44 posts • joined Monday 4th June 2007 10:58 GMT
It already exists
http://freethepostcode.org/ - All Ernest Marples did was query this, and if a postcode wasn't listed, it used the Yahoo or Google APIs to get at the data. Not rocket science, but the Royal Mail took exception to it. It was an exceptional bit of trolling that was pretty effective in opening up the debate, albeit at the expense of a few useful sites.
It seems to be a word for word copy of the response the Free PAF petition got earlier last year, as well as the letter I got from Lord Young, the minister for Postal Affairs and Employment Relations. Methinks some lackey at Number 10 has seen 'postcodes', reached for the file marked 'standard postcode rebuttal' and copied and pasted it without looking at the issues properly.
I don't think it'll be the full PAF
The dataset that's being talked about here is the Codepoint database, which ties postcodes into geographic locations (about 15 or so addresses). The PAF ties postcodes to addresses, which is exclusively owned by the Royal Mail. To be honest, I can't see Royal Mail hanging on to the PAF for much longer anyway, so it's only a matter of time before that's opened too.
How is introducing one line to a policy a 'waste of council tax payer's money'? It takes two minutes to do. Surely the bigger waste of council tax payer's money is replacing signs that repeatedly get defaced?
Unfortunately this is the case at my place of employment, we were talking about rolling out Firefox across the organisation as the main web browser, but were stopped at the last hurdle when it was discovered that a few business critical web apps were designed to work with IE6 only. Grrr.
What a surprise
Will our cryptofacist overlords stop at nothing to stomp all over our civil liberties? I'm guessing the next move is to start dismantling the upper house so they can push through any bill they damn well like. Sigh.
"Promoters of gay culture"
How on earth can you 'promote' gay culture? You're either gay or you're not. It's not a lifestyle choice and the sooner people like Rev Mullen realise that, the better.
Paris because, oh, figure it out for yourselves...
I'm really disappointed that an otherwise fantastic organisation is getting themselves involved in this tabloid overreaction of a non-story. So, Google are taking pictures of people's faces in the street and publishing them on the internet, so what? Passers by are filmed and photographed on a daily basis and their visages are beamed all over the world - are all newspapers, TV stations etc therefore evil privacy invaders too? I think not. And don't get me started on the Daily Mail's 'Burglar's Charter' angle - talk about scraping the barrel...
OK, judging by the photos, it's no Macbook Air, but for God's sake IT'S GOT A COMMODORE LOGO ON IT! Will definitely up my street cred with the retro computing commuter crowd. The beige plasticy look of it is a nice retro nod too...
I can kind of see Apple's point and I can kind of see Psystar's point. On one hand, I can understand that Apple want to protect their brand by controlling what hardware is used with their software (and making more money from hardware sales to boot), but on the other hand I think they're missing a trick - Microsoft are starting to look a bit like a lumbering giant in the OS stakes - the Vista launch was a disaster that they're only just starting to get over, and people are keen for a change - the Linux distros aren't quite there to take up the mantle, so Apple could quite easily jump in and give MS a run for their money. Whichever way the ruling goes, Apple are going to win, no doubt...
I think that comment relates more to MySpace, not Facebook...
If this project does come about, and Russell Crowe does a good job, who's to argue? If, as a result, more people become aware of the great man then it's a win win!
Although he could completely f*ck it up of course...
Knives, guns, drug dealing...
OFCOM using pathetic scare tactics to get the public on their side again I see. Yes, there are pirates out there that are involved in slightly underhand activities, but for every dodgy pirate station there are dozens more that act responsibly and provide a service to listeners who aren't catered for by the rampant commercialism of the major stations.
The FM band needs to be liberalised so you don't need a six figure bank balance to get a licence, especially with the advent of digital and online radio...
@ Anonymous Coward
Another example of how stupid the Great British Public are - people are still signing the Red Arrows petition despite the response that it's all a load of bull:
Paris, because she represents the level of intelligence that most of the petition signers posses
@ Anonymous Coward
Labour? Socialist? Don't make me laugh.
Ah, but if you display key information as images, you're making your site inaccessible to blind people who use screenreaders, therefore effectively breaking the law under the Disability Discrimination Act!
... Used to be good until Lorna Clarke got her claws into it, turning it from an exciting, vibrant station that catered for all sorts of underground 'urban' music forms into a carbon copy of Kiss. No wonder people are listening to the pirates. 1xtra's has its finger so off the pulse of urban music it doesn't even have a dedicated dubstep show.
It's one thing not to sanitise user data, but to put the ENTIRE SQL QUERY IN A URL?!?!? That's just next level stupidity right there. I'm sure you have to try to get it that wrong.
Paris, because only she'd be this dumb to get it this wrong.
Sounds good to me
As keen as I am on open source technology, I'm now tempted to buy an Eeeeeeee, as a DJ I use timecoded vinyl to play digital stuff live, and am in the market for a cheap low spec PC for when I play out. There's currently no Linux-based software that meets my needs, so this might be just what I'm looking for!
"everything the Wii is doing today, the PS2 was doing 4 years ago with the Eye Toy..."
Yes, but without any of the innovation, gameplay quality or style of Nintendo. Other than that, exactly the same.
I swear they have jammers in Tesco
No matter which Tesco I go to, in any part of the country I can never get a phone signal. It's very annoying, especially when I need to check something with She Who Must Be Obeyed. Grrrr.
Are you sure this isn't part of a much bigger forms system? Granted, it'd be a bit of a waste of time to spend ages developing a system to report a barking dog, but this could've been created by a system that creates forms on the fly so people could report fly tipping, roads problems etc, which would be very useful. Hell, I've used a similar system to report problems like the above a few times...
Football Manager 2007???!
Ah well, whatever floats your boat I guess. Personally, I find Football Management simulations to be one of the dullest genres of games ever conceived. There must be some boring people in the world, that's for sure...
If the flash player works with Opera on the Wii...
I will literally wet myself with excitement. I've never been a fan of watching the telly on my computer. I'm hoping Opera was omitted from the article by accident...
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But seriously, it's a crying shame.
The Panorama programme spent so much time harping on about the 'independence' of contributors, but neglected to mention that one of the prime contributors, one Alasdair Phillips, stands to make a lot of money from selling various gadgets and gizmos designed to 'protect' people from the menace of WiFi (See Ben Goldacre's blog entry at http://www.badscience.net/?p=418 )
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