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Podcast 296

by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 22, 2006 7:22 AM PDT

Episode 296

Microsoft invites Firefox development team to Redmond

Usenet post is here

YouTube starts video ads and sponsored channels

EA exec says Wii could be $170

Sony says it will have 4 million PS3s by year's end

FTC says it has the authority to police Net neutrality

Read that Dell battery serial number closely

Apple purges Leopard downloaders

New York Times says AOL execs approved posting of data

O'Reilly sets up shop in patent office

Woz to judge American Idol-like Mac app contest

Kevin Mitnick's Web site hacked--hey, it happens to the best of us

MTV Overdrive now Mac-compatible

Drivemocion solution for road rage?

Stargate SG-1 canceled

The return of Kozmo? The sign of the end of Web 2.0?


Jody in Central Ohio
About the credit card. You are not alone. I worked for a retailer, and
we got calls all the time. It seems that the thieves would buy
merchandise and then sell it on auction sites. We recommended filing a
police report. The police didn't call it a crime because the card co.
refunds the debt. Only Austin had a program for this. Seems like it
would be pretty easy to catch the person. Just dress up as the UPS guy.

Ron from Connecticut
Let's not forget what we learned in fight club about battery recalls.
A * B * C = X. Maybe that applies to Dell.

Tommy from Ontario, Canada
Pause Break is useful for system properties. Hold the Windows key and
hit Pause Break.


Real reason for Microsoft interested in Firefox

Peterjon speculates on real reason for this: the only reason that they
are doing this is when vista comes out in the 2007, they will add it as
second browsers so that the EU would make a case against Microsoft if
the offer both IE 7 and Firefox or am I just craze


Firefox is so open source

I think you guys listen to your listeners too much without checking
their sources. I'm sure you will get lots of e-mails and voicemails
about this, but here's another one. Firefox is 100% OPEN SOURCE!!! Here
is a link that explains exactly how to download the source code
If you don't want to click the link, just go to, click
on the Developers tab in the top right, and go to the mozilla project
site. Seriously, it could almost be considered slander to call the
best browser out there closed source. Why do you think we all love it
so much?

Anyway, keep up the good work,
Brooklyn Geoff

Link to Firefox source code


Shalin's inside scoop

on 8/31 or 9/1, NASA will be announcing the designer (contract winner)
the space shuttle successor--the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV)--watch
the news for it. It'll be a MAJOR announcement--we'll finally know who
is going to build the thing.

Also, if any BOLers are going to see the space shuttle launch and would
like to meet up--please post so on the forums by Friday.

Where to view the launch:

See the station/shuttle in the sky (thanks, KeyStroke!):

Space shuttle coverage:

Space station coverage:


More speculation on NASA tapes

You mentioned that they were hoping that the information with the copies
of the NASA tapes that turned up might help them find out which
government warehouse had the original tapes. If they find that out, they
should check the crate under that to see if it has the ark of the

Chris C.


All you have to do to sync your iPod is...

If you want to sync your iPod with both your PC and Mac, you just have
format the iPod for Windows. My dad has a Mini formatted for Windows and
can get songs from my iTunes library from my iBook. Also Snakes on a
Plane was lame, but I really don't remember too much of it.

You're welcome,

From Kansas City


Deep packet inspection will drive tiered Internet, not port blocking

Hi, this is Jesse from Melbourne, Australia. I'm writing about the
comments Alex from Chicago made on Monday's podcast about VPNs and Net

The filtering and prioritization that will take place on the proposed
tiered Internet won't likely be port based. Most of the services in
question, such as streaming video, Voice over IP, and BitTorrent all use
random high UDP ports. Sorting traffic by its port isn't really
reasonable for these services.

Instead, tiered Internet revolves around what is called "deep packet
inspection" technology. This actually looks inside the packet to see
what sort of data it is, instead of just inspecting the packet header.
Of course, some of the biggest proponents of a tiered Internet are
companies like Cisco, who make routers that are capable of deep packet

Here's the real question: can deep packet inspection tell the difference
between an encrypted Bit Torrent packet and an encrypted online banking
packet? Probably not. It's probably also worth noting that it's unlikely
VPN-ed P2P traffic will be nearly as fast as that which takes place on
the open internet, but that's the trade-off for not getting sued by the

Also, I'd like to apply for the position of BOL Australian Guy. I can
answer all of your Australian-related questions as they come up. I'll
leave voicemails and everything!




Apple rumor--I have a friend...

My friend (deep within Apple) has just informed me that Photokina (on
Sep. 25th) will be one of the largest product unveilings ever. I can't
say much, but new iPods, phones, Mac Mini replacement, and price drops
are not out of the question. Well, that's all I can say right now.


Dell quits the MP3 biz?

The DJ Ditty is gone from Dell's online store, which means that Dell
has officially quit the MP3 player business after about three years.
While I'd say that Dell was always the Wal-Mart of MP3 player makers and
tried to compete against the iPod with flimsier but cheaper MP3 players,
I can't help but feel a tinge of sadness in seeing them sulk
away from the market when they were such an obvious rival for Apple.
At least we can take consolation in the knowledge that Michael Dell
might think twice before assuming that Dell's lead in computers
automatically translates to a lead in home electronics.

Ottawa, Canada


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