Google builds the world’s biggest collection of pirated media, Yahoo gets its monthly new CEO and Microsoft adds ads to a service people are already paying for. It’s episode 29 of Technophilia: This Series of Tubes.
This week: Justin is back, meaning you get to hear some rants he’s saved up. And James is completely giving up on Windows so he installs OS X on his remaining PC using two tools: Unibeast and Multibeast. With these two tools and a legal copy of OS X Mountain Lion James claims he can get OS X working on almost any desktop PC. Try it out yourself and let us know if it works.
- Google built the largest database of pirated media, accidentally. All requested takedown links are posted on chillingeffects.org, meaning that site has now amassed huge numbers of links to pirated stuff.
- Penny Arcade is trying to go ad free by raising money directly from fans. Justin hopes alternative models like this can work; James thinks people don’t want to pay for content.
- Europe is investigating Microsoft again. James says this isn’t antitrust before admitting he doesn’t know what antitrust is.
- Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO. If anyone can turn Yahoo around it’s probably her, but we’re still skeptical.
- RIM to pay $147 million for patent violation. More bad news for the makers of the moderately intelligent phone known as Blackberry.
- We discuss the moral case for drones as outlined by a recent New York Times analysis piece. Dave is surprisingly insightful; Technophiliacs contribute some great points to the discussion.
- Eric Schmidt of Google says self driving cars will become the dominate means of travel. We discuss, and react to what listeners think.
- London 2012 bans links with negative things to say.. If you can’t link to us saying something nice, don’t link to us at all. James goes on an anti-Olympic rant.
- US Pursues Richard O’Dwyer, UK creator of TVshack.net. Why? No, seriously: why?
- A recent Penny Arcade editorial on XBox advertising outlines how crazy profitable ads are on the platform.
All this and answers to your questions.