On today’s show, a privacy and piracy special, because that’s not what we talk about every week anyway: Secure email services would rather than die than give up our freedoms, but the Internet’s favourite superhero Kim Dotcom steps in to save the day. Good news everybody – PirateBay has released their own browser, but its based on firefox so probably slow as crap, and finally, we’ve been rumbled – it turns out people pirate TV shows not due to regional restrictions, but because they like free stuff.
As always, the show is hosted by James Bruce, Justin Pot, and Dave LeClair, your three favorite MakeUseOf authors.
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Of course, we have the tech news:
- We’ll prevent leaks by replacing pesky humans with AI, says NSA.
- London’s trash bins now tracking your movement by scanning Wi-Fi device signals. … AND they’re shut down by the local council less than a day later.
- LavaBit secure email shuts down rather than give away user data; Silent Circle follows suit. No way to secure email at all, really. Or is there?
- PirateBay releases a PirateBrowser to get around censorship and site blocks.
- It turns out people are just pirating because they like free stuff. Sorry boys, we’ll have to think of a new because “lack of availability” just doesn’t work.
- Being widely available doesn’t stop piracy, if Breaking Bad is any indication.
- Profanity in your CSS file can break your site, at least in public libraries.
- GNUstep Kickstater aims to get Mac Apps working on other platforms.
- In New York State the law requires a paper copy of all bills for all lawmakers. Time to change that, probably.
- Ebook sales declining, possibly owing to the death of single-use e-readers in favor of distraction-filled tablets.
- Microsoft won’t require Kinect, but will still come with every system.
- Consumers are not thrilled with Xbox One’s official YouTube videos. Could be scary for the company.
- Why is Microsoft hiding some of the Xbox One’s best features behind Gold?
- Who says Microsoft doesn’t innovate? Xbox One controller might have had smello-vision, but they realised it just stank.
And as always, we have the listener feedback from out beloved fans.