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BOL 1041: What does the brown Zune do for you?

The Zune HD is coming in colors. But none of them are brown. And do you really care? We also talk about the ePub format. Will it change the landscape of eBook publications? And also, while we're at it, how the heck should we express fuel efficiency in

The Zune HD is coming in colors. But none of them are brown. And do you really care? We also talk about the ePub format. Will it change the landscape of eBook publications? And also, while we're at it, how the heck should we express fuel efficiency in electric cars? So many questions. At least Kernels are now bug-proof.

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Episode 1041

China backs off Green Dam
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125013563611828325.html

Now we know what colors the Zune HD will be available in
http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/13/zune-hd-color-options-revealed-in-pre-order-email/

Sony adopts common ePub format
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/technology/internet/13reader.html?_r=1

The Chevy Volt mpg claim was nutty, but Nissan can top that
http://blog.caranddriver.com/nissan-leaf-bests-the-volt-with-367-mpg-fuel-economy-estimate-or-does-it/

DoE will have 100 Gbps Ethernet
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,39712622,00.htm

NICTA kernel-proof can make software safer and more reliable
http://www.theengineer.co.uk/Articles/312631/Safer+software.htm

Dell: Linux versus Windows Netbook returns a ‘non-issue’
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/12/dell_reality_linux_windows_netbooks/

NASA asteroid-tracking program stalled due to lack of funds
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/08/nasa-asteroid-tracking-program-stalled-due-to-lack-of-funds.ars

Les Paul, inventor of modern electric guitar, dead at 94
http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/08/13/les-paul-guitar-legend-dead-at-94/

Voice mail
Kevin calls back about his check-writing

Tommy in Kingston

Dan has good idea for robot development

E-mail
I ran across this site http://www.listenerdrivenradio.com/ and
thought I'd pass it on to you guys. The concept is that listeners
interact directly with the radio stations automation system to play
the songs people want to hear. It brings crowdsourcing to radio. Being
a radio engineer this was of interest to me. The system covers the big
name social media outlets and adds a website widget that can be posted
on any website, even text messaging when your favorite songs come on
the air. They even boast an iphone app that lets people vote on the
next song to be played and listen to an audio stream on the iphone.
Anyway keep up the good work.

Jonathan Bowen

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Hey buzz crew,

I have an opinion on why some companies might not want to show off their prototypes and early demo models. In projects that I have worked on in the past we have used additional debug tools and command line execution in test releases. It seems possible that marketing would get a hold of a product with similar implementations.

If this is the case they wouldn’t want the slower response time to be documented. It is also possible they wouldn’t want reviewers to accidentally tap a debug button, or a button they know darn well that either doesn’t work or will crash the device.

Keep up the great work,

Brad the Minneapolis programmer

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Hey buzz crew, now this may not seem relevant to the podcast but I’ve been noticing recently since I’ve started experimenting with garage band how common it is for podcasts to use garage band song samples (if that’s even what you call them). I started listening to a few of them and was like “oh that’s the buzz out loud theme” and then “oh that’s the hotspot theme”. So why is this; is it because these samples are cheaper or better?

Thanks for presumably answering my stupid question
Ben Parker
Alameda