Tech News Today 83
Recorded: September 27, 2010
Published: September 27, 2010
Tech News Today 83: Don't Poach Me Bro
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- 7-inch widescreen display.
- 1080p HDMI out and display can show different content at the same time.
- Rear and front-facing cameras, both HD.
- WebKit, HTML5, Flash 10.1 with hardware-accelerated video.
- A database of emails from anti-piracy law firm ACS:Law has been uploaded to several P2P networks and websites. After last week's DDOS attacks ACS:Law's website exposed a compressed copy of what seems to be at least part of the firm's email database. The database reportedly includes personal details of the targets of the law firm's threatening letters including thosands of Sky broadband customers alongside a list of pornographic movies they are alleged to have shared online.
- A slashdot posting details a cavalcade of Sony PS3 mods, including how to mod a Six-axxis controller. Apparently you can also use an iPod, a Pandora console or even a Dingoo console. And the post reports that Jaicrab has released a USB firmware loader which should come in handy once the first custom firmware for the PS3 is released.
- Vinyl record sales are on the rise while CDs plummet according to Nielsen. Over the past four years, vinyl record sales rose almost 300% from 858,000 in 2006 to 2.5 million in 2009 and looking to reach a new peak this year. Meanwhile, CD sales have been falling fast. In the first half of this year, CD album sales were down about 18% over the same period last year. Non-CD digital music sales were flat in the US, up 7 Percent in Britain and up a whopping 19 percent in pre Hadopi law France.
- A US court sentenced Venezuelan Edwin Pena to 10 years in prison for stealing and reselling more than 10 million minutes of Internet phone service.Pena was convicted in February of masterminding a scheme to hack into more than 15 telecommunications companies. He must also pay more than one million dollars in restitution, and will be deported after serving his sentence.
- Nobody's answering our calls from SETI, and nobody will for awhile longer. Reports are untrue that the United Nations is set to appoint Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman as an ambassador to greet extraterrestrials. Othman emailed The Guardiantoday and said that it sounded really cool but she had to deny it. Just the kind of thing a secret world government alien ambassador would be expected to say!
- In a tragic coincidence ranking with runner Jim Fixx dying after jogging, Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway, has died after riding one of the scooters off a cliff and into a river, according to reports. While using a ruggedized X2 version of the two-wheeled balancing scooter at his estate in North Yorkshire, he apparently drove over the edge of a precipice and into the River Wharfe. He was found later by a passerby and declared dead on the scene.
- Twitter users were hit with yet another worm during the weekend. Users would see posts bearing the message ‘WTF’ with a link in tow. Clicking on the link would take the user to a webpage that contained a cross-site request forgery technique that automatically posted a pornographic message from the visitor's Twitter account.
- WordPress wins big! Dharmesh Mehta, Director of Product Management for Windows Live, announced that starting today, all existing Windows Live Spaces users will be migrated over to an account at WordPress.com The two companies have worked together to ensure Spaces users will take all of their data with them when they go, and visitors will be automatically forwarded to the new URL associated with their blog.
Good Doctor: Our caller has some old timey copyright notices
Sarah said ""If you've ordered an Apple TV guess what? Orders have been delayed till mid October.""
This caused beads of sweat to trickle into my fruit of the looms.
But I made a speedy recovery tonight when Apple informed me that my Apple TV will be arriving on September 30.
I forgive you ... and will continue to watch your excellent show.
Palo Alto, CA"
I've always appreciated the fair and balanced approach you take on the issue of copyright vs. users rights when it comes to digital media. I've heard you rally against ridiculous copy protection schemes and unconscionably lawsuits against users while at the same time admonishing callers and emailers who even hint at working around these roadblocks to steal content. You've always said ""Don't steal content!"" So imagine my surprise when your guest, Cali Lewis, suggests she likes the Netflix DVD service so that she can copy and keep the movies. I was waiting for the expected response but... nothing. I guess the takeaway is that it is okay for tech celebrities, but not the rest of us. I hope I'm not the only one who picked up on this.
- Edited by: Tony
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