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    We all have some great expectations about technology and what’s in store for us around the next corner. Producers count on our reliable gullibility and feed us daydreams and half-truths which run counter to the positive experience whole-truths might bring on. Regardless of what we hear, we can control what we know since technology isn’t some spiritual totem animal that needs a prophet to interpret. In this episode, 5G – what it is and what it isn’t and also, “Broadband,” what it is and what it isn’t. There’s not alot of gray! What we expect should be nothing less than what these things are – and at their best, there are some interesting truths to swallow.

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    With the Internet behind so much access to infrastructure and anyone able to access anything given the right credentials, isn’t it time to not just issue new passwords but also consider accountability through issuing licenses? History already shows this can be effective with some citizen right-mindedness in place. With one person’s mistakes affecting dozens of other people, should we make rules? We already have special licenses for driving special vehicles and using reserved communications. What’s the alternative? An episode with big but pointed questions about security and responsibility.

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    Your ISPs gateway is like an electric locomotive and everything that’s connected is a car along the train. The gateway has both the modem and the router. Most retail routers for sale today shouldn’t be sold because their underlying processor architecture is outdated and leaves every device that connects to it vulnerable. This episode can get you on track with why residential security is the pits these days. After a little browser history, you’ll see why Google is the RR tycoon in our analogy and there’s a research paper out there to back it all up!

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    Most likely a part one, this episode is rudely interrupted by the discovery of firewall logs that indicate an ongoing attack on the router during the show. A primer for new users who want to kill a half hour with explanations about antenna, 5G, NSA-made malware, routers and basics of how wireless networks fit together for users. MU-MIMO coverage rolls in and the episode touches on the concept of how important insulating your smart gadgets from outside networks is; more so with the eventual arrival of 5G.

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    With Amazon opening its platform to advertisers in a massive way, we sift through the WSJ article and discuss as thought leaders (!) how old world common sense like selling physical things, not only makes sense but is just what Amazon is doing. Why isn’t anyone else? It’s odd when you sit and think about it – where other sites are specifically after selling our data, Amazon’s busy selling us actual stuff whether you’re online or not. Looks like we’d better warm up to our new overlords. And Linux squeezes in a tiny appearance in today’s episode.