# Saturday, 05 November 2005


My blog is worth $2,258.16.
How much is your blog worth?

But then I'm hardly trying!

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# Wednesday, 02 November 2005

Another one bites the dust

For Mr Blunkett it must be the end of his front line political career,

No, no, no the processology on this sort of thing is often a place in Europe...

although that was also said about Peter Mandelson.  [via BBC NEWS | Politics | Why Blunkett was under pressure]

Ah yes.

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# Tuesday, 01 November 2005

BBC Innovation Labs

Three labs are being held: one in the North West of England, one in London and one in Yorkshire & Humber.  [via Innovation Labs]

London is a region? And what are the borders of this region I wonder? Looks like a good idea though if you have a nifty idea for "Beyond the browser" as they call it - a strap line that Zeepe started using a little while ago.

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Over-hype (again)

Once in a while, I do a project whose long term implications make me want to cry [via Ben Hammersley: Hot BBC Archive Action]

Yeah well, he said a similar sort of thing about the Backstage project (which has recently, and quite rightly, taken some heavy flak for over-hype). So, here he is over-hyping a database. Possibly a moderately interesting database if you are a BBC output geek but read-only access to a database nevertheless. At least COBOL programmers had the excitement of the occasional update record.

Oh, and the screen-shot is seriously sad (in fact, it makes me want to cry).

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Be careful about (Sony) DRM CDs

Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far.  ...

The entire experience was frustrating and irritating. Not only had Sony put software on my system that uses techniques commonly used by malware to mask its presence, the software is poorly written and provides no means for uninstall. Worse, most users that stumble across the cloaked files with a RKR scan will cripple their computer if they attempt the obvious step of deleting the cloaked files.

While I believe in the media industry’s right to use copy protection mechanisms to prevent illegal copying, I don’t think that we’ve found the right balance of fair use and copy protection, yet. This is a clear case of Sony taking DRM too far.
 [via Mark's Sysinternals Blog]

An informative article - its interesting both what they can do and what you can do to find out what they have done. Its very difficult to have secrets.  

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# Monday, 31 October 2005

TSCR -> BT Cellnet -> O2 -> Telefónica

O2 agrees to Telefónica takeover.  Update: The mobile operator is recommending shareholders accept an offer worth a total of £17.7bn from the Spanish telco [via ZDNet UK News]

Wow, the days of Telecom Securicor Cellular Radio (more widely known as Cellnet) are long gone. Back then we didn't want too much market share in case the government clobbered us, we had to let Vodaphone breathe. Now, they are too small a fish to survive.

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Looks like we may be needing a new map

Atlas Pulled....  

Well, unfortunately the Atlas Project has been pulled and will not be released for VS2005 like they told us at PDC.

It is not coming until Orcas now... major let down.

 [via SteelePrice.Net]

I haven't seen this anywhere else and the Atlas Site doesn't seem to mention it - any one have any clue?

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The meaning of processology

David Blunkett.  Asked whom the Prime Minister had consulted on the David Blunkett DNA bioscience breach of Ministerial Code, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) that, as they knew he did not go into the processology of whom the Prime Minister talked... [via Downing Street Says...]

I call this out for two reasons (good day today eh?) - this word processology grabbed my attention and is therefore a good word that should get lots of use. Google for this word and you will find that it seems that it is most often used by the Downing Street Clowns (sorry, spokesman).  I have no real understanding of what it means.

And the second reason - I merely ask - how is Mr D Blunkett still in his job - how did he even get another job in the Cabinet for goodness sake. I blame Mrs Blair - if one is to believe the media (which lets face it is a huge ask) her behaviour might lead others to believe that "helping yourself" is the acceptable face of social democracy or rights with responsibilities (I am responsible for accompanying the PM, therefore I have right to grab some money?). Alternatively, they feel untouchable because they know some dark secrets. Given the dark secrets the media know and don't tell you, ones that ministers know and the media doesn't must be dark indeed.

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phil ringnalda says "No matter how popular the place where you saw it is, there's probably someone reading you who didn't see it, and wants to. Don't fear mindless link propogation quite so much, it's part of the value of weblogs."

So, if you haven't seen it, this is useful:

Leak Free Javascript Closures.  If you're confused about how closures in JavaScript cause memory leaks in Internet Explorer, this is for you: Leak Free Javascript Closures. Then, without leakage, you can write code like this: function attach() { var element = document.getElementById("my-element"); element. … [via Sjoerd Visscher's weblog]


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The thick of it

I've been running a campaign with myself to watch more UK TV because I've found that I/we are watching too much American stuff; whilst the best of US is really good (Carnivale, Roswell (2nd time round for me and it is just as funny and the kids love it), Lost, Boston Legal, West Wing, Weeds, Scrubs) it can't be healthy can it? I enjoyed Extras and Bleak House looks interesting but other than that I have been really strugglin'. The first series of The Thick of It was OK but the current series (if you can call 3 episodes of 1/2 hour a series) is, err, dreadful. Have media land lost the sense that 'comedy' is meant to be funny? I also saw the first episode of the second series of Bodies. "Hospital-drama" it was not - in the horror genre maybe (and if you viewed it as that quite effective).

I am wondering if I have missed something that would enable me to understand what is going on here. Is it the new vernacula that "challenging" means we descibed something as something else entirely? And there is another theme, both Bodies and The Thick of It are meant, at some level, to reflect the reality of their subject matter. And that is really scary - taking into account the dramtaic exaggeration - are hospitals really like that portrayed, does government really behave in the way described?

And after all of that, I have to watch the X-Factor every Saturday - ah well, at least its from the UK.


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