John C Morley: (00:00)
(JMOR tech talk show. When we answer questions about technology, explain the way they should work and why they tone sometimes)
Well, hey everybody, it is John C Morley, serial entrepreneur here. And welcome once again to another great episode of the JMOR tech talk show. Marcus, it is great to be with you. How are you doing today?
I'm doing Fantastic
John C Morley: (00:26)
This evening. I should say.
I'm doing fantastic, John. How are you doing?
John C Morley: (00:28)
I'm doing well. I'm doing well. We're coming into the home stretch for the new year. I mean, I can't believe Marcus. We have with today being the 17th, we have less than two, four weeks left in 2021.
Yeah. I can't believe it was just a blink of a, not now
John C Morley: (00:53)
There is a lot of changes going on and I think, you know, 2022 is going to be a great year. We're always going to get those skeptics, unfortunately, and people that are going to want to wear their masks even to better, like, I'd say, even in the car when no one's around, you know, really take the mask off if no one's in the car.
John C Morley: (01:12)
I mean, you look stupid. Okay. There's nobody there. And I don't think anybody's going to get, and you know, funny, I was learning us. I was at a party just last night and what I was learning a Thursday night was that they had these signs of this building I went to, and it said that you are absolving and agreeing to hold us harmless by entering these facilities by any kind of case of COVID or a lawsuit as we are not responsible. I, they were big signs like jumbo, and I'm like? And I'm like, this isn't going to hold up in court because you can't even prove
It. Oh, you can't.
John C Morley: (01:59)
So I think these lawyers are just using this as a facade to make some extra money is my feeling.
Yeah. You, people, have found many ways to scam people during these times. And it is getting kind of ridiculous. And like you said people trying to square as your body points with the mask. So
John C Morley: (02:21)
I was talking to somebody who, who is close to me, his first name is Nate and we may bring him on a show in the future. He's very involved with the bots, you know, the warbots, the different bots they have. And he was telling me, actually went to the conference. I think it's, I forget what it's called. Something bots. You probably might know bear. And I do it's the war or something. Then, I'm trying to think of the name. You probably know what I'm talking about. The bot wars with destruction.
John C Morley: (02:57)
I'm trying to think what the name is.
Yeah, the battle box?
John C Morley: (03:00)
What is it?
Is it the battle box? I believe
John C Morley: (03:02)
Battle bots that's yes. So he was very knowledgeable. I think he might be a good guest to have a little later, maybe next year because it was very interesting to learn all the rules. You know, they have a lot of safety there, Marcus that they can't enter the ring with their weapons deployed. So there was one person they take safety very seriously, that was coming into the Battle Bot rink and his blade was out and spinning.
John C Morley: (03:32)
Before it gets into the rink or before the doors close, it's a violation. I never knew this. And I also learned something from talking to the other night that you can have all kinds of weapons like hammers. You know, you can have flame-throwing, which is legal. I can't believe it. You can also have any type of cutters, which we've seen before flippers. You can't have any type of electro-mechanical device or jammers. You also can't have any kind of liquid, so water acid. So you have to have a very big armor and big, not just in what it is, but how well it can deflect the enemy. So interesting, It always gets me very up in the heart when I watch those shows because they seem like real people to me getting hurt.
Yeah, it does. Yeah, I'm quite sure we're going to have more of that in the future, you know especially with the increasing advancement of AI.
John C Morley: (04:37)
Exactly. So maybe we can, maybe we might feel Marcus reach us, see if we can get him to come on a show, and maybe we can reach out and get somebody from battle bots to come on our show. I think that'd be pretty cool, especially what's happening with the as you said, AI and games and stuff like that. I think this is the new future. People are looking at technology because they're getting bored with things that are in a box. They don't want a remote control car they don't want you to know, some race track that you just put a car down.
John C Morley: (05:07)
They want something interactive. And he was telling me the seats were under a hundred bucks and they go through, I forget how many hours of taping he said, but it was very well worth it. I think he paid 60 some dollars. He said it was very well worth the conference. So interesting thing, we'll have to just keep that up, but I thought I would share that with you because we're always trying to know what's going on in the news and you know, Facebook or what we call, what quote-unquote, meta these days, they're not hiding yet, they're not fooling anybody. Facebook may have to open up their draws according to the new social media bill, which may require it. This is going to be pretty sticky if you ask me.
