We discuss the developing story that the 4GB RAM limit in Windows is nothing but a license maneuver. Say it ain't so Microsoft? Also Apple may be trying to sneak in antivirus in Snow Leopard, and guest host Dr. Kiki tells about MIT's effort to teleport data. No more lag in Dalaran!
Apple to retain, redesign plastic MacBook family
Report: Antivirus feature for Snow Leopard?
Twitter Exploit Still Works
FCC Declares Intention To Enforce Net Neutrality
Dutch ISP builds dike around ‘Net, throttles non-HTTP traffic
Behind the 4GB Memory Limit In 32-Bit Windows
Microsoft: Prove you’re human by reading and regurgitating an ad
Micro wind generators reduce wind capital cost
Steam Car team claims record run
Stanford Team Readies Solar Car for Aussie Race
Toward a Quantum Internet
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Paul from Verizon says Verizon does the same thing as ATT
Juan in Houston has a response to suing over headphones
I think that the reason Google had to redact a lot of information from it’s response to the FCC is because Google may still be under an NDA with Apple even though they apparently don’t require one any more.
–David From CA.
In episode 1049 you mentioned that Sony was pushing ePub as a standard but no one else is using it. That is true — kind of — but for once Sony is not pushing its own standard. (Funny what being second place in the market will do!)
ePub is actually the industry standard backed by all the publishers and readers’ advocacy groups. It is free and open. It was created to be the mp3 of ebooks but it was created by a consortium of publishers so naturally they standardized two flavours: one that allows DRM and one without.
Sony is using the DRM version. That sucks but at least they switched to 3rd party (Adobe) authentication servers. Theoretically at least that means Sony-device owners are not locked into the Sony universe and can buy from other epub-compliant stores or small publishers who sell direct.
Publishers and book people are quietly applauding Sony’s epUB move. The DRM decision blows but publishers want to publish, track, and manage only one file with one ISBN. And it goes without saying that ending the eBabel for formats is great for everybody.
As for the other players…
B&N bought Fictionwise so their catalog is in the Fictionwise proprietary format that predates ePub. Indigo’s book service — Shortcovers — is all cloud based. Look ma no format. And it is Amazon that is trying to be the Kingmaker with their proprietary .mobi standard.
Publishers hate that Bezos is taking this approach. It is an inferior format. Dotmobi files won’t support things like monospace fonts (important in publishing computer books). And Bezos bought the company that makes Stanza — one of the first and biggest all-ePub shops — and put their efforts on ice.
Love the show.
Mark from The Pub Call
So I looked at the news today and saw that the Space Shuttle Discovery launch has been delayed until Friday. First it was “weather.” Now a “valve problem.” Uh huh. It just so happens to conveniently fall around the time when Molly Wood will be in Florida… hmm… I think Molly has connections with someone on the “inside.” Hmmm…. hmmmm…
In BOL Episode 1049, I think Leo’s analogy comparing Apple to Mussolini’s Italy is particularly apt. You see, the trains didn’t actually run on time in Mussolini’s Italy; his propaganda department was just so good that everyone thought they did.
James the Graphic Designer
P.S. I realize that providing a source almost ruins the joke, but it’s Snopes, so it’s fun anyway: