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Buzz Out Loud 952: The Last Gasp of Stupid

NBC and the cable companies are teaming up to make it really annoying for you to watch the Winter Olympics onlione. Brian Cooley sums up their plans well, and it's today's title. We also discuss fiber-eating alien insect and solar power beamed down from

NBC and the cable companies are teaming up to make it really annoying for you to watch the Winter Olympics onlione. Brian Cooley sums up their plans well, and it's today's title. We also discuss fiber-eating alien insect and solar power beamed down from space.


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Episode 952

Amazon ‘adult’ book-delisting fail: Error or troll?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10218626-83.html

Cut fiber line knocks out state courts’ communications
http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/4949649/

Report: KKR, Warburg, others join founders for Skype buyback from eBay http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10218837-93.html

Anchors aweigh: eBay casts off StumbleUpon
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10218418-36.html

BlackBerry consumers experience e-mail outage
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10218474-94.html

Microsoft to start pushing IE 8 browser
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10218185-56.html

Xbox 360’s class-leading warranty extended again to cover E74 errors http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/14/xbox-360s-class-leading-warranty-extended-again-to-cover-e74-er/

PG&E Makes Deal For Solar Power From Space
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/14/0317236&from=rss

…meanwhile, in the real world, California Energy Commission moves forward on rules to outlaw some TV’s starting in 2011. CEA, and most mfg’s and retailers hate this. - Energy Efficiency Standards for Televisions
http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/tv_faqs.html

Touchstone dock for Palm Pre to run $69.99?
http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/13/touchstone-dock-for-palm-pre-to-run-69-99/

Palm Pre spotted just minding its own business in San Fran?
http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/13/palm-pre-spotted-just-minding-its-own-business-in-san-fran/

NBC Again Will Limit Live Olympic Broadband Coverage To Pay TV Subscribers
http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-nbc-will-limit-live-olympic-broadband-coverage-to-pay-tv-subscribers/

Mitsubishi says its pulling the trigger on electric cars
http://news.prnewswire.com/ViewContent.aspx?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/04-09-2009/0005003663&EDATE=

NASA To Announce Module Name On Colbert Show
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/13/1512241

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Robert Something doesn’t jive about the Linux numbers

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Hey Buzz Peoples,

I remember Tom talking about Virtualization in Windows a few episodes back. I wanted to direct Tom to Microsoft’s new app that should let Windows finally break free from all the legacy apps. MED-V lets you install any program you want and run it seamlessly. If the program can not run on the version of windows that it is installed on it will launch a hidden virtual computer and launch the program for you. The program will run as if it was natively installed on your computer. Paul Thurrott has a great article in it: http://www.winsupersite.com/vista/medv.asp. This should hopefully let Windows get even smaller and speedier.

The Now Recently Layed-Off Mechanical Engineer,

Emiliano

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Hi
I just wanted to inform you guys of a couple of things that have been

going on in Belgium. The past couple of months, there has been a lot off

talk about the dangers of riding a bike or walking while listening to your

mp3-player. The assistant-secretary in charge of mobility last week

announced that he had commissioned a report, investigating whether or not

pedestrians and cyclists are indeed not paying enough attention to

traffic when listening to music. He hopes to have this done by the summer

and possibly propose a law against listening to music via headphones

sometime this year.

The organisation of parents who have lost a child due to a traffic

accident came out with a statement today, saying that they believed it

puts these people at a greater risk and it should be against the law.

By the way, the discussion started in all earnest when a teenager was

caught by a train at an railway intersection. The kid was listening to

music, but they seem to forget that he also ignored the lights and had

to slalom past the boom barriers.

Just wanted you to know

love the show

Roel Moeurs

Leuven, Belgium

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Hi Buzz Crew -

The caller a couple of days ago brought up Stardock’s Impulse service and it’s GOO technology, but the conversation didn’t reveal the biggest part of this technology and why it may be game-changing for the PC games industry. It essentially allows online-purchased and downloaded PC games to be sold back creating a “used” downloaded games market. Sale proceeds go to the publishing company, with Stardock taking a transaction fee.

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/03/30/gdc09-understanding-what-stardocks-goo-means-to-the-used-pc-ga/

From the article:

The super distilled basics (use picture above to follow along):

* Seller: So, you bought a PC game and now want to sell it. You go to the Impulse Marketplace and — if you accept the “used” price — your license will transfer back to the publisher and the game can’t be played anymore. The game is “sold.”

* Buyer: You want a game, but don’t want to pay full price. You go to Impulse Marketplace and will be able to purchase this “used” license from the publisher through the service and download the game from the digital distribution service at a reduced price. That’s it. Now you own the license and can sell it back whenever.

* Publisher: Here’s why publishers will probably like this system: The companies receive almost all the money — minus Stardock’s transaction fee — from the resold license. Essentially, the publishers get to sell the same license several times and have entered theprofitable “used” games market .

Cheers!

Fraggle