No BS Podcast #37: The It's Time to Bring Back the Rant Edition

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No BS Podcast #37: The It's Time to Bring Back the Rant Edition

With the Cubs down two games, Tom, Gordon, Dave, and Jeremy stop trying to figure out why Lou Piniella removed Zambrano in the 6th and turn their attention to the latest tech news. This week, the gang talks about

  • The RIAA awarded $220,000
  • A possible shortage on Penryns?

We also celebrate the return of Gordon (and his rant), provide a load of tech advice, and go into the Lab to discuss terabyte drives and new benchmarking procedures.

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DamImDeadAgain

Just watched the reviews you guys mentioned from zero punctuation. They are freakin hilarious. Everyone should take a look if you haven't seen it. Didn't see the links in the show notes so here they are: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation/2304-Zero-Punctuation-Halo-3

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation/1394-Zero-Punctuation-BioShock

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation/1368-Zero-Punctuation-Psychonauts

All reviews should be like this. I don't know what they're paying this guy, but they need to double it.

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shiddelston

While I enjoyed this weeks podcast, including the rant, I think Gordon is going a little OTT on this Apple thing. He berates Jeremy for liking Apples, then bitches about spending his off-time fixing other people's computers. I'm betting they weren't Apples he was fixing.
Then he rants about Apple f***ing Jeremy over his iphone. Care to comment on the $200 plus Gordon spent on Vista? Where's the rebate on that?
Whether you like it or not, the Mac is a fine computer, and since it runs Windows natively, is a PC in every respect. Why don't you man up and do a solid comparison of say, the 8-core Mac Pro versus a Dell workstation? Or even an imac versus a comparable PC? Mac Pro had 8-core when Dell was still dreaming about it. 64-bit? Check. Cable-free hard drive connection? Right there. Alright, it might not have the best video card, but many many other things make a PC. Let PC Gamer ignore the mac.
Until you do you cannot claim to represent the MAXIMUM PC.

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Thoren

Gordon has upset a fanboi!

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shiddelston

No, not a fanboi (that name is sooo getting old anyway), just looking to see what is indeed the maximum pc. Don't you want to know?? That seems a lot more "fanboi" than simply asking for a comparison.

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Thoren

You'd think that maybe, but MaxPC has already done pc/mac head to head, and declared the 'true' PC the winner. It's customizable performance-centered platform on the PC side vs locked-down take-what-we-give-you (albeit in a fancy shiny box) from Apple.

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Messinge

I dig the theme music on yr podcast - where is it from and will the RIAA sue me for $200k if I download it from somewhere??? :-)

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Thoren

think about how much more of their profits the RIAA labels would have if they stopped wasting all this money on piracy sluething, snooping, spoofing, lawyering and suing!

They can't even be breaking even with all the money they're dumping into going after the "music pirates", who happen to be the same people who buy and listen to the music their labels produce, so what are they really gaining? A bad rep? An army of people who despise them so much that they stop buying big label music? It's beyond the point of reason, and I just wish they'd wake up to reality.

I'm not shouting "all music should be free" - because I love paying for music that I love - I'm just done paying the 47 middlemen who are tossing the leftover pittance to the actual artists.

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Thoren

That (new?) rant music made me want to rant. That having been said, it was a fairly tame rant this time, especially since its Gordon's first rant in, what, a month?

Anyway, great podcast, keep up the good work.

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soggybomb

Its still not an effective deterrent. People aren't going to not download something because somebody got their ass sued big. Their not going to download stuff illegally when music becomes more affordable without DRM (see Trent Reznor of 9 Inch Nails).

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TheMurph

I think Radiohead is a far better example -- it'll be curious to see what the average American thinks is a fair price for a sweet hunk of music.

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soggybomb

While I personally don't endorse mass illegal downloading, the hawkish procedures adopted by the RIAA are unnecessary. +$200,000 is incredulous, and they took advantage of the techno-deficient jury (i made that word up). I like to support the artist by buying their music if I like it, but these lawsuits do not motivate people to buy music. People are motivated to buy music if they really like it, not because of threats.

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TheMurph

The point of the large penalty is to deter others from similarly pirating music. It's not supposed to represent actual losses, else $9,000+ per track would have been rather absurd. Unless she was running Kazaa 24 hours a day for, say, three years or something. ;)

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