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Buzz Out Loud 915: Braising Arizona

This is a long one folks. We get a little yelly about online video, The Pirate Bay, and HDTVs in hotels. Enjoy.

This is a long one folks. We get a little yelly about online video, The Pirate Bay, and HDTVs in hotels. When we get to the space-based solar array that beams power to Earth by microwave, Rafe suggests turning the state of Arizona into a microwave hot spot. Sorry Arizonans. Enjoy.


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Episode 915

Palm Pre no longer features data tethering on Sprint Web site
http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/19/palm-pre-no-longer-features-data-tethering-on-sprint-website/
http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/02/19/sprint-removes-data-tethering-from-palm-pre-feature-list/

Apple snapping up flash memory for new iPhone?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10167926-37.html

CBS still thinks Hulu content is fair game
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/20/cbs-interactive-well-within-our-rights-to-stream-hulu-content/
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/02/19/cbs-strikes-back-at-hulu/

Cable companies scheme to limit online content to pay-TV subscribers
http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/20/cable-companies-scheme-to-limit-online-content-to-pay-tv-subscri/
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123509028580728229.html?mg=com-wsj (requires WSJ subscription)
http://thekevinpipe.com/2009/02/20/cable-companies-scheme-to-limit-online-content-to-pay-tv-subscribers/

Netflix may offer streaming-only pricing in 2010
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10168298-1.html?tag=mncol;title

Pirate Bay: We don’t know nothin’ about org charts, contracts
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/02/pirate-bay-we-dont-know-nothin-about-org-charts-contracts.ars
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/02/neij.html
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/02/gottfrid.html

Dell fights back against Psion Netbook trademark rampage
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2009/02/dell-fights-back-against-psion-netbook-trademark-rampage.ars
http://i.gizmodo.com/5156706/dell-wants-to-set-netbook-free

Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10168114-38.html

Yelp’s credibility problem–blame it on the algorithm?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10168065-93.html

Chrome gets Google Earth update
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10168357-2.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Space-based solar power within a decade?
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/20/0149254&from=rss

70-year-old Joplin, MO, man shoots his TV because he can’t get his converter box to work
http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=167900&catid=3

Voice mail

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Dwight Booo Palm!

E-mail
Dear Jatona,

I found this article really interesting! The researchers used EverQuest II to track social networking in a way that would never have been possible in real life.

“In the real world, tracking a person's social network — which could include hundreds of contacts that serve different purposes — is nearly impossible.

But in online virtual games like EverQuest II, where tens of thousands of people leave digital traces as they chat with one another, perform quests together, form groups and buy and sell goods, researchers have found a gold mine of networking data.”

They discovered a lot of interesting things, like women are the most dedicated players, and people tend to underestimate how often they play, but one of the biggest results is a trend I’ve been noticing a lot recently. People don’t expand their social network with the internet, they just reinforce it.

Surprising Results: Virtual Games Players Stick Close to Home

Thought you might enjoy this article!
Love the show,

Meggie
Evanston, IL
Natali
In regards to Episode 913, you discussed an apparatus for allowing a cat
to agree to EULAs. I’m currently taking contracts as a first-year law
student here at the University of North Carolina, and today we discussed
formation of contracts on the Internet, including these “click-wrap”
licenses. Of course, I had to share the cat apparatus with my professor.
First, he responded that if one programs an electronic device to accept
license agreements for you, the effect is that you agree to the license
agreements. A court would likely view the cat apparatus the same way,
especially because the user enticed the cat to agree to the license.
But, even if your cat did somehow use your computer without your
interaction and actually agree to a contract using your account, the
contract may be upheld by a court because what we’re looking for in
contract formation is an objective manifestation of assent to the terms.
To the objective observer on the other end of the “tubes,” it looks like
you agreed to the terms of the contract.

I suppose this is cat FAIL, EULA WIN.

Insert “love the show” robotic recording here,
Michael the Law Student
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Rafe
Hello JaNaTo* (*the wildcard host)

In regards to episode 913, I see the ability to cram 1080p into a mobile device to be a great feature.

I travel frequently with work, and have my 16Gb Nokia N96 loaded up with rips of my DVDs and episodes of my favourite TV shows (Fringe, BattleStar, etc.) as well as days of music.

Quite often I end in a hotel room with lousy signal reception, or satellite feeds of 20 channels of obscure sports, so I whip out the phone, plug in the media cable and watch good quality video through their flat screen panels.

The standard definition video I'm getting now is fine, but as a lot of these in-room TVs are Hi-Def (with no Hi-def content being displayed or available!), if I can carry one device that pumps out Hi-def video, I'm all set.

Btw, as far as smart phone features go, I still consider the N96 to leave the iPhone in the dust.

Love the Show

Richard
(The Adobe Instructor)
Brisbane, Australia
Tom
Hey Buzz Crew,
Don’t know if you’ve seen this yet, but get ready to be vindicated!

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5741334.ece
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,496309,00.html

And here’s the actual policy report:
http://ethics.calpoly.edu/ONR_report.pdf

Good computer… good boy, send the e-mail…. nice computer…..

Hoping you get this,
Eric the Musician in Georgia (Chris the commuter sent this link as well)
Natali
Re: BoL 913 and networks not putting full TV catalog on Hulu, YouTube, TV.com, et al

As much as we’d love full catalog online, networks make a significant chunk of change from syndication to affiliates. Regardless of longtail, affiliate syndication brings in significantly more money than ads online.

- DHP
Digital Audio Manager, ABC News