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8 posts • joined 9 Jul 2008

Google turning us into forgetful morons, warn boffins

James Downes

It was ever thus

This is just another manifestation of the diary effect. When you put something in a diary, you don't remember it, because you don't need to. So if you really don't want to forget an appointment - don't write it down.

Works for me.

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Southampton Uni shows way to a truly open web

James Downes

What about the BBC?

This isn't just an academic exercise. There are some real world uses starting to appear.

One example is the BBC who are using linked data in real live situations (e.g. 2010 World Cup site) see this blog post http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2010/07/bbc_world_cup_2010_dynamic_sem.html and are starting to move more and more to a dynamic publishing framework that is built on top of a "news" ontology.

In this way "linked news" can be based on the ontology, rather than any predetermined relationships that the content authors may define.

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Apple patent endangers unbiased product reviews

James Downes

Isn't this called Fund Management?

Don't Fund Managers just do this anyway, the more they all predict/buy the same shares the more they are rewarded when the price rises etc.

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iPad app throws TV games at your head

James Downes
Happy

A clock is not good enough

Timing from transmission is the only way to do these things because you cannot rely on everyone using the same clock. In the UK for example BBC1 on Freeview is a couple of seconds behind analogue, over Sky it will be up to 20 seconds later and Cable similarly.

Being able to sync what is on screen with the second screen is therefore molto tricky.

This looks like a good way to do it.

Whether it is a good thing or not, is a matter of taste.

Just my2p

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Experts rubbish iPhone for health use

James Downes

iPhone not good enough...

.. that'll be what the iPad's for! I can see it now, an iPad for every employee of the NHS - all paid for by us.

just my2p (it's all I've got left)

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Barclays online banking borked

James Downes

Is it still 1999?

What does it take to run a decent online banking service. This isn't 1999 we all know how to do this by now surely. There is no excuse for this, Barclays are running a service for millions of individuals and businesses and they roll out a solution that doesn't work. They must have had a contingency plan in place, mustn't they?

My small contribution twitpic.com/btcqn

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Palm Pre's inner iPhone revealed

James Downes

Inspired by California

Tha'tll be Randy California of Spirit fame no doubt

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Ryanair begins screen-scraping lawsuit

James Downes

Hats off to Bravofly

They actually managed to get Ryanair's web site to work well enough to get a price. Took my partner 4 goes, and still it failed.

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