Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2006-04-18 18:40
"Philips suggests adding flags to commercial breaks to stop a viewer from changing channels until the adverts are over. The flags could also be recognised by digital video recorders, which would then disable the fast forward control while the ads are playing."
Yet another reason why watching TV through something that doesn't have MHEG support is a good idea.
Bets on how long before that becomes illegal?
(Besides which, how the hell is this patent valid? DVD's been doing it for how long?)
Philip Steven Newton and Declan Patrick Kelly, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Oh joy - being stuck on a station and unable to change for five minutes (if the user can't change channel then you /know/ advert breaks will get that long) ... during which the program you really want to watch has started on another channel.
Posted by azz at 2006-04-18 13:15
Cliff Richard is evil. But we knew that already, didn't we?
I agree with him about the parity issue. Let's have parity on 15 years shall we? :)
Works for me. It's not obvious to me why it's the law's problem that Sir Cliff hasn't written anything good since the 1950s (or even anything that's made the charts since the 1980s).
Or why he didn't think about putting some of his money in a pension scheme back then.
Exactly, the whole business of people depending on the income from royalties for their pension is garbage - they knew it was going to expire (or should have done), so they should have planned for the future.
Posted by azz at 2006-04-18 12:41
Some interesting visualisations about the distribution of different religions in the US.
(Although note, as the comments point out, that Native American beliefs don't seem to have been included in the census.)
Posted by David at 2006-04-18 11:17
I'm glad I live in Swindon.
But Alex is in Leeds, Sam in Bristol, and Matt and Simon in Nottingham.
I wonder if I can find something terribly amusing to read into this