As the new owners of the Pirate Bay take over they will have to eventually change things and sell out. So Rafe has dubbed them as Cruiseship Bay. We also discuss the pyrrhic victory of RIAA over Usenet.com and Rafe and Natali hate some more on Verizon.
RIAA triumphs in Usenet copyright case
Cash for Pirate Bay file-sharers
Twitter reworks following lists, adds functionality
Obama adminisration lauches IT spending tracking site
Verizon says house shoppers crave high-fiber Internet diet
New Click-Fraud Attack Is Stealthiest Yet
Frustratingly long secret code enables totally useful landscape email on Pre
Chicago ‘burb ditches red light cameras, no safety advantage
Most Complete Topographical Map of Earth Complete
Nick wants to take over the world… or at least the Internet
in an effort to confirm Molly’s suspicion of AT&T as the worst 3G network, i present this link to PC World’s 3G test they ran in 13 U.S. cities
summary: Verizon=fastest Sprint=most reliable (by a small margin over verizon) AT&T=blows (~20% less reliable than the other 2)
and a good note at the end that seems to be a recurring statement: “Somewhat surprisingly, our testers also found that the “bars of service” readings on their phones were rarely an accurate predictor of the quality of the ensuing connection. In most places and with most wireless providers, the “bars” did little more than indicate whether the phone had access to some service or to no service.”
thanks for an entertaining show
Hi Buzz crew,
Just a quick e-mail on the subject of the Amazon referral scheme and the impact of local tax legislation here in Hawaii. When the legislation went through state and house, very few locals seemed aware of it, then all of a sudden one of the members of a major local tech community site here, TechHui, caught wind of it and alerted everyone:
From there numerous letters and petitions to house representatives and Governor Lingle went out explaining the significant financial impact it was liable to have on local business and citizens, along with TV and radio interviews; no doubt, though, a number of residents here not members of techhui were surprised to receive e-mails telling them their referal income was suddenly being stopped by numerous websites, not just Amazon.
Today it was announced that Governor Lingle has decided to Veto the bill (HB1405), amongst others:
That was one significant hurdle, now all that’s left is to persuade the House not to override her veto. It’s an amazing tribute to what local communities can do if they collaborate and put the pressure on.
Paul, the Brit in Hawaii.
Two things.. I don't see any risk of microbes from earth infecting another local planet, since any microbes already on the planet are well adapted to local conditions and our microbes would be wimps in comparison. Likewise microbes from space is not a real concern...do you have ANY idea about how many different microbes/viruses are already on this planet (check out Bergey's manual for a list of sorts..it is the bible of microbiology). The competition on this planet is extreme.. Have you not heard of Darwin? From: Bob..Your tame microbiologist.
Your discussion about NASA was very interesting....it seems to support the concepts I've outlined at http://www.h2liftship.com , which has had no response to speak of since I put it up...such is the risk of being way forward thinking..
Hey there buzz crew This is Rohan from India.
It is my first time writing to you guys.
Regarding the whole debate over the caps lock key, how about adapting the “double tap” of the shift key like the iphone/ipod touch to regular keyboards. I too accidentally hit the damned caps lock key on my macbook and just wish that they would get rid of it.
On other topics (just to fuel your anger towards your telecom companies), we Indians only have to pay 1 paisa (the “cent” of Rupees) for sending an SMS, and nothing for receiving. If you take the current exchange rates, that would be just 0.00021 U.S. cents. Enjoy!
Oh by the way, we converted to the Metric system in 1954 and just last year have also planted our Flag on the moon. You can ask ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) to help you convert NASA’s Imperial measurements.
love the show!