It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on the old blog. Partly my time has been taken up with family and partly my employer wasn’t keen on people talking publicly without channeling everything through the corporate comms department.
But, since I’ve left them (the employer, not the family) I think it’s time to start expressing my thoughts again. So watch this space!
So the Digital Economy Bill is looking like it’s going to sail through after some heavy duty lobbying. The government and the opposition seem to be in heated agreement that “something must be done!”
But, I wonder if the Digital Economy Bill goes far enough? After all if you download thousands of hours of illegally distributed music and films, your ISP might cut you off. But that merely prevents you from downloading any more.
I say, if the record industry thinks you’re downloaded a significant amount, then they can ask your electricity supplier to turn off your electricity. Then, not only would you not be able to continue downloading, but you won’t get the benefit of enjoying any ill gotten gains you’ve already downloaded!
Surely this makes sense…
Posted in Law, Tech
(Via Daily Kos.)
Of 85,532 new registered voters in the south Florida county, 56,175 were Democrats, only 9,313 were Republican. That is, 66 percent of new registration were Democratic, only 11 percent were Republican (the rest were third party and ‘no party affiliation’).
Even more incredible is the shift in the Latino voter away from the GOP. Of the 45,881 new Hispanic voters, only 7,236, or 16 percent, registered Republican. 25,907, or 56 percent, registered Democratic. The ranks of registered African American has grown by over 10 percent. And sure, Republicans picked up 80 of them, but another 22,035 of them slotted in with the Democrats.
Now, lets put this hanging-chad thing behind us, OK?
It looks like Apple has fixed my only real usability complaint with the iPhone. The password prompt was difficult to use because it was hard to tell if you’d pressed the correct key.
In this screenshot from the WWDC 2008 keynote, notice how the last character entered is shown in the prompt for a brief moment before being obscured: