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NC #661 Verizon Credits, No Flash Hack, Security Bits on Meltdown & Spectre

I’ve got a couple of announcements to tell you, then a listener story from David Bogdan from Japan, and one from Denise Crown. At that point, I’m going to hand you over to Bart and me in Security Bits because there was so much to talk about with so many big stories. We’ll talk about password managers being used as trackers, the IOHIDeous vulnerability, and then spend a lot of time learning the truth (as of now) about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. It’s a fascinating session and Bart unpacks all of this for us beautifully of course.

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Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Saturday, January 6, 2018, and this is show number 661.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

In Chit Chat Across the Pond this week, we’ve got another installment of Programming By Stealth where Bart teaches us about inheritance (relationships between classes) and polymorphism. Now he said polymorphism is a concept that throws most first-level college students, but in an odd twist, I didn’t find it confusing at all! Plus, he lets us play with cows, ducks, and turkeys in his example so it’s loads of fun. You can find this episode in either the full Chit Chat Across the Pond podcast feed or the Programming By Stealth podcast feed in your podcatcher.

IT Origins – Gestalt IT

This week I had the great pleasure to be interviewed by Rich Stroffolino on IT Origins as part of Gestalt IT. The interview was about my career in IT, how I got into the field and changes I’ve seen over time. I may have gone on a couple of rants about what really bugs me about the IT organization I was in and gave some serious philosophy thoughts that I think IT people would benefit from embracing. Check it out at…

Daily Tech News Show

I was also on Daily Tech News Show on Friday where Tom, Sarah and I talked the day’s news, and then discussed the top trends expected at CES and what we think about those trends. To give a little hint, the title of episode 3193 is DTNS 3193a – IoT: The Internet of Toilets.

I’m also super excited that I’m going to be on DTNS during CES on Tuesday in the Central Hall Broadcast Tower. I don’t know what that means but it sounds really cool, doesn’t it? There’s also a DTNS meetup at the MGM Grand Level Up Arcade at 8pm on Tuesday night. If you’re in town Steve and I would sure love to see you there.

Cloud Outliner on ScreenCasts Online

Cloud outliner logoMy new favorite outlining tool for the Mac and iOS is Cloud Outliner, so I created a tutorial for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online and it’s available now at…. ScreenCasts Online is a paid service but you can get a free 10-day trial to check out this video and the back catalog. Go check it out!

Blog Posts

How to Keep Your Verizon Credits – By Denise Crown

No Flash Hack with Responsive Design Mode – by David Bogdan

Patreon and Paypal

You may have noticed that this podcast does not have any ads. It does cost money to produce, but rather than advertising, we’re supported by you. You can support the show in several ways. This week Nick Riley chose to use Patreon to support the show. If you go to, you can pledge a small dollar amount per show like Nick did and you’ll be charged once a month. When I say “per show” by the way, I only count the NosillaCast, so it’s like getting Chit Chat Across the Pond for free!

If recurring support isn’t your thing and you want to support the show with a one time amount, do like Eric Fontenot did, and go to and push the big blue button.

You can also go over to and push the big red button at the top that says Support the Show and you’ll be linked to all the ways you can help out. Big thanks to Nick and Eric for their support of the Podfeet Podcasts.

Security Bits – Password Trackers, IOHIDeous, Meltdown & Spectre

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at [email protected], follow me on twitter @podfeet. Remember, everything good starts with,,,! And if you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

4 thoughts on “NC #661 Verizon Credits, No Flash Hack, Security Bits on Meltdown & Spectre

  1. Ralston Barnard - January 7, 2018

    What about GPUs?
    Has anyone investigated whether speculative execution applies to GPUs? Could my FCP X be slowed down?

  2. Podfeet - January 7, 2018

    Probably add passwords, like in live chat. By the way I am not going to use the fact that you can do this maliciously, just pointing out that it’s possible.

  3. sTim - January 8, 2018

    Really appreciated the security issues discussion. Interested to check out the Gestalt IT podcast, but based on your comments, I’m bracing for another “everything IT does is waste” philosophical debate! =)

  4. Allison - January 8, 2018

    And you would be right, Tim!

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