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Show Notes 297

by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 23, 2006 7:13 AM PDT

Episode 297

Telcos get fee waived and pass along, they don't

Teen gets two months' curfew after launching DoS attack

Weird Al invites you to "Don't download this song" for free

Sony to offer 27 playable PS3 games next month

Blockbuster can proceed with antitrust suit against Netflix

Sprint confirms Treo 700wx coming 8/31 (Thanks, Jimmie!)

Zen Vision:W revealed

Microsoft will handle Facebook's advertising

Joke generator raises a chuckle

Sony Pictures buys Grouper online vid site for $65 million

Planet status looks shaky for Pluto

iRobot working on a LAWNMOWER ROBOT!!! OMG!!!

There is already a robotic lawnmower, though


Matt from New Jersey
About O'Reilly Trademark. Website was a web server they made before
Apache. Just a piece of software. Pretty neat piece of software.
Suspect that was what they were trying to trademark. Congrats on 300.

Frank from Worcester, Massachusetts
I got a notice from Apple about a class-action lawsuit with the third-
gen iPod battery life. A year later I get a letter that says $29.95 and
we'll replace the battery. I sent it back to Apple and lost it. I got a
fifth-gen 30GB color iPod. Unbelievable.


Tiered Internet like Six Flags

I recently went to one of the Six Flags parks called Great Adventure.

After you pay to get in the park, you can pay additional money to buy a
speed pass that virtually stands in line for you. It can even wait in
several lines at once.

But now they have a Gold Speed Pass (that costs twice as much as the
regular speed pass) that actually lets you skip most of the line.

This is just like the idea of the tiered Internet. You still have the
same number of rides, just charge more for some people to move to the
front at the expense of making everyone else wait longer. Brilliant!

Joe (not the Joe from AOL)


Answer to Molly's Dish question

In the 8/17/06 podcast, Molly was complaining that she only gets 10 HD
channels. Perhaps she should consider switching to Dish Networks for
their HD programming.

Current lineup
National Geographic HD
HDNet Movies
Discovery HD Theater
Showtime HD
Universal HD
Food HD--HD version of Food Network
Ultra HD--fashion shows in HD
Monsters HD--horror movies
Rave HD--concerts in HD
Equator HD--similar to Discovery HD
Gallery HD--arts and paintings in HD
Animania HD
Rush HD
KungFu HD--movie channel
FilmFest HD--movie channel
Family Room HD--movie channel
GamePlay HD--video gameplay
WorldCinema HD--movie channel
Treasure HD--antiques
WorldSport HD
NFL Network HD

Channels that are coming or may come later this year
Cinemax HD
Fox Sports Bay Area HD

If you subscribe to local channels, you will also get networks in HD

If you hook up an antenna, you can also get the ff HD channels EASILY
in SF
PBS-HD (ch 9.1)--all other PBS subchannels are NOT in HD WB (ch 20) UPN
(ch 44) KRON-HD (ch 4.2)--24 hrs local HD programming, like Bay Cafe,
Bay Area Backroads MyNetwork TV--HD novella programs coming to KRON in

As you can see, there are almost 3 times as many HD channels in Dish as
DirecTV. People usually stick with DirecTV for the following 2 reasons:

1. NFL Sunday Ticket ($300)--if you're a football fan and your team is
out of market, then DirecTV is definitely your only choice 2. TiVo
receiver. However, the new DirecTV MPEG-4 HD DVR (currently only in LA
market) is not TiVo-based, which means it will not be any better than
the Dish 622 HD DVR. Without the new receiver, you won't be able to
watch any future new HD channels that DirecTV will offer that are in

Dish 622 receiver might be close enough in functionality to TiVo, and
it is definitely faster in response time than the current DirecTV TiVo
HD DVR (e.g., when scheduling and creating a timer). 622 can also
record off over-the-air (OTA) channels. OTA channels can be integrated
seamlessly into the program guide. However, 622 has only 1 OTA tuner vs
2 for the new DirectTV DVR which are still disabled. 622 does have 2
satellite tuners, making it 3 tuners total.

As for OTA antenna, in SF you will only need to get an indoor antenna,
and the one I recommend is Zenith Silver Sensor, which you can buy
online for ~$20. Point the antenna toward Sutro Hill and you should get
most if not all digital channels in Bay Area.



One of 1,000 e-mails on this topic to Veronica

But does it match your purse?

OK, bye.


Title: Bacon wallet


Segways have been banned in Britain, I always thought them sensible
over there...,2933,209827,00.html
David the associate professor of psychology


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