The 404 642: Where Justin jumps down the emergency slide with a Shirley Temple
There have been a lot of misconceptions and misstatements about Net neutrality. Usually on The 404, we strive never to talk about real issues, but the Net neutrality debate has really stirred up the emotions with Jeff, Wilson and Justin. Caroline helps explains some of the issue from her appearance on Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" on MSNBC, and if it means a lot to you, be sure to check out Wilson's rant yesterday about the issue.
But ultimately, there are several competing interests involved, and we just want make sure that the next Google or Facebook that comes down the road won't have to pay to get priority access. The stakes are high here, people! Everything will be delivered over the Internet in the coming years, from books, to newspapers, magazines, blogs, social networks, video channels, radio, music, etc.
Rant over. Moving on.
OkCupid, the popular online dating Web site, collected and analyzed the profile pictures of millions of its users, and found some interesting conclusions about the kind of phones and cameras that people use to take their pictures. First, iPhone owners tend to get twice the number of sexual encounters that Android owners do, with an average of 12.3 sexual partners compared with a mere 6.1, respectively. BlackBerry owners are near the middle with 8.8 partners. Also in the blog post, OkCupid describes finding that dSLRs take far more attractive photos than point-and-shoots and camera phones, so stay away from those noisy, blurry photos you took of yourself on your RAZR if you ever want a date. Finally, according to the site, turn off the flash. It adds 7 years to your age when it's on!
If you're a fan of the Fallout series of videogames, the developer has announced that the next version of game will be titled Fallout: New Vegas. As you may have guessed, the game is set in Last Vegas, and will feature some voice talent from the Sin City's most famous denizen, Mr. Wayne Newton, who will play a disembodied DJ. The game will also feature the voice talents of Kris Kristofferson, Felicia Day, Ron Perlman, Matthew Perry of "Friends" fame, and Michael Dorn from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." ("Star Trek" and CNET are owned by CBS Corporation.)
Before we hit the end of the show, we do also make mention of this contest to reach The Pirate Bay starting from Amazon.com, using links only and not using Google. The "Trailblazers" contest is the first of its kind, and though we think it's pretty cool, we also think that it was probably thought up by some geeks with way too much time on their hands.
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