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Apr 17

Geek Actually Ep128 – Sith Academy

Hosted by: David McVay & Josh Philpott

This week on Geek Actually David and Josh enjoy their weekly geek out with topics including the naked politics, spider robots, Sony settling with Geohot, DARPA’s new instruments of death, glow in the dark pork, NBN retailers, new Intel mobile processors and frikken’ laser beams! So get comfy, fire up your lightsaber and prepare to join the darkside.

Geek Actually is the fusion of the old Tech Actually and Geek Actually After Show podcasts into an all new show. 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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Feedback

Listener Zedd sent us this tasty article about Spanish politics and boobs.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/15/menorcan_polititian/

Listener Tristan sent us these two gems…
The homemade Rock ’em Sock ’em Robot
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/04/not-cool-a-real-rock-em-sockem.php
and a homemade Tron board game
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmLNtynGwnw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Geek Tech

In “The Impending Robot Apocalypse News”
Remember the spider robots in the movie “Runaway”, here is a real one!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/hexapod-robot-manages-to-make-innocent-little-waves-looks-six-times-more-creepy/

Now for some real tech…
Here are some of the first NBN retailers, is your ISP here?
http://www.itwire.com/it-policy-news/government-tech-policy/46419-nbn-co-announces-big-12-retail-service-providers-tpg-missing

After months of playing chicken Geohot and Sony settle, did Sony just blink?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/playstation-hacker-geohot-settles-with-sony/

Is it just me or does the Windows 8 App Store look awfully familiar?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/windows-8-app-store-images-surface-look-about-right/

Apple has been hiring, here is some the new blood.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/apple-just-hired-the-aussie-behind-this-ad/
and http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/new-hire-brings-apples-carbon-fibre-dream-closer-to-reality/
and possibly some old blood too.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/woz-speaks-of-hypothetical-return-to-apple/

Oh DARPA, those maniacs of death have a new idea, and it is pretty cool.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/darpa’s-hologram-goggles-will-unleash-drone-hell/
and while we are talking about DARPA, they want your help.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/darpa-game-lets-you-teach-software-how-to-hunt-submarines/

And speaking of firepower, the Navy has frikken laser beams!
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/04/navys-latest-pew-pew-laser-gun.php

3D on an iOS device without glasses, possible? Why yes it might be.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/app-turns-ipad-into-3d-display-that-doesn’t-need-glasses/

Intel has a new processor for tablets, but is it too late?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/intels-tablet-answer-atom-evolved/

Kogan releases a budget Android tablet.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/kogan-finally-releases-its-android-tablet/

Geek Stuff

Huston deserves a Space Shuttle.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/houston-deserved-a-damn-space-shuttle/

The ‘Windows 7 Was My Idea’ parody – genius!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/the-death-star-was-so-my-idea/

When a Disney attraction doesn’t go to plan – Welcome to the dark side little one!
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/04/11/welcome-to-the-dark-side-little-one-video/

Here is a cause I can get behind, AT-AT for America.
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/04/atat-for-america-one-mans-plan.php

This is one way to play World of Warcraft, maybe they should try Second Life.
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/04/youre-did-it-wrong-wow-player.php

China outlaws time travel movies.
http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/165329-china-outlaws-time-travel-movies

Weird Food!

Glow in the dark pork – WTF!
http://www.slashfood.com/2011/04/13/glowing-blue-pork-found-in-china/

Biodegradable golf balls, but what are they made of?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/this-biodegradable-golf-ball-is-made-from-a-lobster/

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).

David’s Pick of the Week – comes from DeltaKnight – “SoundSnap” (for iPhone) from Black Arc Studios: $1.19.

Send in your picks of the week for next weeks show.

And finally….

A little geek history, 20 years of Linux.
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/04/10/memorable-linux-milestones-celebrating-20-years-of-linux-infographic/

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

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