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Episode 334

Tech News Today 334: Neutrinos Killed My Grandma

HP CEO fire-and-hire, leave Facebook and lose your life, Amazon to buy Netflix? and more.

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  • Netflix split to set up Amazon streaming merger?
    • Wedbush Securities Michael Pachter on Thursday proposed that Netflix may be preparing itself for sale to Amazon.
    • In this scenario, Qwikster gets spun off as a separate independent company.
    • Amazon doesn't want DVD business because of tax implications. But they have more cash and flexibility to strike studio deals.
  • Stingray' Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash
    • Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it's not being used to make a call
    • A stingray's role in nabbing the alleged ""Hacker""—Daniel David Rigmaiden—is shaping up as a possible test of the legal standards
    • on Thursday in U.S. District Court of Arizona, Judge David G. Campbell is set to hear a request by Mr. Rigmaiden, who is facing fraud charges, to have information about the government's secret techniques disclosed to him so he can use it in his defense. Mr. Rigmaiden maintains his innocence and says that using stingrays to locate devices in homes without a valid warrant "disregards the United States Constitution" and is illegal.
    • Government argues the details of the Stingray should not be released because it would compromise other investiagtions. They believe a court order suffices and don't need a warrant which would equire probable cause.
    • A stingray works by mimicking a cellphone tower, getting a phone to connect to it and measuring signals from the phone. It lets the stingray operator ""ping,"" or send a signal to, a phone and locate it as long as it is powered on
    • Because it can tell location it's more info than a pen register but less than a tap.
  • Game Devs Predict Death of Flash, Installed Games
    • In an interview with Massively, Ben Adams and and James Niesewand, CTO and CEO of Illyriad Games predict the death of Flash, the rise of HTML5, and a long-term shift away from installed games.
    • The major advantages that boxed set or download games have had over browser-based games are local storage and direct access to the graphics and audio engines. Those barriers are being smashed apart by HTML5
    • If you don't do it, your competitors will, and they'll be making games that work identically on more device platforms, on more browsers, on more operating systems.

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  • Nokia's Meego-powered N9 ships in Sweden tomorrow Friday 9/23


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"For Tom to say that Microsoft is only doing a search engine to take a shot at Google is absurd. This is not the first time that Microsoft has taken a short-term gamble (losing money on Bing) in the hopes of it paying-off long-term. Ever heard of the X-Box? Yeah, Microsoft spent over a billion dollars on the original X-Box, gambling on their ability to create a viable competitor in the home console market which would pay-off long-term. That gamble is paying off now that the 360 (with accompanying Live and all of its services) is such a success.. well, except for Japan, but nobody is perfect.

I love the show, thanks for listening.

-John, Northville, MI"


"One benefit of the move by Win8 to use UEFI rather than BIOS is that it will then enable booting from HD's larger than 2TB. BIOS doesn't support this. Hard-disk capacity is only going one way and it doesn't make sense to artificially enforce HD makers to produce smaller ( < 2TB ) drives just to enable PC's using BIOS to be able to boot.

Just my two-penneth.

Steve Edwards, Worthing, UK"

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