Episode 169 - Show Notes

Episode 169

Sunday Sep 26, 2010 (01:08:18)


This week, Twitter gets exploited by a special character, Blockbuster exploits Ch.11, and FFXIV exploits us.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Nicholas DiMeo


With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!

Jon Wurm


Jon is a F5 Live co-host and UpStream contributor as well as the Chief Cash Officer of PLuGHiTz Corporation. We don't know how he wears so many hats so well or how he still finds time to feed his need for all things tech but some questions are best left unanswered. If you're up for a challenge go find him on Xbox Live @shinobiJon and if you figure him out...let us know.

Josh Henry

Host, Segment Host

Josh has come from the Brazilian wilds to bring yet another perspective on the gaming industry as well as today's up-and-coming technology. You may have seen him at GameStop over the past two years, or if you're a lover of Largo High School Productions, you have seen him up on stage doing his thing the last 4 years. On occasion, you can catch him on Xbox Live mowing down zombies in Left 4 Dead or making it rain on Madden 2010.

The Weekly UpStream

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KFC Aiming for College Girls' Asses

If your target demographic is males 18-25, where would be the best place to put advertisements for your product? Obviously on the asses of hot girls. This is exactly what KFC has done with their new guerrilla marketing campaign.


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Nifty Gifties

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Sony Ericsson Says Droid Does and Symbian Doesn't

Poor Symbian finds itself almost all alone as on September 24th a Sony Ericsson spokesperson announced that the they would no longer support the Symbian operating system and have also stopped in-house development pertaining to it. "We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system."

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Final Fantasy XIV Review

As you probably know, Jon and I got the chance to play Final Fantasy XIV and today we will give our initial review of Square Enix's newest MMO. We will be evaluating the game using several criteria including: community, the learning curve, content and graphics. A little overview of FFXIV for you guys given by Wikipedia:

News From the Tubes

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Tea Partiers Chan-ned

We all know that the tea partiers are a vocal people who attract a lot of attention to themselves, whether positive or negative. Usually when people attract a lot of attention to themselves,the Interwebz attack, often in the form of 4chan.

Facebook Knows That Imaginary Money Is The Best Kind

I would like to start off by congratulating Facebook for two reasons. One of which is registering their 500 millionth member in July this year. Whether you like them or not you can't really contest the fact that they managed this only 6 years after starting up in a dorm room back in February 2004. The other reason I want to congratulate Facebook is for another immense achievement of having an estimated "worth" of $33,000,000,000 without actually making any real money.

How Many Characters Does It Take To Exploit Twitter?

Thanks to Magnus Holm, who was the first Twitter user to exploit a simple JavaScript error, you might have received a barrage of strange tweets. Yes, even more strange than the normal ones. The tweets may have been as inert as a black background or a hyperlink to a nasty porn site. User profiles and hyperlinks were also directly affected by crazy mouse-over effects due to JavaScript injected into the page. Twitter recognizes this bug as a XSS(cross-site scripting) bug that could be exploited because Twitter did not convert its Tweets into hyperlinks correctly.

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Netflix Apologizes About Using Actors in Crowd During Launch Event, Why?

Netflix launched in Canada this week, allowing all of our brethren in the Yukon (not the SUV) to enjoy streaming videos to their heart's content. Lumberjacks and Mounties everywhere have waited long enough to have this wonderful service dance along the maple trees and into their homes, so obviously Netflix wouldn't have had a problem drumming up interest for their launch event that took place, right? Well, Netflix thought they'd need some help, so they hired actors to stand in during the event to attract attention.

Blockbuster Finally Files for Blockbusting Bankruptcy

This week, Blockbuster finally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, asking for protection against its almost $1 billion worth of debt as the video rental company tried to restructure everything. However, the company isn't closing everything down, contrary to probably every store you've seen that has liquidation signs in them. Blockbuster looks to focus on kiosks and online offerings as their main business and wants to keep just a couple of stores open.


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