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John is finding that when he goes to a website, he gets an additional window open with an advertisement. Leo says that's called a browser hijack and it's usually caused by an extension he doesn't recognize. John should look in his browser settings and extensions, and then see if there's anything in there he doesn't recognize. Chances are, there is.
Leo was down in Marina Del Rey this week, and got to ride around Marina Del Rey on an electric bike for rent. When you're done with them, you just leave them where you go. Leo says it was pretty cool and the cost wasn't that bad. Johnny Jet says that some cities are starting to limit or even ban them because they get left everywhere and can be a hazard. He was in San Diego and saw them lying around everywhere.
George is having issues watching TWiT podcasts with the Roku YouTube app. After about 10 minutes, it switches to another podcast. What gives? Leo says that a number of people have complained about that happening on YouTube, but it's not everyone. It may be an autoplay issue. Try turning that off. But something may have changed with YouTube that's causing it. Leo says try another app like TWiTCH or Mixer. See if it repeats. Also, try looking at another YouTube Live channel. If it does, it could be a stream configuration issue that TWiT needs to fix.
Joe is having issues with packet loss on his internet connection. He's been using BroadbandReports.com to monitor it, but now he hears that the website is going to be shut down. Leo says he hasn't heard that. You can use ICSI Netalyzr. It will give you comprehensive testing of everything from speed testing to ping testing, packet loss, and buffer bloat. If streaming on Netflix is a concern, check out Netflix's FAST test. He's like a monitor service like DSLReports.
This past week, Elon Musk said that the current version of Tesla autopilot can do fully self-driving on the high ways. But Sam says there isn't a single car on the road, with the exception of test vehicles that are fully self-driving. The technology simply isn't reliable enough without a safety driver. Leo says he can't wait for it to happen because he would like to never have to drive again. Sam says that people's perceptions of loving to drive are changing, preferring to have someone else do the driving. That's why Uber and Lyft are becoming so successful.
Rick wants to know if he can get a satellite antenna that offers "free hi-def" channels. Leo says it's not the channels he thinks he'll get. He'll end up getting stuff that's already being streamed on the internet. Almost certainly a bogus offer.
Matt wants to know what mesh router he should buy to control his landscape system. Leo says that Orbi is ideal because it's easy to install, and they have outdoor base stations.
Johnny Jet visited the huge Italian eating experience known as Eataly. Leo loves that place and even went to the one in Las Vegas.
Deals - New to LA $582. Virgin. Qantas - Dallas to Sydney $787. $545 Phoenix to Melbourne. NY to Tokyo $650. There are deals everywhere and it's a great time to book your travel. It's summertime down under.
App of the week - Canadian Version of the myTSA app. It's called CATSA Breeze Through Security Mobile App. Free on iOS and Android.
Kimberly's son is deploying overseas and he has to buy Boingo internet service to get online. It's 6 months required. Leo says Boingo works, but it is kinda expensive. And those six month requirements is untenable if you get redeployed or an "Temporary Duty" which could change. Contact Boingo - https://support.boingo.com/military/s/. Check out the FAQ - https://support.boingo.com/military/s/article/What-are-the-details-of-th...
Naomi says they are wanting to buy something online and the seller wants "eBay gift cards." Leo says that's a common scam because gift cards aren't really traceable, and you can't stop payment on them once rendered. Credit cards, or an online payment service like PayPal, offer buyer protection.Check out the book - The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova