Episode 175 - Show Notes

Episode 175

Sunday Nov 14, 2010 (01:02:11)

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This week, the Dallas Cowboys blacked-out more than just a stadium, Gran Turismo 5 might actually come out and LimeWire returns from the grave.

Participants

Scott Ertz

Host

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 DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar 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 judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.

Nicholas DiMeo

Host

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

Host

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.

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New Hybrid Batteries To The Rescue?

Some would agree that batteries have fallen a little behind the times. For example, we have seen considerable improvement in power consumption in most electronic devices like netbooks and cell phones but any portable electronic device that is capable of higher performance levels, like smart-phones and quad-core laptops, won't last more than a few hours if not plugged in. And who is ever near an outlet when they really need to be?

Google Internal Memo Leaks, Raises Given to All Employees

Happy holidays, says Google! $1,000 in cash goes to all of you employees of the evil empire that is the Googleplex as a "holiday bonus" and you will also receive a 2011 salary raise of at least 10% starting January 1, 2011! Not only that, but you will also get an extra raise equal to your target bonus for the year and be eligible for bonus "merit increases" based on how awesome you do.

Call of Duty: Black Ops - Biggest Launch Ever

It is official - Call of Duty has outdone itself and Black Ops has taken the title of 'Biggest Entertainment Launch Ever' from Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops sold $360 million in its first 24 hours, approximately 5.6 million copies in North America and the UK. In comparison, Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million copies launch day.

Nintendo Trademarks History

As part of Nintendo's attempt to hold onto the past, they have filed to trademark the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong." This has raised questions from the general media about why Nintendo would do this. What I am surprised about is that people are surprised.

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W for Washington State

Have you seen the movie V for Vendetta? In the film, V runs a video message on November 5th to honor the attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This year, a hacker at Washington State decided to give November 5th a new reason to be remembered.

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Developer Hacks Kinect, Microsoft Says 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'

This week, a company founded by former MIT members issued a cash prize of $2,000 for anyone who could break into the Kinect for Xbox 360 and access the motion-sensors on the camera from another platform aside from the Xbox. The winner? A developer from the NUI Group, an open-source community of developers and programmers alike.

Chinese Are Good At Math and Supercomputing, Go Figure

The technology race doesn't just extend to companies. Just recently, the updated list of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers was released and the U.S. has been moved to the #2 spot by none other than China. Their Tianhe-1A system, courtesy of China's National University of Defense Technology in Tianjin, is capable of performing 2.67 petaflops per second. Jaguar, the Cray XT5 system at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is capable of 1.75 petaflops per second, which is still incredibly fast.

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Viacom to Sell Off Harmonix

With Rock Band 3 and Dance Central being extremely successful, it makes total sense for parent company Viacom to sell off game developer Harmonix, right? No? Well, that's what is happening in the world of Viacom.

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Dallas Cowboys Domain Expires at Worst Time Ever

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was very busy last week. His beloved Cowboys, while having the biggest and most expensive stadium in the history of the NFL, is also having the biggest flop of a season in franchise history since the 70s. He just fired his long-term head coach Wade Philips for the debacle that he is, and worst of all, at the same time he was in his ranch house in Dallas cleaning house, his domain dallascowboys.com expired.

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