Yeah. And it is especially since they have to send, send the information to qualify, you know, qualified researchers.
John C Morley: (06:05)
Exactly. So a new bipartisan group of US senators has announced this new bill that requires social media companies to share platform data with independent researchers. The bill announcing and it was put through by democratic Senator, Chrisoms, Amy clawback, and Rob Portman, and also the thing about it is they're naming what they call the platform, accountability and transparency act Pata. Hey, that's pretty neat. It's kind of like what I was saying all along. Isn't it Marcus?
John C Morley: (06:42)
I said we needed something like
We needed, you know, someone to step in, you know
John C Morley: (06:48)
Exactly. We have the consortium like most people don't know this, but Google wasn't as smart as everybody thinks, like when they can't put that ship many years ago and the chip doesn't even trust their devices, they didn't come up with that idea. The security consortium came up with that,
John C Morley: (07:08)
So a lot of things that we see every day and these companies are smart. They're not the ones that are coming up with those things. So they're going to establish new rules compelling social media platforms to share data with qualified researchers. Now that's defined as university-affiliated research pursuing projects that have been approved by the national science foundation. That sounds interesting, but it sounds a little plausible. I don't know,
It does, you know, We just hope it's someone a little bit trendy, you know, we don't want someone who's, you know, kind of out of the loop of what's going on.
John C Morley: (07:49)
So under the bill, the platforms would be required to comply with the request for data. Once the research was approved by the NSF, and then if they fail to provide data to a qualifying project it could result in the platform losing the immunities provided by section 230 of the communication decency act. That's pretty tight, so they're not going to shut them down, but then it's like their armors going to be stripped from them. And they're no longer going to have that. What I call that umbrella protection, just like if you start a company and you have a corporation, there's something called the corporate veil and you're protected, as long as you don't break the corporate veil,
John C Morley: (08:31)
Like, don't go buy sneakers for yourself and put that on your credit card, because that would be breaking the corporate veil unless those sneakers, by the way, were for a promotion or a product that you were doing an unboxing for. There is a difference there.
John C Morley: (08:47)
But you know, it's going to interest to see what happens, this, this new bill. But I knew this was coming to the platform accountable and transparent yet. I didn't know what it was called, but I just could smell this was on the horizon.
Yeah. You know, I mean, they, they had had too many visits through Washington and something had to be done, you know, and you know, the stuff with the kids, you know, heart you know, the Harm to the kids and something had to big yard to tighten up on these guys.
John C Morley: (09:19)
Well, they're saying and I want to quote, some of the big companies have said this before, trust us. And I quote, Senator Richard Blumenthal democratic person from Connecticut sent it from Connecticut. And they also said that seems to be what Instagram is saying in your testimony. And this was according to Missouri but self-policing. The policing depends on trust. The trust is gone, Marcus.
Yeah, it's away. And you know, the harm has been done. Then, you know, there's a lot of collateral damage and you know, they have made their money and I don't know how much more do they want to make
John C Morley: (10:09)
well, I, I don't know if it's about money, a hundred percent Marcus. I think it's, money's part of, but I think it's more about power.
John C Morley: (10:19)
And I'm going to say how influential they are on getting people to do or not do something. So money's part of it, but I think it's more of a power war.
Yeah. But I can see that also, you know, you and that's even more disgusting.
John C Morley: (10:40)
It is. And like I said, what they're doing with the kids is crazy how they're exploiting and they don't even know they're being exploited.
No. They don't.
John C Morley: (10:49)
So it's something that I'm glad we're starting to adhere to. I pray and hope that that bill, the P ATA platform accountability, and transparency act passes because if it doesn't then we're going to be right back in the same starting point that we were at, you know, a few weeks ago.
Yeah. We are in, in going to be seeing, you know Facebook doing whatever they want, you know, for a very long time.
John C Morley: (11:18)
But I think to be honest with you, I think Facebook was the one that propelled this because, by Facebook changing their name, it's like, they don't want to be associated with that brand anymore. But now they're doing the same crap with another company name. And it's funny too, of people are saying, okay, Facebook slash they're like referring to them as the same former and older name. It's like telling me that the media's not buying the name change.
No. One's not, you know you're not going to be able to escape from it.
