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Episode 181


Tech News Today 181: The Gary Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

Google's subscription paywall nicer than Apple's, nVidia's core crazy, Facebook stresses you out, and more.

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-August timeframe for tablets, holiday season for smartphones (slightly downgraded version)"

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Comcast - Revenue and earnings beat estimates,- company lost 135,000 cable subscribers, those losses are smaller than they were a year ago, and smaller than the preceding quarter as well. - comcast ended up adding nearly 700,000 subscribers overall, by adding more broadband and voice customers. – revenue per subscriber was up 10.6 percent. Cablevision - subscriber numbers were up 8.2 percent to 3.3 million from a year earlier and rose 8.9 percent from last quarter --

  • Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack
  • CMS was vulnerable to SQL injection
  • used 128-bit hash algorithm called MD5, known to be vulnerable to rainbow tables
  • weak passwords, the same used for email, Twitter accts
  • social engineering to get access to rootkit.com
  • WikiLeaks, free speech and Twitter come together in Va. court case
  • US Government is attempting to get personal information from the Twitter accounts of three people linked to the WikiLeaks probe. The government has asked for personal Twitter information from Assange; Bradley Manning, the Army private who is suspected of supplying classified material to the Web site; Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former WikiLeaks activist who is also a member of Iceland's Parliament; and two computer programmers, Rop Gonggrijp, a Dutch citizen, and Jacob Appelbaum, an American.
  • John Keker, a lawyer representing one of the Twitter clients, said the users' data would give the government a map of people tied to WikiLeaks and essentially halt free speech online.
  • Hilary Clinton internet rights irony


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"Hey TNT Crew!

Watson on Jeopardy creeps me the HELL out! While it's ability to recognize human language is very impressive, that alone isn't the reason I have the heebie jeebies. It's that in combination with the fact that it could research a seemingly infinite set of data, analyze it against some text passage, determine a confidence level for that analysis, choose a course of action based on it's confidence and then carry out that action. Not only that, but the course of action in this case is to speak a fairly natural-sounding English. While each of these parts are just a series of algorithms in varying complexity, seeing the sum of those parts is just kind of off-putting. Don't get me wrong-- I've always wanted to have the Enterprise-like computer that I can just talk to and get answers (and incorporating speech recognition seems like the natural next step if it can be good enough), but seeing something this close in reality just weirds me out, albeit in an excited, I'm-so-happy-to-see-it-score-thirty-thousand-dollars-more-than-Ken-Jennings sort of way. Am I the only one?

Sorry for the long e-mail.

Love the show, Cass in Seattle"


"Hey, Guys -

Watch or listen to the show all the time -- thanks for the great work.

I did notice the other day that Your Gang was possibly overly ""brand-new-meme'd"" by the upcoming Radiohead direct sale offer. Here are a few examples that illustrate the not-so-newness of this concept:

Elvis Costello http://www.nationalransom.com/

The Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com/the-suburbs/

David Byrne/Brian Eno: http://www.davidbyrne.com/music/cds/everything_that_happens/buy.php

Nine Inch Nails: http://theslip.nin.com/

I agree that this is a great way to eliminate the middleman - who basically doesn't exist anymore anyway, unless you're happy with adulterated MP3 files from iTunes. In fact, the only detail in the Radiohead offer is the inclusion of full-blown WAV files, rather than some FLAC, Apple Lossless, or some other lossless compression format.

Thanks again,

John Wehmeyer"

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