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I do apologise for the quality issues in this episode. We kept having call issues through Discord and at the end Kevin's dog went crazy when his wife returned home from work. I am working on alternatives to Discord as Skype is no longer an option (I am running Kubuntu Linux on my interview machine now).
Yes that is misspelled on purpose. Join Jeff and Dan as they look at the latest in tech news and talk about losing their lives to World of Warcraft Classic. Show notes at redbluegreen.ca
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Jeff and Dan stumble their way in to discussing the latest Star Trek news including Star Trek Picard and a deep dive in to seasons 1 and 2 of Star Trek Discovery.
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Software and Internet
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Bullshit EU Rules
Steam vs Epic
One More Thing…
Kevin takes us through what red flag laws are and what is concering about them on today's episode.
CES 2019 Picks
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1) Best Soundtrack of 2018
Dan - Red Dead Redemption 2 Jeff - Octopath Traveller
2) Best Graphics of 2018
Dan - Red Dead Redemption 2 Jeff - Forza Horizon 4
3) Best Deal of 2018
Dan - Frostpunk Jeff - Sega Genesis Classics
4) Best Catch-up Game (2017 game you played in 2018)
Dan - Persona 5 Jeff - Cosmic Star Heroine
5) Best Recurring Game (Game you played in previous years you played the most of in 2018)
Dan - Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Jeff - American Truck Simulator
6) Best Mobile Game of 2018
Dan - No Comment Jeff - Pokemon GO, Marvel Strike Force
7) Best Indie Game of 2018
Dan - Celeste Jeff - Icey
8) Best Multiplayer Game of 2018
Dan - Sea of Thieves Jeff - World of Warships
9) Best Expansion of 2018
Dan - World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Jeff - World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
10) Game of the Year 2018
Dan - God of War Jeff - Octopath Traveller
11) Honourable Mention of 2018 (game that won nothing, but you still want to mention as great)
Dan - Spider-Man Jeff - Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, Smash Bros Ultimate
12) Most Anticipated Game of 2019
Dan - The Outer Worlds Jeff - Crackdown 3, Ace Combat 7, Shenmue 3
13) Cautiously Pessimistic game
Dan - Starfield Jeff - Kingdom Hearts
14) Best gaming device of the year
Dan - Playstation 4 Jeff - Nintendo Switch
15) Worst console of the year
Dan - Xbox One X Jeff - Playstation Classic
16) Most disappointing Game
Dan - Monster Hunter World Jeff - Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (technically a 2017 release)
17) Game most wanted to go on sale Dan - Nier Automata Jeff - Nier Automata
AMD and Intel
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2018 Stories of the Year
UN Migration Pact
Read the basics from the actual form.
Canada - Signed the Agreement
US - Opted Out
US politics for the past year for immigration
Even as those living in the US unlawfully remain targets, the administration has sought to redefine what legal immigration looks like, too, slowing or halting those seeking to come to the country for a job offer, through their relationship to a citizen, or to find a home as a refugee or asylee.
US and other countries bail on UN aggrement
More than 60,000 migrants have died in hazardous journeys while trying to reach wealthier countries, Mr. Guterres said. “This is a source of collective shame,” he added.
Under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a fiercely anti-immigrant leader, Hungary has dismissed the compact as a “pro-migration document.” Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia have also rejected the compact, as have Australia and Israel.
Note that this article talks only opinions and almost no facts about what the UN pact does.
AMD vs Intel vs Nvidia
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Join Cynth, Jeff and Dan as they look at the Internet and how it has changed how we communicate and share. All links mentioned in the podcast are located at the bottom of this description.
Random “WOW! FACTS!”:
Did you know that there’s high speed internet available all the way up Mt. Everest?
Did you know that in 2010, Finland became the first country to declare internet access as a legal right? (Do you think internet access should be a human right?)
AND did you know that it is believed that the Internet will be the reason thousands of languages will go extinct? Apparently, only 5% of the worlds 7,700 languages are on the internet, which has experts claiming it will lead to the death of languages if they aren’t used on the platform.
As you can guess from the random facts already presented, today’s topic is probably one piece of technology that everyone uses on a daily basis, provided they have access to it, the Internet!
Thinking back 10,15 years ago when we were in high school. Do you remember when the internet first came to our schools and we were like WOW! But the schools didn’t trust that thing at all?
As we always do her on you me and tech, I like to give a little history lesson.
The basic history of the Internet: the concept of wide area networking originated in many computer labs in the US, UK and France since the development of computers in the 1950s. Commercial internet service providers started popping up in the late 1980, like AOL dial-up (providing email, instant messaging and web browser) in 1989.
What sort of things are you happy that the Internet has given us access to?
-Connectivity? Social Media?
What do we rely on the Internet for now or even over-rely on it for?
-Entertainment - More and more people use Netflix, Youtube, Twitch for their fun.
-Shopping -Has online shopping killed brick and mortar stores?
