* Posts by Jasp

4 posts • joined 22 Jan 2010

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals


There is definitely still a need to be able to go right now and pick something up locally, even if you have to pay a premium for that.

It would be nice to see Maplin in a Screwfix type format. Cheaper industrial units with just a counter and no expensive high street retail space.

BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide


We have about 60 out of 140 sites on BT. We only saw 3 go down on our NMS.. 2 of them at 14:20. One of them is back up now. I think we've been lucky.

Why Bono is wrong about filesharing

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@david wilson

>>"More channels/digital downloads does offer the option of changing that, but the reasons may still apply to 'big' channels"

Good points in your post. What I was proposing was really a removal of the traditional broadcast at certain times model and a replacement with an on-demand for everything model. Primetime would then be when people picked their favourite show to watch from a list of them all.

Shows would be made available globally at the same time, if the shows are good then the figures would reflect this as it would be the viewers choice what to watch and when.

Perhaps the studio could be paid based on the percentage of viewers in a sale or return type of way. We might get rid of some of the daytime crap :)

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Convenience the key?

Piracy will never completely be eradicated, although large numbers of current pirates might be converted by the implementation of more convenient systems. Downloading certainly isn't painless. It requires sourcing the file, waiting for the download, occasional corruption, it might also require uncompression, file renaming and cataloguing.

Yes, this pain can be reduced by intelligent clients and syndication feeds, but it's certainly not perfect or accessible to the average non-techie person.

What if this process was removed and high definition TV episodes, films and music were automatically available on your set-top box or media centre at the same time as everybody else across the globe; ready to play at a time of your choosing? I'm sure this convenience would be worth a subscription to some, if not most.

Some services are getting closer to this such as Sky Player/Spotify/Netflix etc and some even have media centre plugins; but I don't think we can say that it's there yet.

In terms of TV and film, piracy will always be around until they synchronise release dates worldwide. Why should another country be a season or more behind on a TV series?


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