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1010 - Who loves the show? Metrologists
Aired
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Duration
37:21
Hosts
Tom Merrit, Jason Howell Co-hosts: Molly Wood & Brian Cooley
Producer
Jason Howell
Guests
none


On today's show, we discover that Microsoft is a fine American company that thinks nothing of shafting its highest-paying users or subjecting the entire Internet to multiple episodes of projectile vomiting. And Apple shouldn't be forced by some pissy little upstart to change its perfectly legitimate EULA. And don't even get Cooley STARTED on sending self-replicating nanobots to Mars. Good times all around. Plus: Metrologists!


Stories CoveredEdit

Microsoft to offer Family Pack for Windows 7 Home Premium

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1145


Some Vista users say they’re getting the Ultimate shaft

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10277506-56.html


Psystar out of chapter 11 with new Xeon-based models

http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/02/psystar-bounces-back-from-chapter-11-intros-new-high-end-hardwa/


Bing expands its piece of the search market pie in June

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/07/bing-grabs-a-larger-piece-of-the-search-market-pie-in-june.ars


Microsoft chucks vomit ad

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10278063-71.html


Traffic rockets to Twitter site

http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_8129000/8129340.stm


Can Twitter trademark “tweet”?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/07/will-trademarkhungry-twitter-beat-tweet-to-genericide.html


Firefox 3.5 downloaded 5 million times in first 24 hours

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/07/firefox-35-downloaded-5-million-times-in-first-24-hours.ars


And it’s the third-fastest browser in the world.

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/software/0,39029471,49302846,00.htm


But Chrome is getting extensions

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10277385-2.html


NASA Suggests Nano Robots To Explore Mars

http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/07/02/138237/NASA-Suggests-Nano-Robots-To-Explore-Mars

VoicemailEdit

Jason in Marietta on Natali’s tax idea.


Poor Anthony

EmailsEdit

Tom

Hi Buzz Crew,


I smiled as I listened to your discussion on measurements in episode 1008.


Being a metrologist [met-rol-o-gist] or measurement scientist (not meteorologist, that is weather) it always amazes me that most people take the measurements that support every facet of their lives for granted.


Without all the metrologists that go about their jobs each day, measuring and calibrating everything in the background, in mostly unseen laboratories, you wouldn’t even be able to get out of bed in the morning.


Who has the time standards used to set your alarm clock, metrologists. Who calibrates the scales that were used to make and package your food, metrologists. Who calibrates the measurement systems used to generate and monitor your electric power, metrologists. Who calibrates the temperature systems for your weather reports, metrologists. Who calibrates the liquid flow systems used to measure the gas (petrol), diesel etc. into your car, Cooley?, metrologists do. Who calibrates the measurement systems used to make medicines, metrologists.


I could go on but I think you will see what I am getting at.


While it may sound like a boring job and definitely not a high profile glamourous job like a podcast host, it is one of those things that goes on in the background helping to make your day go smoother.


I love my job and while metrologists are only a small group of people in the scheme of things, I find it tremendously satisfying to know that what my colleagues and I do, ensures that we all live better lives.


Love the show.


Mark (the metrologist)


PS: See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrology if you want to know more about metrology.

After The CreditsEdit

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