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CNET UK Podcast 111: Deafening silence from the Mars Phoenix rover

On the CNET UK Podcast this week we worry about the Mars Phoenix rover going silent, update you on America's war on fat kids and celebrate Windows' 25th birthday

It's Friday, and that can mean only one thing: tomorrow is Saturday. But in related news, it's also time for the CNET UK Podcast, and this week Nate is joined by lens jockey Rich T, and in the guest seat for the first time in history it's the ineffable Rory Reid.

In space updates, we're discussing the sad news that Earth has perhaps heard its last words from the Mars Phoenix rover, which went silent from the surface of the red planet at the start of the month. But if legend is to be believed, the Phoenix shall rise again. Maybe when Mars warms up.

We also talk about a new way America is dealing with the war on fat kids, by means of encouraging text messages. Though they'll probably spend even more time in front of the computer now full-length films are coming to Google's YouTube.

There's an update concerning the war on spam, with the news that controversial hosting firm McColo was pulled offline, taking its clients' spam-sending abilities with it. And Rich and Nate don the fanboy hats to praise iPhones for not breaking down as much as RIM's BlackBerry, at least according to one mobile phone warranty firm.

In Crave talk, Rory gets us all to sniff the latest Asus F6 laptop, which claims to smell better than a thousand rain-soaked kittens rolling in a bed of freshly washed towels. Rich talks about the Casio Exilim EX-FH20 -- a camera that takes more pictures in one second than London Lite photographers manage in an evening outside Amy Winehouse's flat. And Nate highlights the pros and cons of the Datz Music Lounge.

In Idiot Watch this week it's more Mac talk, mainly because Nate's brand new MacBook was delivered broken and had to be returned to Apple. We also spend a few minutes talking about Microsoft Windows 1.0, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, which sparks talk about the future of operating systems.

As always we have some enlightening feedback from the chaps in the forums, and one of the most unbelievable WTF sections ever, in which a man with no arms managed to achieve the impossible.

If you've got questions for the team and the CNET UK community, head over to the Podcast Lounge in the forums. While you're at it, you can check out this week's show by downloading the MP3 here or listen to the previous 110 episodes here. You can subscribe either with iTunes at this link or use the vanilla RSS link at this address.

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