John C Morley: (11:57)
They think they are. I mean, you log onto Facebook. Okay. Let’s think about this for a minute. You log onto facebook.com, right? You don't go to meta.com.
No, you don't. Yeah.
John C Morley: (12:12)
So my, my question is, you know, if you go to meta.com, you get about facebook.com and if you were doing this, I would say the whole Facebook domain should be done.
Yeah. That's what I would've done, I would've got rid of the whole domain. I would, I probably took it as far as getting rid of them, like, the logo.
John C Morley: (12:37)
Exactly. You're still seeing that logo. The Instagram logo is okay. But I mean, I think the Instagram logo has too much negative connotation on it. Yeah.
yeah. It has a lot of negative connotations.
John C Morley: (12:47)
it has whatever we want to do. We'll do it. And if we can just, you know, too bad
John C Morley: (12:57)
So we'll have to stay up to what's going on with them, but I'll be very interested to see. And I think there's a lot of new frontiers that are going to open in 2022 some good for some companies, some bad. And I say bad for the companies that are trying to exploit people. So I hope that they're able to do what that task force is set out to do. But speaking about Instagram, Instagram according to Adam Siri, explains Instagram is bringing back chronological feed. So this is a feed where you're going to be able to pick your favorites and have them show up at the top, in your, in chronological order. Now they haven't given too much information about how to do this, but they're saying that this is a feature they're going to be re-rolling out. So okay. That's nice. But I think Marcus, they've got bigger problems than figuring out what order a poster fee is coming in. Like where are their priorities?
Yeah. Because, you know, you go to your search and you can know all this other crap. I bet you don't want to see, you know, I mean, and your prime and kids to the harmful material.
Speaker 1: (14:29)
I agree. So I believe that they're not doing what the consumers want, they're doing what investors want. Okay. And they're doing, what's going to put money in their pocket right now. But I think they've been doing that long enough and they've been exploiting America long enough and it has to stop. Now.
John C Morley: (14:56)
And the only way it's going to stop ladies and gentlemen is by you telling your legislators by you speaking out about things that you don't like, I don't mean on the Facebook site or the Instagram site. I may be writing letters, emailing your legislators, telling them this has to stop telling them your kid was exploited by this. If they were, I think that's, what's going to do at Marcus. It's not going to be all, the little complaints or the feedback forms that people fill out.
Yeah. It's not I mean, I'm pretty sure that they're loaded with it, but now, you know it is pretty ridiculous. Like, you know, when you can't find, when you gotta like, you know, dig down to the bottom to find educational material.
John C Morley: (15:50)
That's pretty sad at thinking about sad things. There have been fires if you've not been following in London for quite a while. And it's causing pretty much havoc, especially this holiday season. They're getting fires all over London's network of transportation and the London agency is now going to ban what they believe the cause of it is e-scooters on public transit networks. So apparently they've been getting lots of fires and they believe that these devices are unsafe. They're not going to prevent them for sale and to be used on public I'm sorry, private property, but on public transportation, they're going to ban them. And a quote recently that I want to take from them, And it said, we have been extremely worried by the recent incidents on our public transport services, which involved intense fires and considerable smoke and damage close quote said the TFL’s, chief safety, health, and environment, officer Lily, Madison. It’s interesting, but I don't know if just banning them from the transport network is enough. Why aren't they banning the sale of them permanently Marcus? Why are they just doing it on the network of transportation?
Well, it seems that if they don't, if they attempted a band sale course going, you know, they won't be able to tax it anymore, but that's obvious. And, and then you know, it might get some, some other drawbacks elsewhere.
John C Morley: (17:45)
But I think the challenge is that if there's an unsafe product on the road, or even on your private property and it could cause fires, then why is it being allowed? It's a safety hazard. Why isn't it being recalled and fixed like a car would be, or an appliance or something else of that nature?
Yeah. It's, that's quite an interest because like, you gotta wonder, you know, maybe it's not as many fires as what, they're telling everyone.
John C Morley: (18:22)
Well, this is the thing. Whenever you get news to the media, we all know that it's blown out of proportion lots of times. And so it would be great to get a true number, but you know, when you're talking about you know, lots of posts on Twitter and Instagram, footage showing danger of basically it's the e-scooter battery firing, it's a problem. And like I said, they're calling for the ban on, on carrying e-scooters on public transport. So just to be very clear here, they're not allowing them. When I say on the network, I know that might be confusing. They're forbidding them to be carried on the transportation network, commuter lines. So that means you can't take it on the rail with you. You can't take it on the subway with you because they're fearful because of the fires they've seen, if that happens on a transportation network that could be deadly.
John C Morley: (19:32)
So I think that really, it should be recalled.
Yeah, it should. I mean, if it's that big of a problem, you know, recall it all
John C Morley: (19:43)
so what they're doing now to enforce this is they're going to set a fine of a thousand pounds or 1300 US dollars. I think that's a problem, but I think it's good. They're doing that.
Speaker 2: (20:00)
That, that is good, you know but I don't think these belong on any of the commuter lines anyways, you know.
John C Morley: (20:08)
I agree with you and I think needs to happen if they need to go back to the manufacturer and say, look these need to be tested. You know, or maybe when they're going on, the rails, they have a switch, they still should be tested, but maybe whenever they go on the rail systems, they can disengage the battery.
John C Morley: (20:35)
Because I think it's something happening with the charging system. So if they take power off the battery, right, then it shouldn't explode.
No, it shouldn't.
John C Morley: (20:52)
So there should be like a, a safety switch or like a, a safe travel switch, just switch it to green when getting on major transit or something. I mean, I still think they should fix the problem, but at least right now that would allow them to travel with them. But there's still the danger that they could still catch on fire when you get off the transportation system.
So I don't know. We, we saw this many years ago, Marcus, with eight PC, you know, when they were shipping batteries which basically when the power goes off, they regulate the power. Some of them besides just providing power battery, regulate the power. So if the power goes below 105, the battery steps in, okay. If it goes, let's say below one 112, the regular steps in to bring it up. If the battery goes above 122, 121, a regular comes in to pull the power down. But again, at 105, the battery steps come on board. And the way they were done many years ago is you had this box and there was like a label you had to open the box and the wire was not it. You had to physically take one of the wires.
It wasn't the easiest thing always to do. Because the wire was very rigid and you had to bend it back and connect it. And sometimes when people were connecting them, there weren't these protected pieces. So sometimes they would arc on you like for a second, nothing bad, but there was still a little bit of charge left over. So you had, what I always did is took them and just touched them real quick. So I could get the arc out. Then I could put the time to put them together because if you're trying to put that together, I think arcs that might scare you, or it could be a safety hazard. So what happened after many years of complaining and with the safety of you know, shipping and transportation alliances, they got smart and they no longer have plugs on the majority of them.
There are still some that do, but the ones that have plugs now have a flange. So if you, you can't put them in, it's like the metals, like in a few inches. So it's a lot safer, but what they did is they got rid of the need to plug it in on most of them. And so what you do is you take the unit out, had a red and a green side, you take it out, pop it up, twist it around, pop it back down. And now it's connected because they believed that when they were in transit, there was a possibility that they could catch on fire. And again, why? because they're connected to something. So they were just trying to alleviate that by not activating the battery unless the context were there. So if that proved to be successful, why don't they do something with the e-scooter? I'm not saying you should have something where they take the battery out, but something like a switch, I think that could solve the problem.
Yeah. That's a simple install. You know, that doesn't seem like acting like they're acting too much.
John C Morley: (24:02)
No, it doesn't, it's going to probably cost them an extra two or three bucks a bike. So I'm.
John C Morley: (24:09)
But, you know, I always say Marcus, when it has something to do with safety, it should be addressed immediately. It shouldn't even be a question.
Yeah. That should have been tested upfront, you know.
John C Morley: (24:19)
So we'll have to keep it, we'll have to keep an eye on that, but you know, another interesting thing that we want to keep an eye on is, you know, more and more cars. It could be the luxury cars from, you know, your Mercedes, your Audis, your Acura, your Porsches, Teslas not so much the Teslas, but they could be they are starting to get exploited due to a technology that Apple has called apple air tags. So here's how it works. These devices were designed to help you track different devices usually expensive devices. So you know, where they are, maybe equipment things like that. But what's recently come, to the light based on investigators from the York regional police in Hutto, they have charged many different people with theft and they use this unit. And basically what's happening is that they pop this unit in. And so it's a very small unit. It's probably about the size of less than the size of a quarter. Right. And if you're at the mall, they pop this little transmitter onto your car while you're at the mall, then they wait for you to drive that car home. And then within a day or two, they take it.
