Buzz Out Loud 1469: PlayStation Network: safe enough for America! (Podcast)

Sony is firing up the PlayStation Network again and most of America should have access by now. But the Japanese government says it won't allow PSN back on in its country until Sony can ensure that it's triple-dog-super-secure. Which, uh ... I kind of want it to be that secure here, too, don't you? Plus, artists gets screwed by pirates AND the RIAA, the fascinating and potentially globally destabilizing bitcoin project, and the power of Prey gets back a man's laptop from hundreds of miles away. --Molly

Sony is firing up the PlayStation Network again and most of America should have access by now. But the Japanese government says it won't allow PSN back on in its country until Sony can ensure that it's triple-dog-super-secure. Which, uh ... I kind of want it to be that secure here, too, don't you? Plus, artists gets screwed by pirates AND the RIAA, the fascinating and potentially globally destabilizing bitcoin project, and the power of Prey gets back a man's laptop from hundreds of miles away. --Molly

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EPISODE 1469

NEWS

Sony PSN Back Online, Just Not Everywhere
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385404,00.asp
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/14/play-on-%E2%80%93-psn-restoration-begins-now/

Japan won’t allow Sony to turn PSN back on until it’s assured it’s safe
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/16/japan-wont-allow-sony-to-turn-psn-back-on-until-its-assured-it/

Amazon’s EC2 Cloud Service Fueled PlayStation Network Attack
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385397,00.asp

Artists To Get Nothing Of RIAA Limewire Fine
http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/2011/05/16/artists-to-get-nothing-of-riaa-limewire-fine/

US To Release International Cyber Strategy Today
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-white-house-unveil-cybersecurity-strategy.html

Thousands rally against web censorship in Turkey
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=do-not-touch-my-internet-chanted-thousands-2011-05-15

Bitcoin P2P Currency: The Most Dangerous Project We’ve Ever Seen
http://launch.is/blog/l019-bitcoin-p2p-currency-the-most-dangerous-project-weve-ev.html

Post-Disney Miramax Signs First Major Digital Deal With Netflix http://paidcontent.org/article/419-post-disney-miramax-signs-first-major-digital-deal-with-netflix/
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/netflix-inks-multi-year-deal-with-miramax-for-june-launch/48762?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Quick Hits

AT&T Veer appears on Amazon, asking $49.99 on contract, $349.99 off
http://www.precentral.net/ATT-veer-appears-amazon-asking-49-99-contract-349-99-1

RIM recalls at least 900 faulty PlayBooks
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/14/rim-recalls-at-least-900-faulty-blackberry-playbooks-here-are-t/

Another Milestone For Twitter As @LadyGaga Becomes First User To Reach 10 Million Followers
http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/lady-gaga-10-million-twitter_b8816

Samsung Gets Down to the Nitty-Gritty With Super-Sharp Tablet Display
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Samsung-Gets-Down-to-the-Nitty-Gritty-With-Super-Sharp-Tablet-Display-72453.html?wlc=1305562254

Nokia shows Ovi brand the door
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20063201-94.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks

Gadgets

Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite portable hard drive streams content over WiFi
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/16/seagates-goflex-satellite-portable-hard-drive-streams-content-o/

IPhone 5G Sighting Shows Edge-to-Edge Screen
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385399,00.asp

Science News

Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off on its final mission
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/16/space-shuttle-endeavour-penultimate-flight

Happy Ending

New Scrabble Tech Words Include Facebook, Scrobble, Blook
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385310,00.asp

Man tracks stolen laptop hundreds of miles away, calls thief
http://storify.com/btballenger/man-tracks-stolen-laptop-thousands-of-miles-away

VOICEMAIL

Guys discusses our smart phone use before bed and in the bathroom

Rodney from Canada would like a front facing camera on the Nano Watch like Dick Tracy

EMAILS

Hi guys,

I’m a Political Science student and when I heard the news that Meredith Baker was going to Comcast I was pretty sure there had to be some law against it or restrictions on it.
There’s no law against it, but there are many restrictions. According to the New York Times “”she signed the administration's ethics pledge upon taking office in July 2009. Under the pledge, she will not be allowed to lobby anyone at the F.C.C. for two years after her departure.”" So it looks like all these ethics restrictions are voluntary, as signing of the pledge didn’t seem to be mandatory.
Also according to the Times, she won’t be able to directly lobby other FCC Commissioners for the remainder of the Obama administration, including a possible second term.
However, she WILL be allowed to lobby members of Congress on day 1. There ARE laws with respect to members of Congress and Congressional Aides lobbying their former coworkers, but not the FCC.

There really should be laws against this. This sort of revolving door politics happens all the time, but it doesn’t make it any less disgusting and appalling.

The question now: Which FCC commissioner will go to AT&T after it inevitably approves its purchase of T-Mobile, and how long will they wait?

Love the show,

Peter in Boston

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Whats the word Buzzers, So Saturday after giving up completly on the ps3, I throw mine up on craigslist to get something out of it since gaming was out of the question, the thing sold within 3 hrs of being posted and was off my desk. Only to wake up this morning, open twitter and see that the D@#n PSN was back up and running. Can’t ever catch a break. Ohh well been wanting to get the kinect anyway. Love the Show.

Kelly from Sioux Falls SD

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