Buzz Out Loud Podcast 1140: Live from CES 2010

Though the conference opens for the public today, this is our second live show from CES 2010. Leo Laporte joins us on stage to discuss the impressive penetration of 3D at this year's show, Skype on your television, and the soon-to-be growing catalog of Ne

Though the conference opens for the public today, this is our second live show from CES 2010. Leo Laporte joins us on stage to discuss the impressive penetration of 3D at this year's show, Skype on your television, and the soon-to-be growing catalog of Netflix streaming titles.

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EPISODE 1140

HP: ‘Slate’ PC shown by Ballmer set for some time in 2010
http://www.betanews.com/article/HP-Slate-PC-shown-by-Ballmer-set-for-some-time-in-2010/1262879692
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8444672.stm

Microsoft promises Natal for 2010
http://ces.cnet.com/8301-31045_1-10427293-269.html

Microsoft resurrects the arcade with Game Room
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2010/01/microsoft-resurrects-the-arcade-with-game-room/1

Ford brings smartphone Web apps to cars
http://ces.cnet.com/8301-31045_1-10425186-269.html

Sony Takes Aim at 3D TV Domination
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2357804,00.asp

Sony replaces Webbies with ‘bloggies,’
http://ces.cnet.com/8301-31045_1-10423416-269.html

Look out, Chumby: Here comes the Sony Dash
http://ces.cnet.com/8301-31045_1-10425924-269.html

PlayStation Network Expanding To Involve Other Devices
http://games.slashdot.org/story/10/01/07/053257/PlayStation-Network-Expanding-To-Involve-Other-Devices

LG Skype TVs Debut At CES 2010
http://www.i4u.com/article29656.html

Toshiba unwraps Cell TV – converts 2D to 3D
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/01/06/ces_toshiba_cell_tv_intro/

DirecTV 3D broadcasts officially announced, coming in June
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/06/directv-3d-broadcasts-officially-announced-coming-in-june/

Gunnar takes aim at 3D market with collection of stylish 3D glasses
http://ces.cnet.com/8301-31045_1-10427251-269.html

Netflix Agrees To Warner’s New Release Delay In Exchange For More Streaming Rights
http://paidcontent.org/article/419-netflix-agrees-to-warners-new-release-delay-in-exchange-for-more-stream/

Lady Gaga named Polaroid creative director, puts that liberal arts education to good use
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/06/lady-gaga-named-polaroid-creative-director-puts-that-liberal-ar/

Cell phone radiation may fight Alzheimer’s… in mice
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/01/mice-exposed-to-cell-phone-radiation-may-show-reduced-alzheimers-symptoms.ars

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“The immutable laws of bandwidth tell us we’re just a few years away from being able to download an entire season of ‘24′ in 24 seconds,”
he wrote.

Okay, so a season of 24 (non-BluRay) is roughly 6 Double Layer DVDs (probably about 30 or 40 GB). So in Bono’s “Brave New World” we get an Internet connection that can successfully pull down 2 gbps. News flash to Bono: Americans don’t have high speed Internet like that (mine can barely handle streaming BOL’s vcast). 40 GB is a lot of bandwidth. And even if your connection could pull something down that fast the server you’re downloading the file from would have to allow that speed as well.

Bono, we get that you’re a cool guy, who thinks very futuristically wearing sunglasses indoors and all, but I’m just not following your your immutable law of bandwidth. Do you really think that the ISPs are the ones who are stealing all the money from the music industry? Is monitoring the Internet like the Communists in China going to help you sell more records? Do you think people are stealing from you, even though your band is the richest on the planet?

The Curmudgeon

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Back in the days of Windows 98 I saw a “mental controller” for PCs in a compusa. It was a serial port device that looked like a fingerprint scanner.

I played with one in store and it worked, mostly, at least for their skiing game. Not sure if it was real neural impulse or biofeedback. It stuck with me because the inventor had a quadraplegic child.

They are still available on http://www.Other90.com and require adapters to work with Win2k or -gasp!- WinMe. No word on Vista or Win7 although based on the website design I think the company is trapped in the 90s.

That or they have a quadraplegic webmaster stick using Windows 95.

Yup, I’m going to hell for that.

James

 

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