Happy frakkin' Friday! BSG is back, we're recording in a studio other than our own, and Madonna sleeps with her BlackBerry. Ew. Also today, Craig cracks down on a Craigslist blog and a U.K. Internet service provider fights back against the filtering machine.
Craigslist to fan blog: We want your domain, please 
Finally: Craigslist launches a blog of their own 
Study: More couch potatoes parked in front of PC to watch TV 
Policing Internet ‘not ISP’s job’ 
MySpace Music leaves creators cold 
Backhaul woes put Xohm launch on ice for a couple of months 
Madonna ’sleeps with Blackberry’ (Thanks Charles!) 
Matrix-style virtual worlds ‘a few years away’ 
New Dune movie confirmed 
From The PhonesEdit
Tom Nuclear Engineer VirginiaEdit
How kids see parents work
Anish New YorkEdit
You know what tomorrow is? (sent Thursday)
Ankh in IrelandEdit
I know who’s the most gamingest.
In the ForumsEdit
Most gaming country everEdit
Hey Buzz Buds, I'm fairly new to Buzz Town, I don't own a house here yet, but I rent a timeshare. So I'm not really superknowledgeable about tons of random things like a lot of your listeners, but I was thrilled when you brought up an issue I knew the answer too! In episode 695 you talked about which country was the most gamingest country in the world. That country would no doubt be South Korea, in which not only do tons of people play video games but they also have a professional circuit in which players achieve fame comparable to Kobe Bryant or Tom Brady. I found a couple of articles that kind of talk about it but ABC just did a report on the issue two weeks ago. Peace out Crew!
P.S. I HATE COMCAST@!&@^#!
Galactica 4.1 at 9am today?Edit
AICN reports that SciFi will debut Galacitca 4.1 @ 9 am PDT (12 noon EDT) today online at scifi.com!
So say we all!
Roberto Suarez Portland, Ore.
Hi Buzz crew,
From what I’ve read in the past, Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 implementation right now is an early one, which is why the upload speeds aren’t that hot. They can do channel bonding for downloads, but I don’t believe they’ve managed that for uploads yet. And in fact, Comcast also promised that it would have 100Mbps speeds by the end of 2008, so it may be much more worthwhile by the time it gets to the Bay Area…which is probably sometime in 2009.
Also, Molly will be happy to know that the company is bumping the upload speeds for its regular tiers--they're talking about 1Mbps uploads for the regular 6Mbps tier, and 2Mbps uploads for the 8Mbps tier. See, they want you to switch! They really do!
Thanks for all the good work,
Jon Ottawa, Canada
Hi Molly, Tom, and Jason,
This e-mail is in reference to episode No. 695, and pretty much every episode for the past year or so. Is BOL a podcast or a Comcast-cast? Every time you bring up a Comcast story, I zone right out. I live in upstate N.Y., I’ve had Time Warner cable my whole life. I never even heard of Comcast before I started listening to your show back in the mid-200s. So, here’s my question: Is Time Warner too “east coast” to cover? Or are they such an awesome company that they never generate any negative press? I tend to doubt the latter, since when I upgraded to their DVR package last year, it took four trips to the local office for me to get one that worked. Anyway, time for Madlibs! Love the ______! Keep up the good _______!
Joe from Saratoga Springs, NY
Torrents without softwareEdit
Hi Buzz Crew,
Imageshack, an image hosting service found at http://imageshack.us, has a service in Beta that allows you to use their server to download bit torrents, and then you can download the file from their server to your machine, thus eliminating the need for any client side torrent software.
When I first saw this, I thought for sure it was an April Fool’s Day Joke, but I have an Imageshack account, so I decided to test it. I grabbed the torrent file for Librivox’s audio copy of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (I chose this because it’s 100% legal and one of my favorite books) and then uploaded it to the Imageshack torrent beta site. Sure enough, I was able to then download the file from Imageshack.
My one problem with this: It’s for leechers only. If you don’t have client software, you can’t share, thus defeating the entire purpose of torrents. Still, for an occasional torrenter, this might be a good option. Stick with the legal torrents people! (I can just imagine how easy it would be for the RIAA or MPAA to track people on this thing. All it would take is one subpoena and *bam* there’s a process server at your door.)
Joe aka dOgBOi
P.S. As soon as I finished typing this out, I tried to open the zip file I downloaded and it was corrupt. Not sure if that’s because of Imageshack or because of the torrent itself. If anyone gets this working, I’d certainly like to know.
Safari auto installEdit
Hi Buzz crew
I’ve been catching up on old episodes after being away on business and finally made it through to episode 695 this morning.
Once again there was a mention of the whole “Safari auto-selected for install in the updater” controversy, and how apple is the only one doing this.
Well, actually--every time I get an update for Java--the installer wants to add Google Toolbar to my system, and it’s selected by default.
I can’t believe no one has mentioned this, there have been several Java updates over the past year, and all of them tried to get me to install Google Toolbar.
So there you go :-)
I’m not trying to defend Apple (although I do like my iMac and iPod Touch ;-) ) - but just wanted to set the record straight.
Love the show!
Peter The Dane