The 404 1,073: Where it could use some more bacon (podcast)

After staring longingly at Burger King's bacon-topped sundae dessert, we'll dive into the stories of the day: bootleg bounty hunters, Photochopping, and a list of our favorite graphic novels!


A candied bacon ice cream sandwich Susan Arendt

Piggybacking (waka waka) on Jeff's encounter with a candied bacon ice cream sandwich at the Sony E3 press conference last week, we can't help but indulge in Burger King's new bacon-topped sundae.

And even if Jeff's dietitian won't let him have it, we can still stare longingly at the press shots and tell you about our own favorite encounters with the swine.

Before we make ourselves too hungry, we'll move on and expose an especially nefarious tactic that record labels are using to catch bootleggers online.

It turns out that they all employ an anti-piracy group called ProMedia to track online offenders, and the team includes a roster of 35 students who crawl social networks, forums, and blogs to nab filesharers.

Once they're caught, the students are instructed to threaten offenders with lawsuits, essentially forcing out-of-court settlements to the tune of about 1,200 euros, or $1,500.

Finally, we'll take a look at a photo forensics firm that keeps track of physically manipulated photos throughout history. And yes, we do mean "pre-Photoshop." Photos have been tampered with long before 1987 and as early as the 1900s. Whether politically motivated or just to insert teammates into championship photos, the methods were primitive and so much more obvious than today.

Plenty of voice mails and listener questions to answer after the break, so check out today's episode and let us know what you think in the comments!


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