December 19, 2021 - Episode 614 - Show Notes

December 19, 2021 - Episode 614

Sunday Dec 19, 2021 (01:30:16)


This week, quantum pendants are trying to kill, NFTs are heading to gaming, and Disney is leaving YouTube.


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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"Quantum pendants" are radioactive "protection" from 5G technology

When stupid conspiracy theories go around, it's inevitable that people will take advantage of those who have fallen for it. Take, for example, the ridiculous collection of conspiracy theories that 5G causes various problems. We've heard everything from 5G causes cancer to 5G is used to control your thoughts or to read your thoughts. The people who have fallen into the darkness of the 5G conspiracies have become the target of a new and even better hoax: "quantum pendants."

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NFTs cause outrage for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, plans immediately canceled

If there is one technology that is controversial right now, it's non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Everywhere they pop up, people seem to get upset. It could be because they don't understand what the technology offers, or it could be because they absolutely do understand. Either way, companies all over the internet have been looking to add NFTs into their products, and many have changed course after consumer feedback. This week, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 developer GSC Game World felt the wrath of their community after announcing NFTs in the upcoming game.

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YouTube TV loses all Disney-owned channels - what's next for users?

Media contracts expire all the time. Sometimes, the content owners are willing to have negotiations and renew under similar terms. Other times, content owners have new ideas on how they want to use those rights themselves. Either way, it means that platforms and content owners have to negotiate rather regularly. This weekend, negotiations between two powerhouses broke down and YouTube TV lost all 17 of Disney's channels on the platform.


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