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Antitrust for the RIAA August 28, 2003

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It appears as though the community of webcasters have teamed up to slap an antitrust suit on the RIAA for anti-competitive behaviour. The move comes following the increase in royalty fees and leaked information regarding a large sum of money accepted by a congressman, who forced the deal, for a trip to the Far East. source: The Register

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It’s Not Just the Poles August 28, 2003

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This summers heat waves have seen record temperatures set right across Europe but more ominously they have also made the effects of global warming more apparent. It used to be the case that the polar ice caps were melting and people maybe didn’t take it so seriously due to the removed distance. However, it now seems that large glaciers in Switzerland are melting to at an alarming rate. At first glance this may not strike home the dangers of it all but having just watched an engineering program on Discovery channel the other night about preventing flooding and curbing rising water levels in some countries, this could be disasterous for neighbouring lowlands. source: CNN.com

A Really Big Food Fight August 28, 2003

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Well I guess that somebody had to do it. It seems as though the Spanish have organised the largest food fight in history with residents and tourists to the small town of Bunol throwing spoiled fruit at each other. The event saw the streets of the town run red with tomato pulp. One can only wonder what this will trigger off next. source: CNN.com

A Sign of Things to Come August 27, 2003

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Just read this interesting snippet from Jon Udell about an idea that was passed by him for using road signs in Ireland as the basis for location-based services. Great idea and I can only wonder why our wonderfully knowledgeable government is not getting out there and doing something about it. source: Jon Udell: Bootstrapping location-based services

Buy Buy Handhelds August 27, 2003

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Interesting article suggesting (in line with current trends) that people will soon move away from standalone PDA type devices in a mass exodus towards composed handheld devices. Such devices include the O2 XDA, Nokia 9210 Communicator and so on. The idea of a smart phone is gripping people who want more and more technology in their lives. With a would-be economic down turn and such an increase in the spread of viruses one must wonder where the money to purchase such devices comes from and will people be able to manage them when they can’t even look after their current technology? source: The Register

Sobig August 27, 2003

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Just reading the latest report on the Sobig virus and warnings of possible new strains of the virus that might be seen in the very near future. I have to stop and wonder that with all the technology available to us these days and how savvy we have become; why are so many people still being infected by e-mail viruses that are so obviously suspicious emails at first glance to so many. I wrote an article for the local newspaper over a year ago on this subject and it seems as though, a year on, people are still as ignorant as ever. The spread of these viruses is mainly attributed to, in my mind, user stupidity and ignorance. A small bit of thought and vigilance when checking your mail could probably half the number of infections over night. Anyway read more on Sobig… source: CNN.com

Observations August 21, 2003

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Well for the last two days I have been out flat (due to putting my back out that is). During a two day spell while I was mostly incapacitated I got the chance to suffer some daytime television. Programmes are rubbish but the ads provoke thought. On English channels there are constant ads during the daytime hours regarding car insurance and the competition in the market. To me this is sickening because they have nothing to complain about when compared to the Irish market. It is also sickening that in a country where we have huge problems with the cost of car insurance only one ad comes to mind offering competitive quotes and the promoting company are so damn exclusive with their conditions that it’s not even worth thinking about. Just some thoughts to start the day…

Look! Guess! Monster! August 18, 2003

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Heard about this on Today FM this morning on the way to work and thanks to Rob O’Connor for reminding me to follow up the story. It seems as though the analysis of sonar data retrieved from Muckross Lake last April in Killarney (Co. Kerry) has shown the existence of a previously unknown occupant. Already christened “Muckie” somewhat like Nessie one can’t help but wonder if the scientists will be taking a back seat to the tourism officers for the next couple of years. source: (Irish Times subscription required) Irish Times

Master Blaster August 15, 2003

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Looks like the new worm that reared its ugly head on Monday is starting to cause some unease in the sector. So far it has had an astounding infection rate but experts fear that the worst may still come in the form of a supposedly scheduled DOS (Denial Of Service) attack this weekend. Read on… source: InfoWorld

Google AdSense August 12, 2003

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Old news at this stage but worth a mention again after a recent article in the Irish Times (08/08/2003: subscription only) showed that the affiliate program for Google AdSense was actually paying good dividends to small website owners. It’s a handy way of making your website work for you and generate a bit of revenue on the side… Google AdSense