John C Morley:(25:59)
Pretty crazy. Isn't it?
Yeah. That’s Very crazy. You know, especially given that like, you know here, my hometown, like, you know death has, you know drastically increased, you know it's become a huge, huge issue and, and these crooks are getting smarter and smarter,
John C Morley: (26:20)
But, they're exploiting and using technology that's been used for other reasons. And something like this could be put under your bumper. It could be put on inside of a tire he put anywhere and you would never notice it.
Yeah. You wouldn't know it. Yeah.
John C Morley: (26:37)
Over the past year, they said more than 2000 vehicles have been stolen across the region. And out of that, approximately 300, 150 vehicles have been recovered in the last year. Okay. And they were only able to arrest a hundred people.
John C Morley: (27:03)
So here's what they're urging you to do. If possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, most vehicles are stolen from a driveway, use a steering wheel lock. It will also act as a visible deterrent for people installing a lock on the data port. This simple device can be purchased online and block access to the computer port where thieves gain access to reprogram the vehicle's keys. Interesting.
John C Morley: (27:39)
Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system. This is why I like to test it because it comes with its camera system onboard. I mean, that's a little much to put cameras in your car. I inspect your vehicle regularly and call the police If you notice any suspicious potential tracking devices. Now, how the heck is someone going to notice? They're not going to have a device to check this. And this is coming from the York regional police in Ontario.
Right. Yeah. Well, you know, if it's happening there, it is going to trickle his way over elsewhere too. So just try to.
John C Morley: (28:18)
I find, yeah, I think it's a problem. You know also people are putting them by the gas tanks as well.
Yeah. I would imagine, you know
John C Morley: (28:32)
Again, this is a very, very small device and people can purchase it and use it without any kind of verification of ownership.
John C Morley: (28:43)
So you could own the product and it verifies you to the phone, but you could stick it on whatever you want. It's not like, you know, right now, if you try to control a domain through Google or something, they want to verify you're an owner. There's no way you could verify you're an owner. They just take it and they pop a tracking device anywhere.
Yeah. Maybe that there may have to be something changed to that.
John C Morley: (29:13)
I'm thinking maybe there has to be some way. And the tag is only 29 bucks.
John C Morley: (29:24)
It's a very small little silver-like type coin with the apple logo on it. And like I said, most people are not going to catch this if you're going somewhere, like let's say a parking lot. And they have cameras. That's great. But what are people going to do now become camera watching for just people that are parking their car?
John C Morley: (29:51)
I like the idea of parking in a locked garage all the time.
John C Morley: (29:54)
Because if you're in a garage and you know, they see somebody walking up to a car most times they are going to stop them
John C Morley: (30:02)
But I feel that this is greater than just this. I think that it's an effort to figure out how to steal cars nationwide, because even in my town they're putting big signs of telling people you know, to lock their cars, but you know, what the people do. They leave the keys, Marcus, right in the car.
John C Morley: (30:30)
So you just walk up to the Ferrari, you open the door, you get in, you press the button, bam. You put it on a truck and you're done.
Oh, man. And that's too easy.
John C Morley: (30:43)
So they put signs out saying, please don't put your car somewhere and leave it unlocked. And you know, people were getting angry because they put these, they call them hideous signs. I didn't think they were that bad. They put these signs out to tell people to be safe. And they said they were cluttering up the neighborhood.
For things that they're not doing. Oh man, gotta love it.
John C Morley: (31:17)
It's crazy. And I've said this Marcus, whatever we get at access to things, and we're not physically there, there is that potential that somebody could hack into it.
John C Morley: (31:33)
But now they made carjacking so easy that they go after the cars that have the prime value that they want. They don't go after the cheap cars. They just us look for the cars they want. They put a few sensors out there and bam,
Well, yeah, that's the real card Jackers well. we got a problem with teenagers. That's joyriding here in our city and they're going after Kias in the Hyundais. So
John C Morley: (32:04)
They're just doing that to be
They're being a nuisance.
John C Morley: (32:09)
That’s all they're doing. Right?
