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Mouthing off again

Looks like I’ll be in the Evening Times this week, talking about digital music.

I’m not entirely sure what the article’s about or what my part of it is, but I’ll post a link when it goes up.

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My name is vengeance

This is one of the strangest stories I’ve seen for a while. The wits at Fark.com have described it better than I could:

Six-foot-tall, 275-pound bearded man crashes children’s birthday party. Identifies himself by stating, “I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman.” Goes into kitchen, helps himself to piece of cake, drives off in red Cadillac

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Glasgow’s *ack!* miles *ugh!* better

According to new research, breathing in Glasgow’s fine city air is the equivalent of smoking 44 cigarettes per day. Given that I smoke *and* live in Glasgow, it’s entirely possible that I’ll keel over before finishing this post.

It seems that Glasgow has the third worst air quality in Britain (Bath, home to Future Publishing, is second; Oxford is the worst), but that’s not really a surprise: Glasgow’s Hope Street, home to some of my favourite pubs and restaurants, has the dubious distinction of being the most polluted road in the UK. I live on the other side of the town from there, but even then the housework involves wiping oily black dust that’s seeped through cracks in the windowsills. Which is nice.

Perhaps it’s time to introduce the Congestion Charge to Glasgow.

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Midlife crises

A throwaway comment on an internet messageboard has had me in fits: apparently the correct word to describe the phenomenon of middle-aged men buying expensive and impractical sports cars is “the male menoporsche”.

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The Corporate Weblog Manifesto

Robert Scoble has published a manifesto that tells companies how to run weblogs – and how not to do it. [PDF]

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Sweden is not in America

Swedish site thepiratebay.org has received a cease and desist from Dreamworks lawyers [warning: big JPG file] about bittorrent trading of Shrek 2. The letter says:

As you may be aware, Internet Service Providers can be held liable if they do not respond to claims of infringement pursuant to the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In accordance with the DMCA, we request your assistance in the removal of infringements of the Shrek 2 motion picture from this web site and any other sites for which you act as an Internet Service Provider.

The site’s response, or rather the bit that doesn’t include swearing:

As you may or may not be aware, Sweden is not a state in the United States of America. Sweden is a country in northern Europe. Unless you figured it out by now, US law does not apply here. For your information, no Swedish law is being violated.

Obviously the DMCA doesn’t apply in Sweden, but presumably the country has similar copyright laws to the rest of Europe and has either implemented or will soon implement the EU copyright directive. Can anyone enlighten me about the legal status of downloads in Sweden?

[via the Digital Music Weblog]

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The new hpPod

Aaagh! My eyes!

Don’t let the garish appearance fool you: it’s a sticker. Everything else about the HP-branded iPod is identical to the Apple version, with the exception of the HP: Invent logo on the back (which has caused some snickering on various Mac sites). The only thing HP is bringing to the iPod party is mobile phone-style covers, which you can print from – of course – an HP printer whenever you feel like putting Slipknot or Britney on your iPod; everything else (including the price) is identical to the current 4G iPods.

On the face of it, then, HP’s iPod isn’t particularly impressive – but anyone who thinks that is missing the point in a big way. The iPod isn’t broken, so any attempt by HP to fix it would probably have been disastrous; the blue iPod mockup that’s been on the net for a few months was so hideous I can’t imagine anyone buying it. What HP gets from this deal is some much-needed “cool”, and Apple? It gets iPods into HP’s massive distribution network, which covers all the major retailers around the world that don’t currently sell iPods, and there’s a distinct possibility that HP will make and sell more iPods than Apple could handle. That means iPods everywhere and the iTunes music store on many, many more PCs.

Clever.

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Is this the new iMac?

This alleged spy shot of the new G5 iMac has been flying around the web for the last 24 hours. Am I missing something? It looks like a clumsy fake to me, a photo of a Cinema Display sitting in the packaging from a PowerBook.

update

Oh, and packaging that touches the sides of the computer without any polystyrene? It’s a PowerBook box, goddammit!

On a more interesting note, there are nice ideas over at Engadget, where readers have come up with their own suggestions of what the G5 iMac will look like. You can see their ideas here.

The amount of talent on the internet never fails to amaze me.

another update

Peter from Engadget has emailed with news that the pics are definitely a hoax. And he shares my high opinion of his readers’ talents.

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Yarrrrrrrrrrr!

It’s utterly immature I know, but apparently some US cinemagoers are responding to anti-piracy adverts by making pirate noises.

Yarrrrrrr!

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iPod antics

It’s all go in the world of digital music: HP is expected to launch its version of Apple’s iPod this afternoon (or this morning if you live in the US), and Microsoft’s about to unveil its rival to the iTunes Music Store, which is pegged for a 2nd September launch date. There’s an interesting nugget in this Rolling Stone story:

Microsoft has made several overtures to Apple to make its store compatible with the industry-leading iPod but has been rebuffed. (Apple declined to comment.)