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Buzz Out Loud 769: The strongest versus the hardest

When graphene meets a diamond, what will happen? Ragnarok? We explore that and other matters of scientific interest, such as whether the Wii or the DS is technically the top-selling "console" in the U.S., on today's video version of Buzz Out Loud. Plus, B

When graphene meets a diamond, what will happen? Ragnarok? We explore that and other matters of scientific interest, such as whether the Wii or the DS is technically the top-selling "console" in the U.S., on today's video version of Buzz Out Loud. Plus, Brian Tong is on, so we actually have a lot of fun.

--Molly


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Episode 769

Episode 769

NPD: Nintendo Wii the top-selling, current-gen console http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080718-npd-nintendo-wii-the-top-selling-current-gen-console.html

AT&T mistakenly announces free Wi-Fi for iPhone users...again http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-9994170-94.html?tag=newsLatestHeadlinesArea.0

Fighting For Its Life, Yahoo Uses Its Homepage To Battle Carl Icahn http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/18/fighting-for-its-life-yahoo-uses-its-homepage-to-battle-carl-icahn/

EU confirms additional antitrust charges against Intel http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-9993451-92.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

The Mobile Web: Its Not Just for Smartphones http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/the-mobile-web-its-not-just-for-smartphones/index.html?ref=technology

New worm transcodes MP3s to try to infect PCs http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/07/18/New_worm_transcodes_MP3s_to_try_to_infect_PCs_1.html

GPS Tracking Device Beats Radar Gun in Court http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/07/18/0318228.shtml

Strongest Material Ever Tested (Thanks Matt!) http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/21098/?a=f

Major EU P2P research project hopes to kill traditional TV http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080718-major-eu-p2p-research-project-hopes-to-kill-traditional-tv.html

Report: 81.5 percent of all e-mails sent in June were spam http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080717-report-81-5-percent-of-all-e-mails-sent-in-june-were-spam.html

New way to get kernel pushes attention (Thanks Matt!) http://lwn.net/Articles/290498/

VOICEMAIL

AJ Alameda Thought on why Halo got ignored.

Eric Ontario Watch Hulu in Canada.

EMAIL

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that the message length for text messaging was not arbitrarily set by wireless carriers.

SMS is transmitted in the Mobile Application Part (MAP) of the SS7 signaling protocol which has a maximum length of 140 octets which equates to 160 7-bit characters. Initially developed by BELLCORE (AT&T Labs) to handle inter-switch call setup in wireline networks in the 70's, the SS7 protocol is now the foundation for almost all wireless services: SMS messaging, Mobility Management & Roaming, and Over-The-Air-Activation (OTA), voice communication, etc...

Jeffrey


Hey guys, Just so you know, on AT&T, IM is charged exactly the same as text messaging. It costs $0.20 per IM sent and received. This also means that with an unlimited data plan, IM is not covered and you still have to pay per message. This is total crap! Especially because unlimited text costs $20/month. Love the show! --Max from Portland

P.S. By the way, here's the page where I found that out: http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/messaging-internet/messaging/faq.jsp?locale=en_US#costs-im


Buzz Crew,

I've been a PocketPC? user for some time, and currently have an ATT 8525 running Windows Mobile 6. I wouldn't call myself a fanboy, but I really like WM. There are tons of apps available for it, including today plugins, etc that can alter the interface to be more icon-based. I have a bluetooth GPS reciever and have software for turn-by-turn routing. I'm not a fan of the "stock" contacts app, but have found an alternative that works great. Compared to the locked down Iphone and other current alternatives for smartphones, WM phones seem to be much more customizable to my needs.. I'm just curious as to why you dislike it so much. I would certainly not call it "unusable". "Love the show."

Bryan Design Engineer Arkansas