In this week’s episode, Adrian and James discuss the takedown of Megaupload and the raid of Kim Dotcom’s “lair”. Anonymous shows what they think of the Megaupload takedown. As if you hadn’t heard enough about SOPA, over 7000 sites participated in an Internet Blackout on Wednesday Jan 18th. The repercussions of Wikipedia’s blackout were felt all across Twitter.
In the back half of the show, the Russian space program discusses a joined moon base with NASA and the ESA. In the past we’ve seen manufacturiing jobs move from the US to Asia, now we’re seeing a trend of R&D jobs moving in the same direction. Google has some detractors in India: this week they vandalize the OpenStreetMap project and have also been linked to the Mocality scandal we discussed last week. New York City takes an innovative approach to college prep: Software Engineering High School. Adrian and James both agree that they would have tried to go there if they were still in high school.
This week, Japan is so crazy! A store selling women’s clothing and accessories has decided to use an interesting ploy to draw in customers… We’ll call it “colorful language.”
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Google is caught misbehaving by Kenyan startup Mocality. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Reddit has decided to turn their SOPA Blackout into a Learn-In. A new drug has been developed that may keep you sober no matter how much you’ve had to drink. Amazon will begin collecting Indiana sales tax starting in 2014. Matt’s dream device – A virtual reality helmet that runs Android. Japan’s trend in “boob” gadgets increases. Scientists have found a way to use salmon DNA to create data storage devices that could be cheaper than their inorganic coutnerparts.
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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.
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From the Motorola Xoom to the 3DS to Star Wars Blu-Rays, we talk all things CES.
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A Florida state senator was caught looking at porn on the senate floor. A manual transmission gear sensor for use with a remote starter ensures that your car is in neutral before attempting to turn the engine over. We discuss an article written about why everyone should learn to be a hacker. The greatest, nerdiest “We’re Expecting” announcement you will ever see. Google announces the Google Apps users will get all Google services later this year. A security researcher is disclosing a rootkit for ATMs at this year’s Black Hat conference. All this plus the Fark Headline of the Week and this week’s Off-Air Discussion.
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This week, how to beat the Westboro Baptist Church. Chinese root server is shut down after DNS problem. April Fool’s Day hijinks ensues with the voice command copier prank. A French dude “fingerhacked” Obama’s Twitter account. GoDaddy ceases regitering domains in China. Introducing, the vortex junction – the next generation of roundabouts. The ISS is set to get a “Man Cave” module. A mafia boss in Italy was betrayed to the police by his Facebook account. A new trend in Carbon-14 dating in the wine world reveals that 5% of vintage wines may be frauds. Plus, the Fark Headline of the Week and a new Off-Air discussion topic.
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Sony puts a quad-SSD RAID 0 in a laptop. We discuss Conan O’Brien’s last episode on NBC. Microsoft confirms a 17 year old Windows vulnerability. The Nexus One censors your voice-to-text input. Spike Jonze released a short film about robot love. Garmin Voice Studio lets you create custom voices for your GPS device. Star Wars Galaxies shuts down 12 servers. All this and the Fark Headline of the Week and the Question of the Week.
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This week, the Dallas Cowboys continue their streak of giant screen fails. Someone found an SMB exploit that crashes Windows Vista and 7. Play Monopoly via Google Maps. Grocers will soon be able to label their produce without stickers, find out how! The 802.11n standard has finally been finalized. Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov. We talk more about TV. Lenovo is releasing a new USB keyboard based on the T400s. All this plus Dumbass Apple News, Dumbass Palm News, the Fark Headline of the Week, and the Question of the Week!
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