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GNC-2011-12-22 #731 Happy Holidays

Posted by geeknews at 1:19 AM on December 23, 2011

I talk about the GoDaddy SOPA controversy in detail. I have a lot of fun on today’s show, and for those watching the video of the show I try out some new camera angles. We still need to raise about $2500.00 to meet our fund raising goals for our Support Staff. I hope you will help us out see the links at the bottom of the page.

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GNC #667 Big Media wants a Fight!

Posted by geeknews at 1:08 AM on May 3, 2011

Ohana, over the past month I have been entertaining an offer that would have resulted in new owners of Geek News Central, and the Geek News Central Podcast. The offer was a darn good one and while I would have remained the host of the show it boiled down to I am not done yet. While I am sure I will question my decision for a while, as it was a “really” good offer and the team that was looking to acquire the show was top notch it just did not make sense to do it. Some more insights in the show today, but I just want to assure all of you I am not going anywhere.

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Show Notes:
UBL Death set Twitter Record.
Twitter CNN Moment?
News Vs Social.
Firefox 5?
Sony Bleeding Credit Card Data.
Android Tethering Crackdown.
AT&T kills the Party.
Can Google TV be Saved?
Radiated Cars?
SETI True Costs.
Judges figuring out IP Pitfalls.
Is Facebook a big Spy site?
Wanna work at Google 16 versus 5 Interviews.
Sony declines Congressional Invite?
New Twitter Ad Units.
New Windows 7 API.
Do you own your Location Info?
Don’t waste your money!
Bigger Pockets for Bigger Devices nerd Alert.
Retro iPhone Charger.
Reduce the Volume Automatically.
Google App Changes.
Dropbox Tips.
Jailbreak Pros and Cons.
Shuttle RSS Retract.
Asteroid Collision.
Endeavor New Launch Date.
Righthaven gets another bloody nose.
NHL has lost their minds.
No fair use in the UK?
Whitehouse 301 Report has IP Wacth List?
Measure your Bandwidth.
Some people get good Genes.
VPS Seedbox.
One Lucky Dude.
AT&T deals?
Twitter buys Tweetdeck.
Google Voice Search.
Measuring the White iPhone.
Hackers hit Pakistani Twitter User.
Another Nuclear Leak.
IOS 4.3.3 to plug Tracking.
Firefox 4.0 hits 10%

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GNC-2010-12-27 #638 Raining Cats and Dogs

Posted by geeknews at 12:52 AM on December 28, 2010

I want to welcome all the new listeners to the show make sure you get subscribed to the podcast and get signed up for the newsletter. I have a lot on my mind today as we I have a lot to share about what is happening, whats coming and what to expect over the next week. I am as excited as I have ever been to cover the biggest show of the year. All live 24/7 from CES we will have coverage unlike any other network.

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Data Transfer via the lights overhead.

Show Notes:
Mobile 3d?
Panasonic AF100
Logitech Google TV still a go!
Spot Beam Internet comes to Europe.
FiRe
Gift Tips.
300 Million for all the AOL CD’s
iPad App for Disabled Kids.
Chinese Stealth Fighter Outed.
Body Scanner at your Airport?
Paul Colligan Predictions and Outcomes.
Verification Hell.
Apple Suit on Privacy Violations.
RIM iPhon Response in 2007!
US re-opens rare metal mine.
Stuxnet Over-sped Centrifuges :)
Net Neutrality Complaint?
iPad Competition?
Time Warner protects Porn P2P Violators.
CityVille 16.8 Million Daily?
Are we 400,000 years old?
Gas Saving Tech by Ford?
CMCS wants payment of music previews.
Swiss not happy with US forced IPRED.
Get your own Steve Jobs Figure.
TSA Goes after Pilot concerned about Security.
Massive Storm on Saturn.
Geek Culture Dying?
Indian Sat Launch Fails.
Pre-Exchange Gifts?
Twas the Shuttles Last Christmas.
VidTonic
Time Lapse Snow Storm.
Camcorder Software.
Boxee, Roku, Apple TV Debate.
Canadian Airborne Internet in 2011.
Amazon Christmas Stats!

