Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Show Notes 3/1/2011

Show Notes - March 1, 2011
Greetings from the world of the producer's corner yet again......
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Tonight on the show Tony Richards hosted the show along with the illustrious Mr. Frank Cotolo of Cotolo Chronicles as Joel was again on extended assignment. The usual hilarity that Frank brings to any show of course was present along with some very interesting and perhaps eye-opening revelations by the man himself when it comes to personal information on the web and what it can and cannot do in terms of harm. Tony tried playing devil's advocate for a bit and that just turned up the heat even more.
Some of the topics we covered on the show included a story about the new threat to personal privacy that facebook is about to foist on its members by allowing information such as your cell phone number, home address and a lot more potential information to third party app developers.
"Facebook will be moving forward with a controversial plan  to give third-party developers and external web sites the ability to access users' home addresses and cell phone numbers in the face of criticism from privacy experts, users, and even congressmen," the Wall Street Journal reports.
Is anybody surprised? Really? This is how Facebook rolls: Strip away a huge chunk of your privacy, cry "Our bad!" and roll it back when users and/or privacy advocates complain. Then wait awhile, and do whatever it is Facebook planned to do anyway. Stay will just get deeper and deeper.
Frank, on the other hand, pretty much said, the heck with all the fears of privacy and security worries. According to his beliefs, the people that want to get the information will most likely either already have it or will find a way to get it no matter what steps you take to protect yourself anyway so.....why get upset over it?
Tony had a slightly different perspective. While he agreed mostly in part with Frank on the access to data by those who will stop at nothing to get it, Tony pointed out that in days gone by, you cou;dn't necessarily do it in your pajamas from your bedroom over the Internet. You had to GO someplace, whether it be the library or the courthouse or some other place of record keeping in order to get it and therefore while it may have been readily available, it wasn't quite as accessible.
Points to keep in mind when using Facebook:
  • ALWAYS read the fine print where it describes what information the app will ask for. MANY people do not do this and later claim "I didn't know it gave THAT out...."
  • Whenever Facebook makes major system wide modifications, they reset ALL user settings BACK to the DEFAULT settings so some of your custom settings WILL have changed
  • ALWAYS remember that when you request to be a "friend" of someone, two things happen:
  1. They become friends of yours all your friends can request friendship of them and
  2. YOU can become friends of THEIRS and can do likewise.
Next up on the show, we talked about the Stockholm suicidebomber from Sweden and a very interesting lead in the case that came to light. It turns out that a small metal canister found near the body of the victim and which has been unexplained until now looks remarkably similar to that of devices used by cannibus users.
According to the tipster, the small metal pipe found near the body of the bomber looks very much like a pollen press, a device used to compact dried resin extracted from cannabis plants. According to the marijuana enthusiast website, a pollen press, also known as a kief press, is something "every stoner should get" as it helps turn powder from ground up marijuana plants into a "convenient and smokeable mini brick".
Today is March 1st and on this date, Iceland celebrates a rather unique holiday.
Prohibition in Iceland went into effect in 1915 and lasted, to some extent, until March 1, 1989 (since celebrated as "Beer Day"). The ban had originally prohibited all alcohol, but from 1935 onward only applied to "strong" beer (with an alcohol content of 2.25% or more)..
Following the end of prohibition, some Icelanders have celebrated Beer Day on March 1. Some people may take part in a "rĂșntur" with a few bars staying open until 4:00 a.m. the next day.The legalization of beer remains a significant cultural event in Iceland as beer has become the most popular alcoholic beverage.
Finally on the show, we talked about a new and exciting possible solution to the dreaded "Stink Bug" that has invaded our country and which came from abroad The major problem with the elimination of this pesky critter is the fact that while the bugs came here possibly in crates from lands importing produce or other goods into the USA, their natural born predators or elimination tools were left behind.

However, a team of researchers in a Delaware laboratory are thinking they have found the solution or at least a way to deal with the pesky bugs. It is a parasitic wasp from Asia. How does it work?
They are uncommonly efficient at hunting down and injecting their offspring into stink bug egg masses. In true horror-movie fashion, the larvae consume the stink bugs from the inside out. When the wasps grow into adults, they chew their way out, procreate — and go on the hunt for more stink bug eggs.
Let's hope it works before the supply of Odor eaters runs out!

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