The Weekly Hash - September 7, 2012

A review of some of the top tech stories for the past week, with tongue planted firmly somewhere near cheek.


This Wednesday marked the 35th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1 is fitted out in classic 1970’s style including a computer with only 68kB of memory, an 8-track tape recorder and shag rugs.

Gottfrid Svartholm, co-founder of Swedish file-sharing web site Pirate Bay, was arrested in Cambodia late last week. After being arrested he demanded to see his lawyer and to make a quick visit to Ecuador’s embassy.

A new survey of 1,000 Americans found that more than half believed that stormy weather can cause cloud computing problems. They also found that 100% of those people are planning to make iPhone pie this Thanksgiving.

Earlier this week Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer predicted that 400 million Windows 8 phone and tablet devices would be sold. In response, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Ballmer to undergo a concussion evaluation.

A hacker group released the IDs of 1 million Apple devices this week after they were hacked from an FBI laptop. The FBI denied having such a list, which is hard to believe since the list contains IDs for Apple devices belonging to Jimmy Hoffa.

Amazon on Thursday announced new HD versions of it’s Kindle Fire tablet, including one with an 8.9-inch screen. They were originally going to go with a 10-inch screen, but apparently the marketers thought 8.9-inch sounded "sexier".

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