GNC-2010-11-30 #630 Back in Paradise

Posted by geeknews at 1:37 AM on November 30, 2010

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, things have been a little crazy with trying to help the family back in Michigan with the missing kids (see below article). In amidst the chaos put out two pieces of media for you over the weekend. My presentation from Blogword and the Saturday Morning Tech show which has yet to be posted. I hope that you enjoys tonights show, way to serious in the beginning, but I am really glad to be home. As a bonus, my youngest broke his arm at school today, so I spent 8 hours at the ER with him all is well and he is not happy with his cast.

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Scientist Trick Cells into Switching Identities
Microsoft Messing with WHS.
My Extended Family Tragedy.

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Blogworld 2010 Presentation.
Hughes Net to get Upgrade.
Questions on X-37b
Google Shortcode.
Microsoft goes to Supreme Court on Word.
Kinect gets Smart.
New Owner of Sun.
Comcast ignoring Net Neutrality.
Hugh releases a reading collection.
Microsoft to replace your Cable provider?
WHS Bomb Shell.
WHS Ballmer follow up.
Some cool websites and tools.
4 ways to Monitor Flickr.
BitTorrent Streaming Video?
Video Preview coming to Netflix.
Video Ad Click through Study.
Perfect Gift for Dad.
WordPress grows a Million Sites.
Google Earth 6.
Don’t buy that Domain.
Site Seizure Explanation.
Don’t try to help playwrights online or get Sued.
Pirate Bay Crew Guilty Again.
Airplay Hack Coming.
Is Microsoft, Google Apple being Evil?
Paths of Flight.
Calibrate your HDTV.
Do you feel like your walking in Circles?
Bishop Museum going online.
No Google Social in 2010.
Copyright firm Sued.
Nissan Leaf Business Opportunities.
EFF trying to prevent embarrassment.
iPhone Concerns.
Tiffany gets turned away from Supreme Court.
Game Moding trial to go Forward.

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GNC-2010-10-07 #617 6th Year Anniversary

Posted by geeknews at 1:30 AM on October 8, 2010

Considering how many shows have quit over the years that were with us in 2004, it is nice to be here and still cranking out the content. Thanks for hanging with me over the past 6 years, it has been a blast, the show continues to grow and that to me is the only sign I really need to know that the formula for the show continues to be working.

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Apple Glassgate?
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Home Made Spacecraft.
Verizon 50 Million to Subscribers.
FBI wants stuff back.
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You do not want his Name.
Does he really know?
Bit.ly Raises 10 Million
Will Libya revoke .ly domains?
Google TV is not Cheap!
Facebook Groups are Great!
Facebook Groups are Evil!
Why is Jason even complaining about Groups?
The Nightmare Server Admin Situation.
Spotify being shown the Hand?
Is your two yr old online?
Mossberg on MyFord Touch
Todd’s MyLincoln Review!
Patch Tuesday.
22,000 P2P Lawsuits in 2010!
mWomen Program.
BT has to share those pipes!
Adobe + Microsoft = Maybe.
Lock the hacked machines down!
Upgraded Soyuz heads for ISS.
Bio-Engineered Corn.
WMAP Mission Complete.
Patent Approvals.
ASCAP cuts distribution payments.
DMCA Killing Political Ads?
Set Top Box battle.
Venus Atmosphere.
History of Universe.
Apple boots P2P App.
Wifi Available at Fedex Locations again for free!

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Illegal Downloaders Do Spend More Money on Music

Posted by Andrew at 4:42 AM on November 4, 2009

The London-based think tank Demos has concluded that illegal downloaders spend more money on music. The headline figure, based on the survey of over 1000 people between 16 and 65, is that the average spend per annum on CDs or vinyl was £75 (GBP) for file-sharers compared with only £51 for all surveyed.

