Give Bob the Money
So 20 years on and there's another Band Aid song, and
quite frankly it's crap.
20 years back Bob famously said "just send the fucking
money", well that still applies, but please for the love
of god don't buy that excreble song. Buy the old one if you can
or buy pretty much anything else. Failing that, if you feel you
really have to buy the new one, do so
and destroy it.
You'd think that today's singers with their almost continuous
diet of covers would have been able to make a good fist of covering
Feed the World...
And as for Bono, it looks like Justin was right, hell my dog
could have sung that line better.
[Tue, 30 Nov 2004 22:19
This appears to have the makings of another
episode - remember that one? In a nutshell the world (and his blog)
discover that Kryptonite bike locks could be unlocked with
nothing more specialist than a Bic ballpoint pen, the big K
stuck their heads in the sand and pretty much carried on as
usual whilst their prospective customers went elsewhere. Kudos
to Kryptonite for wising up eventually and doing the right thing,
but, it took a long time.
is a rather drastic (although allegedly non-fatal) bit of law enforcement
kit. But it appears that the Taser's makers are
claiming that it's safe
whilst ignoring and apparantly misrepresenting evidence to the contrary.
Taser usage in the US
is worrying, given that a little Googling for
throws up about 14,100 results, so it's apparently not a rare event.
Inflicting a high voltage shock (even a low current one) on members
of the public is a potentially risky business (as a qualified electronic
engineer I know more than enough about electrickery. Rule 1: don't mess
with it). I can see this problem escalating.
[Tue, 30 Nov 2004 22:17
SCO: We own all your code...
So the SCO web site
has been defaced yet again. Curiously, given that they're a company
who claim to sell a secure robust OS, nobody seems to be highlighting
their negligence in running a hackable website; imagine the uproar if
this was microsoft.com...
The extent of the defacement appears to be that one of the images on
their front page has been replaced by a modified version proclaiming
"we own all your code", "pay us all your money".
As Paul Mutton
over at Netcraft, this might just be SCO being a little more simplistic
over their IP claims, but it doesn't explain why the woman has written
"hacked by realloc()" on the blackboard.
For a small company selling a niche product that very few people buy,
SCO have managed to garner quite a few column inches, especially since
that it's widely believed that they'll have burnt all their cash in the
next six months. Curiously,
their share price
has not fallen from the sky yet, have MS offered them some more cash to
keep the legal batles rolling?
[Mon, 29 Nov 2004 14:11
Hippo Birdie, Two Ewes
Mobitopia's favourite mad Jock,
hit the big Three-Oh yesterday. So a belated HB to my partner in crime at
To celebrate (or something) I went out for a beer or
seven with some old friends up in London last night.
Thanks are due to the
Open Guide to London
for suggesting the
both are splendid pubs and the latter has very sane opening
hours (09:00-01:30). Fortunately I left before kicking out
time or my head would hurt even more...
[Thu, 25 Nov 2004 13:41
No Software Patents
campaign against Software
is probably doomed to failure, but it's got to worth a try.
As a software developer - one who's made a living for the best part of
two decades from writing software - you'd think I'd be the sort of guy who
ought to benefit from software patents, but I cannot see a single way
in which they will make my life/job easier or more profitable.
[Thu, 25 Nov 2004 12:49
Review: Flat Out, Flat Broke
ISBN: 1 84425 018 0
Autobiography, author Perry McCarthy
Behind the clowning exterior of
lies a true racer, one fortunate enough to have survived racing in
Formula One with Andrea Moda's death traps, but one also unfortunate
enough to have never got the breaks his talent deserved.
Perry's made other drivers look silly in every formula
he's taken part in, usually by plain out-driving them...
If you really need any more reasons to find David Coulthard annoying,
look no further; rich kid DC took the Williams seat that Perry was also
a contender for. Now imagine Pel in a top F1 seat for a decade instead of
the humourless "this-will-be-my-year" automoton. No wonder F1
is looking boring, it badly needs folks like McCarthy.
