* Posts by blade-runner

8 posts • joined 13 Oct 2011

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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London roads clogged...

I actually think they have a valid argument, and there are many benefits to having licensed London Taxi drivers that are properly regulated.

However I doubt anyone would notice if they tried to clog the roads, as they are pretty much in that state already...

Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Unhappy

Re: Loveflim disks by post is the killer

rant/

I was looking at various websites for movie streaming over christmas (currently get Blue Ray transcodes from a dwindling choice on newsgroups).

The problem I have found with all of them is the crap selection and poor to average picture quality.

I have worked in TV and Postproduction for most of my career and have seen the amazing leaps in quality from PAL SD to 4K digital.

It's depressing that we are going backwards these days to almost VHS quality in the home, and even more depressing that people seem happy with this.

4K cinema projectors are commonplace in movie theatres in the UK now, and the highest quality material you can buy domestically is 1080p Blue Ray.

Amazingly streaming or downloading movies seems to be mostly stuck at SD 720, with high compression.

And the choice compared to the toal number of movies available on disc is pathetic.

What is the point in ever increasing production quality by the movie, tv show makers and display manufacturers if we are all watching thumbnail sized compressed crap...

/rant

Facebook's CHAIR sat on by 1 billion people ... bitch

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where are the computer screens?

Disclosure - I am not a social networker.

The thing that struck me most about this ad was that everything in it, happened in the real world.

Real people

Real environments

Real tangible 'things'

This ad portrays how Facebook would like you to see it.

The reality of Facebook is someone sat in front of a computer screen / phone / tablet tapping away on a keyboard.

Google merging more personal data into search results

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https://www.ixquick.com/uk/aboutixquick/

Https by default, you can also look at results through their proxy too.

They don't store any info supposedly.

I do find their results a bit hit and miss sometimes though.

Inside the shadow world of commercialised spook spyware

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Black Helicopters

The Shadow Factory

This book covers the NSA's activities in good detail up to the late 2000's, including the AT&T wiretapping. It's a really good read and gives you an idea of how much the US laughs at the idea of privacy.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Factory-Ultra-Secret-Eavesdropping-America/dp/0307279391/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322747180&sr=8-1

How digital audio ate itself and the music industry

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Dolby S.

iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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You madam are a fanboy of the highest order. Well done.

Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

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ASCII art candle ?

Will there be an ASCII art candle vigil? Somehow I doubt it.

Funny how the media are not shouting to the world about this compared to the recent Apple announcement.

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