John C Morley: (32:12)
So does that mean now that the car has to have an anti-tracking device to be able to check devices that are installed? I mean, where is this line going?
yeah. I don't know because like, you know, there's only so much you could, you know, you could do to continue.
John C Morley: (32:34)
Exactly. I don't know. Speaking about more people activism recently had an interesting challenge where the workers rallied in a protest for layoffs. The strike was funded to support work stoppage raising over a hundred thousand in 12 hours. And the group of activism blizzard workers calls itself a better ABK worker Alliance announcing that its members are taking part in an open-end strike until demands are met. And worker representation is finally given a place within the company. This is a company that has a few dollars active vision, and I am disappointed with the deplorable behavior of their management team that they're not able to give them their fair salary.
Yeah. This is, you know, you gotta wonder, you know they're not with the times, you know they gotta, wake up and smell the coffee here. You know, things are changing now and you know, you gotta pay your workers now.
John C Morley: (33:47)
And it's also not just that Marcus, its employees, but it's also, they have they also, Raven software has QA contractors who are elected or less monthly. And that's another problem. So they have a lot of contractors and they feel that contractors are disposable. I think too many people feel contractors are disposable. And without mentioning names to a lot of companies, they play a game Marcus to see who they can bring in at the lowest price. They don't want the best person. They want people that are going to come to work for the cheapest amount of money. In some senses, Marcus wants people that are not too bright.
Yeah. But this is not smart though.
John C Morley: (34:36)
No, it's not. And then, you know what, they want to do Marcus, they want to micromanage. I was talking to a company the other day and they were doing some tech support and the person got on-site and you know what they did when they got on site, they had to check in by phone, which was fine. But then they stayed on the phone with them for the entire time they were at the site. I said, why? Well, they like to stay on phone with us when we have troubleshooting calls. I'm like, are they helpful? Not really, but they just kind of want to police us on the phone. I don't know what to say to that.
Yeah. but it’s no wonder why you know there are so many products and slowdowns and why employees are just not being retained anymore.
John C Morley: (35:35)
Exactly. And you know, it's interesting because this strike that I was telling you about was all for, not the developers. Okay. But for the quality assurance team,
Oh, that's even worse.
John C Morley: (35:55)
So they're discriminating against Marcus against their quality assurance, contractors saying that they don't need them anymore.
Wow. That's far enough. Once you get a couple of complaints.
John C Morley: (06:13)
So alongside the strike, a better ABK is also actively working to create a formal labor union by distributing union authorization cards to employees. If a majority of employees sign such cards, it could lead division blizzard to voluntarily recognize the newly formed union or force a formal NL RB vote on union representation among all employees. So the real issue is that Ravens are being treated like second-class citizens.
John C Morley: (36:47)
They're not even playing fair with the whole company they're picking and choosing and discriminating. Now we hear D discrimination for race, religion, orientation, but this is different. They're discriminating based on the type of job they're doing, that's a new one Marcus, on my point.
Yeah. I have not heard anything like that.
John C Morley: (37:07)
So we gotta change the rule. Now we don't discriminate for race, religion, sexual orientation, or job classification.
yeah. If you got that type of your life, man, that's a new one of mine. Oh my, yeah. This is crazy
John C Morley: (37:24)
Until it becomes a lawsuit, then it'll become part of the stature in the normal discrimination, equal opportunity employer nomenclature.
John C Morley: (37:35)
Well, you know we had a little issue that happened not too long ago. Twitter made a little of a blunder. They suspended quite a few accounts in error, all because they received several malicious reports that there was a problem. So they didn't even bother to investigate it. They just suspended the account. They later realized that this was an error and they reinstated the accounts. So the policy's vague wording had drawn criticism for researchers who said it could stifle the use of Twitter for amateur reporting and open source investigation, amateur sluice and I quote, have used the site to pursue members of hate groups and suspected riders at us capital on January 6th.
John C Morley: (08:26)
So this is a whole thing about the misuse of power and misuse of media Marcus
John C Morley: (38:33)
And I have to tell you this, and many of our viewers don't know this, but I'm a certified member of the international press both as a videographer and a journalist. And I gotta tell you, I take that title very seriously because a lot of people, you know, feel that just because of your media, that you're somebody special. And I think there's some wording to that, but I don't think that you're God, I think that it's your job to bring the news to people in an unbiased way. And so I say this to you because whatever I report on, I try to give an unbiased view. There's a lot of people that can be bought and they'll slant the story because they're making more money. After all, if they make it seem like that, and this happens today, Marcus, unfortunately with many of the major three and four-letter companies, they just say, well it's seen more like that. Now. They just happened to get more advertising on that end. So that's why that became, but it's sad that this happens, Marcus.
