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Buzz Out Loud 904: Bat'leth bandit

While there are stories about Windows 7, the FCC investigating Cox Cable and the Palm Pre launching in March, you really need to listen to the story of the Klingon who robbed a convenience store. Really.

While there are stories about Windows 7, the FCC investigating Cox Cable, and the Palm Pre launching in March, you really need to listen to the story of the Klingon who robbed a convenience store. Really.


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EPISODE 904

Six editions of Windows 7: Better than Vista, still too many
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/02/official-windows-7-skus-revealed-six-editions.ars
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10155943-56.html
http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1890

Vuze calls for FCC probe of Cox Cable traffic management
http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/02/vuze-calls-for-fcc-probe-of-cox-cable-traffic-management.ars

AT&T to buy Verizon spectrum?
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/att-may-buy-3-billion/story.aspx?guid={ACE7576D-432F-4AAF-9ACF-B71A3F5C1D13}&dist=msr_1

Google Latitude
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4774345n
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/see-where-your-friends-are-with-google.html

Palm Pre launching 3/15?
http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/02/04/sprint-eol-list-reveals-target-palm-pre-launch-plenty-more/

Toshiba's sexy smartphone. Where did this come from?
http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/02/03/toshiba-comes-out-of-nowhere-with-the-ultra-slick-tg01-touchscreen-phone/

Garmin and Asus combine on Nuvi phone
http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/02/04/New_GarminAsus_smartphones_to_take_many_OSs_1.html

India’s $10 laptop is not a laptop
http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/04/indias-10-laptop-is-not-a-laptop/

Zune original programming
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/feb09/02-04ZuneMeanPR.mspx

Yahoo Search Pad
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10156207-2.html

For poseurs only: HarperCollins launches “video books”
http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2009/02/for-poseurs-only-harpercollins-launches-video-books.ars

Man robs convenience stores with Klingon “Bat'leth”
http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/1456240

VOICEMAIL
Rod the School Counselor
Thanks for all the bandwidth!

Steve from Long Island
Cruise ship

E-MAIL
Hey JaMoNaTo,

You mentioned the iPod Breathalyzer on the show this last Monday (Ep. 902) and I thought you might like the link. Behold, the iBreath! It looks like this is not only an iPod Breathalyzer, but also a FM transmitter. Not only will this work off of your ipod’s batteries, but you can also use it with (I believe) is just a standard iPod sync cable hooked to any power source (Computer or USB power adapter for car or wall).

Josh
Computer and Network Technician
(aka “The company computer guy”)

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Hey buzz team,

This is Alex from RssPlayer and I just wanted to add to Joshes email from episode 903 when he created the tiny urls for all your podcasts.

There is something called Custom Url Schemas on the iPhone. They are designed so that one app can open another app and share data. Some commonly know schemas are http:// (opens safari) tel:// (calls someone) and mailto: (opens email). In the next RssPlayer update, I will incorporate a custom url schema that will allow you to import a feed simply by clicking a link in safari or mail.

Here is an example
rssplayer://foo.com?feedurl=http://tinyurl.com/ourfav

When clicked, RssPlayer opens and import the feed. No more typing.

Maybe someone will build a iPhone friendly netcast directory with a button that imports directly to RssPlayer. :-)

So that’s it.

Keep up the good work.
Alex from New Jersey

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Hey Tom, Natali, Jason, Rafe, and Molly Monday

This is in reference to picking up geeky/nerdy chicks at coffee shops.
Ever since last month (or two months ago) when you discussed
initiating conversation with girls who use netbooks (or anything tech
related for that matter) at coffee shops, I have been trying to get my
game on and work up the courage to talk to some of them. Today, I had
the perfect opportunity when a very attractive woman sat down next to
my table and opened a book on how to use Adobe Dreamweaver CS4. She
started reading on page one, so I assumed that she was just beginning
to learn how to use it. This was perfect, because not only do I use
CS4, but I just finished reading a book on it myself! So, with my
heart pounding, palms sweaty, and mind racing, I opened my mouth and
said: “excuse me, hi, you are going to really love using that
software.” She then turned to me, smiled and said: “really, that’s
great because I’ve been looking for a good alternative to Front Page.”
We then nerd-chatted it up for 20 minutes, and then she ended up
giving me her number! Score!

So, thanks for the help and encouragement guys, it worked!

Chris
Larkfield, CA

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I just have to give a “well actually” to the Crazy Canuck.

I checked up on CrazyCanuck’s numbers. I didn’t quite follow. They seemed pretty off to me.

The first place I assumed he strayed was his calorie conversion. Food Calories are based upon heating one KiloGram of water 1 Celsius Degree. (not 1 gram) As such
they are equal to 1000 calories.

But that wasn’t enough of a discrepancy. “2,569 Calories is equal to .002988 Watts”???

The watt is a unit of measurement equal to 1 Joule/ 1 second. (1 Kilowatt equals 1000 joules/ second.)
1 calorie is equal to 4.187 Joules. (1 Kilocalorie= 4187 Joules)

So a 1 oz. shot of whiskey containing 64(,000) Calories equates to 267,953.88 Joules. In terms of watts (267,953.8 8) watts. or (267.95 KiloWatts.)

This means it would take just .56179 oz. of whiskey to produce 150 Kilowatts. (per second remember)

There are 3600 seconds in an Hour. 2022 oz/hr of whiskey could maintain 150 Kilowatt/ Hr. (50.56 bottles @ 40 oz./ hr.)

But we’re talking 100% efficiency here.

The worlds top of the line coal fired power plants are just 32% efficient. That is 3.125 times less.

2022 * 3.125 = 6318.75 oz/ hr. or 158 bottles/ hr.!!

But that’s really good!!, The worlds most efficient otto cycle (4 stroke internal combustion) engine is approx 20 % efficient.

2022 x 5 (100/20=5) = 10,110 oz/ hr. or 252.75 bottles/ hr.

I figure if we had 405 people from buzztown, each taking 1 shot every 12 minutes (5/ hr.) we could
easily power a 100% efficient 150 kWH Data center between us.

Love the Show.

Josh in Salt Lake City.