR stuff, Words are cool, and a fun post show.
Hamilton Sizes up Interactive Luggage

58:26 | Jul 1st, 2017

Gmail stops scanning email, neural networks provide ancient wisdom, 4-4′s don't measure up, branching narratives, unstable rolling luggage, and the geeks throw away their shot.
Broken Genome Tracks Girl Scouts; Live!!

1:26:29 | Jun 28th, 2017

Recorded in front of a live audience and benefitting Part Hall and KBCZ 90.1 FM, Boulder Creek, CA, we covered broken internet, vegetarianism permanently reshaping the human genome, Amazon buying Whole Foods, new browser tech, Meditation changing you...Show More
Democratic JSON Feeds Humanity

51:26 | Jun 16th, 2017

UserLand Frontier is a nearly 30 year old Mac database and scripting app. It only runs on Macs made before 2011. What does Frontier have to do with the Open Web and the democracy? Is there another vision of the web than Facebook and Twitter – how do...Show More
Sharing Developer Privilege at the Apple WWDC

35:26 | Jun 10th, 2017

John Fox and Casey Liss chat about what we as white male developers can do to make the programing community more inclusive and diverse—something Michelle Obama asked of all of us on stage at #WWDC2017. This episode was release, and then re-edited to ...Show More
OneLogin Collapses Playground Exit

1:29:35 | Jun 2nd, 2017

OneLogin breach, why few people major in computer science, collapsing star to black hole, LIGO finds another pair of black holes becoming one, Travel Mode for 1Password, Parker Solar Probe an introduction, Apple's Swift playgrounds, wikipedia to http...Show More
Alternative Energy & Alternative Security

1:00:58 | May 25th, 2017

Electricity abounds without proportional CO2 output, where to draw the line with online comments, and code in uncomfortable places. All this and more with Lyle and Miles in this week in geek news.
Treble the Ransom for Unicode's Watch

1:06:42 | May 19th, 2017

We chat about Unicode probably too much, but we also chat about a new Android foundation, WCry, Google Email tricks, Graphing Calculator on the outs, Apple's watch saving your life and a bit more here and there.
Billboard Radiation pulls HandBrake on Antivirus Jobs

1:26:15 | May 11th, 2017

Radioactive Jovian followup, Dallas Sirens followup, billboards for corrupt lawmakers, antivirus software fails, GeekSpeak LIVE, Automation and Jobs, HandBreak compromise, Facebook Interns make bank, Facebook culture, and some Regex love in the post-...Show More
Correcting Greyhound's Bug Harassment

1:28:50 | May 4th, 2017

SpaceX awesome, bad dog, WWW for all, Pentagon using Win95, Tesla like Uber, Facebook creepy ads, Cassini images, robots that build, and a post show of Postgres time formats, and more.
China Tutors Uber for Pennies

1:05:15 | Apr 26th, 2017

Web tutorials bake in vulnerabilities, coins suck, China space, Iris scan to pay Galaxy, Uber-lots of Uber, they are worse then coins, use a different search engine, Brave browser, BrickerBot, and Facebook cleaning thoughts. Calls BS on 30 Year Old Whopper AI

1:17:24 | Apr 20th, 2017

The various facets of artificial intelligence, history of telecommunication, how political views are affected by internet access, and how to spot BS effectively. Lyle, Brian, and Miles discuss all this and more in the week's news.
Linux Bricks Siri with Fake Tractor

1:52:21 | Apr 12th, 2017

iOS Software on Windows 10, Ubuntu lack of Unity, Vis of Linux Kernel Dev, Someone hacked Dallas Sirens, Tech and the Fake Market tactic, beginner's eGPU guide, Farmers vs Tractor secrets, and a bit about well water woes and coding.
Recycled Rocket Tracks AMPed up Uber

1:27:00 | Apr 8th, 2017

Gender and Race in Tech in Silicon Valley, plus FCC cuts, SpaceX, Enceladus, Eye tracking Piano, AMP is bad, Uber woes, iOS 10.3.1 again, Trump Script, and more news of the week.
Hiring Filesystems to Dig under Borders

53:23 | Apr 2nd, 2017

Hiring bias, Collage moves to Google, Apple iOS update comes with new File System, Left Socks, Dig Once Bill, Privacy under attack... use a VPN, US Border area, and a bit more about Dedi needing a job.
Martian Spuds Neutral on Daylight Saving Time

1:14:19 | Mar 15th, 2017

Crazy claims vs net neutrality, game of life programing, NASA gets funding for Mars, Potatoes can grow on Mars, Google's algos lie about onions, Firefox 52 is awesome, Daylight Savings time is Dumb, CIA leak shows encryption works, the new Raspberry ...Show More
Pigeons Hire Robots to Hash Uber

1:42:37 | Mar 4th, 2017

Uber's faults, pigeons who read, and the breaking of the SHA-1 hashing algorithm, Abagnale on security breaches, AI wins Super Smash Bros, Game Industry against Right to Repair. And a post show about the tragedy in Kansas.
Sexist Robotic Taxpayers Smell Insecure Phones

1:48:16 | Feb 21st, 2017

Smell something? There's an app for that too. Lyle, Al, and Miles discuss "AudioShopping," the front lines of global cybersecurity, the effects of ubiquitous automation on our society, and more in this episode.
Transmitting your Thoughts Through Time and Space

44:21 | Feb 20th, 2017

Miles and Lyle chat about Twitter, Code vs Life, Calculus is Useful for cooking (Anna story), Trigonometry, Miles on Language, Math Lit, Awesome Teachers, Science Experiments and Assumptions, Statistics and AB Tests at Netflix.
Hacking Politics with Sensitive AIs

1:03:51 | Feb 12th, 2017

Mac malware is really here, 5 calls you can make to engage in politics, Heat Pumps are Better, tech companies attack travel ban, Tech Forward, Easter Island history lesson, Socially Sensitive AI, and more geek news.
Microblog Injections will Lyft your Chimera

1:34:13 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Human-Pig Hybrid, co-ops to offer broadband in TN, Comcast injecting, ECMAScript 2017, Microblogging instead of Social Media Silos, Ben protesting at SFO, Uber down, Lyft up, and more Week in Geek news. Plus in post show: Stoves, Furnaces, Wood Cord...Show More
Functional Medicine with Dr Dawn

1:34:34 | Jan 31st, 2017

A discussion of Functional Medicine, digestion, circulatory system, aligns, detoxification (the real form), all with Dr Dawn Motyka, a brilliant physician.
Rendering RSS on Windows

1:19:35 | Jan 24th, 2017

Email for show pages, Google Assistant can find us, rendering or real life, fake memories, Linux on Windows, and a close of show talking about the uncanny valley in Star Wars: Rogue One.
Yahoo Shoots the Batteries in Uber's VW

1:09:05 | Jan 14th, 2017

Yahoo is ending, bio-degradable bullets, Uber data, VW Electric Bus, Samsung new Battery research, clean energy by Obama, Google kills another service, all that by Miles and Lyle.