by John Moe // Posted: 06/11/10 08:17 AM
A listener wrote in to ask where online he could watch World Cup matches. Digging around a bit, I think Lifehacker’s list is a pretty complete one. As they point out, the games are subject to regional blackouts (although it’s not hard to find IP proxy hosting to get around that if you’re so inclined). Some of the sites will charge you a bit of money or require a special plug-in but it’s a lot cheaper than flying to South Africa.
Our listener points out that a lot sites out there seem to be scams to deliver malware to your computer or they’re running a phishing scam. Best to go with a name you know like the BBC or ESPN, although best also to make sure that it’s actually a URL of that media source that you’re seeing.
09/26/10 11:15 AM
There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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