Buzz Out Loud 1267: Fix your brain! (podcast)

Consumer Reports says it can't recommend the iPhone 4 because the antenna issue can be replicated and is, in fact, serious. Fanboy response: suck it up and buy a case. Molly response: epic rant. Also, the RIAA's wildly inflated file-sharing damages are smacked down once again, and Reddit begs for money.

Consumer Reports says it can't recommend the iPhone 4 because the antenna issue can be replicated and is, in fact, serious. Fanboy response: suck it up and buy a case. Molly response: epic rant. Also, the RIAA's wildly inflated file-sharing damages are smacked down once again, and Reddit begs for money.

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EPISODE 1267

Judge Slashes “Unconstitutionally Excessive” File Sharing Fine By 90%
http://gizmodo.com/5584018/judge-slashes-unconstitutionally-excessive-file-sharing-damages-by-90

Ballmer: Windows 7 Tablets Aplenty Coming By Year’s End
http://gizmodo.com/5584832/ballmer-expect-plenty-of-windows-7-tablets-by-years-end
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsofts-ballmer-windows-7-slates-are-coming-this-year/6791

Google Secretly Invested $100+ Million In Zynga, Preparing To Launch Google Games
http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/10/google-secretly-invested-100-million-in-zynga-preparing-to-launch-google-games/

Fring: Skype blocked us. Skype: Fring lies
http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/12/fring-skype/

Skype Cowardly Blocks fring
http://www.fring.com/blog/?p=2322

Fring's mis-use of Skype software was damaging to our brand and reputation
http://blogs.skype.com/en/2010/07/fring.html

Lab tests: Why Consumer Reports can’t recommend the iPhone 4
http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2010/07/apple-iphone-4-antenna-issue-iphone4-problems-dropped-calls-lab-test-confirmed-problem-issues-signal-strength-att-network-gsm.html

AT&T handing out free 3G MicroCells to loyal customers?
http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/10/atandt-handing-out-free-3g-microcells-to-loyal-customers/

Reddit Literally Begging Users for Money
http://gawker.com/5584355/conde-nasts-largest-web-property-literally-begging-users-for-money

Facebook to launch child safety ‘panic button’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10572375.stm

Zuckerberg’s legal papers served up alfresco
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/law_and_lunch_order_tX7WzX2OkLvL3clv5wgtvK

App Inventor for Android
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/app-inventor-for-android.html

Run Android Apps on Your Windows PC
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2366186,00.asp

Poof! After Wireless, the Computer Mouse Turns Invisible
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/computer-mouse-invisible/

Today’s featured Buzz Out Loud remix(es) at the end of the show:
Thomas Canada!
http://podcast-files.cnet.com/podcast/BOLremix_ThomasCanada_klezmer.mp3
Jim Tucker(stein)
http://podcast-files.cnet.com/podcast/BOLremix_JimTucker(stein)_klezmer.mp3

Voicemail (800-616-2638)
Matt: bar tweaker

Email (buzz@cnet.com)
In regards to episode 1266:

Y’all were talking about Hulu and it’s $10 monthly–ad included–subscription service and I have an opposing viewpoint on the issue.

I pay for cable and that cable includes ads. I pay for HBO and HBO includes ads. HBO has ads before and after a program, not during. I pay extra for HBO because I am delivered uninterrupted content and that adds value to the channel; enough value that it’s worth paying for. There is no value to HBO if they interrupted East Bound and Down with ads (or if it censored the awesome Kenny Powers which it would have to do if it did rely on ads like a traditional network). Likewise Hulu is a supplemental service to my cable, and it isn’t quite a cable replacement. It may not be directly linked to my FiOS in terms of a supplemental package for my cable (like HBO is), but I as the consumer view it as supplemental to my cable. If I am paying for supplemental service I would not personally want interruptions. Sure they’re adding more content, and iPad/iPhone apps, but Netflix already exists in this arena for cheaper (and Buffy is available on Netflix instantly too…) and you get those discs at home. If Hulu needs to pack in the cost effectiveness then charge $10 once for the mobile app, or only add ads to the beginning or end of shows.

Simply put the outrage isn’t because there are ads exactly, its because we’re being asked to pay a premium for almost no additional value added. It’s simply not worth it, and we were all waiting in anticipation for something worth paying for.

Love the show!

Peace on ya,

Jason

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hi guys just listened to your latest podcast, thought i would let u know that google sent my house a letter of apology about the wifi packet collecting, and a free google t shirt i dont know y they sent my house this but they did,

it might be the fact that my cousin works for ASIS (Australian Secret Intelligence Service) any way just letting u know

thanks tayler

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