The notion that illegal downloaders actually spend more money on music has always had its supporters but it’s good to see that this can now be backed up with some hard data, at least for the UK. However, there’s some much more juicy information, but remember that this is representative sample of the online population, not the whole population and not just music aficionados or games players.

69% of those questioned had used official or legal sources for music such as iTunes or YouTube. Physical media still dominates purchasing with 65% having bought CDs or vinyl against 33% who purchased downloadable music.

A third had used peer-to-peer technology or search engines to find free music but only 9% actually confessed to illegal downloading. Almost everyone knew that sharing purchased music was not “fair use” but 81% of people who had purchased their music thought that “fair use” should include the ability to move the music between different players easily.

47% would be interested in a monthly subscription service with the optimum price point being £5 per month but it would have to be simple and convenient to use.

There is only a slight male bias of 57%:43% in illegal music downloading (which is far less than I would have expected) and 46% gave “because I can” as a reason for doing it. (I think in the old days, this would’ve been known as “troughing”).  Unsurprisingly, two thirds of this group also engaged in the illegal downloading of movies, games and other software.

The full “Digital Music Survey” is available to download from the Demos website and it’s a fascinating read into the state of music consumption.  Recommended.

Note for readers – as far as I’m aware and I’m not a lawyer, the UK does not currently have a “fair use” provision in its copyright legislation.

Secret copyright treaty leaks! Complete Insanity!

Posted by geeknews at 10:47 PM on November 3, 2009

28_31_4---Crime-Scene-Do-Not-Enter_webYou are not going to believe what you are about to read. Negotiations on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement start today in Seoul and some of the details of the treaty are starting to leak.

This treaty is Hollywood’s dream come true. Countries that sign the treaty would require each country to have DMCA type provisions that include some pretty incredible language.

It would require Internet users be barred from the Internet in a universal 3 strikes rule. It would require that ISP’s Police their users for copyright violations and to include user-generated content. It would include worldwide rules preventing DRM circumvention. ISP’s would have to adopt US style take-down notices.

This is not a trade agreement it is a gift to the entertainment industry. One things for sure it was a industry hack that wrote these provisions.  It is not surprising they want to stifle user-generated content and regain control of the vast media distribution system they once controlled but have pilfered.

The folks over at Boing Boing and EFF use much stronger language than I do but this secret treaty is not good for the signing countries citizens and the overall freedom of speech which we have on the Internet today.

An Article at PCWorld sums it up nicely “ISPs around the world will be forced to snoop on their subscribers and cut them off if they are found to have shared copyright-protected music on the Internet, under an international agreement being promoted by the U.S.”

GNC-2009-09-01 #507 Proud Dad Shares!

Posted by geeknews at 1:14 AM on September 1, 2009

Big weekend for my son details in my show! Bad weekend for Hilton Hawaiian Village plus we have a time capsule winner of a $50.00 gift certificate. I spend some time of the Google and Amazon digital book debate going on, looking for Ohana weigh in. We had a great round table this weekend show will be posted shortly at TechPodcasts.com as well.

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Los Angeles Fires!
Book Publishers at War.
Cafe Wifi Users Spend Money?
Google Wifi Lessons Learned.
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More predictions on what Apple will do with iPhone Carriers!
Wikipedia color code coming?
Old Version of IIS Major Hole!
300 Photoshop Resources!
Microsoft says Apple will control TV Industry?
Shuttle Arrives at ISS!
5 Million dollar bail for hacker not lowered?
Fringe stars to twitter re-run?
Death Match Leopard versus Windows 7
NFL may have no one watching due to Blackout!
Digiprotect appears to be trapping P2P users!
Recording Officials call Legislatures disgusting for supporting Fair Use!
A&E Fighting for Fair Use of Music!
Can Government jobs be cool?
Update your IE Browser feed a hungry American!
EC2 Monitor Instances Management Console.
Is College worth it in down economy?
Job Letter Dissected.
Netbook Sales Double!
Breathalyzer built into a Toyota!
OLED as cheap as printing newspaper!
Camtasia for Mac.
Telescopes in Antarctica!
Leopard Compatibility Program List!
Roz Savage headed to Tarawa!
Roz Savage on CNN!

