Buzz Out Loud Podcast 1138: Good luck with that, Bono

Bono has been listening to his manager and soaking up the ideas that the Internet needs to be locked down before it ruins the video industry.

Tom Merritt Former CNET executive editor
3 min read

So, Bono has been listening to his manager and soaking up the idea that the Internet needs to be locked down before it ruins the video industry. This selfless act of Cassandra-like prophesying involves talking about how great the U.S. is at stopping child porn and how great the Chinese are at stopping anything they don't like. We point out a few holes in the theory there. Also, Google is doing everything. Seriously, if you even think fleetingly that Google might do something, well, apparently it already is.

Watch this: Ep. 1138: Good luck with that Bono


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Allen in New York Happy New Year

Hey Buzz Crew,

I'm a custom furniture maker in Bellingham, Washington, but also an avid technology geek. I'm working to put these two interests together to design and then create an ultimate technology desk for myself. Not something that looks like it's from IKEA or something your grandfather might have had!

Tech wise, it will have integrated power and cord management, a gadget storage and recharging section, as well as space for all the little tech accessories we all seem to collect.

I'm stuck on what other things, if any, I should consider, so I thought I'd ask the experts! I figure you guys have accumulated a good sense for what tech geeks like us like in our workspaces, so if any of you are so inclined to respond, what things would you like in a desk like this?

If you like, I'll let you know how it comes out

... and of course, love the show!

Carl Flansbaum


Dear Buzz Crew,
It seems I owe you an apology. Assuming that, like Wikipedia, the Buzz Out Loud wiki was policed by hawk-eyed moderators, as a joke I altered the entry for last year’s prediction show to suggest that Tom predicted a Google acquisition of a fried chicken franchise during 2009.

Much to my amusement and embarrassment, the pretend chicken prognostication came up on episode 1136. While such a partnership would be truly revolutionary, my apologies are owed to Tom for diluting his prediction accuracy and to Molly, who inexplicably suggested that she recalled Tom actually predicting Google Fried Chicken.

Please accept my humblest apologies, and keep up the great work. JP


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XML is a syntax, an open way to structure data. Regarding the Microsoft Word case, I think the sticking point for the patent owners is that the “custom XML” is that they created a data structure, manifested in XML, for storing documents. Saying “all XML is customizable so it can’t be patented” is like saying “books are just a bunch of letters and words, you can’t copyright stories and novels.”