Geek Actually Ep140 – The Hot-Can Experiment

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Hosted by: David McVay & Josh Philpott with guest Richard Gray

This week on Geek Actually, David and Josh are again joined by Richard Gray from theReelBits.com for a look at the weird and wonderful world of the geek. This week topics include the R18+ rating for games is a go in Australia, Apple’s latest operating system, a fake Apple Store in China, the LOLspeak Bible and are Microsoft and Sony teaming up? We discuss these topics and many more plus our picks of the week and a live demonstration of the self heating can of coffee. Enjoy.

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The impending Robot Apocalypse
Tristan sent this – Computers that can teach themselves scares me more than anything.
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/07/how-a-computer-beat-civilization-by-rtfm.ars

Geek News

The R18+ rating to pass into law. About friggin’ time.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/historic-agreement-on-r18-video-games-20110722-1hs78.html?from=smh_sb

Oh, South Australia. One step forward two steps back. Should Facebook be 18+?
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-could-become-adults-only-in-australia-20110722-1hrkg.html

MacOS Lion is out, Apple’s next operating system and part one of the three point update.
http://www.apple.com/au/macosx/
Is it worth the upgrade? For $31.99 you bet your ass. Plus there’s new hardware too.

And just because it is Apple’s week, Apple has officially passed Nokia to become the number one smart phone vendor.
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/21/apple-tops-nokia-to-become-worlds-top-smartphone-vendor/

Apple App Store Taiwan has a 7 day return policy. About time, now can we have it.
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/15/apple-tweaks-taiwanese-app-store-terms-to-formalize-7-day-return-policy/

Something about this Apple Store just isn’t right.
http://gizmodo.com/5822918/fake-chinese-apple-store-looks-amazingly-real/

Remember the Winklevii? Wanna know what the Dean of Harvard really thought?
http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/20/technology/summers_winklevoss_facebook.fortune/index.htm?iid=HP_LN

Is the internet affecting our memory? Researchers seem to think so.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/15/health/15memory.html?_r=3

Rumour time – What is up with Sony-Microsoft?
http://kotaku.com/5821752/why-sony-and-microsoft-teaming-up-on-their-next-console-makes-a-lot-of-sense
and then this – do they have a legit excuse or is the cat out of the bag?
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/07/sony-microsoft-com-a-defensive-domain-hold-says-microsoft/

Anonymous is launching it’s own Social Network, does anyone dare join?
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218498/Hacker_collective_Anonymous_to_launch_social_networking_site

This is genius – The Bible translated into LOLspeak.
http://www.lolcatbible.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

Wow, there are still real n00bs out there.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/07/a-man-whos-never-used-a-computer-in-his-life-tries-internet-explorer/

We’ve said it before & we’ll say it again, get outside and meet people once in awhile.
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/generation-y-so-connected-but-oh-so-lonely-survey-20110719-1hn6a.html

DIY Time

The do it yourself geek in me wants to get this. Emergency “Drill Here” stickers.
http://fffff.at/media-artist-contingency-plan/

Speaking of DIY, here is the ultimate Zombie apocalypse survival weapon.
http://artofmanliness.com/2011/07/11/how-to-make-a-survival-shotgun/

Another nerd PSA – The Zombie PSA.
http://info.break.com/break/html/sponsors/comic-con-san-diego-2011-nerd-machine/comic-con-san-diego-2011-nerd-machine.html?episode=11

A Canadian geek builds a huge cardboard R2-D2 – so cool!
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/07/giant-cardboard-r2d2.php

Man builds himself a turbine driven Batmobile – Aawww yeah!
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/07/man-builds-turbinepowered-batmobile.php

Weird Food!

The Hot-Can Experiment. This week we have a practical science project, Cafe Latte in a self heating can – live in studio.
http://hot-can.com/Australia/index2aus.html

Geek Picks of the Week

Every week David, Josh and/or DeltaKnight will give you their 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 is enjoying the new MacOS “Lion” and the “Google+” app on the iPhone (and Richard concurs). Josh is playing the Xbox Live game “Kill Team”, a Warhammer style game.

Google+ is now a free app in the Apple App Store.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/07/google-ios-app-is-now-available/

Star Wars Blu-Ray App previews the boxset’s extras.
http://www.techradar.com/news/home-cinema/high-definition/star-wars-blu-ray-extras-to-be-previewed-in-ios-app-980490

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

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