Thursday’s Thigh High

We start shooting in five days!
I’m counting down the minutes until that autographed ZDTV t-shirt gets sold on eBay.

ENIAC, the world’s first all-electronic digital computer, was turned on on this day in 1947. So was Governor Schwarzenegger. Happy birthday Neville Longbottom, too.

  1. Francis Crick, discoverer of the structure of DNA, has died at the age of 88.

  2. Apple is calling Real Networks reverse engineering of the iTunes DRM “breaking and entering.” “We are stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod, and we are investigating the implications of their actions under the DMCA.” They also say that it’s highly unlikely that Real’s technology will work with future firmware updates.
  3. Microsoft demonstrated its “google killer” today, an all-in-one search that can find things on your hard drive as well as on the Internet. Maybe it can find the Longhorn engineers whose jobs are going to India.
  4. Intel has pushed the launch date for the 4GHz Pentium IV ahead to early 2005. Speculation is that CEO Craig Barrett was upset about missed deadlines for the Dothan and Prescott chips and wanted to make sure engineers set a date they could live with. Better to underpromise and overperform than vice versa. Meanwhile there are severe shortages for the 3.6GHz Prescott.
  5. Hackers are going after RFID tags. The tags which will be widely used in stores in place of the UPC codes, store information about the product and its price. Some experts think hackers will attempt to get better prices by modifying the tags.
  6. Get ready to spend some bucks. HardOCP’s Doom III hardware guide is out. If you want Heat Haze you’ll need a DirectX 9 capable card, otherwise a GeForce 4 MX-440 or better will do. Kyle and the gang say the game looks surprisingly good on even low-end equipment.

Listen in tomorrow at 8:35a Pacific for my weekly news commentary on KFI 640 AM in Los Angeles.

66 Replies to “Thursday’s Thigh High”

  1. Darn – I wish I had waited, as I bought the Tech TV shirt autographed by Kevin Rose, Sarah Lane, and Jessica Corbin(?).
    And the religion comment has every right to have a place on this site. It is a revelant remark, and very disturbing to me.

  2. Tony,
    Me, too. I’ve been a fan of Leo’s for quite a while, but I’ve never called in. I’m working night shift but am more than willing to wake up just to ask him a question.

  3. Hey Leo,
    You must be very busy getting ready for that first Call For Help show since you’ve really fallen behind on updating the Leo Report news as of late. I sure hope G4 down here does one smart thing and puts Call For Help back on the air. So far they’re 0 for 0 on all of there programing. Bad, very bad.

  4. Yah, if you buy software. When you buy a device it is exactly what it is. Apple doesn’t license the device out. I purchased the device it is mine. Not the patent, but the piece of machnery. I can do whatever I want to this machine especially if i want to hack it to allow interoperability as per the exculsion. Are you telling me that i bought an Ipod but its illegal to make it work with my real. Thats like buying a sony DVD player and sony telling there customer you cant use it on JVC tv’s.

  5. That is an agreement for Itunes.. NOT ipod.. i can still do whatever i want with my Ipod. John you may have a better arguement if you can paste the section of the agreement that backs you up.

  6. The ScreenSavers?????? What’s that? [Out of sight – out of mind] Game-like? I my mind G4 “lost” the game when they scuttled TechTV.
    I have NOT watched anything on G4/TechTV. Why would I want to depress myself?
    Ken
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    P.S. Can’t wait until I am called to ask my question on Call For Help – Canada….. it happens tomorrow.

  7. The ScreenSavers?????? What’s that? [Out of sight – out of mind] Game-like? In my mind G4 “lost” the game when they scuttled TechTV.
    I have NOT watched anything on G4/TechTV. Why would I want to depress myself?
    Ken
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    P.S. Can’t wait until I am called to ask my question on Call For Help – Canada….. it happens tomorrow.

  8. I envision a day when we will each have our own channel. encrypt it, and only the people you give the key can receive it, dummying it down to videophone status. otherwise its web TV and you’re the star baby! A whole new breed of search engines will find the weeks most popular appearances giving us home brewed talent without any preamble or need to spoil the funnymen of yonder era. Its going to be great if we only live to see it. Until then we’ve got Leo and we can only hope the powers that be can see. if they can’t, try as they might people can’t take your dreams. they can only prevent you from living them.

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