14 posts • joined Tuesday 30th March 2010 14:55 GMT
London - New York ...via Sydney?
I just hope it works better than their current "public transport" option when getting directions from Google Maps. Currently, Preston to Newcastle routes me via Edinburgh, whereas Lancaster to Hull requires a stop off in Birmingham.
Already there for Freesat
I've had iPlayer on my 2010 model for some months now, but via the BBC Red button, not Viera Link, and only on Freesat.
Maybe it will be rolled out on the Freeview red button soon too - although it doesn't always work particularly well, even though I rarely have any problems using iPlayer on my PC, which uses the same router.
Most pirated software is a risk, but overpricing like this just encourages piracy.
There's a reason PC games normally retail for less than console games, and that's because they have a much lower trade-in value, especially games like this that require activation. From what I've read, Blizzard are intent on screwing even more out of their Starcraft fanbois through online extras, not too mention generating advertising revenue at the same time.
Clever old Blizzard, but not for me. Much as I enjoy RTS games, I'd just feel ripped-off forking out over thirty sobs for a PC title.
The motto of the modern British tabloid
Lie through the back of your teeth and be damned.
Campaign for Real Pubs
A pal of mine recently started work as a trainee manager for one of the big pub management companies.
At his induction he was introduced to the companies branding ethos - that they want each of their pubs to be as identical as possible within each brand, and they actually see McDonalds as a role model for this.
IMHO, bland, mass produced pubs have become more of a problem nowadays than bland, mass-produced beers. Most pubs are suffering these days, but "Real Pubs" are also under attack from within their own industry.
Councils should be a bit less dedicated to safety.
Councils should be reviewing their policies regarding road safety anyway. The number of unnecessary "improvements" in my neck of the woods (pointless pedestrian crossings, unecessarily low speed limits etc) all strongly suggest the presence of dedicated road safety officers who are mostly dedicated to justifying their own existence, not to mention a mad, end of fiscal year rush to use up a dedicated road safety budget.
Perhaps they could use some of these resources to actually improve the flow of traffic for once, instead of slowing it down. We've had the safest roads in Europe for decades, and also the most congested.
He'll want it because...
.. he's probably already persuaded Cameron to relax the controls on broadcaster neutrality. Fox News, right-wing shock-jocks, and even stupider politicians, here we come.
To think, I've been boycotting Sky all these years, and the old bastard wasn't even in control of it.
Should this have ever reached the courts?
I know very little of the CPS, and what its official remit actually is. Is bringing a prosecution, purely to "make an example" of someone, a legitimate motivation for them?
Inspired by Chinese firing squads
Interesting how they boast that Big Brother cards are to be "self-financing" - I mean, it isn't as if the fee they'll charge is a stealth tax, even when they use some future terrorist atrocity as an excuse to make them compulsory.
In a similar vein, I once read that the Chinese government routinely charges relatives for the cost of bullets used to execute their loved ones.
This should concern us all
If other Western governments see Australia getting away with this, they're more likely to follow suit themselves.
All in the name of protecting children, and foiling terrorists, naturally...
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