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847 - Don't stand behind the hologram
Aired
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Duration
24:59
Hosts
Jason Howell

Tom Merritt

Molly Wood
Producer
Jason Howell
Guests
None

Don't stand behind the hologramEdit

The U.S. Army prepares to test and deploy ghost soldiers in MMORPGS and possibly also the real world. They may be decoys, folks, but remember: they're still light-based projections that won't stop a bullet. Also, it appears Apple will finally activate over-the-air podcast downloads for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Which, yeah. Ya think? Geez.

StoriesEdit

Hey Microsoft, Yahoo’s for sale--for real this time

Obama, McCain campaigns both hacked, files compromised (thanks rpcaldiera)

An Obama presidency: Good, bad news for technology

Apple Activates Podcast Downloads in 2.2 Firmware

Feature films coming to YouTube

Windows 7 promises faster boots and up to 15% better battery life

Warner Bros. to fight China movie piracy with 60¢ downloads

WPA cracked in 15 minutes or less, or your next router's free

Intel names 'Nehalem' launch date

Cancer genetic blueprint revealed

US Army to Push X-Files Tech Development, Invade World of Warcraft

Voice MailEdit

Anthony from Louisiana: Kindle in the Wild

EmailEdit

How do you figure out EA's copy pertection?

I was listening to episode 846 where you mentioned about EA’s hilarious work around for the CD key and I am sad to say that I was one of the those who received only 19 of the 20 digits. I thought about calling EA to find out how to resolved this but I figured that it would take to long and opt to simply guess the last digit. They allowed 3 tries before requiring you to re-enter all the digits again. I believe you can eliminate zero and O just because they look too similar reducing the number of possibilites to 34. I finially found the last digit on my 33th tried when I skipped Y and typed in Z. Safe to say EA has been nothing but trouble. Just wanted to get my story out on EA’s key cracking idea.

Also on another topic, I have seen two Sony E-Readers in the wild within the period of two month on the NYC train system. I thought seeing one was rare but two is really something. Funny thing is that I bought my girlfriend a Kindle for Christmas a months ago so by the time Christmas comes along there will be another Kindle in the wild.

Love the show,

– Johnnie

How many is it?

Just be glad EA isn’t in Eastern Nigeria!

Hi BOL, You guys were speaking of EA issueing a “workaround” for the missing CD key and noting that since they were alpha numeric keys, there were 36 options. I just thought you guys might like to know that in the Igbo language (Eastern Nigeria) there are actually 36 letters in the alphabet.

A B CH D E F G GB GH GW H I I J K KP KW L M N N NW NY O O P R S SH T U U V W Y Z

When a vowel appears twice, the second one has a dot on the bottom showing a longer sound and the second N has a not at the top for a different sound Little International fact for you guys

Love the show,

Chuma

Space Junk

The Soviets are killing us in the race to populate space with junk. Probably slowed downed recently though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Race#Number_of_satellites_launched.2C_by_nation

Jim from Seattle

Ads, Ads, and more Ads

Ref episode 844 and previous discussions about Google Chrome advertising.

I just returned from a trip to Taipei; and Google is most definitely promoting Chrome over there.

Walking along one of the main streets, I happened upon a wall-sized billboard looking like a giant browser window, complete with embedded “flash video” player. see picture here -> http://flickr.com/photos/monody/3008198330/

I guess Google is not a dominant player in Taiwan, or indeed much of Asia. So it only makes sense to employ different advertising tactics.

LTS,

Vidar from Norway

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