Buzz Out Loud 1486: Franken-mouse and up-skirting Roombas (Podcast)
On today's show, scientists discover that shocking tiny artificial brains with electricity produces the equivalent of short-term memory. Apocalypse nigh. Also, the Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in the i4i patent case, Apple goes Calvinball with a NEW RULE that says they won't take a cut of in-app subscriptions. Plus, Citibank got hacked ... a month ago. Thanks for the heads up, guys.
Molly WoodFormer Executive Editor
Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
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Hey buzz crew,
Listening to yesterdays podcast (episode 1485). I too got a little worried, like Molly, about Facebook using facial recognition to tag people in photos. It sounded perfectly plausible that governments could use it tract down supporters of government protests.
My next though was, “”What country would want to do that kind of thing”"? Then it hit me; China! I might be incorrect but from what I can remember Facebook still isn’t in China, right?
They’ve had conversations the last few months and I understand why China would be a little hesitant to jump on the Facebook Train being that Facebook and Twitter were invaluable tools in supporting protestors in Egypt and elsewhere.
How could Facebook sweeten the deal? By making it dead simple to tract down anti-government protestors! That’s how! Facebook already knows where you eat, sleep, and poop! How much easier could it be to lock those people up when Facebook tells you who they all are?
I’m not one for conspiracy theories but if Facebook and China reach some agreement here soon then you know something sneaky went down.
Love the show. :)
As a 40 year old video gamer I can completely agree with this. Look at what we’ve had access to since the 70′s (when we were born), or at least I was: I’ve had Pong, Atari 2600, Magnovox Odessy, Coleco Vison, TI994A, Commodore 16, 64, and 128, Nintendo NES, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Playstation 2, Xbox, Wii, and Xbox 360. There are many other that I didn’t have but knew about or rented in the 90′s. I am a dad of 3 who plays my games at night when the kids are in bed but I also play games with them. We all play Super Mario Brothers together, my son and I are in the middle of Portal 2 co-op and I occasionally use him for target practice in a COD game. I have grown up with the systems splashed and marketed to me since I was old enough to watch my 6 TV channels and go through department store catalogs to pick out Christmas and birthday presents. Now that I am the one with the disposable income, I can get the games and systems when I want (almost). I know there are plenty of us out there. We may not be the best on the leader borads but I’s sure there are plenty of us out there. And my wife wanted me to add the she finds my video game playing completely and unequivocally un-sexy. Ron from Fort Worth
Not sure if you have been following bitcoin last few days,
but as of June 8th, it is now worth $32 per bitcoin,
and I have found that you can cash out at: http://spendbitcoins.com/
Where you can get a $100 amazon gift card for 3.1 bitcoins at the moment,
This is quite amazing, I hope you guys got some bitcoins to ride this bubble.
The difficultly has increased to the point that a ATI HD 5870 can only earn 0.5 bitcoins per day
when contributing to a bitcoin pool.
I wish i would have held on to my 200 bitcoins (worth $6,400 now) i cashed out on already.