Buzz Out Loud 1526: Prepare for Maximum Overdrive! (Podcast)

The sun is throwing out magnetic storms that could disrupt your GPS, your cell phone signals, and maybe even cause soda machines to kill you in extremely violent 1980s movie style. Just ... Google it. In other news, the World Wide Web turned 20 this weekend, the kids of today are learning to be hackers at DefCon, and if you buy virtual gold instead of earning it, the terrorists win. No, really, that's actually kind of true.

The sun is throwing out magnetic storms that could disrupt your GPS, your cell phone signals, and maybe even cause soda machines to kill you in extremely violent 1980s movie style. Just ... Google it. In other news, the World Wide Web turned 20 this weekend, the kids of today are learning to be hackers at DefCon, and if you buy virtual gold instead of earning it, the terrorists win. No, really, that's actually kind of true.

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EPISODE 1526

NEWS

Happy 20th birthday, World Wide Web!
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-20089085-235/happy-20th-birthday-world-wide-web/

20 Years Ago Today: The First Website Is Published
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/08/world-wide-web-20-years/

AntiSec hackers post stolen police data as revenge for arrests
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20089054-245/antisec-hackers-post-stolen-police-data-as-revenge-for-arrests/?tag=topImage2

Kids and Hackers, Oh My! DefCon Adds Kids Track
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=14251682

Seoul Warns of Latest North Korean Threat: An Army of Online Gaming Hackers
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/world/asia/05korea.html?_r=4

Apple Sued over Fast Booting in OS X with a Patent linked to LG Electronics
http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2011/08/apple-sued-over-fast-booting-in-os-x-with-a-patent-linked-to-lg-electronics.html

If you want to see more jobs created - change patent laws
http://blogmaverick.com/2011/08/06/if-you-want-to-see-more-jobs-created-change-patent-laws/
http://blogmaverick.com/2011/08/07/my-suggestion-on-patent-law/
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1249

Apple’s rumored ‘Replay’ service a ways off
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20089094-261/apples-rumored-replay-service-a-ways-off/

Power companies prepare as solar storms set to hit Earth
http://news.yahoo.com/power-companies-prepare-solar-storms-set-hit-earth-144759933.html
http://news.yahoo.com/latest-crisis-solar-storms-set-hit-earth-201750842.html

Retailer Lets Online Shoppers Virtually Try on Clothes Using Augmented Reality
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/retailer_lets_online_shoppers_virtually_try_on_clothes_using_augmented_reality.php

Quick Hits

Facebook Claims ‘Smoking Gun’ Docs Prove Ceglia is a Fraud
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2390565,00.asp

Data reveals United States of Android
http://www.bizreport.com/2011/08/comscore-2-in-5-us-smartphone-users-on-android.html

Verizon Blocks Hotspot Tethering for Jailbroken Devices
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/verizon_blocks_hotspot_tethering_for_jailbroken_de.php

Citing Stalemate, Verizon Workers Strike
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/us/07verizon.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20089195-94/verizon-workers-go-on-strike/?tag=topImage1

Science

Scientists find anti-matter trapped in Van Allen belts that ‘could fuel a spaceship’
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-find-anti-matter-trapped-in-van-allen-belts-that-could-fuel-a-spaceship/story-fn5iztw3-1226110997711

EMAILS

Dear Buzz Crew-

Two things about the facial recognition and data mining issue that was on Friday’s show:

A few years ago, as a college junior, we (group of five) made an Android app that would let you take a picture of a person and run the image through a database of mined Facebook profiles and return their profile. It’s not a hard project, the hardest part was gathering the initial data. It used nothing but open source software and was pretty accurate. This tech is not new and I’m sure governments have systems that are leaps and bounds more sophisticated.

As for the Social Security Numbers, the first five numbers of it are simply the area and hospital you were born in. Simply a check as to your birth place will give them the area and, depending on the number of hospitals, a good chance at guessing that too.

I really don’t get the scare of people being IDed online. If you don’t want to be IDed just change the information you have online, or your picture to one that isn’t you (can’t ID you if it’s not your face). Stop helping the media’s fear mongering and don’t worry about it, you lost your anonymity about five years ago.

-Mike from Boston

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“Blink 182′s new music video is comprised of clips posted by users on Youtube using their copyrighted music without their (Blink 182′s) permission.

Story here:

http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/new-and-hot/blink-182-steal-fan-footage-for-up-all-night-20110805

I am sending this story for two reason…

1. This seems like a clever way to deal with copyright infringement which Buzz seems to love to talk about. Bo MPA.
2. To hear more about Brian Tong’s hidden love for Blink 182.

Leo from Cleveland

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With all the “”Buzz”" around Google+ when it launched about the possibility of it taking on Facebook, I was skeptical at first. After getting my invite, I loved it right out of the box and immediately started shifting my Facebook presence over to Plus. I soon realized that Google+ could potentially take me away from Twitter as well, with the ability to follow users who don’t follow you and post publicly. There has been one thing preventing me from using + like Twitter--the lack of anonymity. I don’t use my real name on Twitter because it’s public. Google doesn’t allow me to use a pseudonym. That got me thinking--there is a little section on your profile for a nickname. This seemingly does nothing other than being searchable. Why not make users sign up with their real names and use their nickname for all public posts? It might take some users from Twitter and solve the whole name issue in the process. Just my 2 cents.

P.S. Why do both fb and + insist on making it impossible to make my profile pics not public???

Guy

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