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#80: Death is an Easy Diagnosis

June 14th, 2018 · 100 minutes

This week’s main topic finds John interrogating Merlin about the germophobia threat model. Merlin tries to distinguish his carefulness from a three-letter condition, and John reminds us why he doesn’t make lists.

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This week’s wraparound episode begins with the annual WWDC reporting live from the show floor. Then, Merlin explains a joke and shows John an image you can’t see yet. John has trouble stopping the flow of WIRED, and Apple TV apps are further discussed. Merlin briefly uses his Nest camera as a voice dingus. Very briefly.

Your hosts talk about how they handle the Wild West of two-factor authentication, and what happened with that whole Amazon tube lady dustup. John has thoughts on what it would take for these things to get smarter. Merlin accidentally freaks out his landlord with Technology.

John provides an update on solo-dadding and his new domestic vegetarian, and Merlin is still up against it with the family’s disruptive snacking workflow. John has follow-up on Merlin’s other program and his recent foray into Instagram. The fretfulness of preparing kid lunches and getting hair brushed is discussed.

Also, how hard is it to just pick up the phone and make a call? It’s not that hard.

(Recorded on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.)

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Threat model - Wikipedia
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Fecal microbiota transplantation or FMT is the transfer of fecal material containing bacteria and natural antibacterials from a healthy individual into a diseased recipient.

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