Buzz Out Loud 717: Dedicated to yo' fat momma

Yo' momma is so fat. How fat is she? She's so fat she has two Wiis, one for each...OK, never mind. In other news, Microsoft walked out on Yahoo. Is it for good this time?

Yo' momma is so fat. How fat is she? She's so fat she has two Wiis, one for each...OK, never mind. In other news, Microsoft walked out on Yahoo. Is it for good this time? What does it mean for you? (As usual, a big fat nothing, unless you're a Yahoo stockholder.) Also, on the deathwatch today: E3, Cuba's ban on home computers, and Google audio CAPTCHA.
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EPISODE 717

MicroHoo is dead, long live MicroHoo
http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9935100-56.html
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9935250-7.html
http://kara.allthingsd.com/20080505/yahoo-execs-reaction-i-need-some-prozac/
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9935751-7.html

Grand Theft Auto IV simplifies game purchasing
http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSN0430077120080505

Apple losing money in new movie deal
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9934405-7.html

Cuba lifts ban on home computers (yes, they had that)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7381646.stm

Spam reaches 30 year anniversary
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7380788.stm

Xobni revamps in-box: Adds social networking twist to Outlook
http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/006890.html

Google Audio CAPTCHA defeated
http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/05/02/1426253

RIP E3
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6190307.html

Wii and Wii Fit to be featured at select Westin hotels
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/newsArt.cfm?artid=15903

Are you calling yo’ momma fat?
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9934623-1.html

VOICE MAIL

Desmond in Ga.
The memristor infinite loop?

E-MAIL

Windows feedback panel/Vista Ultimate

Dear Your Highnesses,

Concerning the Windows Feedback panel program and Windows Vista Ultimate, I wish everyone who is a Vista hater would just take a chill pill. I was beta tester for Vista and will be using my free copy of Vista Ultimate to build a HTPC for my children. Yes even children are cable of using and understanding Vista. Vista is a wonderful Operating system, PERIOD!!!!

--Mark Brewer
Dayton, Ore.
Down the road from the Spruce Goose

P.S.

I'm loving my 20 inch iMac that I got 3 days ago, Leopard rocks my world!!!!!!

P.P.S.: Must remember to take my medication.


Hard Drive Crusher comment

‘ello JaMoTo,

Actually, there are several better (and much cheaper) ways to destroy a hard disk:

1.) Get a gun. A large gun. Shoot the hard drive.
2.) Pour gasoline on the hard drive. Light the hard drive on fire.*
3.) Electric drill. 'Nuff said.
4.) Sledgehammer + muscle = DESTRUCTION

* Well, actually, with the price of gas, it might be cheaper to buy the $11,000 disk crusher.

Love the show, --Fletcher from Minnesota.


“I Voted” in the Buzztown elections

So I’ve been trying to get myself excited by the prospects of the upcoming mayoral election. Truth-be-told I think I prefer the current, social collective groove we have going on now but when the times change we must either adapt or die. So how to get fired up? Well we need a reward! One of my favorite parts of election day is the bestowing of the “I VOTED” sticker so I took the liberty of designing what I hope will become the official Buzztown “I VOTED” sticker.

I know you don’t like to accept attachments via e-mail, so I poked around the wiki to see if I could post it there but I guess I’m a bit dense and didn’t see a way to do it. The sticker is attached but I’d be happy to post it somewhere if you’d rather. In addition to the jpg file of the individual sticker, I’ve attached a template suitable for printing on Avery brand Round Inkjet Labels, model 8293.

http://www.uploadimage.org/images/yqxmuf5chiqpue5bqtve.jpg

Keep up the good work y’all

--Jason Tollefson
Production Planner
Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Indiana Jones and the Tickets to the Baseball Game

Your Royal Monarchs,

This strikes me as the kind of story you would possibly, maybe talk about if it was a slow day on Monday. In any event, it’s interesting and has to do with the new Indy movie. They’ve got this weird little ad on the schedules for May showing a picture of Indiana Jones on May 22. Here is the link to the Mets page:

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=nym

Now originally, I was looking at the (go) Nationals(!) schedule, and they have the same pic-but no game being played. The Mets do. I figure that’s gotta stink, to be forced into advertising for something that is happening the same time as they game you are trying to sell.

Also, as of the writing of this email, you can’t click on Indy or anything-and it doesn’t say that it’s for the Indiana Jones movie-so you’d have to know that what was going on. Also, you’d have to go hunt down tickets on your own. Kind of a weird ad, I think, and a bit atypical for Net advertising which is why I thought, even if it isn’t Buzzworthy, it’d be interesting to pass along.

That and the New Indiana Jones movie is going to be awesome!…right?


--Frank J. M. Lattuca, Esq.
Buzztown Mayor, ‘08


Dirty dirty keyboards

Dear Tom, Molly, and Jason,

In reference to podcast 716 last Friday, you referred to the U.K. study about the filthiness of our keyboards. As a microbiologist, I agree that chucks of lunch and dust bunnies aren’t probably doing anything for the cleanliness of your keyboard and may attract bacteria, but most of the harmful bacteria are coming from….gasp….us touching the keyboards with our filthy fingers. Most often, bacteria get on our digits by picking of our nose, sneezing on our hands, and the dreaded fecal-oral transmission, aka not washing our hands after using the facilities. Bacteria are on and in almost every nook and cranny of our bodies, so it comes down to quality, not quantity of what the bacteria that is on that keyboard. I am always appalled by those local tv news studies that say there is bacteria on our toilet seats, cell phones, keyboards, etc. No crap (excuse my pun). The little guys are everywhere. My recommendation: keep your fingering out of your nose, use a Kleenex when you sneeze, wash your hands after using the restroom, and don’t let anyone use your keyboard that you refer to as “Dirty Larry,” the guy around the office who you never see wash his hands when he is in the can.

Sincerely,

--Andy the Microbiologist

 

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