Ep. 1237: Where Robert Greene "Masters" The 404 Video
Our verdict on Facebook's privacy retool: well ... we're tough graders. Also today, will Steve Ballmer show up at the WWDC keynote? Palm loses its mobile UI design guy to Android, which is good news for Android, but continuing bad news for Palm and WebOS. Also, introducing Darth Vader's Dog.
In this week's show, our green tech expert Martin LaMonica talks about solar power and we show a few devices powered by wind and water, as well as a cheap Netbook made from biodegradable materials.
The catalytic converter is the unseen, unsung hero of auto emissions control. Does the old "soot can" have a high-tech story? Check out what CNET's Brian Cooley and Michael Kanellos learned from visiting Nanostellar, a company that replaces particles in a catalytic converter so a car can run greener.
We look at desktop power consumption in the labs, examine a new monitor that watches you, and uncover a product that could help minimize vampire power.
From USB batteries to water powered clocks, Brian Cooley takes you on a tour of some of the best in green gifts.
The 404 goes behind the scenes at the future of motion pictures: 4D movie theaters! Would you pay $8 for a movie replete with back ticklers, flashing lights, smoke bombs, moving seats, and curated odors? This plus 3D drug printers, Amazon warehouse bandits, and a mystery package on today's show!
Journalism student Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) has been expelled from Harvard for a crime he didn't commit. His promising career ended and his future looking bleak, he heads for London to seek refuge with his married sister Shannon (Claire Forlani) and her husband Steve (Marc Warren). Steve introduces Matt to his younger brother Pete (Charlie Hunnam) and, through their friendship, Matt enters the world of football fanaticism and the secrecy and intrigue of the football firm. Pete Dunham and his close knit group of friends make up the Green Street Elite (GSE), a hard core group of West Ham United supporters ? and one of the toughest London football firms. All the football clubs have a firm and they all have one aim ? to be the most feared and respected mob in the country - no matter what it takes. As Pete explains 'West Ham's football is mediocre, but our firm's top notch and everyone knows it? it's really about reputation ? humiliating the other mob by beating them in a row or doing things that other firms get to hear about.' Matt is not only drawn into the sheer excitement of the game of football itself, but also the brotherhood and loyalty of life inside the GSE. The buzz that violence brings to him produces a sense of power that he has never before experienced. But Matt has been sparring with the truth about his past life and not every member of the firm considers him a 'brother'. Bovver (Leo Gregory), resents the presence of the outsider and his own apparent demotion within the ranks of the GSE. His continuing distrust and dislike of Matt creates a powder keg of jealousy and emotion that's just searching for an opportunity to blow. When Bovver discovers hidden information about Matt it sets off a devastating chain of events that tests friendship, loyalty, honor and determination in battle. Tragic consequences force Matt to acknowledge the cost of his actions and the painful lessons learned lead him to re-evaluate his future.
Today's show covers Wilson's ever-growing locks of hair and Google ads catering to stupid people. We also take a look back at the original Sony Walkman and examine the best-selling video games of the '90s. Finally, stick around for our weekly Audio Draft Pick sponsored by Beck's Beer in conjunction with Last.fm!
On today's episode, The 404 guys bond over their disgust with self-professed "gurus," "ninjas," "masters," and "mavens" of social media. They'll also talk about why the next DJ will likely be an algorithm and what it's liked to experience modern technology after spending 25 years in prison.
This week we'll pop the hood on Toyota's hybrid engine, check out a cutting edge lawn mower, and learn why, in the future, you may never need to charge your phone.