Hello, everyone! I�m Molly Wood and welcome to the CNET Mailbag, the show where
you send in your deepest thoughts, questions, and concerns about � well, mostly CNET.
Sometimes life, but that�s a different show.
Let�s start with a couple of announcements. First, we�ve switched to a new search
technology on CNET TV! And it works now! It can even search transcripts of the videos,
so you should be able to search for something you heard me or Tom or one of the Brians
say, and it�ll come up. Give it a try. Search for like, Linux thumbdrive. Boom goes the
Next up: podcast videos are now posting on CNET TV! See, we live-stream all our audio
podcast recordings, like Buzz Out Loud, Gadgettes, Dialed In, The 404, and so on, at
watchbol.com, every day. But the video was low-quality and only ever saved at ustream.
NOW, we�ve got some cool new HD cameras in the studio and we�re recording every
episode and posting it at CNET TV. If you go to CNETTV.com, you�ll see a new menu
tab at the top, Video Podcasts. Right now, only Buzz Out Loud episodes are posting, but
Gadgettes is next, and soon, we�ll have all the video versions up there. Go check it out!
It�s very cool.
Ok, on to your emails. First, a clarification about a recent statement made in the Buzz
Report�s point/counterpoint segment with Tom Merritt. Adam, among others, said this:
I was intrigued by the new segment entilted �Point Counterpoint�. I have always enjoyed
these open discussions of two conflicting ideas � The only problem with media/news is
when opinion comes into play which, when Tom attempted a meek and petty attack on
the Fox News Network, reared its ugly head again. Please lift your standards and keep
politics out of tech news.
Let�s � play that back, shall we?
See, there? Tom said Fox. Like, Cops, Married with Children � Beverly Hills 90210?
Ring a bell? Not Fox News. I can see where the misunderstanding might have happened �
but he did say intellectual Armageddon happened in the 80s, and Fox News launched in
1996. That was your clue � But anyway, now I know � Fox News fans � hair-trigger.
We�ll be much more careful in the future.
Interesting question from Garrick, who asks:
Why do you guys insist on using a 1 - 5 scale when judging the Prize Fights? While I
enjoy the Boxing theme, you should stay consistent and use the same "10 Point Must"
system that is used to judge both Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts.
And then he sent an explanation of the 10 Point Must scoring system from Wikipedia.
And it sounds like a lot of math. But really, Garrick, Prize Fight used to be scored on a
10-point scale, but really, the numbers just got sort of daunting for a five-minute video.
So, we made it a 1 to 5 scale because � it�s not real boxing. But if it makes you feel
better, you can just multiple the scores by 2 in your head. Good compromise!
And finally, let�s end with one of my favorite mailbag segments: Are you High Right
Here�s the message, from monkeyinjuly.
Yo hommies! Whats up in the hizzie fo sheezy? Yo Yo check it. Why you
gotta be all up in the iphone apps all the time? Not everyone has an
iphone! That would be like me always writing reviews about 5 star hotels
and my viewers are dogs. (don't ask) Basically why all the iphone stuff?
-Nick the master of the univer- oh! MY HOT POCKET IS DONE! =D
Now I know you�re high right now. Only high people eat hot pockets.
And that�s it for today�s show! Keep the feedback coming! Email me at
Mailbag@cnet.com, or send your snail mail to 235 2nd St., San Francisco, CA, 94105.
Thanks for watching, everyone.
Yo hommies! Whats up in the hizzie fo sheezy? Yo Yo check it. Why you gotta be all up
in the iphone apps all the time?