Buzz Out Loud 722: Print your own drugs

In today's show, we learn that the future lets us print our own drugs, and robots will drive our sailboats for us. Sailboats? Sailboats.

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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In today's show, we learn that the future lets us print our own drugs, and robots will drive our sailboats for us. Sailboats? Sailboats. Also, Gmail has a new spam problem, the BlackBerry Bold could be the new iPhone of Summer 2008, and the Rolling Stones have rolled their way right off of eMusic. Bummer.
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After China quake, seek Twitter for information, mainstream sites for rumors

Gmail as open-relay spam server

Powerset brings the Semantic Web to Wikipedia

BlackBerry makes a Bold debut with the 9000

AT&T’s bringing free Wi-Fi to the iPhone — once it finishes wigging out

Amazon Unbox on TiVo getting HD content

Stolen Mac helps nab burglary suspects

Windows XP SP3 adds 10 percent performance boost, tests show

Get off of my cloud: Rolling Stones on, then off eMusic

Microsoft talks up using printers to make drugs

The 25-year-old BSD bug

Sailing robots to attempt Atlantic crossing


Jamie Arizona
Military-grade hard drive destruction

Steven Scotland
Instructions for Molly


Download limits

I have a slightly different problem with download limits. I have three children in my family who all use the computer as do my husband and I. Goodness knows what my husband downloads, I watch and listen to podcasts as I go through my day. My children all watch YouTube and other streaming things. My eldest is now into making short videos so she is uploading and downloading stuff.

Individually, we are probably downloading a high average amount of stuff… like any good nerd would. But, put it all together? As well as the streaming Netflix and downloaded material for TiVo? It probably adds up to an official boatload.

I guess the point is that a large family will come closer to the limit without doing anything close to suspicious use. Oh, also, if we switch to Fios TV, would that count against any limit as well?

--Amy, Owings Mills

T-Mobile’s 3G and lack of HSDPA and “cool” phones

Hi BOL boys and girl(s),

The main reason for TMO to struggle with phone offer for it’s new 3G network and consequently with HSDPA feature is the spectrum/band that is used to build the network on. Unfortunately for TMO it is a non “standard” one (read--not popular), not used in Europe or by AT&T in U.S.

So as almost all things on this world it comes down to cost and possible revenues from the initial investment. First the demand need to be “reasonable” (TMO need to guaranty certain volume of devices to be purchased) and second phone manufacturers have to go through development process and prepare new version of the phone which takes time.

This also explains (in big part) the situation that often new phones are launched in different parts of the world e.g. EU but not in U.S., the reason is that the market for such a devices is much bigger there (popularity of 3G, band standard) then in US.

Tom, you can not use unlocked 3G phone, e.g. AT&T one, on TMO network, it will simply not work.

Molly, hold on it is coming just little slower...