Buzz Out Loud 790: Netflix, FIOS, and a boyfriend

Natali Del Conte joins us today for a discussion of whether it's more difficult, these days, to get FIOS installed, get a Netflix disc delivered, or find a decent man in New York. No, she's not taking applications. Also, confirmation of iPhone 3G issues w

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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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Natali Del Conte joins us today for a discussion of whether it's more difficult, these days, to get FIOS installed, get a Netflix disc delivered, or find a decent man in New York. No, she's not taking applications. Also, confirmation of iPhone 3G issues which Molly, stunningly, has not experienced.

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Episode 790

iPhone 3G Connectivity Affecting 2% of Customers? Software Fix Soon? http://www.macrumors.com/2008/08/18/iphone-3g-connectivity-affecting-2-of-customers-software-fix-soon/

GPhone On Its Way! FCC Approves HTC Dream, On Sale By Nov. 10? http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/8/gphone-on-its-way-fcc-approves-htc-dream http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/08/18/dream_fcc_test_results/

GraphOn? files patent suit against Google http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10018876-93.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Clipboards hijacked in web attack (Thanks royterp!) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7567889.stm

Limelight Networks: Why the Olympics didn’t ‘Melt’ the Internet http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow/?p=9221

Netflix computer problems continue http://news.cnet.com/8301-13554_3-10018809-33.html

Report: Fees may sink Pandora soon http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10018931-93.html

Bono blamed for unreleased U2 songs on Internet http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10018810-93.html

PC World Toshiba Upscaling DVD Player http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007476.html

Movie actress Rosario Dawson stars in 'Gemini Division,' a new Web-only series http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121884096312045683.html?mod=2_1571_topbox


Anonymous Air Force Cybercommander Don’t count us out yet?

Alan New York How to find a Kindle.


We all know they're coming, but I'd thought I'd tell you guys I saw meeting notes from my work which says we're getting new iPods on September 1st. No details on any features or prices, just that they're coming in. Looks like I may be able to wait out taking advantage of the back to school discounts for a free touch.


Remember the Netflix (NFLX) outage last week? Oddly enough it correlated with VMWare (VMW)'s issues with VMWare server ( http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=324544&intsrc=news_ts_head ). VMWare ESX Server, a utility used for server redundancy, and consolidation had issues Monday booting up due to anti-piracy, DRM technology. It affected all customers who had their clocks set correctly. Oddly enough, NFLX's problems started up on Monday too. I know in a large corporation it is difficult to roll out new versions of software, and in someone the size of NFLX's case it could take several days.

Just Correlation? Causation? Maybe.


Not sure how much you picked up from NME but I shamelessly think this story is pretty sweet.

My podcast Hak5, a show that's been blending underground hacking and mainstream IT since 2005, has been picked up by Revision3. PR: http://revision3.com/blog/2008/08/14/revision3-adds-hak5-program-to-hit-lineup/

Also my girlfriend Shannon (who will be premiering on Hak5 this season) and I are big BOL fans. We're such huge dorks that we synchronize our iPod Shuffles so that we can listen to you guys while jogging together. Wouldn't it be crazy if we heard you mention this while we were on the trail?

Love the show, Darren the hacker from Virginia

We are writing from Melbourne, Australia – love the show.

In the wake of Twitter shutting down SMS to anywhere outside the USA, Canada and India on August 14th – we were feeling disconnected here Down Under.

So we’ve launched a site so the international Twitter community can get their SMS again. www.twitsms.co.uk <http:// <http:///> www.twitsms.co.uk/> and www.twitsms.com.au <http:// <http:///> www.twitsms.com.au/> has been launched for the UK, Australia and other parts of the globe. Twitsms gives a way for fans to keep getting their tweets via SMS, based on a 'user pays' system per message.

We are spreading the word in the Twitter community and thought Buzztown international might like to hear about this too.

Kind Regards,

Delia Timms Co-Founder www.twitsms.com.au


I just discovered We7, a site that offers free ad-supported music downloads without any form of DRM. But that's not even the awesome part. Usually, people from small countries such as Belgium can't use these services because the record companies don't bother striking deals with them for such a tiny audience. It's not like that with We7.

On August 14th, a staff member posted a message about the fact that Warner Music will join the download service "before the end of October". I'm definitely looking forward to that. - http://blogs.we7.com/weblog/2008/08/warner-music-uk-partners-with-we7.html

Love the show! Pieter De Decker

Greetings Buzz Crew,

I had the chance to actually see what Jason and Tom looked like in-person while I was roaming the floor at NME. In the open to episode 789, Tom said Las Vegas was in California. Now, I know there were a lot of California license plates in the area which might have been confusing. The parking garage at the Las Vegas Hilton was a prime example of that although I do wonder who has the California plate "PODKAST" that we saw.

As a local, though, I can say that Las Vegas is not in California but is the population center of the state of Nevada. Clark County (where Henderson, Las Vegas, Boulder City, Laughlin, and more are found) is the most populous in the state. Was Tom looking at that cranky GPS Leo Laporte's tech crew were using when hauling the tricaster that sent them in a circle at one point?

Thank you for the great work you do. My father had a great time finally putting faces to the voices he hears when I am listening to various podcasts. Didn't quite expect Tom and Jason to be so frakking tall, though.

See ya next confab!

Love the show.