Buzz Out Loud Podcast 1145: China to Google: Suck it

The Google-China drama continues as China makes a veiled response that only law-abiding companies are welcome in the People's Republic. More information came out indicating the Gmail hacking was done by the government in China. This isn't over folks.

Tom Merritt Former CNET executive editor
4 min read

The Google-China drama continues as China makes a veiled response that only law-abiding companies are welcome in the People's Republic. More information came out indicating the Gmail hacking was done by the government in China. This isn't over folks. We'll keep on it. But there is other news. Apple lawyers strike back over tablet rumors, and app stores are all pretty much the same.

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Camden in Philly w/ Facebook Paranoia

One issue with Facebook’s idea about scanning your system for viruses before letting you back on after your account was hacked is that yes the pc you used to clear the virus lock on is clean. What about all the other systems you use. Your netbook, your friends' pc, the system at the library, the internet cafe, etc.

As always some protection is better then none I’m just worried the message from Facebook will say “You have no viruses welcome back” instead of “This machine currently has no viruses that we know about, proceed with caution.” (I'd say the house is white on this side but Tom may be the one who'd grok it.)

You also suggested having AV software have the capability of broadcasting that the system you’re on is clean. The problem with this idea is the first thing a maleware creator would do is spoof the clean system message.

Yes the protocol could include protection for this. But unless it was cheap or free and in some way open to companies, then what would happen to software like AVG, or the next AVG.

Love the show.
Ken the Lurker


OK, so remember a few years back when I told you guys that one of my students was doing research on video game aggression? Well, this year one of them is doing cell phone distraction research.

Melissa (the psych honours student) is doing her thesis with me and she has designed a way cool study. (I wish I could take more credit, but she has designed most of this herself, I am just her supervisor).

People are going to be 'driving' (using a wheel and a PS3) and they will either talk to Melissa
on a cell phone
on a hands free cell phone
they won't talk, a control group.

Now that is pretty straightforward. The interesting twist is looking at the complexity of the conversation. Half of the participants will get a simple conversation and half will get a complex one. These 'conversations' will consist of Melissa firing either easy or hard arithmetic problems at the subjects. We expect there to be little effect with the simple conversation and a big effect with a complex one in both the phone and hands free group.

The Algoma University psychology department, where much of the research is inspired by BOL…

I will keep you posted. That is if you care…

Dave (the psychologist)


Hey buzz crew

I am a long time listener to the show and have even had one of my e-mails read on your show. I live in Haiti. We suffered losses in the earthquake. The most important thing is that my family is ok. Cell phones are down and we are getting spotty internet. The wierd thing is that it is easier for me to talk (via skype) to friends and family abroad than it is to talk to my brother who lives just 1.5 miles from my house. We had to communicte via facebook, skype, and e-mail. Please ask your listeners fro their prayers and if they can to try to help. The smallest thing helps a lot. Go to whitehouse.gov to see how you can help. Thank you and even if I am not able to to listen to the show these days I still love the show.

Geff (Geek at Large)

Geoffrey H. Boutros
Port-au-Prince, Haiti