I wonder if the beeb is going to support the iPhone/iPlayer?
The problem with only supporting one major platform is sometimes the market is going in a different direction.
20 posts • joined 30 Apr 2007
Neither fingerprints nor dna are as good as you might guess from watching
programs like CSI.
With fingerprints, despite being used for over 100 years, there has
never been a large scale research project that demonstrates that they are
actually unique. While there are only 2 or 3 million sets of prints held by
the police the chances of a false match are low. If the database held 60
million or more sets of prints, false matches would be far more frequent and
all would have to be examined and eliminated before trial.
The same is true to a lesser extent for DNA. The database doesn't contain
the full DNA of a person, just a small number of representitive markers.
Bad processing of a sample might shift the markers and identify the wrong
person. The more samples in the database the better the chance of a false
Why not just use credit cards?
Why on earth set up an entire system to administer ID cards (local or national) when the banks have already done so?
OK, you have to do something for people who don't or can't have credit cards, but at least government doesn't have to fund and administer the system.
Plus you get widespread electronic voting booths for free (aka cash machines :-)
The SCO Group can't stop fighting. They climbed onto the back of the tiger and if they try to get off, the tiger will eat them. Their rapidly falling stock value will surely trigger legal action from those who foolishly believed that everything claimed by Darl was true. This might get the US SEC involved.
However, what may happen first is The SCO Group will look for a white knight who likes a good scrap in court.
There are many platform neutral methods to move the data. This Microsoft deal is a problem because of DRM. The Beeb wants a supported off the shelf DRM that works on most PCs. To them this is a no brainer. But what about the future? In six months time the iPhone will be released in Europe and that (plus other similar products from other phone companies) will be a major platform for downloaded TV. How are the BBC going to support those platforms having got into bed with Microsoft?
Of course, DRM is only a problem for honest people. It is trivially worked around. If you can see and/or hear it, the DRM is already broken and all that remains is security through obscurity.
Moving the bits is trivial - they could set up an ftp or bittorrent servers and a trivial Windows GUI and it would work. The problem is, the beeb has sold its soul to the fantasy world of DRM where everybody pretends that you can stop professional "pirates" by kicking your loyal viewers in the face.
The problems with execution are
a/ you might just have the wrong person and as yet we don't know how to reliably reanimate the dead even when later found to be innocent,
b/ you create martyrs which doesn't do anything for the side of the good guys,
c/ a pretty good percentage of the insane criminals who want to drop a nuke on New York don't care about dying in the furtherance of their delusions,
d/ we are better than they are, why should we reduce our morality to that of a feudal medieval state which still hasn't broken out of the witch-burning stage of society.
You fight bad ideas with better ideas. The "war on terror" is a pointless activity because there will be an endless sequence of revenge. If any state _really_ wants to change another, be a generous, if critical, friend.
The iPhone is Apples iPod killer!
Apple knows that MP3 player hardwaee, while still a money maker, is a business that is rapidly becoming a low margin one dominated by non-name companies from Asia.
So what to do?
Obviously you create something that is an iPod plus a cellphone. At the very worst it means one less box to carry around; at best it's a brand new market where you can sell a new unit to everybody who already has an iPod and wasn't thinking of upgrading in the next couple of years.
The fact that it will probably means the death of Zune is a fortunate side effect.
As all the open formats are playable on Windows, yet few if any of the Windows DRM'ed formats are playable on other operating systems surely the correct thing to do is go for an open format.
If the deciding factor is not availability, usability etc but DRM, then the BBC is foolishly running down a blind alley.
Is there any evidence that tape or PVRs are resulting in a significant problem for the BBC? Are people who criminally keep their old VHS tapes of programs that are not available by any other means taking any money at all out of the copyright owners pockets?
As most people these days seem to have been educated by TV, the answer to the mine question is obviously 47 minutes 20 seconds.
On TV all problems are solved before the end of the hour and allowing for adverts, the rescued miners will reach the surface in around 47 minutes. Except of course for poor George. It was Georges last day down the mine. After 35 years he was retiring. But when the support broke, George held up the beam while the others escaped to safety. As the last man entered the lift Georges strength failed and he was buried under a million tons of rock.
Let's see. We are going to spend 10 or 20 billion quid on a new computer for the NHS so where do we go to buy the software. IBM? Microsoft? EDS? CA? No, let's buy the software from some unheard of company that is already on very shakey financial ground.
It must be fun buying computer stuff for the government. Doesn't matter if it works of not; doesn't matter if billions are wasted; nobody ever gets fired.
So how does that work with voting via mail, or cell phones and whatever trendy pointless schemes that may be in fashion over the years?
As for the general idea, rearrange the following words to create well known phrase that strikes fear and loathing within politicans...
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