Episode 86: BasementCast 3

The 3rd Annual BasementCast!  If you weren’t there, you certainly missed out!  There was a Bacon Explosion, homebrewed beer, and some interesting commentary on current events.

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Episode 81: The Rumpus Revolution!

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Apparently you can be sued for pirating a movie by the recording industry, even if you don’t own a computer or internet access – a retired woman in Germany found this out the hard way. We talk about SOPA and a workaround that could be used if SOPA is enacted. Universal Music Group shows their hand when they take down a video from Youtube that puts them in a bad light.

Ever heard an explanation of Star Wars in broken English?  This week’s “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!” shows us what that sounds like.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/81

Episode 74: Peepoo’d on the Floor

Did Netflix’s price hike kill their business?  Nope!  Chuck Testa!  The U.S. Constitution is now available in a Facebook-likeable format.  An unfortunate typo causes the hero of a romance novel to have an “accident” on his lovers floor.  Heard of the bleeoo project?  It’s an oral history of modems.  The Peepoo is a personal, single-use, self-sanitising, fully biodegradable toilet that prevents feces from contaminating the immediate area as well as the surrounding ecosystem.  Rent out your toilet to strangers using Cloo’.  Buddhist monks destroy a Muslim shrine in Sri Lanka.  Indie devs upload their own games to the Pirate Bay.  Judge rules that employees can’t be fired for Facebook complaints.  Obama admin wants hackers charged as mobsters.  Plus, Science News for the week.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/74

Episode 72: Overextending the Metaphor

We explain how to use an RJ-45 keychain amd a wall dock to never misplace your keys again.  A man uses Portal 2 as an engine to propose to his girlfriend.  Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, nothing changes. IBM builds a data drive that can back up the entire Web 60 times.  Donnie and Mark Wahlberg plan to open Wahlburger’s Burger Joint.  Google Street View team takes on the Amazon River.  Listen in to find out the 10 scariest hacks exposed at Black Hat and Defcon.  Fox delays Hulu availability, piracy surges.  CmdrTaco resigns from Slashdot.  All this and an Epic Fail, some Science News, and an “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!”

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/72

Episode 69: Monkeys + Typewriters = Space

Malware could be hidden in your smart batteries.  War texting lets hackers unlock car doors via SMS.  A Manhattan man tests the limits of the Apple Store’s hospitality.  Scientists discover that an ancient black hole contains 100,000 suns worth of water.  A new moon is discovered orbiting Pluto.  Plans are in the works to build a solar tower twice the size of the Empire State Building in Arizona.  All this, plus the Study of the Week and “Oh Asia, You So Crazy!”

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/69

Episode 35: Wyan Seacwest

This week, we tell you how to use wood glue to restore old LP records.  Six undeniable similarities between nerds and sports fans.  The Google set-top box is coming.  An angry jobless man remotely disables over 100 cars.  Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza!  C-SPAN releases a video archive.  MySpace plans to sell its user data.  We’re on the march towards underwater habitation.  Netflix cancels its recommendation contest after a privacy lawsuit.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/35

Episode 12: The Joe Montana of Episodes

Brooklynites have redefined the phrase “dumpster diving.”  Sony creates the all too literal Virtual Library for eBooks.  We discuss why linux notebook battery life still sucks.  Police try to trick hackers in New Zealand with hilarious results.  San Francisco has opened its data through datasf.org.  Also in SF, someone set up a life size Candyland.  Papa John Schnatter opens up a pizza giveaway to try to hunt down his high school camaro.  NMU, a university near our alma mater, has teamed up with Motorola to present WiMAX to its students.  We also discuss adult temper tantrums and McDonald’s new campaign to appeal to black people.  All this plus the Fark Headline of the Week and Question of the Week.

Show notes available at http://wiki.whatstherumpuspodcast.com/12