How to Get the Improbable Insights Podcast

The Improbable Insights Crew Three people sit down every two weeks to record the Improbable Insights podcast. Eric Klein works in early-stage venture capital, focusing on companies developing a variety of hardware for consumers and businesses. As a venture guy, he keeps his eyes open for cool new tech before most people hear about it. Eric also began his career in gaming, working for Bungie back in the day. He also spent time at Palm and Apple. David Bryant works […]

Tech Grab Bag Podcast

This weeks podcast delves into a variety of interesting and curious recent tech news, including Ultra Blu-ray drives for the PC, the Windows game bar, Windows game mode, AMD Vega, Qualcomm’s lawsuit woes, Google cutting off ads to fake news sites and more. It turned out to be a pretty lively discussion; I hope you have as much fun listening as we had recording it. Tools I trade in my basic black, sound-dampened case, for something a bit more colorful, […]

Our Holiday Wishlist of Unicorns

This is totally not a holiday gift guide. Some of these things exist now, some will exist in the near future, and some may never exist. It’s really a wish list of tech we’d like to see, and soon… and have! Think of this as our “if wishes were ponies” episode about what we’d really like to see come down the pipe soon. Our list ranges far and wide, including PC processors, automobiles, smart cameras, and more. Tools Listener Ryan […]

Podcast: David and I Ask “Why?”

When you were a kid, you probably found it useful and annoying to keep asking your parents the question “Why?” David and I ask that question in today’s podcast regarding some of our choices in tech and related matters. We wanted to dig into our assumptions about what we use. It’s easy to become too comfortable with the familiar, and understanding why you choose something can sometimes open up your eyes to other options. So come along for the ride […]

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A Cornucopia of Tech Bits

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Eric and I discuss a variety of tech subjects this week, ranging from Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Nvidia’s insane new graphics card, and what’s Intel trying to do in automotive processing. We also talk about the Garmin VivoActive HR smartwatch in tools, replacing fluorescent lighting, and try to answer the question about just how much graphics cards improve each succeeding generation. As for fun, I finally catch up with Game of Thrones Season 5 (yes, […]

More Science in Tech Please

Eric Klein and I have a spirited discussion about how tech reporting and VCs fail to do proper due diligence when it comes to basic science as it pertains to technology topics. We bring up Theranos, crowdfunded artificial gills, UBeam, and other products and companies which fail at basic science. As a VC, Eric agrees, but also talks about the complexities of doing proper scientific due diligence. And let’s not forget the reality distortion zone introduced by charismatic inventors and […]

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Untrustworthy Numbers: a Troubleshooting Lesson

Recently I ran into a weird issue when running some comparative graphics benchmarks which illustrate why you shouldn’t always trust the numbers. The scenario involves graphics cards, a CPU cooler, and why one system’s quirks may affect your attitude about a completely different system. This little puzzle also illustrates how we tend to trust numbers thrown up onto a screen by a benchmark without always thinking through the implications. I needed a GTX 980 for some comparative benchmarking. It so […]

The Endless Game Patching Cycle

Meaning Once upon a time, you’d update a game maybe once or twice in its lifetime. In the new, always-connected world, games are seemingly patched weekly. It’s annoying, but given the social nature of modern gaming, may be necessary? Or is it?  Getting into a game during our Friday night LAN parties can be a crapshoot. Sometimes we just fire up a game and play. More often, though, we either need to wait for a big update to install, or […]