21 episodes

We attempt to simplify some of life's most complicated questions. Why does money exist? What is in the news that's interesting? How did the Sun form?

Come sit by the fire and we'll tell some tall tales, news, and science.

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Cricket's Campfire Ben Beach

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We attempt to simplify some of life's most complicated questions. Why does money exist? What is in the news that's interesting? How did the Sun form?

Come sit by the fire and we'll tell some tall tales, news, and science.

Join our discord: https://discord.gg/j3pWb3v83y

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    Guest Feature - Mat - Education system, FDA, Depression and more!

    Guest Feature - Mat - Education system, FDA, Depression and more!

    Join us as we delve into the depths of the systems that control us, the FDA, depression, and more!
    If you or a friend is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide hotline, they are staffed 24/7 and have a wonderful team there to help, or just listen. 800-273-8255.
    Transcript available on https://cricketscampfire.com/


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    We've got a guest? What's going on?

    We've got a guest? What's going on?

    A trailer on what's coming up with Cricket's Campfire - we have a new guest, Mat Peterson, a release schedule (bi-weekly, starting October 1'st, 2021), a bit of background about where we've been and more!


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    • 3 min
    Code With an Agenda - Bots

    Code With an Agenda - Bots

    You see them every day. Blending in with the crowd. Faces on the other side of the internet, with pictures, names, words of their own. But they aren’t real. They were never real. They look and act almost right… but something’s off. Whether it’s trying to get you to buy something, or maybe think a certain way… They want something from you.
    Is that person yelling about politics even real? You have to think about it because you’re not sure. You settle on real. Probably. It’s hard to tell these days, but… he sounded real, didn’t he? They keep getting better and better. More human, and less robot. Who knows how many times you’ve already been fooled by them?
    How did we get here?
    Hey there everyone, welcome to crickets campfire. We were on a bit of a hiatus for personal reasons there, but we’re back! And today we're going to talk about bots.
    I’m sure you’ve heard the term bots. It's a pretty common buzzword when talking about the dangers of our very internet-centric lives. To the more tech-savvy, you'll already know what those are, but for clarity for everyone else, a bot is a program. A virtual robot, who only exists digitally. Sometimes they're as simple as a few lines of text, or much more in-depth code. These tasks are almost always repetitive, boring, time consuming tasks. No human would want to go and do these things every day. So someone writes a program to do these things. It cuts down immensely on the time a person has to devote to a website or task.
    A lot of bots are tasked with collecting and consolidating information, collecting it from different sites, and putting it somewhere easy to find. They’re good at making things neat and organized. A good bot makes your experience on the internet smooth and often safer. A chatbot can monitor live conversations and weed out trouble makers. Maybe you see a bot telling people the weather on some social media platform. We’ve got hundreds of millions of them.
    They can be so useful, and throughout your day, you’re probably being helped by an unknown number of them.
    But then there are the other bots. The ones that don’t want you to ever know you came in contact with. Bots are set in place by bad actors. They steal your public information to sell, Email spam, lie to you, frustrate you… They’re the biggest flaw to the internet.
    According to a study by Imperva, in 2019 about ⅓ of all traffic on the internet was created by bots. If that sounds high, that’s nothing compared to a few years ago. In 2014, only about 40% of online traffic was human.
    Why are there so many? Well, at the root of that are a number of reasons, but the biggest will always be the same. Money. Is something paid per view? Videos, news articles, this podcast even. Every view is a currency, exchangeable for cash. Bots can generate that so easily that it’s tempting to send bots through to rake in those views. If there’s something on sale that you can sell down the line for big bucks? Scalper bots will buy up every copy before a human can even try. Tickets are a huge target for this. I’m sure you’ve all heard about how hard it still is to buy a PS5. You can bet that some bots helped scalpers get most of those.
    Sometimes the motivation behind them is a little more obscure. DDoS attacks, or distributed denial of service, are when you send a huge number of bots to a site, overwhelming it, and taking it down. They can be hard to deal with, sometimes even impossible.
    There are other bots that just brute-force passwords. They get an email and just try passwords till they get in. They can do a lot of damage from there. Can you even count how many accounts are tied to your email?
    Then there’s a specific kind of nefarious bot. The ones made to look and sound like real people. They’re on Twitter, parroting politics that their owners want you to believe. Telling you about how great a product is from some sketchy website. They ask innocuous questions, trying to get

    • 10 min
    Google & Privacy

    Google & Privacy

    Have you ever questioned how it is that Google makes such an absurd amount of money? Maybe it's from their enterprise subscribers, maybe it's from selling their phones, perhaps even some sub-license contracts for Android? Nope. It's from advertising. Google is an advertising company, they're not a search engine anymore.
    We're digging into what it is that Google knows about me and how to help keep yourself away from their prying eyes.


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    • 6 min
    SCP - Legal Battle & Ethics Committee Orientation

    SCP - Legal Battle & Ethics Committee Orientation

    Lets look at a legal battle that's been storming around Russia over the SCP Wiki on that side as well as what that means for all of the SCP sites. We're also going to cover a very mild, clean tale from their website. The original author of this piece is Voct.
    http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/ethics-committee-orientation (http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/ethics-committee-orientation)


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    • 10 min
    [EARLY PREVIEW] I managed to sneak this out... don't tell the boss

    [EARLY PREVIEW] I managed to sneak this out... don't tell the boss

    Early release of Episode 2, snuck out behind boss' back. Don't tell him!

    NOTE: THIS STORY IS COMPLETELY FICTIONAL.

    • 1 min

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