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. Please leave religion out of this comment board, it will stop a hellish flame war from starting.

  2. Intel is putting out a 2GHZ processor in ’05? They must REALLY be pushing dates back. Remind of any companies .:caugh:.Microsoft.:caugh:.

  3. Did anyone follow the RFID tag story? They implanted 1,000 people under the skin with the simular technology. We are moving into a world where anyone can find out every single detail about your life. I don’t know how you all feel about this but the Bible talked about implants for buying and selling over 2,000 years ago. Read Revelation. It probably isn’t the Mark, these tags aren’t, but they will most certainly be the technology leading up to the mark if it is not.
    Eric Wilson

  4. Please leave religion out of this comment board, it will stop a hellish flame war from starting.

  5. Hey Leo!
    I just got the call today to be a caller on CFH on the new show! Would it be inapropriate to ask for a signed copy of your book? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tony Huddleston

  6. On the previous post by Eric. It is a little Orwellian eh? I don’t know exactly what they can put on the RFID tags, like my personal info, but the moment I find out that somebody’s tracking just about everything I buy (with cash) I’m going to start going to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army or garage sales.
    I’m not worried about Big Brother, as long as he doesn’t move in with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 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.

  8. The story on RFID tags is flawed as prices are not stored on the tags. Can you imagine a store re-programming all tags everytime the price of a product fluctuates or goes on sale? Thats all handled by the store database system after a tag has been scanned at purchase time. A more efficient inventory method = lower cost to the consumer. By the way why do those black government helicopters keep following me?

  9. You mean Microsoft is finally trying to make a knock-off of Apple’s Sherlock? Interesting.

  10. Is there any plans to sell the new CFH to any overseas networks or is this going to be a strictly G4 TECHTV Canada show.

  11. man… if I saw that ebay auction earlier I would sure has heck placed a bid on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. “ENIAC, the world’s first all-electronic digital computer, was turned on on this day in 1947”
    ENIAC was turned on on July 3rd, 1947 not July 29th.

  13. Apple needs to get over itself and read section 1201(f) Reverse Engineering exception of the DMCA.

  14. Stealing is stealing so I think Apple has a legit claim and should take action on it. That’s like saying SCO owns unix so get over it. I don’t think so.

  15. 321 Studios Shuts Its Doors – They were fighting the good fight – but the forces of darkness sued them out of exsistance. Now we have to find a new version of the software outside of the US.

  16. Bicho6,
    Apple license agreement specific to there software. Section 11 “This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of the Apple Software licensed hereunder and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this License will be binding unless in writing and signed by Apple.”
    So if Apple did not sign approving Harmony I think section 11 puts Real in real trouble.
    Enough said.

  17. Famous Quotes
    ————-
    Ronald Reagan: “We begin bombing in five minutes.”
    Leo Laporte: “We start shooting in five days!”

  18. 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 didn’t know sign or agree to a license. 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.

  19. 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 didn’t not sign or agree to a license. 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.

  20. Sorry about the multiple post, my browser messed up. Don’t be fooled about the spin Apple is putting out there stating the reason they are pissed is they want to have the ipod remain exclusive to there software for compatability reasons. ITS JUST AN MP3, if apple it worried about Real’s music files corrupting the integrity of the Ipod people should second guess buyin it. But that is spin, Apple realizes that they own this market and they do not want to loose grip of it. If they really need something to worry about, worry about the battery life of the last Gen ipods. Instead of telling your customers to buy another one offer another option.

  21. “That’s like saying SCO owns unix so get over it.”
    John: Oh… but they do own Unix. Read up next time you flame. ๐Ÿ™‚
    “Why will Leo only be on in Canada?”
    G4TECHTV Canada brought back the show for Canadian viewers.

  22. Leo has said many times that G4TechTV Canada is marketing the show but there has been no announcements of agreements yet with any foreign networks. For the time being it looks like we canadians are the lucky ones. Darn, I will be away on vacation when the show debuts here in Canada.

  23. I saw an article about the Attorney General of Mexico and a few of his posse getting chips implanted so they could be tracked if kidnapped, and, to access high security areas in their workplace. At the end of the article, there was something about the technology being evaluated for use to verify credit card purchases.
    Anyone that would trade the potential to be tracked 24/7/365 for a little $ security (my card has a $50 dollar fraud limit) belongs in a special theatre where they play 1984 over and over and over and over again. I have no doubt that within 5 years “special discounts” will apply for tons of stuff, if you just go along with the herd and chip yourself. After that, you’ll be required to get one to get a drivers license, or insurance, etc.
    Welcome to the future, slaves…er…proles

  24. Ah Will,
    They haven’t proved that yet in court so I think you need to read up not me. It’s not the device that there upset about it is the reverse engineering of the DRM in iTunes software. There software does have a license agreement no matter what software you load. Most software does not just from Apple. Yes the hardware you buy you own and can do anything you want with it. But it takes software to make it work and your not allowed under the license agreement to modify that without Apples signed consent.

  25. What argeement john? when i purchased my ipod i signed no agreement nor did i agree to an agreement.

  26. When you start up iTunes installer for the first time there is a license agreement you must click on agree or it won’t install like millions of other software out there. Most people don’t even read what it is and just rapidly click through it. So whether you think you didn’t agree to an agreement you did or you wouldn’t have iTunes installed on your Mac. That goes for all the updates as well. Next time pay more attention when you install software and you’ll see what I mean.

  27. I noticed that the screensavers is trying to be more game like. I knew this would happen. Sad.

  28. Television, radio and the internet … move over Howard Stern, we have ourselves a new King of All Media… Leo Laporte!!!!!!111
    Looking forward to CF2!
    G’luck and thank-you.

  29. OMG, the !”ร‚ยฃ$*&^ keyboards are really screwed up in Spain.
    That longhorn search technology makes it look like they are copying Apple’s new spotlight technology! Good timing, eh???

  30. we just drove through toronto tonight… sheesh. i knew we were coming home too darn early. if i coulda forced pop to drag his feet a little longer, maybe i could have stumbled across a leo sighting and been a horribly dorky geek in canada instead of america for a change.

  31. I thought it kinda cheezie that the site with the information on “shut down D-Squared”,had a pop under for Dell Europe. Is Dell that low that they need to resort to pop unders?????

  32. Doom3 Looks nice on mid range hardware BUT does not run nice. My system an xp2500 Barton, 80gb 8mb cache HD, OCZ Premium 512 3200 ram, FX 5800 drivers tweaked for performance and doomconfig.txt file tweaked also doesn’t run it acceptably :(. FPS goes from 80-2, if there is any fancy lighting, smoke or god forbid someone trying to come and deal some unpleasantness to you 10fps on the high end. Time demo one gives me a 32fps score, doors that go from closed to magically wide open with no animation inbetween are not running anywhere near 32fps. Game is going on the shelf till an upgrade in a few months. I think some reviewers got paid off or mistook there xp3800,Nvidia 6800, 2GB systems as the low end able to run it class.

  33. Its not really hacked if your talking about the mouseover links above. He just put an onmouseover command into the url box when he posted a comment. Nothing fancy there just a simple way around the validation to get it to work.

Comments are closed.