I fully understand your viewpoint. I think you have two things going on here. Part of the problem with the inaccuracies and ill-preparedness you perceive has to do with the topicality of the show. If news breaks, they feel they need to cover it. The problem is that they're not necessarily fully versed on the nuances or ramifications of particular topics, or even that well informed on a particular area at all. Hey, no one knows everything. But on those occasions, bring in an expert to lay it out, and hopefully one without a bias. Or, be upfront and refer to the news, but tell the audience you want to analyze what's going on before simply regurgitating views of other tech geeks with a blog. Definitely don't try to fake your way through it. There's no excuse for deciding to cover a topic that no one has really done their homework on.
To wit: I was listening to a recent episode of "The Real Deal" with Tom and Rafe. They've adopted this new format where they take live calls and try to answer emails on tech topics, some of which are tech hardware/software questions. I cringe sometimes when I hear the advice given, such as one of them suggesting the use of a hub to extend a network vs. a much smarter choice of using a switch. I'm sitting there shaking my head wondering why they are doing this when their expertise doesn't really fall into that area. Again, play to your strengths. By way of contrast, they recently had one of the originators of the mp3 format on, and that was very enlightening (to the extent that I could understand his German accent, lol).
As far as the topics not being relevant, that's simply a matter of the choices you've made. The old saw attributed to bank robber Willie Sutton applies: When asked why he robbed banks, he's purported to have said "cuz that's where the money's at". They're going to talk about topics that concern the greatest numbers of listeners. For all the benefits of Linux, it's (knowing that "it's" is a misnomer) still a very niche OS in the mainstream world, Ubuntu or no Ubuntu. Same for a lot of open source software.
I wanted to voice my opinion and let the buzz crew know that I am no longer going to be listening to the show. I've been a listener for 2 maybe 3 years. Over those years I've listened to the show get less relavent and less useful for me.
It is hard to pinpoint when it started to go downhill but lately the topics you choose to cover and the amount of time that is wasted on covering those topics is just become to much for me to stand. Along with that It seems like the hosts and I like most of them don't seem prepared or while talking about a given subject seem to say things that are completely inaccurate, these go uncorrected in later shows leaving me to believe that either nobody cares or nobody actually finds out that wrong information has been given out.
It isn't entirely your guys fault, I work in IT and by that very nature I'm knowledgable and maybe more informed than your average computer user. I have become more and more upset with the mainstream computing envirnoments using technology to lock people in to devices, systems, etc. You name it big companies are now using technology to entrap and dumb down otherwise smart and intelligent people. I've become more and more interested in companies, individuals and hardware/software that doesn't entrap, doesn't force me into a given way of thinking. In short when I purchase something I own it I'm not renting it and I don't feel the need to have the company I purchased it from continue to be involved in my life, or the use of the device I have purchased. This has led me to one OS, Linux and one way of thinking Open Source. I'm not going to rant on about how great my choice is, I don't think anyone would care. It works for me and that
is my whole point, it works for me. Unfortuntely this choice has made your show and shows like yours unimportant to my continuing knowledge and general enjoyment. I wish the show well and maybe sometime in the future you will cover the things I have come to enjoy and use.
Just incase anyone is interested I use the following devices in my daily life.
MythTV - DVR
N900 - My everything device.
Tosibia NB205 - My coffee table netbook. I use this 95% of the time when at home.
OpenSuse 11.x Home Computer - This is my Home server and Home desktop, I normally am remoted into this box from any of my other devices, for a few things I actually sit down at it.