September 5, 2021 - Episode 603 - Show Notes

September 5, 2021 - Episode 603

Sunday Sep 5, 2021 (01:23:56)


This week, GM and Subaru are going on break, Pokemon Go is listening to trainers, and Locast is shutting down.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.


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General Motors and Subaru halt production amidst chip shortages

General Motors and Subaru have both announced a temporary production suspension this week, due to chip shortages. General Motors will halt production at nearly all of its facilities in the United States throughout the month of September, while Subaru will shutter its production facilities in Japan for four days. In general, chip shortages have affected nearly every industry - but almost no one has been hit quite as hard as carmakers have.

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Pokemon Go developers respond to community feedback over changes

It's been just over five years since Niantic released Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that spawned an entire industry. While other games have come and gone (Minecraft Earth, anyone), Pokemon Go has managed to keep its spot at the top of the stack. A lot of this has been because Niantic has been willing to listen to players' complaints about the game and respond to them. The company has also been willing to respond to the reality of the world, particularly in response to the COVID lockdowns around the world. But, in responding to the lockdowns, the company has made some mistakes.

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Yik Yak is back, and the internet is a little meaner as a consequence

If you are fortunate, you may have completely missed the former social network Yik Yak. This platform, which shut down 4 years ago, was focused on local and anonymous communication. People were able to post anonymously, as well as view and comment anonymously on other users' posts within a 5-mile radius. If this seems like a terrible idea, you're paying attention. In fact, this is exactly why the network was shut down. However, some bad ideas just can't be killed, as a new group has purchased the brand and is bring it back to life.

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Locast fails to convince a judge that it isn't violating the law

Over the past few years, as the number of people cutting the cord from cable has increased, many groups have tried to fill the void for people looking for local TV channels. Some of the streaming services offer local (or more importantly broadcast) stations, but many are either too expensive (the same or more than cable) or only offer a portion of the major networks. As a supplement, some organizations have tried a few times to offer this service without working with the networks themselves. The most recent was Locast, a non-profit that made it possible to stream local channels, theoretically for free.


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