Ping 182: Legos & Robots, Bing search, Xbox One Domain name, Kinect spy?

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While Paul is off sewing his wild oats, we had the pleasure of being joined by Mark DeFalco. Enjoy his orange shirt!!

We made a SentryBot!  [01:37]

Bing expands auto search  [04:57]

The domain name battle  [09:02]

Is your Kinect spying on you?    [11:32]




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    Mark's orange shirt rocks, I want one.

    Also my daughter is starting college this fall and she is getting into the STEM program. I am also trying her to learn some programming for she will need it for her studies of science.

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    When I close my eyes, I see a residual image of DeFalco.

    Looking forward to Entities (Satori) showing up in the Bing Developer Center:,


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    Welcome back!

    Who doesn't love LEGO (though there isn't an S on the end, sounds very wrong when you say LEGOS)


    I'm not personally worried about the spying issue with Kinect, I know that is isn't recording everything I do at home and sending it anywhere.

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    I rushed out to the grocery store and bought some 'Funyuns' to send to you guys....then I listened to the episode again and realized that Laura said 'Funding' not 'Funyuns'.

    Glad PING isn't dead.

    (btw, I'll send you the bag of 'Funyuns' in exchange for a Channel9 guy)

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    FYI is available!

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    One day I'll actually post something to my domain, but to get around the whole .com deal I took Smiley

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    @davedBMA: Not anymore  Devil

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    It's incredibly naïve to not believe at this point that there is a high degree of likelihood that the government would use the Xbox One inappropriately and illegally. The government has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar with the revelations of the NSA spying programs. The complicity of major corporations in this spying adds to the anxiety. Privacy policies mean nothing, because the government grants immunity to companies to comply.

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    Is it just me or is PING loosing it's PING??? Some one is missing here....and things will never be the same......sadness...Laura you are only half of the circle....=(

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    @Laura10 Have you seen this article on the 97 year old MS Paint artist? Here is the video profile of the artist linked in that article.



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    I guess since Microsoft lets the NSA read email, skydrive, Skype IM, Skype calls then maybe it should just let them use the Xbox One too. After all President Obama says it's OK.

    Of course for those of us who don't live in the USA it means a foreign government is reading our email etc.

    All of this is ironic since Microsoft spends a lot of time telling Gmail users that Google is reading their mail.

    So Google and the NSA. Actually is there someone in the USA who isn't reading my mail?


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    @ponsaelius: The NSA only gets access to specific information that they have a legal order to obtain. Google, Facebook, Apple etc. all do the same as Microsoft, it seems ridiculous to single out one company for your complaint when they have all done it or does that not sit well with your foil hat?

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    @cbae:Love that!!! Thank you

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    In the end why put your stuff in the cloud.

    Give it to companies and therefore the USA government.... Or don't.

    I know companies have brain washed the young mass's into putting everything including there crimes online, Police just have to scan facebook too get their quota.from the young.

    But just don't use cloud services and they will die. They only exist because there profitable.

    We are the silly sheep. Bleet all you want.


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    , IRB wrote

    @ponsaelius: The NSA only gets access to specific information that they have a legal order to obtain. Google, Facebook, Apple etc. all do the same as Microsoft, it seems ridiculous to single out one company for your complaint when they have all done it or does that not sit well with your foil hat?

    Actually I wasn't specifically commenting about Microsoft. I wasn't even complaining. My observation was more that Microsoft have made a big issue about Gmail and Google reading mail in some of their ads. There is simply a degree of irony involved since the US government is reading everyone's mail no matter which web based email service they choose.

    If I were to raise the conversation from slightly humourous to more serious there are some side issues that are worthy of note and perhaps debate. All the services you mentioned are US companies. If you don't live in the USA then should the US government be able to read the email of people who are not US citizens without the protection of a legal framework that allows them (the foreign citizen) legal redress. In a country that said 'no taxation without representation' the sentiment that people should not be spied upon without some kind of legal rights seems to be the modern equivalent.

    The wider commercial question, now arising in European countries, is that in a era of 'cloud computing' can you trust the cloud being in the USA. In other words if Microsoft want to sell Office 365 subscriptions to non-US customers will businesses in those other countries think twice about parking their data in the USA. If trust in the security of data is lost then you might see walled country specific Internets. So customers in say Germany may be required by EU law only to allow personal and private data to be stored on servers physically in that country and IP address ranges may be restricted to prevent unauthorised data transfers. It would be a sort of data iron curtain.  

    I understand that in the USA the President is intensely relaxed about the Government reading email, tweets and facebook. However as political leaders in other countries look at a US based cloud computing environment the other 6.7 billion people on the planet may be less relaxed about the NSA trawling for 'threats to America' as defined by Congress.

    This is bit longer than I intended and a bit more serious than when I started. However maybe worth at least a thought in the minds of the corporate executives who run US business and think that this issue is merely a domestic PR problem.

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