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Feb 20

Geek Actually Ep120 – The Not So Serious, Serious Show

Hosted by: David McVay & Josh Philpott

This week on the all new Geek Actually we have shoddy journalism, IBM’s Watson decimating Jeopardy, Tim Wu congratulates the NBN, Detroit gets a RoboCop statue, bacon flavoured toothpaste, geek fight club and rumour time: First of AMD for sale and second, Apple’s iPhone Nano. So sit back, grab a cold one and let’s geek out!

A new year and a new structure, Tech Actually and the Geek Actually After Show have fused like Brundlefly and been reborn simply as the all new Geek Actually. All the Tech and geek goodness that you have come to expect from the old shows wrapped up and made easier to swallow as one simple, little, tasty podcast. DeltaKnight (AKA DAvid Murray) continues to supply us with some of the geekiest stories on the web and Josh and David love to play with the tech news.

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Your show notes follow:

Geek Tech

Two Stories have come up that kind of irritate me, let’s take a look why.
First, Coca Cola’s secret recipe may have been exposed but did Gizmodo really report this well?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/coca-colas-secret-recipe-finally-revealed/

Second, leave Steve Jobs alone, you know as much as I do which is absolutely nothing!
http://forkbombr.net/apple-news-open-letter/
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/steve-jobs-has-weeks-to-live-says-the-national-enquirer/

Okay, now I have that out of my system, on with the frivolity!

Impending Robot Apocalypse News

IBM’s Watson wins the three night run on Jeopardy!
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/02/11/smartest-machine-on-earth-to-take-on-jeopardy-grand-champions/
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/ibm-jeopardy-challenge-night-1-watson-ties-for-the-lead/
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/ibm-jeopardy-challenge-night-2-watson-runs-wild/
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/ibm-jeopardy-challenge-finale-watson-is-victorious/

General Tech

Tim Wu declares our NBN revolutionary! Who the hell is Tim Wu you might ask?
http://www.zdnet.com.au/nbn-is-visionary-congratulations-wu-339309182.htm

Oh dear, more parental concerns over kids and computers… what’s new?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020706073.html

Whoops! ICE wrongfully closes down 84000 websites accused of kiddie porn.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/feds-accidentally-shut-down-84000-websites-over-wrongful-kiddie-porn-accusation/

iPhone Nano – the rumour that just won’t go away!
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-14/report-apple-working-on-less-expensive-iphones.html
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Apple-iPhone-Nano-Readying-to-Go-Report-520431/

AMD up for sale? That’s the rumour and Dell may be looking into it. True or not, it warrants discussion.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/News/248289,for-sale—amd.aspx

Geek Stuff

Detroit is getting a RoboCop statue thanks to the fans
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/imaginationstation/detroit-needs-a-statue-of-robocop

Oh My God! Nerd fight club for reals!!!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/theres-a-silicon-valley-fight-club-for-nerds/

When a marketing stunt goes way wrong, and this company wants to buy AMD???
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/dell-marketing-stunt-fails-spectacularly-two-employees-arrested/

Those whacky French! How is this not some form of prostitution?
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/02/french_rentagirlfriend_website.php

Weird Food!

Bacon Toothpaste, really?
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/02/brushin_w_bacon_baconflavored.php

Geek Picks of the Week

Every week Josh and/or I will give you our geek picks of the week, these could be anything from iPhone apps to a great sandwich recipe (more likely to be an app though).

Josh’s Picks of the week – The game “Starfront: Collision” (for iPhone) from Gameloft, download for free and unlock the full game for $8.99 with an in-app purchase. Josh also recommends “Springpad” (Universal app for iPad & iPhone) from Spring Partners and it is free. David’s pick of the week – “ProCamera” (for iPhone 4) from daemgen.net it is $3.99.

AND TO FINISH OFF, A MOMENT IN GEEK HISTORY…

Move aside James Cameron the Nazi’s made 3D movies in the 30s!
http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/02/nazi-3d/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wiredunderwire+(Blog+-+The+Underwire)

As always this episode carries an explicit tag due to possible bad language.

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