-Connectivity -Social Media is so big now that people can make millions just by having a lot of followers! (Brands sponsor them to advertise.)
The Internet is touted for bringing the world to our fingertips, wherever and whenever we want it. The main thing that the Internet has done is give humans a level of connectivity probably thought impossible 100 years ago. We are connected, not only instantly with anyone and everyone, but constantly (which as an introvert can be stupidly annoying sometimes to have people texting at all hours of the day, even after spending 5 hrs together in person!)
However, has either of you guys noticed a trend recently of people “taking a break” from the Internet, or social media? I have. I finally took the leap and jumped off the Facebook train a few weeks ago. I didn’t find it very social anymore, and it was just a place for friends who post pictures of their kids’ scribbles or “got a dollar from the tooth fairy” images. Any ideas why people are leaving social media?
[I will play the clip of this when you want to hear it]
I was recently watching a vlogsbrothers video, which we will link to in the show notes, where Hank Green was explaining why he has decided to take a break from social media. To quote something interesting he says in his opening statements, “I wish the internet were more unreliable because I don’t like the way I’m using the Internet. Or more to the point, I don’t like the way the Internet is using me.” He continued on to say he spends around 20 hours a week on Reddit, instagram and twitter, but says its a fractured way to collect information on the internet. He says mosts of the time is him refreshing the pages and checking often “as if something fresh is just truly over the horizon.” I definitely recommend you go watch the video on youtube. It’s only 3 minutes long and says a lot.
According to Canadian Mental Health Association, 86% of Ontario students visit social media sites daily and about 16% spend 5 hours or more a day on it!
To sum up an experiment done - they did MRI scans of the "nucleus accumbens (the rewards centre of the brain) and how social media use affects the brain. They found that the reward centre of the brain was often more activated after receiving positive social media feedback. Those changes were similar to individuals who experience drug or alcohol addiction." ..."and causes greater activation in their amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is connected to impulsive behavior... is also activated with people who use substances problematically."
So this has ballooned into something even scarier. Internet Addiction is a real thing, controversial, but real. Some say the internet isn’t where to place blame, but the addiction already found in users. For example, someone is addicted to internet gambling, then they would suggest that their addiction is gambling, not the internet. Organizations like Mental Health America and Canadian Mental Health Association have deemed Internet Addiction fact, but yet that it preys most on people with mental issues the most.
The Center for Internet Addiction was created in 1995 by Dr. Kimberly Young where she provides Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Internet addiction. “Internet addiction is defined as any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment. Internet addiction has been called Internet dependency and Internet compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict’s life. Internet addicts make the Internet a priority more important than family, friends, and work. The Internet becomes the organizing principle of addicts’ lives.”
According to Mental Health America (.net), " people who are addicted to the internet have trouble filling personal and professional obligations because of their online activities, and their use of the internet causes strain on relationships with family and friends. ... [they] often experience negative emotions or withdrawal symptoms when their internet access is restricted." Research suggests that 6% of people are addicted to the internet. (Less than 40% of the world have access to the internet at least once per year and significantly less have regular access) = 3.04 billion people, == 182 million people)
Going back to Dr. Kimberly Young, she uses techniques called Digital Diets and Digital Nutrition, mainly because you can’t cut off internet use cold turkey. Digital diet is a controlled use of the internet.Instead of checking your social media 50 times a day, check it 5 times. Digital Nutrition is about what content you are accessing. Goes back to internet gambling. You can still use the internet for other things, but gambling is restricted.
Dr Young suggests we:
I guess the reality of it all is, can we as humans have instant access to everything, all the time and NOT use it as a crutch?
If the Internet were to suddenly be gone, could we function? Not in a joking way, but could we?
Midterms for the US
Dems 47, Republicans 51 for the Senate
Democrats 231, Republicans 198 for the House
New York times Colorado midterms
First openly gay man to win as governer
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Recap on first case
First case for gay wedding cake. States that jack phillips refused to sell a wedding cake. It was for the purpose of the wedding message for the gay couple that he didn’t believe in. The ruling on the case was was that the baker ended up winning the case. But it didn’t resolve the issue between religious freedom and discrimination. Basically, the court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commision had discriminated against religious freedom by being anti-religious in bias.
Jack Phillips denied doing cake for trangender "transformation" cake from male to female where it showed the gender of the transitioned gender to female where the outside of the cake is blue and inside pink.
What does this mean for freedom?
What does this mean for anyone religious?
What does this mean for the 1st amendment?
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances."
Former Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Twinning Cancelled by Court of Appeals
BC Moves to Block Pipeline Expansion
Ottawa insists BC Government has No Authority to Block Pipeline
Ottawa fund group protesting pipeline with contested summer jobs program money
Canada buys assets to the twinning of the pipeline
Appeals court announces the halting of the project, again.
Ottawa warns Alberta against dropping out of National Climate Plan
Can Canada be trusted to move forward with projects in the future?
Will we always be fully dependent on selling oil to the US?
Where do we go from here?
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