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Show Notes 291

by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 16, 2006 8:31 AM PDT

Episode 291

Dell to recall over 4 million batteries

RFID passports arrive for U.S. citizens

Terabyte drive big enough for ya?

RIAA drops case against grieving family

Pirate Partei launch darknet

Example of need for tiered Intenet? Microsoft-AT&T U-verse facing
packet loss

Unhappy eBay traders boycott site

Google upgrades Blogger

Utopia Green Phone

Qwest dragging heels on installing fiber, doesn't want Seattle to do it


Pat in North Carolina
Pluto becoming a small planet. The IAU is creating a tiered solar
system. The small planest will be stuck with dial-up. What if the
gas-giant lobby keeps Earth in the small-planet category?!

Robert from Detroit
Larry had that problem with Urge last week. I have the all-access pass
but was charged. It doesn't warn you when you put it in the burn window.
All-access doesn't include CD-burning feature. Urge finally credited my

I just called DirecTV, and they said they would give me a free HD-DVR
or wait until the new one comes out and get it free then.


Roland Roman says it's safe to charge your iPod with every sync


Zune won't be nice to batteries

jeff hates his ipod charging everytime he hooks it up to the computer to
sync. i wonder how much battery the wi-fi in the zune will be using?
between the wi-fi and larger screen, he might end up having to charge it
more anyway due to it sucking a few extra battery cycles.



Frank L. on some trademark history

Since I like trademark law too, here is what Google is worried about in
the form of a list of words that used to be marks, but no longer are
(replacing the cumbersome generic terms in parens):

THERMOS (a vacuum bottle that can keep beverages warm or cold), ASPIRIN
(analgesic medicine made from acetyl salicylic acid), ESCALATOR (a

and my favorite

HEROIN (a particular form of morphine)

This is why JELLO, KLEENEX, and BAND-AID (and now GOOGLE) are so worried
about their mark--who wants to be the next HEROIN?


PS (Also working on something to help solidify the SpectacleFest Lore)
PSS (Lostpedia ROCKS-and is probably why I will be fired)


On good customer support

Oh, yes, and on the customer support thing. Tom, you are dead on. I have
called Applecare, oh, three times in the last three years. The people
have been knowledgeable, professional, and personable. When I told a
"I have been using UNIX for 20 years," he said, "Good, let's skip my
20 suggestions and get to something that will work for sure." He
adjusted, he
did not go through all the script; well, he probably modified the
but it was way cool.

As always, love the show,

Dave (the psychologist)


Sony RFID patent a little more nefarious than we thought?

Hey Veronica, Tom, and Molly, love the podcast, I recently finished
listening to your Friday podcast where you mentioned a story about Sony
patenting a process of embedding RFID chips into optical storage, but
dismissed it because it would require other hardware makers to follow
their standard. While I agree that this will likely never become
actualized in CDs, Sony could use this technology in its PlayStation,
because they would be in control of the hardware and software, this
could finally give them the chance to get rid of the used game market
which they have been trying to do for some time now--that is, if the
could some how become tied to the first system it was used on, and some
kind of DRM could be used to restrict the amount of systems a certain
game can be used on. I remember hearing about a similar scheme not too
long ago for the PS3. I wonder if this is the same tech. Sorry if I got
little too tin-foil hat (or is it lead, maybe some kind of Faraday mesh
hat) anyway ::insert praise here::

Will from MA


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why the repost?
by udayan71 / August 16, 2006 8:43 AM PDT
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Why the repost? An accidental 291 post instead of 292?

3 posts left to go to 500.

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yep accidental
by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 16, 2006 8:52 AM PDT
In reply to: why the repost?

Meant to post 292. Oops!

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