Buzz Out Loud 1454: Don't make more kids smart ... just make more smart kids (Podcast)

On today's show, a brilliant solution to the problem of science education, and which tech companies have the best and worst green records (it is Earth Day, after all -- for real this time)! Also, Google and Apple are sending your location data back to the Mother Ship, Amazon is making everyone nervous about the cloud, and AT&T thinks wireless competition is "extraordinary." Uh huh. All that and the best Computer Love success story ever. --Molly

On today's show, a brilliant solution to the problem of science education, and which tech companies have the best and worst green records (it is Earth Day, after all -- for real this time)! Also, Google and Apple are sending your location data back to the Mother Ship, Amazon is making everyone nervous about the cloud, and AT&T thinks wireless competition is "extraordinary." Uh huh. All that and the best Computer Love success story ever. --Molly

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EPISODE 1454

NEWS

The Web goes green for Earth Day!
http://mashable.com/2011/04/22/logos-earth-day-2011/

Greenpeace Criticizes Apple, Twitter, Facebook for ‘Dirty’ Data Centers
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383915,00.asp

Apple named ‘least green’ tech company
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/21/apple-least-green-tech-company

Google Celebrates Earth Day With Nature Doodle, Wind Investment
http://t.co/HLpFOkn

Apple, Google Collect User Data
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703983704576277101723453610.html

Apple location tracker file: Congressman asks Steve Jobs to explain by May 12
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/04/congressman-asks-apple-about-location-tracker-file.html

Exclusive: Apple to beat Google on cloud music: sources
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/21/us-apple-google-idUSTRE73K7A720110421

Amazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist and Questions Unfold
http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2011/04/timeline-the-aws-outage-and-wh.php

AT&T Plays Make Believe In T-Mobile FCC Filing
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATT-Plays-Make-Believe-In-TMobile-FCC-Filing-113877?nocomment=1

Sprint Spits Fire at AT&T-Mo FCC Filing
http://www.pcworld.com/article/225954/sprint_spits_fire_at_atandtmo_fcc_filing.html

Google Loses Bedrock Suit, All Linux May Infringe
http://linux.slashdot.org/story/11/04/21/2140249/Google-Loses-Bedrock-Suit-All-Linux-May-Infringe

Quick Hits

Samsung counter sues Apple over iPhone, iPad
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/22/us-samsung-apple-idUSTRE73L0DG20110422

NYTimes.com Reports 100k Subscribers
http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/04/21/2121241/NYTimescom-Reports-100k-Subscribers

Kindle for Android now optimized for Honeycomb tablets
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/kindle-for-android-now-optimized-for-honeycomb-tablets/23864

Gadgets

Games: Sony Confirms PSPGo Gone; New Consoles Expected 2014
http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/04/21/2258217/Games-Sony-Confirms-PSPGo-Gone-New-Consoles-Expected-2014
http://kotaku.com/#!5794000/microsoft-and-sony-targeting-2014-for-new-consoles-leaving-nintendo-in-the-clear

Project Cafe: The Tech Behind Nintendo’s Next Console
http://gear.ign.com/articles/116/1163325p1.html

Happy Ending

YouTube's Life in a Day Doc To Hit U.S. Theaters in July
http://mashable.com/2011/04/22/youtubes-life-in-a-day-theater/

VOICEMAIL

Brad in Cincinatti discusses his sons consumption of EBooks and using Overdrive

EMAILS

Hey buzzcrew,

Molly, I think your worries over our lack of science education are a bit exaggerated. As my mom pointed out this morning (so don’t blame me), we don’t need to train a bunch of kids to be really good at science. Instead, we should take one or two intelligent children, such as that kid who came up with his own theory of relativity, and have him develop human cloning! Then, he and his team of clones can work on teleportation and long distance space travel. After all, why make more kids smart when you can just make smart kids more?

-Jack W, a teenager who still cares about science.

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Hey buzz crew, it’s terminator “”judgement day”" and I am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and I have met out soon to be robot overlords.

I am visiting my mom in the hospital here and as I am leaving I look by the elevators and see not one, but TWO R2d2 size robots waiting for the elevator. They are used by the hospital to deliver “”things”" to all parts of the hospital.

It’s happening. Where is John Connor?!

Anthony Sunclades
Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools
Technology Department

COMPUTER LOVE

VoiceMail: Francisco from San Rafael needs advice on how to get his co-worker out to meet girls

Hey buzz crew,
I have a computer love success story. Ten years ago, I received a random chat from a girl on ICQ, I didn’t know her and she didn’t know me, she was bored and just wanted to talk to someone. Well, we hit it off pretty well and we added each other as friends on ICQ and continued to chat daily for a couple of months, then we decided to start date online, now mind you that she lived 4 states away, but she really got me like no one else did. We continued to date for a while and but then we started to drift apart due to increasingly busy lives and the distance between us, so we broke it off and we kind of lost track of each other.

Flash forward three years, I got out of a bad relationship and needed a friend so I thought of my ICQ friend, however the girl had just broken up with me was insanely jealous and made me delete all email addresses and phone numbers to every girl I knew, so I had no way to get in touch with her. I had a vague recollection of her email address so I blindly sent an email to someone on hotmail hoping I had the address right, unfortunately my memory was not that good and I sent an email to the wrong person.

Fast forward again to a few months later I am sitting at work and I receive an IM on AIM from a screen name I had never seen before with one word in it “”chris?”" and all I can think to answer with is “”em?”"
and it was her! My ICQ friend had found me. I was elated.

The two of us picked right up with our friendship where we left it.
After a few months she took the drive to come see me and a few months later I made the drive to go see her. At this point we started dating and decided to move in together.

The two of us are now getting ready to start our third year of marriage, and I couldn’t be happier! If it weren’t for computers we would never have met, fallen in love and gotten married.

Chris the Systems Engineer from Chesapeake VA

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Hey Buzz Crew, It’s been a few years since my last, and first, serious relationship. After a couple years of not really having the nerve of seeking out a mate, I finally joined OkCupid. My problem is that if I were to set up a date, I’m worried about the night’s activities. I was never very good at planning dates, and I don’t really know where to start other than dinner and a movie. Is that too cliche? Please help!

Joseph (In Orange County)

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Hey Buzz Crew,

My name is Maicol, but pronounced like regular Michael in case you were confused. I’m a 27 year old designer/musician/DJ/photographer/film maker working in the actions sports and music industry. My problem has to do with the fact that look extremely young for my age. Until I was 25 almost every person I met would think I was 19 or 20. Luckily in the last two years I’ve started to look a little older, but I still average around 23 years old. My problem comes when wanting to meet or approach women my age or older. I live in the LA/OC area, so you can imagine how shallow people can be around here. Approaching someone that’s clearly around your age, but looks older than yourself can be extremely intimidating. I always end up dating younger girls because they think I’m their age, but young girls around here never want anything serious. In addition I’m always seen as the “”nice guy”" and you know how the saying goes. I just feel as though I have a string of bad circumstances against me.
Should I just call it quits until I’m 35+…maybe then I’ll have better luck, who knows. What are your thoughts on all this? (Read out loud at your own digression) Molly I’ve been a huge fan of yours for
5+ years now. Your laugh is so contages and I enjoy watching the video
version of the podcast just to see you smile. Not to mention, I love a girl who can turn green when she’s angry.

Love the show!

Maicol Chavez

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http://bol.cnet.com, 800-616-2638 (CNET), buzz@cnet.com

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