Tech News Today 207

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Episode 207

Tech News Today 207: Only Been Pinged Once

Is Android closed now? Microsoft picks up some used IPV4 addresses, Color breaks itself to fix itself, and more.



  • Microsoft spends $7.5m on net addresses
    • Microsoft has offered to pay $7.5m (£4.7m) for net addresses from bankrupt telecoms firm Nortel. $11.25 per address. The 666,624 IP version 4 (IPv4) net addresses were put up for auction as part of the sell-off of Nortel's asset.

Discussion Stories

  • ASUS launches Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet
    • ASUS has introduced the Eee Pad Transformer, a convertible Android tablet that runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet is unique in that it comes with a full keyboard dock that the 10.1-inch tablet can sit in, providing a laptop-like experience. 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel screen, 1GHz, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. It also has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera in the rear and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. ASUS has also included an HDMI-out port for displaying content on an HDTV.

Two days ago, levels of radioactive iodine-131 were found in the city's water which were above the safety limit for baby milk calculated on the basis of a year's consumption: in other words, if babies drank such water for a year constantly they would have a tiny, minuscule extra risk of thyroid cancer. iodine-131 has a half life of 8 days, what was there would disappear in a matter of weeks. And what about Fukushima fallout nears Chernobyl levels reported by New Scientist's Deborah MacKenzie? airborne radio-iodine and radio-caesium from Fukushima are now being detected by instruments all round the world. Gerhard Wotawa of the Austrian met office (and of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation) emissions of iodine-131 from Fukushima could be approximately 20 per cent of those from Chernobyl. --radio-caesium, which Wotawa theorises may have been emitted from Fukushima in amounts "20-60" per cent of those seen at Chernobyl. Most of these emissions have fallen into the sea.

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"In reference to Episode 205, checkpoint apps:

I am a state trooper (I'll withhold my state) :) I listen to your ""netcast"" while out on patrol.

My agency holds numerous checkpoints per year. They are very effective! We get a lot of drunk driver's off the highways because of these checkpoints. Some checkpoints we don't get any drunk driver's and others we may arrest 4 or 5. It varies from location to location. We have set up checkpoints on the same highway, at the same spot, at the same time every weekend for a month and arrested at least 1 drunk driver every time. Sometimes the same drunk drivers. Sometimes multiple drunk drivers.

What we have run into more than Apps being used is Facebook. A lot of people (especially the younger crowd) post our checkpoint locations on Facebook. We have had people we know pull up and tell us, ""You're on Facebook."" I think more people use the social networks more than any App. Either way we arrest a lot of drunk driver's, even with people posting on Facebook, twitter, etc. I am sure there are some people who have avoided our checkpoints because of Facebook, but I haven't seen any downturn in drunk driver arrests. I am assigned to a 3 county area, along with 8 other troopers. 2 of which are always on dayshift. I have arrested drunk driver's on everyday of the week, from morning until night, but typically drunk driving arrests happen more often after 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Between the 6 of us, it is not uncommon to arrest 10 to 15 drunk driver's per weekend, every weekend. And for the record, by drunk driver's I mean their blood alcohol limit is over my states legal limit of 0.08%.

I don't think that the government should tell a company what they can and can't offer to it's customers as long as it is within the law. The checkpoint apps aren't any different than the speed trap apps or people posting the location of the checkpoints in other areas. The government won't stop people from telling others, they just changed how they dispense the information. With or without apps people are going to tell their friends. They can call, text, twitter, or Facebook each other and there really isn't anything that can be done about it. We don't worry about people telling each other where we are located. We try to do the best we can and protect the public from the drunk drivers. Besides, just because we are in one location doesn't mean there aren't more of us somewhere else. We may have 3 on a checkpoint, 2 on another checkpoint and 1 patrolling. You just never know. It would be best if people would get a designated driver or taxi.

Keep up the great work! I enjoy the show.




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