Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ben Bradshaw's Number10 "FACT"s

Two weeks ago, Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw took part in a webchat on

Put simply, it was a farce. The questions were so soft you could use them to swaddle babies. The one strong, serious question posed, got a response filled with unproven claims and appeals to emotion. Not a single hard fact.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My 9 3/4 year fling with Mirc

There are some funny things, odd coincidences in life.
I use Irc a lot. Mostly I use an old PC for my IRC and email, but it's not been working, so I've been using a version of MIRC on my main desktop. It's unregistered, as I'm unsure when I can get my preexisting desktop running with it's funny customised IRC setup (5 networks, 27 channels, and all the nickservs handled automatically, logging enabled in the appropriate channels, and blowfish+SSL support for the paranoids)

Imagine my surprise yesterday when the nag screen shows I've been using mirc, for around 9 years, 9 months and 20 days; since January 31st, 2000.

Monday, October 12, 2009

British in Need of Pity

There was a piece by the BBC the other day, where they interviewed two supporters of the BNP. I've put off commenting on this for a few days, as I didn't want to go off half-cocked, and say something I didn't mean, but there's no other way to say this.

The two BNP supporters in this article are clearly of negligible intelligence, and a clear victim of the current blame culture in the UK, where it's best to blame everyone else, and take no responsibility for yourself.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

An Old Statement on Politics That is Still Valid

Watching Brewsters Millions for the first time in years, a line in it exemplified perfectly what is wrong with "democracy" in the US, or rather why elected officials ignore common sense and the good of the people.
Heller and Salvino are both just a couple of overgrown Wharf Rats. Why else would anybody spend $10Million to get a $60,000/year job, unless he planned to steal it back with interest.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Clueless MP in Charge of Filesharing Crackdown

The MP apparantly in charge of UK government's policy on p2p, hasn't got a clue what he's talking about. In today's Birmingham Post, Siôn Simon, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Creative Industries at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is quoted as saying the following at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.