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…is a hero.

And, for good measure:

Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert

Both Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert have returned on their respective shows, after a 3 month hiatus due to the writers’ guild strike. The biggest change? They’re running solo — no writers.

Having watched a few nights’ worth of the “new” shows, I can’t see a difference. It seems to be the exact, same comedic humor that graced the shows before, only maybe funnier. This, of course, can’t possibly help the writers’ strike, since it shows that hosts like Stewart and Colbert don’t need them.

The Writers’ Guild is unhappy about this, of course, but can you blame Stewart and Colbert? They have to make a living too, and I missed out on my Indecision 2008 coverage thanks to them. Maybe this is how it should have always been… no writers, just the funny host.

Who needs the writers?

Ars Technica has an article up comparing the feature sets of Miro and Joost. The reason for this is because Miro has recently begun a campaign comparing Joost and Miro, but the Ars article seemed to have missed the biggest point.

But Joost’s partnerships with the big boys pick up where Miro leaves off—Joost carries a number of current broadcast shows such as CBS’s fall season of Kid Nation (which several Ars staffers are huge fans of) and NUMB3RS, MTV’s Punk’d series, CNN’s Larry King Live (Miro only carries a Larry King video podcast with the “best” of his interviews for the week), and a selection of full-length films from Paramount.

Uh, I think you missed the biggest feature of Miro: RSS feed-based “TV.”

Whether it’s legal or not, the point is that you can add feeds from a site such as tvRSS (highly recommended, by the way) and get regular programming, on your computer. So, in the end, Miro’s selection is infinitely more vast than Joost’s, because of all the RSS feeds you can add.

Other people pointed this out in the forum topic discussing the article, but it amazes me that Jacqui Cheng, the author of the article, completely ignored this fact when comparing selection.