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No more phonetic greek character weirdness, same old host character weirdness.
The diary of the life and times of an average Irish guy living and working in Finland. His return to University is stage two of his ingenious plan to take over the world, cunningly disguised as self-improvement.
I was getting worried when the Texan Blogmeister was reporting icy conditions in The Lone Star State while kids here were trying to convert their sleds into paddle boats, but in the last few days the temperatures finally fell, like they should. Darn global warming.
Merry [insert seasonal/solar festival here],
Down under they seem to have the same nocturnal urnitation problems as we do here up above. The proposed solution is magical nocturnal street urinals
that disappear below street level during the day.
As we were walking home last night, a guy under a lamp started to paw at his belt. I just assumed he was going to undo his fly and let loose right below the street-light, and found I wasn't a bit shocked (he didn't).
Friends have seen much, much worse. We speculate it's the closeness to nature engendered by summers in unplumbed summer cottages that lowers the threshold for street, er, performance.
Actually the only flaw with respect to Hki is it's focus on male drinkers.
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Today is international Day Against DRM. If you're not sure what DRM is, follow the link. There's too much apathy surrounding digital rights - and far too many clueless politicians are allowing themselves to be lobbied into position by large corporations with vested interests.
"So what," you say, "so I can only listen to my iTunes how Apple lets me, big whoop - 'it prevents piracy'." I say letting The Man decide and then enforce exactly how artists can distribute and how I can appreciate their rock just doesn't roll.
It prevents piracy, true, but it also precludes a host of legitimate uses that goes well above and beyond the copyright restrictions it aims to uphold. Copyright is a rather flexible thing - copyright law grants a "fair use" license to students of the media content, or satirists for example - try explaining that to a DRM algorithm. Want to sell the records you don't like to buy new ones you do? Totally permitted under copyright (it's called "first sale"), not recognized by DRM. It fails completely to recognise next-generation copyright schemes such as Creative Commons.
Also, wise up people. You, the one who bought music on iTunes there - fancy buying a not-an-iPod any time soon? No? Your music will only play on Apple devices? So your next shiny mp3 player will be? Apple. The one after that? Right. This is called "vendor lock in". The reason everyone from Microsoft to our dear Nokia has tried to start a music store in recent years is they see Apple's DRM driven lock in and they can't believe they missed their chance.
You like mashups? I sure do. Mashups have been one of the revelations of the last few years - that dumb "users" could take media, and cut and paste it together to a professional standard to make something more than the sum of its parts was something of a shock to the media vendors. Sadly, not permitted under DRM schemes.