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September 25, 2015

Citizens of Tech 014 - Ad-Free 10G Dishwashers



Once upon a time, there was a princess, only she didn’t know it. Her stepmother was mean, and her ugly stepsisters were condescending and cruel. One day, the princess shoved her foot into a glass slipper. It was really uncomfortable. She wiggled her toes, hoping for a better fit. The slipper shattered, a shard severing a plantar artery. She swooned from the sight of her own blood, pooling below her. The swoon turned into a faint. The faint a brief coma, which just as quickly turned into death. The poor princess bled out completely, the catastrophic blood loss too much for her tiny body to overcome. She died. Why? Why, oh, why??? Because she was not a Citizen of Tech! If she were, she’d have immediately recognized the foolishness of glass footwear, and made a wiser choice.

To assist you with your technical wisdom…is me! (Ethan Banks) and reading the fate of the poor princess is Eric Sutphen your hosts for this rocket ride of insanity. Follow us @citizensoftech. On today’s program...

A cloudy phone, Netflix on the nightshift, Hulu sorta ad free, an insane laptop, the humble dishwasher, the Tesla Model 3, and more!


Ex-Android and HTC employees launch Robin, a “cloud-first” smartphone


  • A matter of storage

  • 32GB local + 100GB cloud

  • It’s a nice phone. Really.

  • Oh, data caps & network latency though.

  • Begs the question. How much local storage should be the base on a phone?

“NightShift” caches Netflix shows on your home network to boost speed


  • Download now, watch later. Aimed at people with lousy connections.

  • Also a data cap problem for the satellite subscribers.

  • But...is it legal?

  • Okay, but how do I get it? ASUS+USB storage.

  • It works as a cache. You don’t interact with NightShift directly.

Hulu to offer an ad-free option for monthly subscribers


  • It’s $12 a month. Go wild.

  • Or keep paying $8 a month for the ad-content.

  • Big fat asterisk. Not all content licensing agreements will allow for zero ads. So...yeah. That.

ASUS ROG GX700 Laptop - Just add water!


  • ASUS’s ROG line of laptops are well regarded and generally push the limits of extreme performance

  • They’re pushing the limits once again with an enthusiast targeted laptop that features a 17.3” 4K screen, overclockable Skylake Intel CPU, oodles of memory, the latest NVIDIA graphics and …. a water cooling system…

  • External Dock plugs into the laptop with a 2-stage connection system to prevent any drips or drops

  • It’s a bit insane - but I love the idea.

  • Better would have been an external GPU/water cooling dock that enables desktop graphics card to be used…

  • Asus told Computerbase.de that it doesn’t *have* to use the water cooling, but that hooking up the water cooler and cranking up clock speeds on both the CPU and graphics card can increase performance by as much as 80%.

    • 80% is simply an ASTRONOMICAL number in the overclocking world - with 40-60% being extremely good to amazing on the OMG-o-meter.

iPhone comment - new 6S phone rumored to have smaller battery

  • Let’s say the rumor is true.

  • New processor is to consume less power.

  • So...who cares?

City-run ISP makes 10Gbps available to all residents and businesses


  • Five years ago, the city of Salisbury, North Carolina began a project to roll out fiber across its territory.

  • They decided to do so because the private ISPs in the area weren't willing to invest more in the local infrastructure.

  • Gigabit download and upload speeds have been available to residents since last year for $105 a month

  • $45 a month for 50Mbps symmetrical service.

  • They are not alone, 4 years ago VTEL released 1Gbps service for $35/mo - https://www.vermontel.com/about/newsroom/entry/vtel-rolls-out-10-gbps-internet-the-fastest-internet-in-vermont-just-got-1000-faster

    • VTel’s $35 a month price for 1 Gbps Internet remains unchanged. VTel’s new 10 Gbps Internet service to homes is $400 a month.

Feature - PAST

The humble dishwasher


Today I Learned

TIL at a Marine Mammal Studies Institute, dolphins were trained to turn in trash that fell into the pools in exchange for fish. One dolphin was smart enough to hide pieces of paper under a rock, tearing off smaller pieces from the paper in order to get more fish out of it.



Pre-orders for Tesla Model 3 - The mass-market E-Vehicle begin in March of 2016 (ERIC)


  • March 2016 Preorders begin . via Elon Musk’s Twitter account “$35k price, unveil in March, preorders start then.”

  • Be ready to wait... “Model 3, our smaller and lower cost sedan will start production in about 2 years. Fully operational Gigafactory needed.”

  • Article speculates that the reason for the delay is due to the Gigafactory reducing the cost of the battery production. Estimates that battery production cost would currently be the bulk of the $35k price tag - and they would have to take a loss to sell at that price point.

  • 2017 Release date for the Model 3…

  • Tesla Model X (The SUV) - Delivery begins this month.

Elio Motors - The odd little 3 wheeled car that just might finally happen.


  • Goal - 84MPG “car” $6,800 pricetag | 100% American Made

  • Venture Capital was proving an issue so they decided to crowdfund and try to raise $25mil

  • They’ve pulled in just over $32mil so far

  • Service through PepBoys

  • Standard Gasoline Engine - just more efficient due to aerodynamics and weight.


And remember...if the police bang on your door and ask if you’re classified as human, tell them you’re a meat popsicle. And if that doesn’t work, show them your multi-pass.

September 18, 2015

Citizens of Tech 013 - Extreme Font Hypermiling


After a month, Citizens of Tech is back! To get back into the groove, we decided to stack up a whole bunch of interesting news stories. Our focus is on the present. Next week, we will head back into our standard format - we promise! We are...of course...Eric Sutphen & Ethan Banks.


Europe’s Extremely Large Telescope to be… extremely large! (ERIC)


Intel targets gamers with sixth-gen 'Skylake' CPU launch (Ethan)


Intel Core M being tested in phones (Eric)


I’m now an Estonian e-resident, but I still don’t know what to do with it


Comcast planning gigabit cable for entire US territory in 2-3 years


The USB-IF doesn’t want you to be confused about USB Type-C


Amazon Prime Video now does what Netflix won't: offline playback (Eric)


Norwegian hypermiler drives Tesla 452 miles on a single charge


Rovio, maker of Angry Birds, axes over one-third of its employees


LTE over Wi-Fi spectrum sets up industry-wide fight over interference


Open source typeface “Hack” brings design to source code


The font that flags NSA hotwords for you: Project Seen



Today I Learned

TIL: The Whitehouse installed a Streetfighter II arcade console in 1992 - 23 years later they’ve replaced it with a Dance Dance Revolution cabinet.