Show Notes for Technology and the Arts – Episode 52

Technology and the Arts – Episode 52 (10.19.2012) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air session conducted by hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney on Sept. 4, 2012. Highlights include John’s poor customer experience at TWO local Best Buys in search of a replacement for his lost FitBit, thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, a conversation about a crazy Sony patent allowing TV viewers to skip commercials at the cost of their pride and dignity, and a lot more. File size: 14.1 MB. Time: 1 hr., 1 min., 23 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Topics of Discussion:

  • John shared his poor customer experience at two local Best Buys while trying to replace his lost FitBit.
  • Brian countered with a similar experience at Walmart in trying to pick up an ION Tape Express mp3 converter, which he later determined was a terrible product.
  • Brian and John shared their thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit verdict.
  • Brian brought up a crazy Sony patent for a feature that allows TV viewers to skip a commercial by shouting out the name of the advertiser…or selling their souls, since that’s what it basically amounts to.
  • Brian talked about a ridiculous verdict and penalty in a Recording Industry Association of America music file sharing lawsuit against former college student Joel Tenenbaum. Brian also shared a Scientific American story on how the movie industry encourages piracy by not making enough popular titles available to view online or in DVD form.
  • That led to a discussion on how the Star Wars movies—among the titles not available to watch online by legal means—have been destroyed by their creator, George Lucas, over the years.
  • And Brian shared with John some must-watch episodes of modern (post 2005) Doctor Who.

Here is the complete, archived webcast…

Technology and the Arts 2.0 – Series 1, Ep. 2 (09.04.2012)