Archive for the ‘Technology’ category

Watch what you tweet

Sunday, 21 November 2010

This post is slightly late, but around two weeks ago there were two cases in the news of people who had been arrested for posts or “tweets” they had written on the micro-blogging site Twitter. The first was an appeal against a sentence earlier this year by Paul Chambers, the man who tweeted that he […]

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How long will .co last this time?

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

I was surprised to read today that the Colombian domain .co challenges .com. The Colombian government have handed the running of the domain to a private company to realise its commercial potential. They hope that .co will replace the ubiquitous .com domain as the domain of choice for companies – or should that be companies […]

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Facebook confirm identity by mobile nuisance

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

As previously discussed, I don’t use Facebook to keep track of contacts for privacy reasons. However, it can be useful to have a Facebook account in order to make contact with and e-mail people, and also to view photo galleries when they have granted sufficiently-public access. Unfortunately, in these unenlightened times, Facebook is many people’s […]

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Facebook is a privacy nightmare

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

I don’t use Facebook, largely because I don’t like giving up control of who sees various pieces of personal data. Traditionally, an address book was a very private thing, kept securely at home. But now, with social networking sites such as Facebook, people seem happy to publish a list of their contacts on the internet. […]

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Google Mail becomes Gmail again?

Friday, 18 September 2009

Back in 2005, Google had to rename their Gmail service in the UK to “Google Mail” after losing a trademark dispute. All pages were rebranded with the new Google Mail logo, and every single reference in text on the website was also changed to Google Mail. Any new users in the UK signing up were […]

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Give us file-sharing licences

Saturday, 18 April 2009

The verdict in which a Swedish court jailed the founders The Pirate Bay site is just the latest attempt by the phonographic industries, film studios and record companies to cling on to the greedy monopoly they have over distribution of audio and visual media. The trouble is, even leaving the price of downloads aside, no […]

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eBay item info only in imperial units!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

I was recently browsing SLR camera lenses on eBay, and noticed that there is a box providing detailed information about the item for sale. As well as more technical data, it provides important figures such as the physical size and weight of the lens: important if you are going to carry it around. Unfortunately, eBay […]

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Digital TV to delay the New Year

Thursday, 1 January 2009

It has been widely reported that a leap second was added to clocks at midnight to prevent the time from drifting with respect to the Earth’s rotation. Big Ben, or more precisely the Great Clock at the Palace of Westminster, had to be adjusted in advance of the night, to ensure Big Ben chimed at […]

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Wikipedia censorship a step too far

Monday, 8 December 2008

Today, many internet service providers in the UK have censored a page on Wikipedia due to an image used on the page. The image was blacklisted by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an “independent, self-regulatory body” that aims “to minimise the availability of… child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world and criminally obscene […]

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Wikipedia: who’s copying whom?

Monday, 26 May 2008

In July 2006, another Wikipedia user left a message on my talk page to say that he had begun an article on renowned Leicester space physicist Ken Pounds, and noting that I was a Leicester physicist, invited me to contribute to the article. Although I was reluctant to write about someone I vaguely knew, the […]

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