Episode 621: Get Windows for free

And get martinis from robots. Both of them involve a vision of a terrifying future, and yet--we're in!

Get Windows for free, and get your martinis from Asimo robots. Both are a vision of a terrifying future that we're strangely OK with. Microsoft will give you free software in exchange for just a little tiny information about your activities--er, all of it. In other news, Friendster is back! Remember Friendster? They're back! Maybe.

--Molly


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EPISODE 621

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TODAY'S VOICE MAIL:
The Chad from San Antonio
Workaround for Western Digital.

John from Belleville
Violin player in fear of losing his job.



TODAY'S E-MAIL:
AAC is not proprietary!
Well actually....

According to the Wikipedia article on AAC, the format is not technically proprietary. This is a common misconception! AAC is an international standard intended to supplant MP3. It happens to be heavily supported by Apple/Dolby, but they do not own it.

"AAC requires a patent license, and thus uses proprietary technology. But contrary to popular belief, it is not the property of a single company, having been developed in a standards-making organization."

I purchased an iPod solely for the perceptible advantages in audio quality it offers over MP3.

Thanks,
Daine
San Francisco

PSA on launching X-wings with (faux) frickin' laser beams--Shalin is not (entirely) amused...
OK--those guys who launch the one-thousand-two-hundred pound thrust may have made it look cool, but, since being an aerospace engineer and a former volunteer firefighter--that was horribly risky. Horribly risky!! I think they should have been at least 3x the distance back from the vehicle than they were--probably 5x at least.

Also, I wonder if they really considered the aerodynamic principles that were needed to avoid a break up of the craft and rocket motors! Sorry...I enjoy having fun with model rockets and aircraft, but it just seemed like a lot of disregard for safety.

I'm just trying to be informative and lookin' out for folks, ya know?

Best,
Shalin

P.S. And another thing: Do your local fire department a favor and keep your holiday decorations from overheating or catching fire. Here's some info on that:

http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm
http://www.firesafety.gov/directory/public/seasonal.shtm
http://www.fire.ca.gov/about_content/downloads/holidaysafety.pdf
http://www.safety-council.org/info/home/xmas_fire.htm

 

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