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Buzz Out Loud 895: Is Brian Tong ageist?

We continue to debate the idea of moving the Digital TV transition in the US and Brian Tong comes close to ripping on old people. Which I take exception to of course as I am ancient. In the meantime thousands of people in the tech community are losing th

We continue to debate the idea of moving the Digital TV transition in the US and Brian Tong comes close to ripping on old people. Which I take exception to of course as I am ancient. In the meantime thousands of people in the tech community are losing their jobs which is no joke and there's more hype aroudn the Palm Pre. Should you believe it? We'll tell you.
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EPISODE_895

Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel and IBM
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09%2F01%2F22%2F1435250&from=rss

Microsoft cutting 5,000 jobs on weak results
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10147922-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7845237.stm
http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-earnings-call-despite-down-economy-msft-ad-revenue-up-7-percent/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10147964-75.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Intel shedding up to 6,000 jobs
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7844232.stm

Apple proves recession-resistant, for now
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10147621-37.html

Mac at 25: What’s next for Apple’s Mac?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10146897-37.html

Obama staff appalled at low-tech white house
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/21/AR2009012104249.html?wprss=rss_technology

Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09%2F01%2F22%2F1319212&from=rss
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sect%C3%A9ra_Secure_Module

Palm announcing something at MWC next month, GSM Pre likely
http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/21/palm-announcing-something-at-mwc-next-month-gsm-pre-likely/

Palm Pre Android port already in progress
http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/21/palm-pre-android-port-already-in-progress/

Will Apple sue Palm over Pre’s multitouch
http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/21/apple-on-smartphone-competition-if-others-rip-off-our-intellec/

Palm Pro cheaper…who cares?
http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/01/22/treo-pro-now-available-from-sprint-for-249/

Washington Post launches political wiki
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10147883-2.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Britanica to allow user edits now
http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/biztech/battle-to-outgun-wikipedia-and-google/2009/01/22/1232471469973.html

No More Space Tourists After 2009, Russia Says
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09%2F01%2F21%2F1810259&from=rss

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VOICEMAIL
Brent - Why we should delay the DTV transition
Mike in Dayton - Don’t wait on the DTV transition.
DJ - Why we like IE in Windows

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I am sorry Natali, I did not mention you in my e-mail because you weren't on episode 893. I've been a loyal buzztonian for almost three years now. I’ve seen every episode of Loaded and Textra, and enjoyed them. I can't think of anyone nicer to fill Molly's shoes than you.
BTW: Great Nat Rant on extending the DTV deadline. I couldn't forget you. My Wife's name is Natalie.
Still love the show
Henry

Hey guys,

So I was at my local Fry’s Electronics the other day and saw a big bin of HD-DVDs on sale. At first I thought to myself… who would buy these?! Isn’t HD-DVD a dead format? Then I remembered a show where you talked about a DMCA exception that was passed which basically said that you are allowed to circumvent copy protection if the format is obsolete or no longer supported. Now I’m not obsessive enough to search though all the shows and show notes to find that particular episode but since you guys have railed about the DMCA more often than I can remember I figured you guys might know the answer.

Since HD-DVD is now obsolete can I legally rip HD-DVDs to my hard drive?

Alexander - The movie junkie
Hollywood CA