I recently had the cracked screen on my iPad replaced in a local repair shop. This is in England, and cost me GB£80. If I had got Apple to fix it the cost would have been a billion times that. I knew it wasn't a genuine Apple screen, and the glue they used to stick it all back together hasn't proved to be anything like that used by Apple, but it was very much a deliberate act on my part to not engage Apple and their stupendous pricing in getting my device repaired.
After hearing that the prime minister of New Zealand gave away $150,000,000 of public money to Warner Brothers in exchange for a toy sword so that they can be freed up to earn $3,000,000,000 from The Hobbit I think you'll agree that we shouldn't castigate Richard O'Dwyer - relative to that little bit of trickery he ranks somewhere between Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Archangel Gabriel.
Is it possible to simply apply a "Mike" filter when I'm browsing the comments on Techdirt. Every comment that starts "Mike" seems to be written by some fucking nutter who should go out and get a proper job.
As for me, I'm going to go back to the important job of stacking the cat muzzle shelf at the Glastonbury Tor gift shop.
The IQ Block Country Wordpress plugin allows you block traffic relating to a particular country. As a form of protest it would be pretty easy for people to deny visits to their website from people in Germany.
The biggest thing that comes out of those numbers is that bands who make money out of merchandise and concert tickets should absolutely love people who do p2p - they are the customers who will make the bands rich - they should do everything they can to encourage them and show they love them in every possible way. Any hint that they dislike them would directly cut into their profits.
Having briefly looked at their website I see that the NLA is a private company created by UK's eight national newspapers to protect their interests that arise from copyright law. They don't seem to have powers delegated to them by parliament. The thing that worries me is that I don't see what's stopping them from saying it's not just copyrights relating to physical newspapers - they also control rights relating to their online equivalents. And it's not just music, it could relate to any area of interest in which they publish. And why stop with PR agencies? At which point, if you Tweet the headline of an article from an online paper, then would the NLA expect to charge you for having published that Tweet?
Weirdly, Apple seem to think that if they employ some mildly clever technical bullshit to take the piss out of the judges that they will never realise. They seem to think that the army of savvy techies out there will side with them. But they are actually siding with the judges and pointing out every tiny detail of the way they are being mocked by Apple.
Everyone is getting out the popcorn waiting to see in what way the judges demonstrate their authority. And they have to - the judiciary can't tolerate being held in contempt.
But Apple's big miscalculation might be that they are turning their own customers against them. They are sabotaging the Apple brand.