674 - Pomme not Pom
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

On today's episode, we have a tiny little misunderstanding vis a vis the French language, and also there's some tech news. Specifically, Yahoo might be plotting a way to become the biggest tech giant of them all, some CEOs get serious with the smack-talk, and becomes Molly's own personal search engine. Aw, that's sweet.

Stories CoveredEdit

  • Yahoo, Time Warner reportedly talk deal to thwart Microsoft[[1]][[2]]
  • Gates to Google: “Your business applications stink”[[3]]
  • Adobe bites its tongue after iPhone Flash jab[[4]]
  • Warning: Your iPod may get you mugged[[5]][[6]]
  • Is Microsoft’s ‘Singularity’ the OS of the future?[[7]]
  • NIN’s Music Experiment Sells Big Numbers[[8]]
  • seeks makeover as women’s site[[9]]
  • Rumors of Facebook music service bubbling again[[10]]
  • AOL Gets It Right With Open AIM 2.0[[11]]
  • FCC: No plans for a Comcast-BitTorrent hearing at Stanford[[12]]
  • New Video Overtakes “Evolution of Dance” for #1 Spot on YouTube[[13]]
  • DIA keeps Wi-Fi on the mild side (Thanks Wayne!)[[14]]
  • Levitating Haptics Joystick Gives Good Feedback[[15]]
  • Electronic tattoo display runs on blood (Thanks Chris!)[[16]]
  • Dungeons & Dragons co-creator dies at 69[[17]]

From The PhonesEdit

  • Mark the Animator: Send letters to everybody.
  • Jason?: What should I call myself?
  • Amanda from Atlanta: Fruit-naming conventions


Phone wiretappingEdit

Hey guys I love the show, but I have to take issue with Toms file-sharing comparison to phone wire-tapping. Now with phones and information going over the phone, what’s going over phone is the information relevant to the product, not the product itself. Like if two dealers were discussing a coke deal, the coke isn’t going to come through the phone, but if an ISP is looking for certain mp3 files, that file will be where they are looking, in that same pool.

A better analogy would be comparing file sharing to chasing drug cartels on the seas and in the air. Not all the ships and the planes in the air have drugs on them, or are transporting anything illicit, but if you want to catch who you need to catch that is where your going to find them.


Insecurity of banksEdit

yes Bank of America and ATT have the highest number of identity thefts per month as BofA is the largest Bank in the US (BY FAR) and ATT is the largest wireless provider in the US (by a bit i believe) so of course they have the most.

It seems to me that your professor used some fancy statistics to smear his data. A more accurate representation would the the percent of customer base whose identity was stolen…

love the show

~Chirstophahahaha from MA

Warn Buzztown!Edit

Warn Buzz-Town: Mac Book Pro Power Transformer Will Burn

I fell asleep with my exposed arm on top of the white power brick of my 2007 MacBook Pro and woke up with first degree burns and a tiny second degree burn. People, watch out! Blog and photo to follow but for now, be warned.

In other Mac news, my Mac’s logic board failed in the Apple Store when I was talking Mac Tech. Poor Apple! My dog (rusty) also died this weekend. Sucks for me!

Peace out,


My Napster settlement phone callEdit

Hey folks, this is “Alex” from Columbus, Ohio, wanted clear up the confusion regarding the Napster Settlement story and my call. Seems I didn’t do my research, because there are multiple settlements against Napster, and the one my company is handling is not the same as the one reported in the New York Post. Our settlement was started by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote songs like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock,” and encompasses songwriting royalties and music publishers, not the EMI/Warner/Universal case currently in the news. In my excitement to contribute something actually relevant to show, I confused the two settlements. My bad, sorry for the confusion, I’ll take a time out in the penalty box.



Hey Buzz Crew,

About a year ago, I e-mailed about a way Mac users could convert their podcasts to audiobook format so they could play them at a faster speed — a way for power podcast listeners to really get their podcast on.

[Refresher: The JOIN TOGETHER program can be used to group several podcasts into one audiobook file with each podcast being a chapter. For individual files, QUICK CONVERT APPLESCRIPT allows you to easily convert the file to AAC format, and the MAKE BOOKMARKABLE APPLESCRIPT converts an AAC into a bookmarkable (audiobook) format.]

What I’m writing to say is that after spending a year speed-listening to many podcasts from many different sources, I’ve only run into three situations where I couldn’t make out what was being said and had to slow it back down to normal speed to make the speech intelligible. Oddly enough, they’re all on BOL:

  1. A Mollyrant
  2. Voicemail for Fordo
  3. Molly reading email from Fordo

Anyhow, thanks for an awesome podcast.

Cheers, Jeff from Huntsville

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