Buzz Out Loud 687: ByeMax

I think we're going to have to call WiMax dead. After all, the CEO of a WiMax network said it's a "disaster." Ouch.

Molly Wood Former 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.
Molly Wood
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I think we're going to have to call WiMax dead. After all, the CEO of a WiMax network said it's a "disaster." Ouch. In other news, Sony decided it's not cool to charge $50 to get rid of something you never wanted to begin with, Comcast maybe does and maybe doesn't want to put a camera in your set-top box, and Tom's gonna win himself an X Prize.
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Breaking: Sony won't charge $50 to remove Bloatware
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/ 2008/03/22/AR2008032201042.html
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/ 20080321-sony-realizes-50-crapware-removal-fee-is-well-total-crap.html

Mozilla CEO says Apple's Safari 'update' undermines users' trust
http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Mozilla_CEO_ Says_Apples_Safari_Update_Undermines_Users_Trust_15429.html

Rick-rolled to child porn = you're a pedophile, says FBI
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/ 20080323-rick-rolled-to-child-porn-youre-a-pedophile-says-fbi.html

Australian WiMax pioneer calls it a disaster

Comcast considers creepy new addition to the set-top box (Thanks, Joe!)

X Prize for cars

University of Pennsylvania recommends against Vista SP1

Microsoft releasing XP SP3 this week?
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/23/ microsoft-releasing-xp-sp3-this-week/

A new tool from Google worries brand-name sites

Ryerson won't expel student over study group
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/ LAC.20080319.FACEBOOK19/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/

Doctors To Control Robot Surgeon With Their Eyes
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/03/22/ 189205&from=rss


Josh Denver
24-hour rental thoughts.

Weird Threat Guy
Adobe Flash on iPhone.

Meggy Indiana
Wait… how do I do that?

Our Favorite Kind of Call


Wi-Fi in cars

Hi Buzz Crew,

This is pretty cool. Data rate will probably be slow unless you have 3G, but it’s better than nothing.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/23/ chrysler-adding-wifi-data-to-ho-hum-09-fleet/



Crapware for the Mac

Molly, Tom and Jason

I heard you mention that crapware wasn’t dumped on Macs. 8-) Well
Actually, it depends on your definition of “crap”. There is a Microsoft Office 30-day demo offered on recent Macs. It's a crippled version of Office that lasts for 30 days from your first use and cannot, for example, print any of the documents you create with this application until you pay to upgrade it. Even more annoying, if you bring over a previously purchased full version of Office from an older Mac with the Migration Assistant, you are now in danger of deleting BOTH versions of Office when you use the “Uninstall” feature of the demo version.
This all adds up to “crap” in my dictionary.

Although I appreciate and enjoy your efforts, I’m not going to join the ranks of the “Love the show” automatons by appending that phrase to the end of my e-mail.

Warm regards,
Michael Prete


Nielson ratings jankiness

Last week on BOL when you had Randall on, you guys got to talking about the Nielsen ratings, and how janky they were for not including people without landlines. This is just not the case. While it is true that in the past this was the case, Nielsen is rapidly rolling out a selection process that does not rely on participants having a home phone line. The national sample has been this way for years, the top local markets are already converted, and with the smaller markets converting over at a pretty fast pace it will be a nonissue in short order.

Been listening to the show since episode one. Keep up the good work.

Dave the Nielsen Guy

P.S. My wife loves the show, the Tivo videos, and Gadgettes. Thanks for helping me convert her into a techie.


Gates-signed console arrives

Hey JoMoTo,

http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/22/ even-happier-ending-for-cleaned-xbox-360-owner-gates-signed-c/

Good on you Microsoft.

Keep up the good work



iPhone in Start Trek

Hey Tom and Molly:

Interesting rumor about the iPhone acting as a Star Trek communicator in the upcoming film:


Nothing is confirmed, but it looks interesting.

Keep up the good work.

Roberto Suarez
Portland, Ore.