18 posts • joined Friday 11th July 2008 13:22 GMT
Skype is DATA, i.e. expensive
I don't know the relevant charge rates but might not the operators make more money from Skype calls than ordinary due to higher data charges?
Also IIRC Skype talks to the servers occasionally even when just waiting for calls.
Privacy is not a Yes/No status
Privacy is a relative item, not absolute, going along a street with say a dozen people seeing you is not the same as having your picture shown to thousands or millions or people and residing in long term archives etc!
No more useless videos please
Please stop posting these video/audio items, I come here to read this sort of information, not watch or listen to it. (Crowded office, no headphones, just plain quicker as text!)
Why he has not said anything about Phorm
He has no special knowledge of Phorm so has no strong reason TO comment. Also because he is a BT executive anything he said would have special weight (politically, in the blog-sphere and even legally!) So there is a reason to NOT comment.
P.S. He has NOT come out in support, he has not come out at all.
Neither the story nor the press release (at http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/news/2008/dirtyhandsstudy.html) mention whether they looked at possible other causes than poor individual personal hygiene, such as:-
Did the people have the same hand to multi-user object contact profiles in different places? (e.g. London's Oyster card removing the need to handle money/touch a ticket machine etc)
Travel times of people (and therefore likelihood of using public loos)
Good/bad design of Public Loos (doors instead of maze entrances, cold water/bad tap design discouraging extended washing, taps you have to turn off AFTER cleaning your hands)
Were the studies done at the same time of day. (I would expect a greater chance of unclean hands during RUSH hour.)
@Jeff Rowse (about BT)
IANAL but under the "Consumer Protection from Unfair Business Practices Regulations" that came into force on 26th May 2008 it is a criminal offense (fines and/or up to 2 years in prison) to repeatedly call you for marketing/selling. You may need to tell them to stop, or to be on the TPS, to make it clear it is unwanted. Unlike previous marketing rules this even applies to companies that you have or had a business arrangement with.
It can apply both to the company AND an officer (of the company) who consented/contrived or negligently allowed the crime. It can also cover third parties if they are the one(s) who caused the breach (this would for instance apply to sellers of lists of email addresses who state that the people listed have consented to receive spam) even if this third party is not a business.
The specific wording from Schedule 1 "Commercial practices which are in all circumstances considered unfair" subsection 26 is "Making persistent and unwanted solicitations by telephone, fax, e-mail or other remote media except in circumstances and to the extent justified to enforce a contractual obligation."
See http://www.oft.gov.uk/advice_and_resources/small_businesses/competing/protection and/or http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20081277_en_5#sch1 for more details.
Good, bad and ugly, hopefully constructive.
Pretty enough if a little busy at times (but not compellingly pretty!).
Article order not changing about (very good).
The week in summary puts the section in a column to the right instead of wasting tons of vertical space as it did before (much better!).
It also does not group the articles by section (also much improved).
On the week in summary the date breaks could be more prominent (minor niggle).
Takes too much scrolling to read an article or comments (fixed width issue).
Font size is too small for my eyes, since I read each article in a new tab I have to resize every time I open an article! (You should (perhaps must under DDA?) respect the users overall font size preference and so should never have used a fixed font size, at least for the main page contents.)
It took me a couple of days to notice the multipage article page buttons (grey on grey on grey does not stand out that well. Maybe they should be blue text as that is your standard link colour?).
On a web site all direct content links should have a single common link colouration (like blue/red for unread/read) but the most read and don't miss links and the page buttons are not coloured like that. They don't even change appearance once visited.
On multipage articles there is a next button (when appropriate) but never a previous!
Borders around comment icons jar with me.
I find the new heart icon is infuriatingly twee.
"Biting the hand..." is fuzzy.
Just discovered, I cannot put extra blank lines in a comment to cause it to separate sections in it (hence the . lines above)
An older anology
The "Railways Clearing House" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_Clearing_House
Back in the days of many railway companies you could buy through tickets between many stations in the UK. You might run over several companies trains to get there. This organization would sort of the inter-company charges, at previously agreed rates, obviously this is a perfect task for a computer to do these days! The ticket was paid for at the time of purchase (when else?), and then the clearing house would be used to transfer the relevant amounts to the other companies.
There are less routes and presumably very few intermediate sections on phone calls so why can it not be done in this sort of way this day and age? I fact it should be possible for modern mobile phones to tell you immediately what the charge rate will be before it connects!
@Ronny Cook (re @Paul)
And what EULA does a book or magazine have? There is no difference in the copyright principals between them and software.
No software/book/magazine/comic/film/music recording/forum post NEEDS a EULA, the mere fact of letting you have a copy gives you the rights to use that copy. (See also "doctrine of first sale")
"How the law is applied is different in a common law jurisdiction. Not the terms you use."
Whilst it is generally true (if it is a term already in use or from a written law then it would), but what about new terms?
As a possible example of one that could currently be evolving: The use of "Piracy" in the copyright infringement situation is not a formal legal term as far as I can tell. Yet I think I have seen court cases where it has been used as if it were one. (I also have a vague recollection that it may also have crept into an (American?) law, and not as an acronym title.)
Simple reasoning really
Labour voters are generally the poorer people
Poor people like prizes/free things
If we give people prizes for voting then
more votes for Labour
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