One last thought, would Top Gear have been shown after
the watershed if The Stig's original name had been used?
[Sat, 20 Nov 2004 14:46
The Reading List
I'm starting my own here. It'll be a bit sparse to start with and I'm a
bit of a fitful reader so this is a little experimental.
I will try to provide a few lists of books (those I'm reading, those
I've read, and those I want to read) and hopefully some terse reviews of the
ones I've read, and due to the wonders of
this post should pop up to the top of my blog every time I change books
(if this behaviour proves to be too annoying, it'll be supressed).
What I really want to find is a suitable RDF schema to represent this
information in a semantically correct manner, but short term, I'm
just aiming to capture the raw data.
out All Consuming
almost does what I need, but it's not quite close enough, so I'll continue
manually for now.
Reading - The Present
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Phoenix by Bob Judd
Read - The Past
Flat Out, Flat Broke by
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark
To Read - The Future
Immediate Action by Andy McNab
[Sat, 20 Nov 2004 14:43
More popular than Rooney and Giggs
Here's a weird thing, Rafe and Ewan are more popular than
Not that weird, given that at least half the UK has a deep
loathing or at best antipathy towards Man Ure. Anyway, here's
the reasoning behind my bold popularity statement;
All About Symbian
are running with traffic levels of around 1.2 million users a
is around 1.1 million.
Man Ure are probably a tad more profitable, but maybe that's
only because AAS don't sell cheap synthetic shirts for 50 quid
[Tue, 16 Nov 2004 13:24
I'm doffing my hat to a few local heroes for a great weekend
(it's over a week back now, but better late than never). The very
least I can do is throw a dollop of
their way (if only so I can find their websites easily).
in Tankerton Road, where we had a cracking (if a little rushed)
Saturday lunch. Note to self: Go back, soon!
Then the evening degenerated into a fog of smoke, loud bangs
and alcohol thanks to Dave of
supplier of assorted electrical goods and excessive fireworks
to the gentry. His 45 minutes of noise and light were superb,
even better than last year.
[Mon, 15 Nov 2004 20:27
What's that ad about?
I don't know either! Classic bit of advertising I guess, tease the
punters to get some click through and meme propogation. I'm guessing it's
a new product or something from Sharp, but if it turns out to be some sort
of porn site I'm going to dump the ad.
Nice to see that they've got
writing the text though,
lyrical way with words is wasted on car mechanics.
[Sun, 07 Nov 2004 11:02
So to ward off the nastiest effects of the cold,
I'm sucking on a
I thought these lozenges were a curiously British phenomenon,
like Irn Bru or Cornish pasties, but
has assured me they're also very popular in Malaysia of
I can't really begin to imagine the surprise of Malaysian prawn
fisherman who'd been dumped on a trawler in a freezing North Sea,
culture shock is probably an understatement.
[Sat, 06 Nov 2004 07:56
So they've voted him back in
Apart from the incredulous reaction here - "why?" seemed to
be the most popular response to the result - things go on much the same as
Maybe the Democrats had "misunderestimed" Bush's appeal to
the god botherers in middle America? Who knows?
There's a few things that stand out, the primary one is that the US
voting system is in dire need of electoral reform (don't get me
started on the UK system which also stinks).
When one of the largest democracies in the world has an election regarded
by international electoral observers as more flawed than that of backward
third World countries, something is seriously wrong.
The electoral process needs to be accurate and just and also to be seen
as such. For example the voting machines with no audit trail provide
no proof of their accuracy, we can only surmise this is because they have
something to hide. After all, why else do the states using these
machines have a higher
discrepency rate between the exit polls and the votes declared?
The next election starts now for both parties, part of that process
must be to produce an electoral process that can be regarded as
fair to all citizens, otherwise every American has disenfranchised
themself. Wouldn't you want your vote to count?
[Sat, 06 Nov 2004 07:56
Doing the right thing
There's a great phrase much loved by Australians - "do the right
Today's the big day for many Americans. Here's to them doing the right
[Tue, 02 Nov 2004 10:52