Hard News by Russell Brown


Okay, so now the Google Video copy of the Telecon mash-up has been DMCAd too. The person who uploaded it got the standard letter: "Hi, Google was notified that your video "Telecom commercial spoof" allegedly violates the copyright of others. According to our policy regarding copyright complaints under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), we are removing the video in question .."

Let the game of whack-a-mole continue, then. There's at least one torrent file of the clip abroad, but I'm not going to link to it here, because I have a terrible feeling I'd be doing the devil's work if I did.

I did my 8.30am rabble-rousing at Webstock today, and it seemed to go down quite well. I enjoyed myself anyway. I stuck around to hear Ben Goodger talk about the Firefox project, and I'm very glad I did.

Ben has been around to since Tuesday, with his fiancée, and he came to dinner with the other speakers and organisers on Wednesday, but I hadn't actually heard him say a word until he got on the stage. When he did, it was immediately clear that this guy has a brain. It was an hour of clarity and consistently interesting content, beginning with the crumbling of the Netscape dream and concluding with a little peek at the Firefox 2.0 alpha. What a top New Zealander.

Speaking of dinner - wow again. We went to Kai in the City, and it was anything but a plastic tiki experience. The food was more or less traditional (hangi, piko piko pesto), but plated as top-notch restaurant fare. I am a demanding consumer of whitebait fritters, but the whitebait fritters they served were the best I've had since I was a kid on the West Coast and we ate bait straight out of the Taramakau River. Plus, I had muttonbird, which reminded me of lamb stuffed (Two Fat Ladies-style) with anchovies. Not bad.

I had a chat to the owner, Bill Hamilton, over the course of the evening, and he struck me as a very decent bloke. Another top Kiwi. There was also quite a bit of singing, as captured in this video by Doug Bowman. That's Bill with the guitar.