Off The Hook

Reviews For Off The Hook

I came here for 2600, but the lefty political mumbling exhibited here is tiresome. Another reviewer here put it nicely, and also informed me about the show's positions on Wikileaks, and it is embarrassing for a hacker podcast to have that opinion over someone because an American news corporation convinced them. Assange is at risk of an early death in UK prison because the US government is mad that he was sent an NTLM hash by Manning, the transwoman who lifted classified documents by physically accessing an an Army computer, and you support Manning but decry Assange, and you do that because an American news corporation told you that Assange should be put down, die in prison, be droned, etc. Embarrassing for a regular milque-toast tech-commentary podcast to masquerade as a 2600 podcast.
Been listening to the show for a couple years now – we did a cross country road trip binge on older episodes (early 90s!! and some 2000s) from their website. still as good as ever. Never change! Never stop!
I desperately want to enjoy 2600 but these guys flip flop so many times to maintain their lefty cred. These guys spent years defending Mitnick but the minute the narrative is spun Assange helps Trump they’re ready to abandon him oh except for the Manning incident. Don’t waste your time. Time has passed on 2600 there are way more quality outlets for this subject.
The show has really gotten long in the tooth. A bit too political as well. I respect the hosts for expressing their political viewpoints but their bias against Trump really makes it sound like a liberal rag. I can get that from the mainstream news if I want. Basically, the consistent political bias made the show abrasive to listen to and it alienated some viewers. It’s not devoid of content, there have been some highlights but not enough to continue subscribing.

By pleaz
Love the hosts' interactions and the stories they put together on the week's big and small news in technology, privacy, and politics. Great stuff!
Since this show has been broadcasting back in the 80's yes the 1980's it has rarely failed me as a great source of weekly info on security and just plain good public knowledge. Give a listen and you too will be hooked. From the minds that have brought you 2600 magazine for almost 30 years now. Enjoy the information and feel the freedom !!
The show covers a lot of current events. And the hosts are always quick to interject their personal opinions. I would like to see more legitamate legal advisers on the show as a lot of information presented requires listeners to take the hosts word for it. The program is thought provoking. So long as the listener is capable of independed thought. Good work. Keep it up.
Rabid fans of the magazine 2600 will find Off The Hook to be a great weekly fill while waiting for the next quarter's issue. Each show is an hourlong panel discussion involving the latest in the technical world. Heck, even the WBAI fundraising shows are fun to listen to, especially when Emmanuel plays clips from HOPE conferences and Bernie S. urges listeners to donate. (He always seems to be successful!)
If you are looking for a tech show that really makes you think and covers obscure topics ranging from ham radio to hacking/ phreaking this is it!
This show is excellent. Topics typically include technology, society, privacy, and how politics ties in. Both technically savvy and those less savvy can benefit from listening to this show. I find out a lot of great things from this show that you won't hear on mainstream media--it's an ear opening experience. Highly recommended.
Hmmm. What to say? The show is very entertaining. It not only centers on technology...but the group discusses social issues...like privacy laws and first amendment rights. The main driving force of the show is Emmanuel. Without him, the show descends into a boring soup of facts and carefully crafted responses. Not to slight the other members, but Emmanuel brings a lot of passion to the show - which is why I LOVE his other show - Off The Wall.