Buzz Out Loud 1220: There's no place like 127.0.0.1 (podcast)

On today's show, we discuss the coming of the IPv4 black market, throwing more nanodots at the solid-state storage market, and we've got two tech industry shockers: First, Sirius posted a profit, and second: AT&T did a nice thing for a listener. Plus, file-sharers are either the content industry's biggest customers or way worse than bank robbers. You decide.

On today's show, we discuss the coming of the IPv4 black market, throwing more nanodots at the solid-state storage market, and we've got two tech industry shockers: First, Sirius posted a profit, and second: AT&T did a nice thing for a listener. Plus, file-sharers are either the content industry's biggest customers or way worse than bank robbers. You decide.

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EPISODE 1220

Apple may change iPhone SDK to avoid antitrust case
http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/05/03/apple.could.dodge.ftc.complaints.with.sdk.change/

Bloomberg says Adobe made the antitrust complaint
http://preview.bloomberg.com/news/2010-05-03/apple-policy-said-to-prompt-u-s-antitrust-complaint-by-adobe.html

Googlemail to become Gmail in UK
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10096107.stm

Sirius posts a profit
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20004065-93.html

Songwriters: piracy “dwarfs bank robbery,” FBI must act
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/05/songwriters-piracy-dwarfs-bank-robbery-fbi-must-act.ars

File-sharers are content industry’s “largest customers”
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/05/file-sharers-are-content-industrys-largest-customers.ars

Offerpal Media launches a virtual money war with Facebook
http://games.venturebeat.com/2010/05/04/offerpal-media-launches-a-virtual-money-war-with-facebook/

Beware the black market rising for IP addresses
http://www.infoworld.com/print/121729

Google to Launch Digital Books by Early Summer
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703866704575224232417931818.html

Scientist Uses Nanodots To Create 512GB Storage Chip
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/05/03/144228/Scientist-Uses-Nanodots-To-Create-4Tb-Storage-Chip

CNET TV wins two Webbys! One of them is thanks to you!! So thanks!!!
http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?media_id=97&season=14#film_tech_vid

Take a stab and rewrite your own take on the Buzz Out Loud theme music! BOL Remix contest is underway! Deadline is next Wednesday, May 12.
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19709_1-20003121-10.html

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Larry had a good experience with AT&T

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Today is Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you. A Spaulding.

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Hey guys,

when talking about H.264 vs. Ogg Theora, it’s worth noting that Ogg
Theora simply isn’t very good. When encoding video in both formats at
the same bitrate, Ogg Theora looks visibly worse than H.264

That is the reason why I have not rolled out HTML5 video on my
websites: Most of my visitors use Firefox and therefore would be
watching the Ogg Theora version. I’m not willing to let them suffer
the crappy image quality, therefore I’m sticking with Flash-wrapped
H.264 for now.

I frankly don’t care about the politics, but I do care about how my stuff looks.

Bye, keep it up,
Christian (Berlin, Germany)

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Hi Gang,

Thought i’d chime in as this is the kind of stuff I deal with in my daytime job all the time (how could i help but write about it?).

First off, hand to heart – i thought you guys did a great job recapping what most people find extremely murky at best. you’re findings were spot on, though there were missing a couple of points that i thought i’d add:

1) the support for H.264 in IE9 only was really a bigger slap at the fact that IE9 will not support VC-1, microsoft’s own codec that they pushed so hard against H.264 for so long. Sure, it mostly died with the death of HDDVD, but its still around and many people do use it, so to hear with their forward looking roadmap that even they are deprecating support of it, its a clear indication that its pretty much abandoned.

2) Also not mentioned in any of this is the high likelihood that Google will be open sourcing VP8 in the next few weeks. VP8 (as we all remember) was part of what the received in the acquisition of On2, creators of several codecs over the years (including the stuff Ogg Theora is actually built on – once upon a time it was called VP3). If they truly do open source it, they are also highly likely to make a move (in there ongoing pissing match with apple) to move all youtube content over to VP8 at some point. Let’s think about that implication for a minute (crikey).

as always, love the show!

your ever vigilant video geek,

Andy Beach

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