GNC-2009-05-26 #480 Major Contest Announcement Tonight!

Posted by geeknews at 12:32 AM on May 26, 2009

Back in Hawaii great to be home. I have two major contest announcements in tonight’s show listen to win. Looking for feedback on a variety of articles tonight weigh in by calling the voice mail hotline or dropping me an email. Also making slight change to introduction we will see how that pans out.

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Air Powered Cars in our Future?
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Hadoop Sorts Petabyte in Record Time!
25 Logos with Hidden Messages
Customer Hall of Shame (Sprint)
Liquid Cooled Laptop Lap Pad
Broadcast Season down 16%
Hawaii Driver Ranking no Surprise here!
New Cherie Cast is out!

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Who will pay for Shirt Sponsorship of GNC?
AT&T 2in1 Mobile Cards buyer beware!
iPhone Art
iPhone Movie and TV shows downloads?
12vdc Car Power Device you have to have!
What will Apple announce at WWDC 09?
Hubble in all her Glory!
Hey dad I just bought a Crane!
Rotating Space Elevator is a Pipe Dream!
SanDisk crying Wolf over Moore’s Law
The New Circuit City Site!
Video Advertising is not Rocket Science?
Microsoft spending big bucks to educate you on Search Options.
MPAA dictating Fair Use which is not very Fair.
GPS Constellation not at Risk!
Shuttle safe on deck after landing in California.
Pirate Bay cannot find impartial Judge?
$170.00 ACDSee for Mac, wow what a price!
RedBull and the Cocaine Detection in Germany.
Mars Robots destroying Life on Mars?
Google Page Rank Dissected.
Verizon not good corporate citizen in rescue of missing person!

GNC-2009-05-18 #478 TWC Call at End of Show

Posted by geeknews at 10:05 PM on May 18, 2009

Official show ends 10 minutes before end of Audio file. Some bonus material after the end of the show. Lot’s to share tonight had a great weekend, hooked up with Trucker Tom we hit Fry’s and Guitar Center aka Geek Heaven. Lots of tech news tonight and congrats of course to the Hubble Heroes for their great work on Hubble!

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Hubble Heroes
Twitter and Facebook competing with Google?
AT&T Reduced iPhone Data Plans!
WiFi for your Camera
Massage chair for the brave!
Machines versus Man?
Plug guide for worldwide travelers.
FIOS from a Reseller at reduced prices!
Walmart replacing Compusa and Circuit City?
NASA tools used on Hubble
Tech IPO are back for profitable companies.
How much is your site worth if you want to sell.
Sarbanes Oaxley on chopping block?
Amazon EC2 adds automatic expansion.
Craigslist ask for Apology from S.C. Attorney General.
Seek and you shall find Twitter Users!
PowerPress plug thanks for the Mention.
Awesome Hubble Mission Pictures from Boston.com
P2P Filesharing is Fair Use?
1220 Pound Meteorite found in farmers field.
Is Gas headed to $5.00?
Windows 7 may be more expensive will you still buy it?
Lawyer in RIAA battle throws in towel after 130K in expenses.
Mac sails dip in April again!
Wolfram Alpha let me know what you find.
Toshiba sues over DVD Manufacturing.
Atlantis crew wraps up repair mission.
New Airport Rules require ID and Ticket Match.
Office 2010 already on BitTorrent sites.
Ball and Chain Study Ball :)
Relief to Drupal users in New Book.
Google tells all including your college work.
Movie Studios want ISP to admit wrong doing.