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  • Jun 16th, 2012 @ 12:49am

    the fear

    The core of the problem really appears not to be the blog, but the stupid way in which the Daily Record (a tabloid published only in Scotland, I've read it, it's crap, but then I think that about most newspapers) 'reported' the blogging ... THAT'S what made the staff fear for their jobs - sensationalist reporting.

    No wonder the newspapers are struggling to get the internet generation to care about their demise.

  • Jun 16th, 2012 @ 12:43am

    Re: Re: education boards

    Education is run by the local authority. The board is not elected as such, though that's not to say that there was no 'lubrication' of the procurement process by various means, but given that Argyll and Bute is a pretty small (population-wise) area of Scotland, I can't see that we going to be talking about any more than a few lunches on expenses and a round or two of golf.

  • Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:57am

    Google 'reads' your email?

    Do you really think anybody at Google personally cares to read YOUR email? How arrogant!

    Google's SYSTEM looks for patterns in the content of your emails as it displays them to you - they have to read your emails of disk to display them to you in the first place, so they might as well automatically see if there's any hints in there that you might be interested in a particular advert. Hardly a major invasion of privacy, and certainly one that isn't very costly anyway... and you never know when the right advert will turn up just when YOU need it.

  • Jan 6th, 2011 @ 12:52pm

    Re: The real article

    Further to the link the article, in case you think tl:dr, just read the first half a dozen paragraphs of the "Multiple discrepancies" section... it's doozy!

    Wakefield is clearly an idiot for thinking he wouldn't eventually be found out on this one!

  • Jan 6th, 2011 @ 12:45pm

    The real article

    ... is in the British Medical Journal (very widely respected serious peer-reviewed journal):

    Unlike the CNN article, it includes a full range of 124 citations and references.

    (about the BMJ: )

  • Jan 6th, 2011 @ 2:35am

    LEGO bricks

    They're not "legos" (grief, that was hard to write!), they're "LEGO bricks" (bricks made by the LEGO company). Using the term "one lego, two legos" is like saying "one sheep, two sheeps" - just makes you sound ignorant.

  • Sep 2nd, 2010 @ 12:44pm

    Statistics are wrecked

    But the point of the Stig is to set fast times with all the cars. Now they have to start over, because the new Stig's times won't be comparable with the old Stig's times, because we'll all know they're being set by a different driver.

    I do like the idea of a female Red Stig, however. And none of this 'blonde wig and a pair of oranges' malarkey. Let's have a real woman (most people can tell the difference in silhouette anyway!) to do the driving - the power to weight ratio is likely to be better anyway.

  • Aug 21st, 2010 @ 1:00am


    If the 'anti-counterfeiting' reason is true, then you've just wrecked it as the counterfeiters now know about the error, and can adjust their versions appropriately. And you've taught them to look out for such tricks if they hadn't spotted one before!

    Nice one, Mike ;)

  • Jun 22nd, 2010 @ 10:23am

    Re: Re:

    It's 15 years for me, and about 12 years ago I *did* consider membership of the BCS... for about 15 minutes, until I realised just how pointless it was... I've seen no need to change my opinion since then.

  • Apr 12th, 2010 @ 2:15pm

    Why would you write native apps anyway?

    In the modern world of AJAX web-apps, why would I, as a developer, choose to tie my application to the iPhone when I could have a much wider reach by being more flexible?

    The day Jobs decides to stop the iPhone being approximately standards compliant in the browser, will be the day he cripples the iPhone for good.

  • Nov 6th, 2009 @ 5:40am

    the right thing to do?

    It is clear that what BATracer were doing is a trademark violation, but given that BATracer is a free-to-play game (and therefore it is unlikely the owners are getting significant income from it, especially with a mere 2-3000 users), one has to ask if the negative publicity generated for Ferrari by the cease-and-desist behaviour is the right thing to do. Perhaps Ferrari should have suggested a low-cost (or free-as-in-beer) way for BATracer to license the marque for non-commercial purposes?

    Now wouldn't that generate *positive* publicity instead? Whilst still 'protecting the trademark'.

  • Sep 5th, 2009 @ 3:46am

    Re: Dan

    "Alright, I hereby swear to actively avoid any and all contact of NFL & MLB activities, broadcasts or description thereof including newscasts from this point on. Will that suffice?"

    Well, that seems to be where the NFL and MLB seem to want us to go... let's vote with our feet/wallets and see how they like it.

  • Apr 24th, 2009 @ 8:40am


    Most people I know leave bluetooth disabled (because of the comparatively massive power drain) unless they're specifically connecting to another device... so any virus using bluetooth as a vector will have a serious constraint over timing and opportunity of transit.

  • Apr 6th, 2009 @ 1:17pm

    You have to be good

    Quote: "It's a model that works today and works well for musicians of all stripes (though, you actually have to be good... no new model works that well for bad musicians)."

    Perhaps this is really the nub of the matter to the record companies. Whilst they hold all the promotional controls and the influence with the radio & TV, they control who gets promoted and who does not. The bands that they throw together (because they look the part) in the recording studio to make standard pop crap, are cheap to manage & produce, sell millions, earn millions for record company and earn peanuts personally (because of their lack of real contribution and contractual rape-age by the record companies).

    Is this perhaps a large part of that over-old business model that the record companies want to perpetuate? I wonder why.

    Roll on the days when real talent and an open attitude gets you the fans and support you deserve.

  • Apr 6th, 2009 @ 1:01pm


    A question regarding this proposed reversion of rights to the musician(s)... which musician(s)? Composer? Lyricist? Arranger? Recording engineer(s)? Producer(s)? Session musician(s)? Featured artist(s)?

    I include the recording engineer & producer roles because there are many cases where they have a very significant contribution to the final work - think of the likes of Phil Spector, Trevor Horn, or Stock, Aitkin & Waterman.

    Sounds like a recipe for yet another round of painful court cases... and once more, the only winners are the lawyers.

  • Mar 9th, 2009 @ 2:59pm

    Re: Copy of the document

    Better yet... send it to, that way there'll be a high chance of it being google & yahoo indexed (forget MS Live) and then it'll be even more visible than a torrent.

  • Mar 3rd, 2009 @ 5:18am

    Missing newspapers?

    I've not bought a newspaper in 15 years - ever since I discovered BBC news and (amongst others). I like reading multiple sources - I don't want a journalist's gloss and error-prone mis-writing to get in the way (which is the reason I don't rely exclusively on the BBC). Every time I've had personal involvement or close contact with a news story, I've found significant errors in what the news coverage later says. Usually errors that indicate a complete misunderstanding of the real story by the reporter(s). Finally, when you actually read a story on multiple sites, you not only get to see more viewpoints, you also get an understanding of which sites/sources are particularly lazy in their simple regurgitation of others' news print.

  • Feb 19th, 2009 @ 5:11am

    Patent hoarders and their mobile phones?

    Next time you talk to a patent hoarder or their representative, check what mobile phone or laptop or car or pen they use... they'd better use an entirely US-made one or you will have exposed one more level of their hypocrisy.

    Commerce is international, technology is international, innovation is international. No country has a monopoly on any of them. Not even the good-old US of A.

  • Feb 4th, 2009 @ 6:04am

    a reason why governments might like e-voting

    "Once again, we're left wondering why various governments keep trusting such questionable equipment?"

    this may be a tin-foil hat thought but

    ... perhaps because they know something we don't about how they might make use of the equipment and its vagaries for their own ends?

  • Jan 29th, 2009 @ 3:48am


    Unfortunately, most of the test sites seem to be flooded with activity... these tools have been mentioned on, need I say more?

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