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Joshua has a YouTube channel he's proud of, but he's not happy with his view counts. Leo says that view counts can lag behind on YouTube if they come in too fast. If he's actually talking about overall subscriptions and viewership, there's a misconception due to the success of videos that go viral. Viral views are an unrealistic barometer. Leo also says that we overestimate the value of a YouTube view because we don't know how YouTube counts views or how often a video is viewed multiple times. How could he make it go viral? Humor is a good method.
Dave cut the cable with Time Warner. He's now using Netflix, but he's suffering from severe a slowdown from 20MB to 0.5 MB down. Leo says that's because everyone in Dave's neighborhood is watching Netflix all at the same time. Leo also thinks that Comcast is slowing down Netflix traffic on purpose. So Time Warner cable may be doing the same thing. Leo also says that it may be Wi-Fi congestion. Try connecting a hardwire and see if the streaming improves. If it doesn't, then it's clear that Dave's internet service is being throttled.
Johnny Jet's wife gave him some Stickygrams, which are refrigerator magnets with his instagram photo on them. $14.95 for a sheet of 9 with free worldwide shipping. Leo says they're fantastic, but Johnny should try "Boomf," which are instagram pictures printed on marshmallows! Also, at the Olympics, the Canadian Olympic team has a special refrigerator filled with Molson beer that will only open if you scan your Canadian passport! Leo says that's genius marketing.
Don has been having trouble getting his email through Windows Live Mail. Some of it shows up on his Galaxy S4, but not all of it. He's learned that POP3 won't give him email on both devices. Leo says that's true, and the problem could be how Don added his account to his Galaxy S4. Don says it's a Gmail account, though. Leo says Gmail and Live mail are two different services and that explains why Don isn't getting all his email. He's only getting his Gmail.
Brett wants to know why there's a delay when he's watching TWiT through Chromecast. Leo says it's just the natural delay of compressing and steaming it out, which is normal. Brett also says it's very loud. Leo says he can just turn it down from his device that he's casting to the Chromecast.
Leo gets phone calls from scam artists trying to tell him that his computer is infected. Leo Laporte says they use the Windows Event Viewer to point out all the errors on the user's computer, saying that the PC is infected. They will charge $199 and get full access to the computer and the person's credit card. Luckily, Leo didn't let them get that far and terminated the call before they got access.
Leo says that Microsoft will never call you and you shouldn't ever fall for that scam.
Netflix premiered season 2 of "House of Cards" this week, and Leo says that streaming is the third golden age of television. Netflix streams the entire season all at once, with no commercial interruption. And they don't have to worry about audience, advertisers, or anything else; just the quality of the episode. Leo says it's better than going to the movies because you can see the development of characters and stories over a longer period than just 2 hours.
Thomas has ad blocker turned on in his Chrome browser, yet still sees ads sometimes. Leo says that ad blocker doesn't actually block all ads. It now has something called the "acceptable ad initiative," where companies can pay ad blocker to not block their ad.
The first Chinese moon rover, Jade Rabbit, has had a technical malfunction and they expect it to die in Space. They can't retract the solar panels during the 2 week lunar night, and they're afraid the batteries will die and will go away. But it has its own Twitter account, and the tweets have been kind of sad.
Dave recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 on his laptop and now he's having firewall issues. Leo says that third party security software is often incompatible with Windows firewalls, and will disable Windows firewall. If you like the job your AVS does, then let it disable it. Leo happens to think that Windows Defender and Windows Firewall does a great job and you don't really need to third party option.