Yeah, the, it is, you know we have seen an uptick in it. This is why some of the major news and media companies you know, are rolling out these, these fake and crazy news stories because like, they're just losing, you know, and they're losing. And the only way for them to continue to roll in the money machine is to do roll up the crazy easy stories and, you know, put out fake articles and stuff.
John C Morley: (40:26)
It just blows me away. But one point I want to end on is something called Winky lights, which kind of twinkly
lights, I should say. I call them Winky lights, but twinkly lights. So there is a new type of light you could put on your tree. Smart bulbs create this unique ambiance for the tree. And unfortunately, you still have to string the lights around the tree. That's not going to get done for you by osmosis. And they're different than the old school blinking lights with twinkly lights. You use your iOS, your Android app to customize your light set up via wifi. And there's a 56 light starter kit, which you can go up to 225 and create all kinds of patterns to how your lights will you're on the tree. That's pretty interesting.
yeah. That’s pretty cool.
John C Morley: (41:25)
But you know, my question is how long do those bulbs last because you know, when you put lights on a tree, they never seem to work, but you know, I gotta tell you they're getting better with that. Some of the newer companies are putting lights on the tree already and you don't have to wire them when you snap the tree together, they click without having to wire them. Pretty neat?
John C Morley: (41:55)
So twinkly lights in case you are wondering just for the heck of it they're right around 120 bucks.
John C Morley: (42:08)
And so you that, that's your, that's your starter pack and you could get them at any of your majors, you know, stores, but I think it's pretty cool. The way you can just, you know, use your app. It's a nice conversation starter for the holidays. Oh, love your tree. Oh yes. We got twinkly lights this year and I got a 400 count set and I spent 300 bucks. Wow. Yeah. They're multicolored. You can set only the pattern of how they go, but the light color and they can be used indoors or outdoors. Pretty interesting something. I think that would be nice to talk about around the blog this holiday season.
Marcus :( 42:52)
John C Morey: (42:55)
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I don't know where our time goes, but we are at the top of our hour already. And I just want to encourage you guys as we have just one more week, if you are celebrating Christmas if you celebrate other holidays, I hope those holidays were happy Murray, and great for you and your family. But this is a time where we get to talk about our things with our family. We get to sit around the table and somebody said to me a long time ago, John, it's not what you're having for dinner that matters. It's the people that sit around the table to enjoy it with you. Those are the things that we're going to treasure for years. Not the fact that somebody cooked a bad pot roast or a great meal. It's going to be the experience that we're going to talk about.
So listen, ladies and gentlemen, if you have an idea for a JMOR tech talk show, would you like to be a guest possibly in 2022, go to www.jmor.com
right-hand corner, click on, reach out today and apply to become a guest. We'd love to have people that it are insightful and that would like to provide value to our show. Also, if you have an idea for a product or an unboxing, reach out to us as well, you'll have to donate and send us the product. We'll review it. Give an honest review of the product. Again, if you're looking to send us a lemon and expecting me to turn to lemonade, I would just ask you to keep your product because I don't want to disappoint you. You cannot pay us to tell us what you want us to say about the product. Again, I hope the rest of your shopping days, which you have a few of them left before the holidays go well.
And I invite you to pop on over to my channel which is on YouTube John's space, C space Y space zero entrepreneur, and watch my 25 days of inspiration or gifts around the holidays' gifts that you'll be able to understand that I get every day for myself. And that teaches a lesson of something you can add to your mental tool belt that will help you become a better version of yourself and help others become a better version of themselves. Well, with that, Marcus, I have to say goodbye.
John C Morley: (45:02)
Have yourself a great weekend, everyone. And we'll be back next week. Wow. That's going to be Christmas Eve.
John C Morley: (54:11)
All my gosh. That's going to be amazing, Ladies. Gentlemen, we're going to have a great show for that one. So don't, don't miss it. Take care everyone, be well.
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