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Episode 622: Do robots sweat like electric sheep?

Wait, do electric sheep sweat? This is kind of a recursive little conversation. In other news, no free Vista for you!

In today's episode of Buzz Out Loud, we replace sweatshop workers with robots, the record labels allow DRM-free MP3s on Imeem, NBC might offer HD downloads over P2P, and a Vista service pack is in the wild. It's a weird little series of Christmas miracles, is what it is.


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Mark in Philadelphia
Copyright protection of HTML pages.

Nathan at MIT
Embrace robots.

Lauren in Saskatchewan
Robot sweatshops.

Math ain't so hard.

I was fine about this until I read that he is using ads to make a buck (to cover expenses for the trouble OK, but not profit). Then I was less concerned when I found out he was supporting the strike, but how much can he be supporting it when he is doing what the media moguls and studios are doing. Showing the work for profit without recompence. I would have no problem personally if he put them up for free with or without the studio's ads, legality aside, but by sticking it to Hulu he is actually sticking it to the very writers and their strike that he supports.

Robert Clark (Rob, the jack-of-all trades, and master of some[thing or Other])
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Tom, are you related?
If you were related to either this kid, or Davy Crockett--that would be pretty cool.

Frank J. M. Lattuca, Esq.

Flash on the iPhone
OK, I would like to inform you of the fact that the iPhone is getting up- to-date Flash. I am an intern at Adobe and I was in the elevator when I saw what was clearly Flash on a well-known Adobe developer's iPhone. I would like to remain anonymous, but I can promise you iPhone Flash at some point during Q1 2008.

Santa Claus privacy policy
How can you possibly say that children have no warning that Santa Claus is collecting behavioural data about them??

Let me quote from that very known song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

"You better watch out,
You better not cry,
Better not pout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.
He's making a list,
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out
Who's naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you're sleeping.
He knows when you're awake.
He knows if you've been bad or good,
So be good for goodness sake!
Oh, you better watch out!
You better not cry.
Better not pout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.
Santa Claus is coming to town!"
How much more warning could he give???

Hope this helps

Andrew Smith
North Wales, U.K.

Rodgers injection
Guys, I'm listening to show 621 right now, and you just finished the Rodgers segment, and I have to ask how is Rodgers any different than my current ISP (wide open west) who has for the last few years injected amber alerts into pages in surfing.

Jason M.

SanDisk video store
In regard to episode 621:

The SanDisk video store (Fanfare) is neither for its portable video players nor a potential set-top box. Rather, the store is meant to support the somewhat interesting Sansa TakeTV. It's a small device that resembles a USB flash drive. It plugs in and video files (DiVX or Xvid AVIs or h.264 MP4s) can be loaded onto it via drag and drop. Then unmount the USB key component and insert it into a dock that is already plugged into your TV via composite or S-Video cables. The interface seems AppleTV-esque but there's no Internet access and it currently doesn't support JPEGs or MP3s--only the video formats listed above.

Lockport, Illinois