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Show Notes 292

by acedtect / August 16, 2006 8:45 AM PDT

Episode 292

BOL at SOAP! The password is: BACON!!!

Wii will not have hidden fees or subscription costs

Dell recall prompts investigation into Sony batteries

YouTube goes down for the first time

YouTube trying to get every music video "ever created" on its site

Apple claims rights to "pod"

Apple leads in customer satisfaction

AOL goes digging for spammers' gold

EFF goes digging for AOL's gold, with FTC complaint over data leak

Court rules telcos don't have to share their fiber

Microsoft claims IE <i>is</i> standards-compliant

Speaking of Microsoft, a reliable source from inside the company tells BOL that Vista <i>will</i> ship on time in January!

CBS to air prime-time shows online for free

Google provides free citywide Wi-Fi for Mountain View

Facebook launches API, just as MySpace forbids third-party widgets

IAC proposes three new planets (or more!)

War declared on Caps Lock key


Lifestar: On the lithium battery thing, I remember listening to a commercial by Toyota about the Prius, and they use a lithium-ion battery on the Prius, and it lasts a long time because they NEVER fully charge it. So, should you charge it all the time, or charge it midway and have it last longer?

Michael from Columbus: Laptop battery recalls absolutely do suck, but it could be worse. In the August 2006 Wired magazine about Tesla motors, the new roadster is powered by more than 6,000 lithium-ion batteries. So you could go out and spend half a million on a car and get 6,381 recall notices.

Bruce in Salt Lake: On laptop batteries, my wife has a Latitude, and when she checked the Web site, hers seems to be a battery that should be recalled but the serial numbers don't match. She called Dell, got a warning about a long wait time, then got disconnected. Three times in a row.


Luke in OK
I have a theory: If Tom, Molly, and Veronica are all together on BOL for longer than two weeks straight, the universe will implode...or explode, whichever would be cooler.

Ashley H, U.K.:
I'm writing about the iPod battery thing.
Im using a Creative Vision:M, and I had exactly the same fear.
I asked the place I brought it from (Currys--the U.K. equivalent to Best Buy), and they said that this information is wrong and that the battery should always be discharged fully. The manual also confirms this.
Creative and Apple should provide a driver update that has the option to cut power to that USB port, so it is only data transfer takes place!

Based on my experience as a volunteer firefighter, I'd like to share some info that doesn't cost and arm or a leg...but may save both in the case your laptop/battery explodes:


It's best to use a dry chemical extinguisher (type "C") on an electrical fire.

However, use a dry powder type "D" extinguisher for the dense chemical battery (NiMH, Lith-Ion, plain old alkaline, etc.). The type "D"
extinguishers are designed for chemical and combustible metal fires (e.g., magnesium fires with some automobile engines). You should be able to use the "D" type extinguisher to put out electrical fires as well.

It may seem like an odd idea, but dumping sand on a chemical fire also will work to an extent. This is just a simple smothering technique.

Bill from Oklahoma:
In regards to the warm and fuzzy news about the RIAA withdrawing their lawsuit on the dead man, I interject this thought:

Oh, you bet the RIAA will sue.
Since he admitted it was his stepson, they will just now go after his widow.
Or they just might wait until the little lad is 18, charge interest on their initial settlement with his deceased father and go after him later.

RIAA will often say one thing for the sake of public relations and do the opposite, remember they were suppose to abandoned the "Sue Them All, and Let God Sort Them Out" strategy but alas, haven't done THAT yet.

Call me cynical if you like, but I believe, oh, about 0% of what any spokesperson from the RIAA has to say.

Kid (to the stepson who was too technically challenged to run Peer Guardian 2 before downloading his music), Mark My Words: "They (the
RIAA) WILL get you! Tell Mommy to get her checkbook out!"

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Oh man... :( Getting to know the crew would be so cool..
by cars4less201 / August 16, 2006 8:49 AM PDT
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Wish I lived in USA Sad
Good luck for everybody.

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by udayan71 / August 16, 2006 9:00 AM PDT

I so wish I could hop onto a transatlantic and transcontinental flight to SF... but at least I'll get the video.

Ugh this blows.
If you're in the Bay Area, go to BOL at SOAP - listen to the podcast for deets!

2 posts to go to No. 500.

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The "pod" ...
by barret55 / August 17, 2006 5:17 AM PDT
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This is just crazy. Apple doesn't own the word "pod." Another podcast I listen to makes mention of the American storage company PODS (Portable On Demand Storage, if memory serves). Are they going to have to change their name?

Don't forget about Burger King too, who started putting their french fries into "FryPods." *rolling eyes*

Maybe I should put in an application to own the word "the." Happy


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EBAY uses 'it' in their comercials
by cardsbb9 / August 17, 2006 6:33 AM PDT
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What ever 'it' is you can get 'it' on eBay.

Maybe we need to patent the word 'is' so tha Clinton will finally know what the definitoin of 'is' is.

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CBS innertube
by KarenElissa / August 17, 2006 3:59 PM PDT
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Has anyone actually tried the CBS innertube? I love the idea as I'm never home in the evenings so the thought of just watching all my shows online was great! But I'm already having issues.

I'm using firefox and everything would load except the actual videos. So I finally searched for innertube and firefox and found the FAQ page (which I can't find actually linked on the main innertube page!). Under system requirements it says you have to have Real Player Plus if you are using Firefox. The problem with that is Real Player Plus costs $19.99! So to use CBS "free" web broadcasting, you have to pay Real $20!

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