Episode 203 - Show Notes

Episode 203

Sunday May 29, 2011 (01:14:16)


This week, Comcast sticks it to themselves, Paypal sues Google over who pays, and 3k comes your way.


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 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, Segment 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


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.

Allante Sparks


Allante - also well known as Wolff - is the newest member and co-host for PLuGHiTz Live! Radio. A gifted artist, he is usually found drawing up a character or two or sketching up whatever comes to mind. Do not think that he is not a hardcore gamer because he is about as hardcore as it gets! His favorites range from fighting games to RPGs, adventure and even a racing game here and there. Fighting games are his forte and he relays this message for all who oppose: You mess with the Wolff and you get the fangs!

XB360 - Enigmatic Wolff

PSN - Tsukuyomi_Okami

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Lisa Lampanelli Turns Westboro Baptist Church Protest Into Good

It's not every day that you can hear a story including "Westboro Baptist Church" and feel good about it. This is one of those stories. Lisa Lampanelli, the Queen of Mean, the ruler of Comedy Central Roasts and an outspoken supporter of gay rights, performed in Topeka, Kansas last weekend. For those who do not know, Topeka is the home of the hate-spewing loudmouths that call themselves a church.


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Google Is Getting Sued by Paypal Over Who Pays With Digital Wallets

It's about time our wallets and purses started to shrink a little bit and at the rate mobile payments are gaining popularity you think they would have disappeared by now. I first heard reports of industry giants like Google and PayPal approaching this with the use of NFC last October, so I am a bit surprised it took this long for a huge lawsuit to pop up. I am not surprised, however, that intense competition in the market has led to some alleged breach of contracts and employee poaching concerning two key employees who moved from PayPal to Google and took their secrets with them.

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Duke Nukem Forever Makes Gold Status, We Don't Believe It

It seems like it took 25 years for Spore to come out and about 10 or 15 to finally see the actual version of Gran Turismo 5 to hit the shelves. Well, just like its fashionably late partners before it, Duke Nukem ForNeverever has finally made gold status, which means that the production on the game itself is now completed and the master copies have been packaged up and sent out to the duplication machines to be turned from a little idea of a game into a big boy, ready-to-go-into-a-console game. Gold status really did mean something back in the day, but with the creation of online gaming and automatic updates, all it means is that now it's time to fix the bugs they didn't have time to fix before it went out to the dupe facilities.

WOW Is More Than a Virtual Prison for Some

Here is some confirmation on what WOW players have known all along. Gold farming has plagued the economies of countless servers causing inflation of goods and services as well as tempers. It's bad enough when a real player ninja loots you or steals your kill but when a gold farmer does it... that's enough to send you off the deep end. Ironically, it might be the reason they go off the deep end as well.

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Comcast to Compete With Comcast Online

Comcast this week announced their involvement in a project called Xcalibur, whose "goal is to take everything we've learned from the web and tablets and bring it right back to your TV screen... As a network-based entertainment experience, the rich TV navigation and services will eventually carry over to many other TV devices including connected TVs and game consoles." That sounds like a direct attack on Netflix and Hulu to me.


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