GeekSpeak for 2008-09-20

Geeking With Computer Voice

This week we had some fun with Apple’s voice “Alex” reading some of the station business. We also covered a bunch of news and took some calls. This is one of those episodes where we focused on having fun and secondarily informed listeners.

Report: Voting problems in several swing states - CNN.com

10 very vital swing states have significant voting problems that have not been addressed since the last election.

Those 10 states, according to Common Cause, are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Online Gamers Are Fitter Than You Think

Pale, overweight couch potatoes. That’s the stereotype of avid online computer gamers, but these joystick junkies are actually in better than average physical condition, a new US survey suggests, although they may be less healthy mentally.

IMDb Now Serving Full-Length Videos

IMDb, the Internet Movie Database and leading provider of movie and TV information on the Internet, is now offering full length films and TV episodes for streaming. In fact, it is offering over 6,000 full length films and TV episodes. Most of the content available is coming from Hulu, with a smaller portion from CBS, Sony, and independent filmmakers.

City Uses DNA to Fight Dog Poop

An Israeli city is using DNA analysis of dog droppings to reward and punish pet owners.

Experiment Boosts Hopes for Space Solar Power

A former NASA scientist has used radio waves to transmit solar power a distance of 92 miles (148 km) between two Hawaiian islands, an achievement that he says proves the technology exists to beam solar power from satellites back to Earth.

Report: Voting problems in several swing states - CNN.com

10 very vital swing states have significant voting problems that have not been addressed since the last election.

Those 10 states, according to Common Cause, are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Online Gamers Are Fitter Than You Think

Pale, overweight couch potatoes. That’s the stereotype of avid online computer gamers, but these joystick junkies are actually in better than average physical condition, a new US survey suggests, although they may be less healthy mentally.

EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the NSA and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional, and ongoing dragnet surveillance of their communications and communications records. The five individual plaintiffs are also suing President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney’s chief of staff David Addington, former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and other individuals who ordered or participated in the warrantless domestic surveillance.

The Loudness War

Guitar Hero fans find that Metallica’s Death Magnetic sounds better in the game than on the CD.

EFI-X Dongle Transforms PC to Mac without hacking

[EFI-X| http://efi-x.com/] is a USB dongle that you can plug into supported PC hardware to install an unmodified copy of OSX Leopard. Pricey and limited to a select list of hardware, it’s oriented more for enthusiasts than those looking for a cheap Apple hardware alternative.

Professor Gets $100,000 Grant to Study World of Warcraft

Informatics professor Bonnie Nardi has received a grant from the national Science Foundation to study why US gamers of World of Warcraft are far more interested in [modding| http://tinyurl.com/5rjpgq] the game than China’s larger 5 million user base.

EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the NSA and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional, and ongoing dragnet surveillance of their communications and communications records. The five individual plaintiffs are also suing President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney’s chief of staff David Addington, former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and other individuals who ordered or participated in the warrantless domestic surveillance.

Experiment Boosts Hopes for Space Solar Power

A former NASA scientist has used radio waves to transmit solar power a distance of 92 miles (148 km) between two Hawaiian islands, an achievement that he says proves the technology exists to beam solar power from satellites back to Earth.


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