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20 November 2007
This is an interesting article about how an average American (I'm sure it's roughly the same for the UK too) racks up millions of dollars of copyright infringement liability in an average day, even if he doesn't go near one of the much publicised file sharing networks.
It's not exactly scary, because it's never going to be enforced, but it does show just how broken the system is.
13 November 2007
08 November 2007
Baseball fans in America who have purchased videos of full games of baseball, from the MLB no less, have found that the DRM license server (which is used to ensure that only those people who have paid can see the footage) has been shut down. As a result all of those videos will now no longer play.
I think there are two key questions raised by this:
1) Will this push honest consumers more towards illegal pirate copies of games taken from HD TV recordings?
2) Why the hell would anyone want to watch a baseball game twice?
Yet again DRM proves that it makes only the honest suffer and makes people suspicious of downloadable content.
03 November 2007
08 October 2007
I've just found out that it's available on his website as a pdf. Well worth a read.
Also interesting is the wikipedia page on the story, though not until after you've read the story as it's very spoiler-heavy.
25 September 2007
I don't quite follow your thinking on the creative commons. Surely anybody using the attribution license has actually agreed to give away their work? Personally I would only license something like that if I would be proud to see it on a bus shelter.
Virgin was clearly never going to pay the users of flikr for their work, they specifically chose CC commercial-use-allowed photos. If the photo in question was originally licensed all rights reserved then it would never have been used and the photographer would have been no better off, but considerably less famous. I'm not sure where the benefit comes in that scenario.
The fault does indeed lie with the user here, no matter which way you spin it. Ignorance of the law does not excuse you from it and using a license you haven't read is just the same as signing something you don't understand - stupid, but not an excuse.
Claiming that there is no place for the creative commons is paramount to claiming that there is no place for public domain. I'd love to see you write an article explaining why we should abandon that tired old institution.
20 September 2007
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26 June 2007
One of the worst parts was the awfully drawn-out and tacked-on conversation nearing the end which only seemed to be there to explain the plot to anyone who somehow had failed to get it by then.
In fact, the hostel of the title was completely unnecessary and illogical too. Surely there's no need to build a luxurious hostel and populate it with naked super models to lure gullible americans into a kidnapping when everybody in the country seems to work for you.
There were a few scenes that were downright unpleasant to watch, which is actually a good thing in this kind of film, but most of them were somewhat spoilt by the instant recovery of the recipients who seem to possess godlike pain tolerance. Suspension of disbelief shouldn't be so necessary if a director does his job well, especially in a horror flick.
20 June 2007
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06 June 2007
A bit of a slip up there, Microsoft awards someone for writing a utility that improves their development software, then writes them a series of threatening letters because they think it's hurting their business.
Just another case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing I hope, though withdrawing a new award seems to indicate that both hands are now in sync and they've decided to go with the nasty one.
It's always frustrating when someone puts in their own time and hard work to do something that's useful for many people and get bullied into retracting it.
If we didn't have proprietary software, where would the innovation come from? People like this who are being stifled by proprietary software vendors, that's where.
05 June 2007
If the same election was carried out today I have a suspicion that Gore would walk away with it.
29 May 2007
This one, however, is a little more direct and not quite as tragic. Well... kind of.
23 May 2007
18 May 2007
Top quality scaremongering from Fox News. Obviously you should always be completely terrified of the child molesters that are stalking your kids 24-7.
They even go so far as to insinuate that child molesters might be cruising the highways, DS on their laps, just waiting for a pictochatting kid to pass them so they can follow and pounce.
So much more dangerous than, say, playing in the park or walking home from school.
Next week on Fox:
"Did you know that the air can transmit sound vibrations over distances of 300 meters? The child molesters do! Keep your kids safe from regions where air can be found."
02 May 2007
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28 February 2007
Ever wondered what an SD card looks like inside? Nor have I, but this video shows you anyway and the result is quite surprising.
You would assume that miniSD and microSD cards would cost more because they have been miniaturised using some kind of awesome technology reserved for only the smallest of flash devices. Actually, it seems they aren't all that different.
23 February 2007
This is pretty cool. It's a group of robots that can latch onto one another to form different compound robots. They have a variety of videos of different combinations to download.
As they get smaller and more agile, just think what these little fellows are capable of.
20 February 2007
I'm currently reading 1984 by George Orwell. It's a brilliant book throughout but I just came to one of those sections that you only find in the truly great books that shocked me enough to make me put it down. Here it is:
"And in the general hardening of outlook that set in round 1930, practices which had been long abandoned, in some cases for hundreds of years - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions, use of hostages and the deportation of whole populations - not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive."
He's describing the move towards the new, totalitarian states that rule his vision of a dystopia. The really scary thing is that, while reading that list, you can hardly help but think of the American Government and their war against terror.
I wonder if the Bush administration will be able to complete the list before leaving power.
06 February 2007
The best space dogfight ever seen on the small screen. Amazingly powerful and emotional when seen in the context of the series.
The day Space: Above and Beyond was cancelled was the day I completely lost faith in the American networks' ability to recognise a good show.
Losing firefly was not such a surprise after this.