Scripting News for 10/23/2006

10,000-plus planetary hacks. 

News.com: “Asus, Planex and QNap will include BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer technology in products such as wireless routers, media servers and network storage devices.” 

Farhad Manjoo: “The iPod can’t carry songs from one computer to another.” Amen. And the iPod is far from the ideal podcast player. It can’t receive podcasts on its own. And the DRM that’s fundamental to its design is pointless with podcasts, where the publishers encourage you to copy their work. I wonder if most people realize that about podcasting, it’s fundamentally different from the product of the music industry. 

Brier Dudley on Microsoft and RSS. 

Doc Searls lives on the west coast but feels at home on the east. Me too. 

Looks like the President is laying the groundwork for his own Cut And Run strategy in Iraq. As he prepares to wave the white flag in surrender, it all seems like a flip flop. Nahh, that’s what the Democrats do! :-) 

Seriously, imagine if we were as focused on rebuilding and defending New Orleans as we are with Iraq. What a mistake in priorities. We should be preparing for a big terrorist attack in the US too. The idea that we’re fighting them in Iraq so we don’t have to fight here is total bullshit. We’re hiding in Iraq, not fighting. And the people who are killing us and Iraqis aren’t terrorists, it’s a civil war. In many cases they’re the people we trained to be in the police and the army.  

8 responses to this post.

  1. I prefer “Cut and WIN”

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  2. Amen. Check out Merle Haggard’s “America First”. As in rebuild.

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  3. Yeah, but did you see the South American stories about Bush buying 100,000 acres of land in Paraguay? Now we know where he’s cutting and running to.

    http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B2DA7BAE4-061B-49B6-983F-3D69A4396E37%7D)&language=EN

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  4. Posted by Solo on October 23, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    Some random ipod thoughts:

    The Salon article was fluff. iPods point the way. If no one is up to Apple’s design/usability challenge then they will continue to rule. Alot of people are making Apple look good by doing mediocre stuff.

    Using an iPod to move files or to slurp music back to any computer is easy.

    Where has Sony been for the last 5 years? Refusing to let go of ATRAC. Frittering away the awesome Walkman brand on shit like the Bean. Sony, not Creative or MSoft, was the defender and they made Netscape and Palm look like fierce competitors.

    Podcasting: you guys made an innocent mistake while popularizing an awesome new medium. Calling it “netcasting” from the start would have been more neutral. Apple did a good job of making iTunes an easy way to get podcast updates (plus, even if you hate Audible, that was another win. Most mp3 players still have uneven support for the Audible format.)

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  5. >Seriously, imagine if we were as focused on rebuilding and defending New >Orleans as we are with Iraq. What a mistake in priorities. We should be p>reparing for a big terrorist attack in the US too. The idea that we’re >fighting them in Iraq so we don’t have to fight here is total bullshit. We’re >hiding in Iraq, not fighting. And the people who are killing us and Iraqis >aren’t terrorists, it’s a civil war. In many cases they’re the people we >trained to be in the police and the army.

    THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

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  6. Re the iPod. have you looked at swapping out the firmware and using RockBox? I wonder if it was a straight USB Mass Storage device it would end up being more Podcast friendly?

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  7. Posted by Solo on October 24, 2006 at 5:47 am

    What would be the top features of a more Podcast friendly MP3 player? (Other than the basic stuff already available on the iPod)

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  8. Posted by Jake on October 24, 2006 at 6:37 am

    How do you get podcasts? Do you send them to your friends and receive them from your friends? As what – email attachments? URLs?

    No, I subscribe to podcasts. If somebody told me about a podcast that I had to hear, I’d either have them send me a link or tell me the name and then I would subscribe to it.

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