643 - Silicon Valley drink-off
Friday, January 18, 2008

Steve Jobs says Robbie Bach must be drunk if he thinks the Zune is a worthy competitor to iPod. You know what we say? Old Mad Dog should put his shot glass where his mouth is, thereby enabling us to launch a new hit show on CNET TV: Silicon Valley drink-off. Come on, Steve! It'll be great! In other news, iPhone hacking takes a violent turn.

Stories CoveredEdit

  • Happy birthday, storm worm
  • French fine Amazon for free shipping[1]
  • iPod Touch users: If you bought after Jan 1 the new apps are free--maybe[2]
  • Change your system time, watch your iTunes rentals forever[3]
  • U.S. video games sales hit record[4]
  • MTV: 'Rock Band' sells 2.5 million songs[5]
  • iPhone speaker too quiet? Stab it with needles[6]
  • DirecTV rolls out remote recording[7]
  • The impatience of the Google generation[8]
  • D.C. Googleplex: 1,100 sq. ft. per worker, and built to party[9]
  • CE-Oh no he didn't! Part LIV: Jobs calls Robbie Bach a drunk[10]
  • Nasa investigates virtual space[11]

From The PhonesEdit

  • Hiram from Brazil - Metered bandwidth is not so great here.
  • William from Las Vegas - iPod Touch keeps bugging me to pay money.
  • William from Las Vegas - Whoops. My mistake. I was on drugs (Sudafed).


Love the Linux chaser to balance Apple storiesEdit

My elderly aunt, who understands little else from the podcast (or the rest of life these days), loves it too. She perks up every time she hears the jingle. Though I'm pretty sure it's because she thinks it's a liquor ad since she starts yammering on about booze-filled reminiscences.

But it makes her happy ! And I think a Linux story--it's the perfect antidote to all that crApple.

Great show, love Molly's rants, Tom's libertarian angle, and Jason's (niiice) voice. :-)

Thx, Solunas

Bandwidth limitsEdit

Buzz crew,

I have been listening to your podcast for awhile now and wanted to comment on the metered bandwidth issue. I live in Lawrence, Kansas, (home of the KU Jayhawks), and our Internet provider has had limits on bandwidth for as long as I have their service. I paid $28 additional dollars last month in overages for using 14 addition GB of bandwidth on top of the allowed 10. Usually I do not exceed this amount, but with my increasing list of podcast subscriptions and now iTunes movie rentals, I might have to upgrade to the Gold package which allows 40GB and has faster service.

I believe the package pricing is not too unreasonable, especially since the lowest package is only $15/month with 1GB of bandwidth. Someone who is a light Internet user would benefit from broadband at a low price.

I have included a link to my provider.[12]

Thanks and great show.


P.S. Natali, I miss watching Textra, but I wish you the best in New York.

Useage based broadbandEdit

Hi Tom, Molly, and Jason!

I'm a long-time listener and love the show but I completely disagree on your views of Usage-Based Broadband from Time Warner. How could anyone possible want this? In the age of HD video streaming/downloading and interactive content I certainly don't want to worry about "going over my gigabytes." For goodness sake, people already have to deal with that with their cell phone minutes. What's stopping the companies from charging usage-based cable TV? It makes just as much sense! Now people will have to be more aware to turn off their Internet when they're not using it. This is not the same thing as "turn off the faucet" or "turn off the lights." I shouldn't have to turn off my Internet so I don't use excess bandwidth. Are we back in the dial-up era again? I keep track of my bandwidth usage and each month I use about 100-200GB of bandwidth each month. This includes gaming, video streaming, downloading, etc. I don't want ISPs to throttle traffic but I would rather them do that the switch to usage-based plans!

Thanks guys! Love the show! -Martin

Packet-sniffing watermarksEdit

Tom, Molly, and Jason,

You recently talked about watermarking video/audio files and ISP scanning for the watermarks. You said you didn't see a problem with ISPs doing this. I would have a problem with ISP's scanning for watermarks since I backup my files to Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Solution) my ISP would try to block me backing up these files to the cloud. Fortunately my backups are sent encrypted so they wouldn't be able to read the watermarks. Any file-sharing software would only need to transfer files using SSL to prevent ISP's from reading the watermarks.

Love the show,


MacBook Air OS reinstall solutionEdit

Hello, this is Sean from Pittsburgh and I just wanted to say three things...

1. I was thrilled when you mentioned Sidney Crosby on the show a few weeks ago, he is great.

2. Regarding the reinstall of OS X on your MacBook Air, that will never crash...during the keynote, Steve specifically mentioned that the remote disc feature will indeed work if you need to reinstall the OS or upgrade to 10.6.

3. The Apple TV was also using a subscription revenue model that iPhone is using, hence the free update...I remember reading that somewhere last year at least.

Hope that clears those issues up, love the show!

Thanks, Sean

Digital copies included on movie DVDs?Edit

Hey, guys.

During Steve Jobs' keynote, a rep from 20th Century Fox said that a digital file copy would be included on the Family Guy Blue Harvest DVD. I assume one could download this copy to his or her hard drive and watch it as many times as they wanted. This is a great idea, but considering services such as Netflix, wouldn't movie studios be inadvertantly distributing these digital copies to many people who didn't buy the DVD? And what would stop people from sharing these digital copies via bittorrent? I can't imagine there'd be DRM on it, or there would be no point in offering it on their DVDs to begin with.

Any thoughts?

Thanks, Michael Tolosa

Additional NotesEdit

  • No show on Monday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in U.S.


I am an anonymous pineapple. - Molly Wood

After The CreditsEdit

  • Alex from Miami Beach - Thanks for the best wishes for the new baby
  • Anonymous - Crunchies

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