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Our theme for today's show? Somebody's watching you, and it ain't just the Police. It's also Facebook and Google, and apparently some people think Net neutrality means the government will be watching you, too. Watch for the Net neutrality 101 rant at the end of the show plus a lot of singing of the "I'll be watching you" song. Because Brian Tong is on. We just hope Sting doesn't sue.
The world we live in is marked by disorder and chaos. Few things, if any, are certain. But then there is Type O Negative, the Brooklyn band whose been making a glorious, doom-caked racket for over a decade. With a sense of humor blacker than the clothing that the individual band members wear and a profound distaste and disgust for both humanity and political correctness, Type O Negative never changes with the times the times change with them. Marked by sharp wit and bouts of gloom 'n depression, Type O Negative continues to reward its listeners with what they have come to love and what they have to expect from the Brooklyn doom squad: a nihilistic world view, anthems of sex and death, and a blinding torch of well-placed hate. + LIFE IS KILLING ME It is Type O Negative's gothically tinged metal, reared on a steady diet of Bauhaus and Sisters Of Mercy, which never takes itself too seriously, that has garnered them critical and commercial success. 1993's Bloody Kisses was the first album to achieve Gold and Platinum status in the Roadrunner Records catalog. It's successor, 1996's October Rust, also went Gold, thus solidifying Type O's roots in the sediment of metal. Through it all, bassist/frontman Peter Steele still reminisces about his days as an employee of the NYC Parks Department, still lives in the same basement apartment in Brooklyn, still drives the same car, and still wolfs down TV dinners. And he and his cohorts still make bittersweet, head down hard rock.
This flashback was selected simply because of the song.
Mitches disappointed with the election results can at least be thankful for other political victories, and our semi-political correspondent Zach joins us with all the news of the day: Washington and Colorado legalizing recreational marijuana use, New York becoming the first state to elect an Asian American to Congress, and LA county passing Measure B--a law requiring adult film stars to wear condoms. Surely there's SOMETHING in there to be happy about!
We examine the next-generation Nintendo Wii, the double rainbow dude selling out, a guy trying to beat Modern Warfare 2 without killing, and a couple good voice-mails on today's episode of The 404 Podcast!
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.
Tune into this episode to hear how you can win $404 in our Comic-Con 2013 SuperWeakness contest! Today's rundown also includes a discussion of Jay-Z's business strategies, the real wealth of popular hip hop artists, and a creepy smartphone app that lets you see what you'd look like with plastic surgery.
Twitter and Facebook, two of the best-known names in the Web 2.0 constellation, have been talking merger. But at least for now, there's no deal. On Monday's Daily Debrief, CNET News' Charles Cooper speaks with Dan Farber about what might still bring these two together as well as how they would chart their respective futures as solo acts.
On this episode of Planet CNET, we experience weightlessness, dissect a thousand-dollar cell phone, and willingly wear spandex on camera.