Q: With the Guitar Hero game, do you think you'll be reaching longtime fans, or is this mainly a way to reach younger fans who might know a song or two but don't really know Metallica? Hammett: We'll be reaching fans across the board, longtime fans, … Read more
Natali opens with some rage against Verizon Fios over a billing problem after she canceled the service. She feels somehow, well...Jason explains it best in the show. We also get a Molly rant over Ireland's new content filtering on the Internet and TechCrunch's reporting that Last.FM was giving data to the RIAA. Which it was not.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 916
Microsoft asks for severance back from laid off employees http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10169119-75.html
Workers ’stealing company data’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7902989.stm
Xbox Live denial … Read more
Trying to put more electronics in a tight corner and running out of power outlets? ezGear has a solution, and it comes in a compact package.
The company announced Monday at CES its newest wall mount power expander, called the ezSpace UFO.
Taking the shape of a flying object, the ezSpace UFO is a six-outlet plug expander with built-in 1050 Joule surge protection that provides space for a large plug or transformer on each outlet.
The ezSpace Wall Mount UFO plugs directly into the power outlet on your wall and provides the same six outlets standard on other models. The … Read more
British prime minister Gordon Brown spoke on Thursday (at least indirectly) about the future of Gary McKinnon, a 42-year-old UFO enthusiast accused of hacking into several U.S. military sites. It was the prime minister's first public comments on the case which, after six years, took a twist over the summer.
McKinnon lost his last fight against extradition in July but has yet to arrive in the United States to stand trial. His lawyers are continuing to appeal within the E.U. courts. McKinnon, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, has said he would prefer to stand … Read more
Gary McKinnon, the Briton who appears to have confessed to hacking into 90 unclassified Pentagon computer systems, is clearly something of a character.
His defense seems to consist of his insistence that all he was looking for was secret knowledge about UFOs.
This blog loves secret knowledge too. And has a very occasional penchant for the concept of an eye for an eye.
So, at great personal expense, I hired the famous one-eyed Sergei (I know his second name, but he has, you know, a regular job) to get in on McKinnon.
Yes, Sergei hacked the hacker.
Quickly, he found … Read more
On Wednesday, a 42-year-old UFO enthusiast lost his bid in a British court to fight extradition to the U.S. on charges he hacked into several U.S. military bases and even NASA.
Gary McKinnon has been fighting extradition for nearly six years, and his latest setback occurred in the British House of Lords. McKinnon admits breaking into U.S. databases in order to uncover evidence of secret UFO documents. His supporters contend that if deported to the U.S. for trial, McKinnon could be portrayed as a terrorist, seeking military secrets in general.
At the heart of Wednesday's … Read more
Robometer concept device promises to help you feel happy http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/01/ robometer-concept-device-promises-to-help-you-feel-happy/
BAE Systems working on spider-bots, other ways to scare you to death http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/01/ bae-systems-working-on-spider-bots-other-ways-to-scare-you-to-d/
Coffin sofa brings creepy furniture to new extremes http://dvice.com/archives/2008/04/coffin_sofa_bri.php
Push-kun, the cute robot with the … Read more
On Crossfade TV this week, the Download Music crew checks out a cool new set of previously unreleased recordings and interviews from the late jazz/blues/gospel/soul artist Nina Simone called Protest Anthology; a few new songs from electronic artist UFO! (not to be confused with the Brits who brought you the classic-rock staple "Too Hot Too Handle"); and the brand-new album from Sun Kil Moon, the name Mark Kozelek seems to be sticking with (after long-ago retiring his previous band name, Red House Painters).
Crossfade TV is a collaboration between Download Music and CNET TV.
Caroline McCarthy joins us to summarily rick roll the living crap out of us. We talk ghosts and social networks, SXSW, Major League Baseball 2K8. And we even get a little personal...What? Caroline McCarthy + Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales? What? We didn't say that...see the question marks?
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Cross-blogging link: Ace Reporter Caroline McCarthy's cool, hip, in-the-know, up-to-date, above-average, exceptional, adept, and witty blog, the Social.
As they continue to morph into music devices, phone makers have made significant strides in portable speakers over the last year. But all too often they're still too big to carry around easily, with even the most compact models often larger than the phone itself. At the other end of the scale, some of the smallest versions look like some kind of makeshift project from a 7th grade electronics class.