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Episode 583: The Durka Durka Show

Google's new antipiracy tool (meh), Leopard on sale Oct. 26 (woo!), and weird computer noises (durka).

Google unveils its new YouTube antipiracy tool, which those ungrateful media companies instantly pan as not good enough. Apple announces the Leopard release date and upgrade plan, which bloggers pan as not nice enough. And Verizon admits it turned over your phone record data without court orders "hundreds of times," which everyone pans as not cool enough. In fact, not cool at all.


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Kevin from Lake Forest
What's that durka durka sound?

Scott from Orange, CA
What about phishing?

Anonymous Musician
My thoughts on unlimited music

Vista rantrant
Ok so why do I feel like I was the only one around when XP came out. Doesn't anyone remember that many of the things people are complaining about with Vista happened when XP first came out! Peripherals not working is not Microsoft's fault but the company that makes the drivers! If there are no drivers it won't work! I remember having a printer and a webcam not work on XP and the hardware company flat out said it would never support XP for that hardware... I have been running Vista on three computers for many months and have not had major problems. Every time there is a major operating system upgrade there are the same problems with the same complaints, I think the major difference with Vista is that there are fewer gains in upgrading so people are not as quiet about the problems. Oh and remember the upgrade from Win95 to Win98? Nothing worked the same but Win95 was so bad no one cared because they just wanted off it!

Epperson's Computer Consulting
Travis Epperson

Jonathan Coulton
Speaking of Jonathan Coulton, Valve picked him up to do a song for the AAA video game title The Orange Box (PC, XBOX360, and soon PS3). Specifically it plays at the end of the game Portal, and while Portal is an absolutely fun, ingenious, and hilarious game, Jonathan's song at the credits "takes the cake". I encourage everyone to play this game!

Oh, and what would Fanboys for Jason be called you ask? Mix a good Harry Potter reference with the fact that he's your audio guy, and it's obvious, isn't it?


Joe the Programmer (from Boston)

Bob the PatentLawyer pops up again
Hey guys. Been listening faithfully, though haven't been sending in stuff or comments. Congrats on Baby Buzz, and condolences on losing Veronica, though Jason does sound like a pretty good dude. Though does he bowl?

Anyway, saw this come across my wire this morning and was immediately reminded of this functionality in an early Rainbow Six game. Monitoring movement through a space by heartbeat. :-)

It was even in one of the CNET blogs. Yeah. So now I have to watch FPS games for the new innovations coming down the pike.


The future of the music industry
I've been listening to your comments about about bands like Radiohead practically giving away their music without the labels and I kept thinking that this doesn't sound like a new idea. So today I finally find some time to dig up this news story.

It's an interview in 2002 with David Bowie where he is pretty much saying what is starting to happen now. Here is an excerpt:

His deal with Sony is a short-term one while he gets his label started and watches the Internet's effect on careers. "I don't even know why I would want to be on a label in a few years, because I don't think it's going to work by labels and by distribution systems in the same way," he said. "The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it's not going to happen. I'm fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing."

"Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity,'' he added. ''So it's like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You'd better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that's really the only unique situation that's going to be left. It's terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn't matter if you think it's exciting or not; it's what's going to happen."

Of course it would come from Mr. Bowie. Ziggy was dressing in spandex when hair bands like Twisted Sister hadn't even grown out their first mullet.

Just thought I'd share this article with you.

And while I'm writing, let me put my 2 cents (not one cent because that is infringement) in.

3D movies? Not a fan. I'm currently working on Journey and while the end result my look cool the process sucks. Imagine all those visual effects we have to do....now imagine having to do them all over again for the 2nd camera. That's right, 2 camera means twice the work load. fun times.

And for that guy in Texas who challenged the Canadian Mint to come get him. Not to worry, with our dollar trading above the US, it wouldn't be cost effective.

Take care,
Wayne the VFX guy.

Careful with the jailbreak
I tried it once, and it did nothing. Restarted the process, and I accidentally clicked an OK prompt, so I restarted the Jailbreak.

On my third attempt, I accidentally unplugged it, and my iPod Touch is a brick! I can't even reboot it. Got a genius appointment at 6:40 p.m. at One Powell :)

Great show guys!

Your favorite CNET tech producer,

P.S. There is a Windows version of this called touchFree.

More airplane madness
Hey BOL crew on Ep. 582 you talked about someone using a i-phone on a plane and that he had it on airplane mode. Two years ago as i was on a trip on a good airline and I used my iPaq 4350, after the 15 min. of flight I took out my PDA and out of no where a flight attendant comes to me and tells me to turn off my phone. I told her that it was not a phone but she said that i still had to put it away because she did not know if i was telling the truth. So I just put it away but took it out after she left and played my music and covered it with my shirt. Maybe the airlines need to add all the pictures of the devices that can be used on a airplane so at least passengers could show the attendants that you are telling the truth and that the device is allowed.

From Houston, Texas


Tom said in the middle of the podcast: "The airlines need to get up to speed." This sounded extremely suspicious. Airplanes already go over 200mph, and that's not up to speed? Tom must be a ninja. Tom, if you're a ninja, Molly must be a super ninja because she talks way faster than you do. I wish I was a ninja.

Adios, Brian

iPod without iTunes
Heresy to some, relief to others but it can be done...

I'm just waiting for it to brick someone's iPod so we can hear them proclaim "You can Floola me once, shame on you, but Floola me twice..."

Dennis O.
Powell, Ohio