Raw Rant #115
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Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! This week’s show is great. We introduce a new segment called, “Word of the Day,” get into a little “Enough is Enough” ranting, cover some News, and play the “Say My Name” trivia game, Athlete Edition.
Labor Day Weekend
Word of the Day
Annoying American Airlines Passengers
Say My Name: Athlete Edition
Bomb Hoax at Miami International Airport
Jack the Cat Rescued by Bob Dylan
Hockey Prize Taken Away from Twin
Republican National Convention in Tampa Strip Club
Wooden iPad Scam
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Why Warhammer Online Failed
An EA insider has aired dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for the upcoming Bioware Star Wars MMORPG. Quoting: ‘We shouldn’t have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn’t done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down ever since. It’s ‘stable’ now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima cialis en francais have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade [old] make more money than our biggest project.” The (unverified) insider, who calls himself EA Louse (named after the EA Spouse who brought to light the company’s excessive crunchtime practices) says similar trouble is ahead for the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA has not commented yet. God of War creator David Jaffe has criticized the insider for having unrealistic expectations of working in the games industry.
UK Police Force Posts All Its Calls On Twitter
One of the largest police forces in the UK is posting every incident reported to it today on Twitter. Greater Manchester Police began its 24-hour experiment this morning at 05:00 BST, tweeting all incident reports in the hope of highlighting the complexity of modern policing. ‘Policing is often seen in very simple terms, with cops chasing robbers and locking them up,’ Chief Constable Peter Fahy said in a statement. ‘However the reality is that this accounts for only part of the work they have to deal with.
Huge Shocker? 3D TVs Not Selling
It comes as no surprise to the vast majority of us who haven’t rushed out to buy a 3D TV, but according to a Display Search report consumers aren’t doing their part to make 2010 the year of 3D TV, says blogger Peter Smith. And the stats are even worse than Smith imagined they’d be: DisplaySearch estimates that 3.2 million 3D TVs will be shipped in 2010. Note, that’s shipped, not sold. 3.2 million equates to 2% of all flat panel displays shipped (as far as I can ascertain, that’s worldwide shipments). So yeah, there are not many 3D TVs being shipped this year. But wait, that’s not the end of the bad news. In Western Europe (the only region where they offered this data point) sales of 3D glasses are less than 1 per 3D set sold. In other words, a lot of Western Europeans who buy a TV with 3D capability don’t even bother to buy the glasses to use that feature.
Government Admits Spying Via Facebook
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg famously said that the age of privacy is over. And the government wants to ensure that,it seems. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s FOIA request has revealed government memos encouraging agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share and to spy on them. Thanks to this request, the government released handful of documents, including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), and one revealing how the DHS monitored social media during the Obama inauguration.”
Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android
The scale of the challenge facing Android developers has been laid bare by Twitter client TweetDeck. During beta testing of its new software, TweetDeck encountered more than 36,000 testers using an enormous pool of 244 different handsets. Not only was hardware for the platform fragmented, but Tweetdeck had to contend with more than a hundred different versions of Android, highlighting just how muddled the market is for the open-source platform. The splintering of Android is making life difficult for app developers. ‘It’s not particularly harder to develop for Android over iPhone (from a programming standpoint),’ said Christopher Pabon, a developer who writes apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms. ‘Except when it comes to final quality assurance and testing. Then it can be a nightmare (a manageable nightmare, mind you).
Google Maps Adds Drone Imagery
Google Maps has now added new non-satellite imagery when you zoom in close enough. Google has purchased a few Drones. Mystery solved! The public would like to see Google’s explanation for the close-up images. No explanation has been given by Google….hmmmm.
Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland
A Finnish secular web site that facilitates electronic resignation from the Finnish state church gained wide attention in the media this week. A gay rights TV panel discussion was followed by thousands resigning from the church. On Wednesday, 2633 people resigned through the web site, which is more than all the resignations in July. The Internet is secularizing the Finnish with increasing speed; over 90% of resignations in Finland go through the site administered and marketed by hobbyists driving Finland towards a secular, non-religious state.
Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids
The rise of mainstream tablets is proving to have unforeseen benefits for children with speech and communication problems and may disrupt a business where specialized devices can cost thousands of dollars. iPad apps like Proloquo2Go ($189) aim to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, ALS, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, apraxia, and more. Even Steve Jobs didn’t see this one coming: ‘We take no credit for this, and that’s not our intention,’ said Jobs, who’s been touched by email he gets from parents of special needs kids for whom the iPad is proving to be a life-changer. ‘Our intention is to say something is going on here,’ Jobs added, suggesting that researchers should ‘take a look at this.’ Even though they might cost significantly less than dedicated devices, SUNY speech pathologist Andrea Abramovich explained Medicare doesn’t cover consumer tablets because they could be used for non-medical purposes.
*66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP
*Twitter To Start Selling Followers
*Facebook and Skype: Lovers?
*Microsoft Sues Motorolla on the eve of its windows 7 phone (neil)
Twitter To Start Selling Followers
“While not quite as bad as it sounds, Twitter will soon be identifying followers with certain interests based on the content of their Twitter usage, and then providing this info to advertisers. Twitter is already selling sponsored Tweets for $100K or more. These reader comments captured the disquieting feeling I have: ‘Twitter selling followers? Will that be the same as Google selling top position in SERP?’ and ‘I wonder when Facebook will start to sell friends.’ Advertisers will be allowed to purchase placement in lists of ‘who to follow’ recommendations targeted to users with particular interests on Twitter.”
66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP
“Almost one year after the introduction of Windows 7 it appears that the hype surrounding it has faded. The overall market share of Windows has turned into a slight decline again. Windows 7 is gaining share, but cannot keep pace with the loss of Windows XP and Vista. Especially Windows XP users seem to be happy with what they have and appear to be rather resistant to Microsoft’s pitches that it is time to upgrade to Windows 7.”
Google TV News
HBO, Netflix, Pandora and the NBA are just a few of the big-name brands teaming up with Google for the rollout of Google TV.
The web giant’s “multimillion-channel TV” system is expected to launch some time this fall. Run by Google’s Android operating system, it will let users view all kinds of Web content on their televisions.
*Facebook and Skype: Lovers?
According to All Things D’s Kara Swisher, Facebook and Skype are about to announce a partnership that includes “integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect.”
It’s not clear exactly what this deal would entail, but possibilities include Facebook Chat over a browser to cell phones, and video chat among Facebook friends.
*Windows 7 Phone
*google short URL
Microsoft is scheduled to announce its first line of Windows Phone 7 products in a New York press conference next week.
Reporters this morning received an invitation to an October 11 event, where Microsoft will announce which carriers and manufacturers will be making and selling handsets based on Microsoft’s next mobile operating system. The company will also preview the first line of Windows Phone 7 hardware.
*Send SMS over Email
*Get Paid What You Are Worth
*Political AD Campains
*Mac heads piss me off:
People that buy macs think there power users and that is a oxymoron, the old PC vs MAC issue has been around for a long time, listen to the podcast to see Brian and Neils PC “bios” view on the subject.