GeekSpeak for 2011-05-21

Miles is Always Right

Lyle and Miles discuss ISP data cap, the newest version of Ubuntu Linux and a few more stories. And, of course, calls from listeners.

Amazon e-books now outselling print books

“As further proof of how digital media dominate today’s entertainment, Amazon announced Thursday that its customers now buy more e-books for its Kindle device than all print books — hardcover and paperback — combined.”

Malware on the Mac: is there cause for concern?

“Malware on the Mac: is it mostly hype or a real problem faced by real people? If you ask John Gruber, the answer might be the former—there are lots of proof-of-concept scenarios and virtually none that manifest themselves beyond a slow news day. If you ask Ed Bott, however, the answer would be the latter—he recently interviewed an AppleCare employee who claimed that the recent release of fake antivirus app ‘MAC Defender’ has caused a spike in malware reports among Mac users.”

Ubuntu - That operating system Lyle was praising

Ubuntu is a fast, secure and easy-to-use operating system used by millions of people around the world.

How a law firm tested "phantom" AT&T smartphone data use

“New attention is being paid to a class action lawsuit against AT&T. The suit claims that the company’s billing system records data use up to three times the actual use, including ‘phantom’ charges that occur when the phone is not in use. AT&T says the issue is just a misunderstanding about how data is used and billed.”

WSJ: data caps keep Netflix from "swamping the network"

“A Wall Street Journal op-ed writer and columnist this week quoted ‘the respected geek site Ars Technica’ while waxing eloquent about Internet data caps—and, rather surprisingly, he sort of agrees with us that full-on metered billing poses problems for innovation But he still likes larger data caps.”

Netflix isn't swamping the Internet

“A report issued Tuesday showing Netflix makes up a third of total Internet traffic is inaccurate enough – or at least the reports about it are inaccurate enough – to show not very many people in either the press or vendor marketing understand the network they base their business on.”

Exoplanets without a star

“Seems like every week astronomers find a new exoplanet, one that’s the biggest or the smallest or the hottest or most habitable. However, this week astronomers are announcing a truly unique and new class of exoplanets: Jupiter sized planets that are in extremely large orbits or completely unbound from a host star altogether. And there appear to be a lot of them, as these planets seem to be more common than main sequence stars.”