Ep. 1311: Where we get stood up by the Internet Video
Leaked from today's show: Facebook cryptography, steganography in social media, crowd-sourcing a witch hunt, and demonic portraits purposely hidden beneath waves of electronic music.
This week: Mapping! It's one of my favorite topics. We'll discuss how maps are made, who owns the aerial image of your backyard, and how to crowd-source mapmaking. With Peter Birch of Google and Nick Black of Cloudmade.
Avoid inane comments by YouTube users.
In the midst of international turmoil, The 404 Podcast is your source for First World problems. So don't freak out yet, because Bit.Ly is in no danger of closure, the Robocop remake may still happen, cell phones don't cause cancer (hopefully), and you can now get weed from crowd-sourced coupon sites.
Today we're exploring the trend of digital vigilantes (AKA digilantes) taking to the Internet for crowdsourced criminal identification and cyber justice. The most recent example is the hacker collective known as Anonymous's recent YouTube video threatening to take down Facebook on November 5th, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Day.
Show topics include 4Food, the burger joint of the future as imagined by Rex Sorgatz, Scottish scientists using whiskey biofuel to power cars, fake homeless raking in $40k a year, and the JetBlue guy getting his own reality TV show.
YouTube searches for more money, Google+ adds features that can annoy, and Microsoft gets a design makeover.
Does anyone else not understand Google Plus, or are we just getting too old for the Internet? After a week of using Google's new social network, we're not ready to leave Facebook, so let us know if we're missing something here. In other news, Jeff and Wilson met a real zombie, YouTube upped its video time limit to ten hours, and Google might be tracking your sexual activity online, yikes.
Justin is sick today, so Demetrius Wren and Christina Ghubril join the show today to talk about their new film "Streetball". It's the story of a group of homeless South African kids, who try to break out of the cycle of poverty by competing in the Homeless World Cup. After some calls about "1984" and convergence, we talk a bit about some unusual uses of bacon-flavor.
Did you know that Dave Chappelle was in a "Home Improvement" spinoff sitcom show in the 1990s? All the episodes are on YouTube right now, and we'll trace its history on today's 404 episode.