Buzz Out Loud 977: You can't point north on ecstasy

But you can point North if you wear a belt of a dozen or so magnets all the time. We'll explain. Also Palm Pre is coming for $200 and we have some rumored Next-gen specs. Oh and about 300 car stories, 'cause you know. Cooley is on the show.

But you can point north if you wear a belt of a dozen or so magnets all the time. We'll explain. Also Palm Pre is coming for $200 and we have some rumored next-generation specs. Oh and about 300 car stories, 'cause you know. Cooley is on the show.


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EPISODE 977

Palm Pre to arrive June 6 for $200
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10244423-1.html

Next-gen iPhone specs, launch date revealed?
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/05/next-gen-iphone-specs-launch-date-revealed/

Biz Stone on Twitter: No ads
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10244449-36.html

Obama wants U.S. to chase controversial CA fuel economy standards
http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/05/19/19climatewire-white-house-proposes-new-stricter-national-f-12208.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_Average_Fuel_Economy#Calculation

GPS system ‘close to breakdown’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/may/19/gps-close-to-breakdown

Tesla gets nod, 10 percent investment from Daimler to do battery packs for the new Smart EV
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10244414-54.html

New version of Microsoft/Ford SYNC started being pushed out yesterday
http://www.twice.com/article/CA6658004.html?q=SYNC

Microsoft's My Phone Service beta open for public
http://www.slashphone.com/microsofts-my-phone-service-beta-open-for-public-195757
http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2818

ALI proposes implied warranty that all software be defect-free
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/05/microsoft-linux-foundation-hate-on-ali-contract-guidelines.ars

Hacking our five senses and building new ones
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/18/163223

1000th episode coming Thursday June 18th. Want to be on the episode? Post a video of yourself. MUST be less than 30 seconds long. And send a link. Could be well-wishing, could be criticism, could be praise!!! Could be bribes, we don’t care. We’ll choose from all the messages we get and play a selection on the 1000th episode as well as post them in the Wiki.

VOICE MAIL
Anonymous
I pay for a podcast

Sean
Some examples of stuff that was free and is now paid

E-MAIL
Paul K. points out that the cameras stealing chip and pin was real! –
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/4980190.stm


Hey guys,
I was listening to Ep. 974 where you were talking about Google Street View having to reshoot in Japan to eliminate undesirable items in the top of the pictures.

Let me get this straight… Picasa can go through all my pictures and, with surprising accuracy, tell me who is in each of my photos, but Google can’t figure out how to go through and automatically crop out the tops of these images? Why would they spend all the money to take these pictures over again when a simple batch edit of the photos would give the same result? Do they really want an added 16 inches of sidewalk at the bottom of the image that bad?

LTS…

Karl the epithetless
Austin, TX


BuzzKrew-

I agree with your consensus that tab overload is at least 50% user behavior and no new design solution will ever be able to solve that half of the issue. However, there’s a Firefox add-on that, at least for me, has now enabled me to manage an ungodly number of tabs efficiently: Tree Style Tabs. This extension puts your tabs in a sidebar and also, more importantly, nests them based on the source of the link. If, for instance, you use CTL + click to open a bunch of stories from the CNET homepage, all of those new tabs are branched off of your original CNET homepage tab. Of course the downside is the loss of screen real estate from the side bar, but it’s worth it if you’re working with more than, say, eight tabs at once.

No doubt many others are weighing in with their solutions, but Tree Style Tabs has additional geek cred as Steve Gibson was the first person I heard recommend this add-on.

-Reid of the Catskills


Hi Buzz,

Just wanted to let you know how Murdoch’s mouthing off is affecting my part of the publishing industry.

I work for a large business to business publisher and the concept of us re-gating content and making it paid-for only is one being discussed in the board room heavily at the moment.

A lot of redundancies have been made recently in my company and it’s now apparent that all the original print-orientated former journalists have replaced the business-focus minds we had in the decision making positions. As such our innovation and forward momentum have been replaced with a strategy to reinforce what we have instead of finding new online revenue streams.

The phrase that keeps being used is ‘our value lies in our content’. Apparently this means the best idea is to start charging for it.

We used to only allow our content to be viewed by people who subscribed to our print product. A few years back we opened our sites up to everyone for free and started to move the old print hounds towards making our online offering it’s own entity. As such our traffic is 5 times what it was and is still growing.

We’re doing market research at the moment to see where our core loyal audience is and whether there’s enough that will pay for our content to justify going to a subscription or micropayments model.

The importance of innovation in a recession is something often spoken about. I guess they didn’t get the memo.

Old habits die hard. I hope I have a job in 6 months.

An anonymous web developer in London

 

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