LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #146

Over the past week Erie Looking Productions has unsuccessfully grappled with a massive reduction in computing power. Two computers dying within days of each other is not a good thing. An annotated round-up of links from the slush pile is presented in this post while the audio brings an old-time radio classic. With luck we'll be fully recovered operationally next week. From the slush pile: (Click "Read more" to see the links)

Open University UK adds Linux Certification to Academic Program
This relates to LPI certification.
Surviving Disaster: Japan’s Internet
"In the last few months, we’ve seen examples of how trivial it is for the Internet to be broken in Egypt and Libya. In Japan, though, despite earthquakes, tsunami, and potential nuclear reactor meltdowns, the Internet has kept streaming."
Real Media format no longer available from BBCWS
"From the end of March 2011, users of the BBC World Service website will no longer be able to watch videos or listen to audio in Real Media format. All BBC broadcasts will still be available in Windows Media and Flash."
Internet Governance Battle Heats Up as Governments Demand Greater Powers
"A simmering battle over governance of the Internet is set to take centre stage in California this week as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based non-profit corporation charged with the principal responsibility for maintaining the Internet's domain name system, holds one of its regular meetings in Silicon Valley."
Durbin and Federal Reserve Plot to Fix Prices and Harm Consumers | RedState
"So much for consumer protection! Not only can consumers not expect to see prices go down as a result of this rule, many banks are saying that they will have to 'abandon free checking and boost other charges to consumers to recover lost revenue,' (Daily Caller). Then there’s the debit card restrictions. Better find that old checkbook wallet."
The PJ Tatler » Emperor Snyder?
"Under the legislation, the Michigan Messenger reports, the governor could declare a 'financial emergency' in towns or school districts. He could then appoint a manager to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, eliminate services – and even eliminate whole cities or school districts without any public input."
Debit card spending limit? Banks consider a $50 cap - Mar. 10, 2011
Banks are considering a $50 or $100 limit on debit card purchases, as issuers look for ways to offset lost revenue under the Fed's proposed interchange fee cap.
Voices for the Library» Blog Archive » Moving and shaking
A Briton is named!
Congress told that Internet data caps will discourage piracy
"Internet data caps aren't just good at stopping congestion; they can also be useful tools for curtailing piracy."
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Global Jam: More Events, More Needed! | Canonical
"With much of this in mind, in each cycle we organize the Ubuntu Global Jam in which our global LoCo Team Community organizes local events in which Ubuntu fans gets together to work and play together. Many of these events are loose and informal; just a collection of Ubuntu enthusiasts getting together to get to know each other, contribute in different ways (e.g. testing, creating advocacy materials, development, producing art etc), and have fun."
TVNZ launches new online “social TV” channel
A response by kiwis to Current TV in the USA?
Make streaming a felony: Obama • The Register
This relates to intellectual property protections discussed at The White House.
The Volokh Conspiracy » The Copyright Tail Wags the Internet Dog: Episode 39
"'Create a right of public performance for copyright owners for sound recordings transmitted by over-the-air broadcast stations which, in part, will allow copyright owners to obtain overseas royalties that are now denied to them' [Yes, just what we need — more copyright rights!!]"
A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions -
"If you are not a home delivery subscriber, you will have free access up to a defined reading limit. If you exceed that limit, you will be asked to become a digital subscriber."
Radio Australia reinforces broadcasts to Japan
This emanates from the earthquake incident recently relative to contacting expatriates.
Langevin introduces cybersecurity bill - The Hill's Hillicon Valley
"Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) unveiled a comprehensive cybersecurity bill on Wednesday that would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to regulate the security of private networks deemed part of the nation's critical infrastructure."
Spectrum-guzzling operators will TAKE TV off THE AIR • The Register
Physical laws do still constrain those wanting "infinite" bandwidth.
Wi-Fi security befuddles clueless home users • The Register
"Two out of five UK home users don't have a clue about how to change the security settings of their home wireless network."
Time to Rethink the Broadcasting Board of Governors | The Heritage Foundation
The time has come for Congress to take a serious look at the way the U.S. government manages its international broadcasting services.
The mobile-Internet is a lifeline for people in postquake confusion | The Japan Times Online
We may not find mobile Internet access to be sufficient in the LIS world but that it exists means that it remains necessary to deal with.
Althouse: The NYT digital subscription program empowers bloggers.
"If I have a link that sends you to the NYT, and you click, you will be consuming one of your 20 freebies. You might get annoyed at me if I don't warn you. I and other bloggers, tweeters, and Facebookers will be pushing people toward the pay wall you hit when you go over 20 in a given month. So we bloggers have received something, but we will also be helping them get readers into the position where they will need to pay if they want to go into the NYT on their own."
Statistical Abstract of the United States on the Chopping Block
Very good idea to follow-up on Iris Jastram's idea to write to your member of Congress.
BBC World Service to sign funding deal with US state department
"Low six-figure investment will aim to help combat censorship of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China"
AT&T Buys T-Mobile: Great For Them, Bad For You | News & Opinion |
"Short of killing this merger entirely, I'm not sure what the government could do to maintain competition here. AT&T and T-Mobile are the only major GSM carriers; everybody else is CDMA. That means if the government forced the merged carrier to divest some markets to be picked up by someone else, the buyer of the divested markets won't be able to integrate them easily into its existing network."
Poland: New bill proposes 60% Polish music on radio
Canada has a similar rule.


In iTunes (as I found it at least) episode 146 appears as an empty – 0:00 – podcast. Listening to it here on the website worked just fine, however. I hope you're since successful in exorcising the gremlins from your computer equipment.

It might not actually be on the Erie Looking Productions end of things but may be the Drupal back-end to LISNews misbehaving. It could be a glitch on Apple's end too. The non-iTunes podcatcher I have running downloaded the episode just fine.

If iTunes is being weird, is also quite usable here:

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