Episode 39: If you’re reading this you are one of the few chosen by some combination of luck, geography and hard work to live a life comfortable enough to give you access to earth’s information. You are powerful.
Don’t just congratulate yourself: do something with your power. Build a website, an application. Find relevant information and share it. Hack old hardware to work for you instead of constantly buying the latest thing. Re-purpose instead of recycling. Use your knowledge to make your community a better place.
But do it later; you’re busy for the next hour, because it’s time for Technophilia 39: Talk To Your Friends for $7.
- A UK judge jailed handed out 12 weeks of jail time for posting a distasteful joke on Facebook. We discuss the free speech implications.
- Facebook lets users pay $7 to promote poss to friends. No price gets rid of the crippling loneliness you feel, sadly.
- Steve Ballmer to shareholders: “fundamental shift is underway”. Apparently they’re aiming to be devices and services, not OEM centric.
- Mysterious algorithm was 4% of trading last week. What does that mean? We’re not sure, but it sure sounds bad.
- Apple reveals secret Taiwan base. Is that really a problem?
- A shady company is putting up bad reviews on small businesses and offers to take them down. For a small fee, of course.
- Apple and Google spent more on patents than R&D last year. And patents are helping innovation how?
- No one reads the Terms of Service, ever. TOD-DR aims to facilitate that by reading them and giving them ratings. Very useful.
- HTC took a huge dive in profits, down 79% from Q3 last year. Dave makes a bad joke about James’ HTC, because he’s dumb.
- EA updates FIFA roster, rebrands Wii game as new. That’s kind of how sports games operate.
- Listener Alex lets us know about Easytag. He also wants us to clean up our ID3 tags, but James is lazy.
- Justin points out PrivacyFix, a great tool for checking your privacy settings on Facebook and Google.
All this and your questions. Listen now!
Thanks to listener Mike Calvet for letting us use his awesome music. Check him out on SoundCloud.