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Podcast 327

by acedtect / October 5, 2006 7:18 AM PDT

Episode 327

AT&T does away with DSL contracts

PS3 premiere party November 8

Scientists teleport macroscopic atomic object

Skype founders taking on YouTube

United States pushing Russia to close

Helio introduces hybrid wireless service

Two-thirds of online gamers are female

AOL's new private info harvester

George Lucas quitting the movie business, calls Online a rat hole

Crippled Wal-Mart social networking laid to rest

Alternate solution to Hello Kitty recall (Thanks, Dennis!)


Shalin from Houston
Music-playing robot. Reminds me of a duel between musicians. Deep Blue
who took on the chess people. Have the robot take on Wynton Marsalis or


Johnathan's idea isn't so far off

Johnathan has a good point, however I would like to add a further
perspective on the matter:

Bin numbers on cars and guns can and sometimes are removed by thieves.
It isn't legal, but it happens...a lot (not that I would know). This
does NOT stop those companies from producing their products, does it?
(answer = no)

Why should the music industry wait until they permanently add a bin
number? Add the information to the file they are selling, preferably AAC
or MP3, and send it out DRM free, just like Mom used to make, or
produce. Or better, take the eMusic model and just give it to us on the
cheap seeing as it's not as high quality as a CD anyway.

Obviously the people paying for them are honest enough to put the cash
out, so no loss for the RIAA. And really, the majority of pirated music
is ripped from CD, not a hacked low-quality iTunes file.

RIAA, people steal, suck it up and move on, ya big baby.

...just a thought


Australia has interestingly named store-brand products

Speaking of Store Named products, here in Australia we have Coles
Supermarkets which have started to carry their own branded products in a
multitude of categories (in fact they now do everything).

We have floppy disks (yep, they sell 'em) called "You'll love Coles
Floppy Disks" or CD-R, "You Love Coles CD-R". The brand is actually "You
Love Coles" with the product tacked onto the end.

It's kind of cool to see them all, like "You Love Coles Low-Fat
Ice Cream" and "You Love Coles Corn Chips" but I kind of walked past
(rather hastily) the "You Love Coles Chunky Dog Meat." I wasn't sure if
it was for my dog to eat or if it was dog for me to eat...either way,
I'm not sure I'd love it.

Just thought I'd let you know the whole Store Name Brands have been
happening here for a while.



NIH problems with Windows

I work in IT at the National Institutes of Health. This week we started
fielding dozens, possibly hundreds, of calls for users who reported
their Windows XP machines failed WGA validation. These machines were
deemed "not genuine" by Microsoft's WGA validation tool. I spent a full
day researching the possible problems, even contacted Microsoft to get
an answer. I found some Web sites that mentioned cryptographic service
problems, suggesting we reregister a dozen .dlls, that didn't work.
Found another site with a script that would allow us to run a script to
update our Volume License Key and run the WGA validation tool again,
that didn't work. I checked with Microsoft to confirm that our VLK was
indeed "Genuine." I began to panic as the thought of reimaging
thousands of computers at NIH (we have 20,000+ PCs) crossed my mind.
Then I stumbled upon this:

"The problem was the result of an issue on the Microsoft server side,
and we are still investigating the cause. "

So Microsoft has a serious problem that could result in millions of PCs
their WGA validation, thus preventing them from getting critical
updates, and how do they notify the IT community? Yeah, they post it in
one of their forums. Nice.



Reality of South Park not enough for Kevin S.

All right, so the South Park spoof on Warcraft was mostly funny, and I
mean to be a total Warcraft geek, but it was frustrating that they were
blatantly wrong on some of the more fundamental aspects of the game.

It's weird because they were dead-on with SO many things and yet, some
fundamental stuff was just completely ignored. I understand it's a
and sometimes decisions are made to better the story, but they could
easily worked around it.

Some examples of blatant errors:

You cannot keep killing the same pigs all the way to level 60. After you
get so many levels above the monster/creature/etc., you no longer get
experience by killing them.

You cannot hand something to another character that you have already
equipped and are using. Even a level 1 character knows that this item is
now "soulbound" and cannot be given to anybody else.

All the other little stuff, whatever...but it was mostly funny, and it
was dead-on in so many ways but then to drop the ball on the
fundamentals was just plain lame.

-Kevin S.

On October 14, GameSpot is hosting After Hours, a major gaming event in
San Francisco that will also include an extensive, interactive live
program on our site. More details can be found here:

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