We begin the show this week by briefly discussing the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and the things we know about what happened because of social media. Is this kind of social media usage good or bad? It’s hard to say.
Also this week: Dave thinks weathermen who predict a 50 percent chance of rain are just lazy (Dave is frequently wrong). Justin’s signed up for his first course on Coursera, the free online university. It’s more than videos: there’s suggested reading, writing assignments and more. Sign up now; most courses start in September and they’re all free. James built his own programmable LED cube cube with 64 blue LEDs and an arduino. It only cost $20 in parts; here it is in action:
And, as always, the headlines:
- Grum, a huge spam bot, was taken out. Should computer users with malware on their system be considered responsible?
- A UK Judge said Samsung didn’t copy the iPad because it’s “not as cool”. We’re amused, even if a Europe-wide ruling banned Samsung tablets after the fact.
- An obsessive fan sort of tracked Jay-Z’s movement using email receipts. Tip: don’t allow images by default in your email client.
- Advertising value online continues to go down. James claims he’s unaffected; our listeners
- PROTIP: Viewing in public makes the people around you uncomfortable. People need to realize their actions affect the people around them.
- OS X and iOS email client Sparrow was acquired by Google, and some users are upset.
- An entire organism simulated for first time in history. James speculates wildly about what this could mean in more complex beings.