What Tech is Talking About | Your #DOCC Breakdown


We sponsor the long-running Denver Open Coffee Club (#DOCC) that meets every other Tuesday (on the other Tuesdays it’s the #BOCC in Boulder) at Fluid Coffee Bar. It’s a casual gathering of web, media and assorted geekery with a moderator and enough caffeine to stun a mule. The result is always enlightening and time-saving. Instead of surfing all over the Internet to find what’s hot and important, you can chill with the big beans of the #DOCC.

Since you might not be in town or able to attend, we’ll break it down for you:
IS THE FACEBOOK MESSENGER APP CREEPY ENOUGH FOR YOU?
This was a massive, sprawling conversation that eventually spiraled into one fine point: “Are you willing to give up privacy for convenience?” The answer seems to be an overwhelming yes, as over a billion people have downloaded the messenger app that includes a highlight reel of intrusions that, thanks to the investigative work (you know, actually reading the TOS) of Sam Fiorella, are found to:
  • Allow the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. 512px-Facebook_like_thumb
  • Allow the app to send SMS messages.
  • Allow the app to record audio with microphone.
  • Allow the app to take pictures and videos with the camera.
  • Allow the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls.
  • Allow the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
  • Allow the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information.
  • Allow the app to access the phone features of the device.
  • Allow the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone.

Most everyone at the #DOCC had to be conciliatory about the situation because we’re all guilty of downloading and using apps that could infringe on our privacy. The only outlier was the husband of #DOCC attendee Monique Elwell of Storyvine. She says he’s forsaken Google for DuckDuckGo and will not use any interface the compromises his privacy. She adds that “it can be annoying but he’s absolutely right.”

What do you think? Are we all just weak in the arms of convenience? Should we even bother trying to protect our privacy? Is Facebook terrible?

THE FUTURE OF BITCOIN AND THE NEW POTCOIN

Tech recruiter Matt Bernier fielded questions about his upcoming crypto-currency meetup and shared the inner workings of PotCoin. It could become the currency in which the new and legal marijuana outlets use to store their hordes of cash. If you have any questions you can actually call 1-844-POTCOIN (but not just for the heck of it, and sober.)

USB IS TERRIBLY FLAWED

usb-flash-driveIt’s true. Recent studies have shown that someone can take over your computer (and therefore most likely your life) by simply giving you a USB drive. We all do it. We all jam strange thumbs into our computer and sail away on the memory of a complimentary storage device. With that, however, comes the security risk that can only be eliminated by filling your USB port with glue.

(#DOCC attendees then laid out some hacking scenarios, like leaving free USB drives at an event and taking over everyone who grabbed them up. It’s ridiculous how real-life that actually is.)

THE HOTEL THAT BANNED BAD REVIEWS

You may have heard of the Union Street Guest House. It’s the hotel that posted this on its website:

From Slate "This Hotel Fines Wedding Parties $500 for Each Negative Yelp Review"

From Slate “This Hotel Fines Wedding Parties $500 for Each Negative Yelp Review”

They have since removed the verbiage and on NPR this morning it was reported that it was a joke. If anything, it was a good conversation starter at the #DOCC. Some of the marketing minds in attendance shared their research of negative reviews on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor actually attract business because it makes an establishment look busy and engaged. BitCoin Bernier finished the conversation with a quality comment on winning the Internet old school with service and quality that drowns out anything bad.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering how that Union Street Guest House fared after they’re $500 fine announcement, here are a few of the over 900 reviews posted after the story went viral.

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