Buzz Out Loud 1376: WTF, CIA WTF? (podcast)

We're pretty sure that both Lukin (in Computer Love) and the CIA are displaying a sense of humor this week, but frankly, it's kind of hard to tell. WTF? Also, did the FCC really try to tell us that they don't need wireless Net neutrality regulations because, um, Android is open? Wow. And NPR hands it to Ping in a big way, calling it one of the worst ideas in music in 2010. Ouch. And ... yes. And a special Computer Love on a Wednesday because it's the last live show of the year! See you all in 2011, everyone! --Molly

DWe're pretty sure that both Lukin (in Computer Love) and the CIA are displaying a sense of humor this week, but frankly, it's kind of hard to tell. WTF? Also, did the FCC really try to tell us that they don't need wireless Net neutrality regulations because, um, Android is open? Wow. And NPR hands it to Ping in a big way, calling it one of the worst ideas in music in 2010. Ouch. And ... yes. And a special Computer Love on a Wednesday because it's the last live show of the year! See you all in 2011, everyone! --Molly

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EPISODE 1376

NEWS

Skype Is Down, 8 Million Lost Connection in Last Hour
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/skype_is_down_8_million_lost_connection_in_last_ho.php

FCC: We didn’t impose stricter net neutrality regulations on wireless because Android is open
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/21/fcc-we-didnt-impose-stricter-net-neutrality-regulations-on-wir/

Even though it’s broad, order seems to forbid paid prioritization
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/12/fcc-priority-access-deals-unlikely-to-get-past-new-open-internet-rules.ars

Why everyone hates the new Net neutrality rules–even NN supporters
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/12/why-everyone-hates-new-net-neutrality-ruleseven-nn-supporters.ars

Microsoft Is Said to Announce Version of Windows for ARM Chips at CES Show
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-21/microsoft-is-said-to-announce-version-of-windows-for-arm-chips-at-ces-show.html
Verizon to Sell Motorola 4G Phone
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704851204576034012149713754.html
iPad Competitor Coming Soon From Palm
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/21/exclusive-ipad-competitor-palmpad-hp-ces/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20026313-260.html

Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/12/22/009247/Electric-Cars-May-Be-Made-Noisier-By-Law

Web attacks target human rights sites
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12054774

QUICK HITS
Amazon.com Kindle Sales Are Said to Exceed Estimates
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-12-22/amazon-com-kindle-sales-are-said-to-exceed-estimates.html

Call of Duty: Black Ops hits $1 billion milestone
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20026321-17.html?tag=cnetRiver

Report: Microsoft looking into improving Kinect performance
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/12/report-microsoft-looking-into-improving-kinect-performance.ars

Verizon Wireless branded Windows Phone 7 apps surface in Marketplace
http://www.bgr.com/2010/12/22/verizon-wireless-branded-windows-phone-7-apps-surface-in-marketplace/

GADGETS
Real photos of the HTC EVO Shift 4G!
http://www.phonearena.com/news/EXCLUSIVE-Real-photos-of-the-HTC-EVO-Shift-4G_id15502

HAPPY ENDING
NPR’s worst ideas of 2010 series: first up? Ping.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2010/12/21/132202263/the-worst-ideas-of-2010-ping

In other worst ideas, CIA starts Wikileaks Task Force. Calls it WTF.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/22/cia-wikileaks-taskforce-wtf

Antoine Dodson Gets in Christmas Spirit with ‘Chimney Intruder’
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20452588,00.html

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Am I the only person worried that the FCC’s live webcast kept cutting out (loss of bandwidth) and when they were talking the voices were badly clipping (incorrect setting of analog audio levels).

These people are in charge of both and yet their own techs can’t do it?

Scary.

Don

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Hey Buzz Crew,

I’m writing today to try and correct the language that you guys use on your podcast when referring to FCC regulations in regards to net neutrality. They aren’t regulating “”the internet”" they are regulating the service providers. That’s a significant distinction that I think needs to be made, so that people on the anti net neutrality side of the arguement can’t point fingers and say “”you’re trying to regulate the internet”".

Nobody has ever suggested regulating the internet, we’re merely trying to regulate the providers to ensure they must provide fair and balanced access to everyone. If anyone should be in favor of this, it should be conservaitves, which by definition are opposed to change.

The ideas being proposed by ISP’s would be a dramatic change in how the internet currently works. I just don’t understand who would be in favor of this, other than those who stand to make massive profits (in the short term) by completely changing the dynamics of internet access in America. It’s 100% anti consumer and it is quite frankly a danger to the future of the US economy to allow internet service providers to behave in the manner they have made abundently clear that they wish to behave in. Short term, a handfull of people will make big profits off of this. Long term, it will have devistating impacts on the US economy, which is moving more and more internet based every single day.

Sorry, got off on a tangent, I’ll stop now before I write a book.

Peace,

Russ

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COMPUTER LOVE

Hey buzz crew, really need your help with this one.

I’ve been happily married for almost 10 years.
I have a beautiful wife and 2 great kids.
But there’s something missing.

My wife is awesome, she is funny, a phenomenal cook and an awesome mom.
She stays at home and takes care of the kids, for which I am eternally grateful.
But here’s the thing, she just doesn’t get tech. She knows I am a geek, and embraces, but only from a distance.

I really feel this gaping hole in my life.
I need someone that not only hates Apple, but knows things like the difference between Android 2.2 and 2.3.
I need someone that lives, and better yet, WORKS in technology.

So I really need your advice…
How do I get Molly to be a sister-wife?

Love. The. Show.

-Lukin

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Dear Computer Love,

I received a message via facebook from a person who thought I was cute. They wanted to become facebook friends. We chatted online and I found out they only live 30 minutes away from me. We decided to meet in real life. I choose a coffee shop in a well-populated area. We met and talked for what seemed like hours. We had many things in common which was great. We met again a few times before I finally asked said person out on a date. Things went well, or so I thought it was going well. Then two months into the relationship we both decided it just wasn't working out.

A few weeks ago I received a phone call from a high school friend who I happened to "hook up" with the night before they shipped out to Afghanistan for an entire year. We met for dinner and drinks, never bringing up the topic of what happened that night. We had an absolute blast. So later on that night I dropped this friend off at their place. Before they exited the car, this person leaned over and gave me a kiss and told me "I hope we can do this again soon".

Then a few days later I get a phone call from the facebook friend wanting to give the relationship another try. If things couldn't get anymore complicated, last night I got a text message from my high school friend asking if they could come over and hang out.

So my question to you is, should I forget about my facebook friend and pursue my high school friend or vice versa? ”

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