* Posts by Patrick Archibald

7 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007

Die for Gaia, save the planet?

Patrick Archibald

Re: CO - @AC

Worstall does not state that arable land should count twice - merely that it is wrong to only count it once. You never eat all of the crop, so it is not all going straight back out as CO2. A large percentage of a field of wheat is straw and if I use that as a building material, then it can be tied up in the fabric of a house for the next 100 years.

There is a complex equation here involving the type of crop, uses of waste, impact of farming methods, etc. The problem is that everyone wants a simple equation (a x b x c) to predict the future, when what is needed is a far more complex model. By oversimplifying the model (never mind just getting it wrong), you get ridiculous or dangerous conclusions.

Banksy artwork tops £200k on eBay

Patrick Archibald

@AC - 'Banksy is a Vandal'

If Banksy wants to come and 'vandalise' my garage door (and make it worth nearly as much as my flat, I won't be complaining.

BOFH: Memory short circuit

Patrick Archibald

Network Administrator

Interestingly (or not - you choose), no paper money is legal tender in Scotland.

The Pirate Bay absconds with domain name of its nemesis

Patrick Archibald

You can't lose what you don't have

I listened with interest to a recent radio interview with a student who had recently downloaded the latest Radiohead album. Givin the option of paying as little as 50p, he chose to pay £5 for the album, which he considered a fair price; but had the album only been available on CD, for typically around £12, he would have downloaded it for nothing, as he could not afford to pay that much.

The RIAA et al. cannot claim every album downloaded by someone unable or unwilling to pay the full CD retail price as a lost sale. If the free download (or copy of a mate's CD) were not available, then many would simply not have a copy. There never was a potential sale to lose.

As for protecting the artist, if you managed stop those who will never buy the CD from enjoying the music, would they then lose interest in the band? would they then also stop buying tickets to the gigs, where the artists are increasingly making the real money? Of course, if the record companies don't get a share of the ticket receipts, that's not really their concern.

US men wrangle over three-year-old amputated leg

Patrick Archibald

The IT angle

You wanted to know the IT angle? Well, it's Joe's Adobe-style pricing policy.

But where does the Jesus Phone fit in?

Pirate Bay sues media giants for 'sabotage'

Patrick Archibald

English language defender

Defender - someone who defends.

Media defender - someone who defends media, whatever that means. Media Company Defender might be a more appropriate title for this bunch of criminals.

Media Defender Defender - someone who defends Media Defenders. That is surely actually the opposite of their intent. Perhaps they should engage their brains before trying to adopt a soundbite-friendly title.

Complaints about the quality of someone's work is not a valid excuse for stealing it. On the other hand, we live in an instant access, on demand, immediate gratification world; so if you can't provide the public with what they want, in the format they want, when they want and at a fair price, you shouldn't really be suprised if they take it for themselves.

Web contract changes are just not cricket

Patrick Archibald

The BBC may be covered...or not

As the requirement to check online regularly is clearly stated in their initial terms and conditions, you may be deemed to have agreed to that when accepting their terms. How well that might hold up in court might depend on how sweeping or fundamental any change in terms might be; but you couldn't make the same claim not to have been warned, as in the Talk America case.

On the other hand, if you include an unusual or contentious clause, buried in a long and apparently otherwise quite standard set of terms - like a requirement to look out for future, otherwise unannounced changes - that may not be accepted as fair warning.

Oh, yes - no, I'm not a lawyer, so take all of the above with a pinch of salt.


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