BOL 1072: Mustache-twirling jerks at AT&T Video
Outtakes from episode 1072 including Steve Ballmer's upcoming interview with Molly, Tom's trip to New York, and dissection of the phrase bold-faced lie.
Above New York and Philadelphia debris MAN MAN materializes, tender and nightmarish, fastening together Screaming Jay Hawkins, Etta James, 80's pop and Iggy Pop; drawing on Soda Popinski, Mexican funeral marches, religious cults, bad luck, and the pervasive mythology of two-headed wolves and wrangling out something entirely else: peculiarly brilliant, acrobatic, unsettling, romantic, unpretentiously ordered. Accompanied on one song by a chorus of kindergartners, MAN MAN multiplies precise instrumentation and refined song structure by unusual rhythms and a thick, complex texture to produce a polished eclecticism unlike anything in our collective musical consciousness.
On today's show, it turns out that people and not just computers are looking at some of the super-private data you give to Google. And some of those people are hipsters in ironic t-shirts. Yeah, scary. Also, the new Twitter debuts, and it's better than the iPad version. Plus, IE 9 and Nokia's new attitude (and personnel): too little too late?
So the French have passed a three strikes law that will disconnect your Internet if accused three times of piracy. At least there's some judicial review. Also John McCain moves against Net Neutrality and Windows 7 seems to truly be good news for Microsoft.
We're not sure that Barney Frank gambles in his pajamas but he's fighting for your right to do so in the United States. Also Verizon gets a little slutty, looking for an iPhone, and Android phone, and pretty much anything else. Also Blu-ray is on the rise, but so are digital downloads.
With Thumb, you can ask the public for their opinions about pretty much anything.
By adding a DVD burner to its Netbook-like form factor and dual-core processor, the Gateway EC14D07u fills a need for those who can't say goodbye to physical discs--although it also costs more, too.
So Bono has been listening to his manager and soaking up the ideas that the Internet needs to be locked down before it ruins the video industry. This self-less act of Cassandra-like prophesying involves talking about how great the US is at stopping child porn and the Chinese are at stopping anything they don't like. We point out a few holes in theory there. Also Google is doing everything. Seriously, if you even think fleetingly Google might do something apparently they are.
CNET News.com's Neha Tiwari takes a trip inside the ear to decode what effect listening to an iPod has on hearing. Dr. Mont Stong, a San Francisco Bay Area audiologist, talks about the inner workings of the ear, and Kathy Peck, executive director of Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers , shows how ear-friendly custom earphones are made. Also, see a tutorial on how to limit the volume on your iPod.
The Zvox Z-Base 580 has a nearly perfect sound-bar design and a solid feature set, but it won't please critical listeners and the smaller Z-Base 555 is a better value.