Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Up Front: Reviewing the Election,

    This is a tricky one. On one hand I like the idea of 12 yo's having the vote because that other "Coming of age" ritual, for many, is going down the Pub. What is the first rule of Pub?
    You don't mention Politics or Religion.

    But. Until the age of independence, leaving home, going to Uni, the influence of Parents is bound to affect their judgement and may form voting patterns based on Parental opinion rather than understanding the issues.

    On the other hand, perhaps lowering the age would reignite the political wisdom of the Parents and make Them more likely to participate in what little Democracy we have left.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5059 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    It's easy to imagine, given that precedent, that Netflix was unable to strike a reasonable deal for the show in this region.

    Indeed...

    The primary reason Netflix likely decided to move aside was the insanely large price tag Sony is asking. While they paid more than $500,000 per episode for Friends last year (for a total north of $118 million with 236 episodes), Sony wants an even higher price for Seinfeld. With 180 episodes of that show over nine seasons, the total cost could easily top $100 million, depending on how much time the deal covers.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Alfie,

    In any event, I'm sure monitoring technology has moved on from that system nowadays.

    Well, I did mention the GCSB earlier and yes monitoring tech has moved on. That doesn't mean Neilson will be using anything of the sort, they supply the figures their paymasters want.

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  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Ah, yes, but...

    The use of www is not required by any technical or policy standard and many web sites do not use it; indeed, the first ever web server was called nxoc01.cern.ch. According to Paolo Palazzi, who worked at CERN along with Tim Berners-Lee, the popular use of www as subdomain was accidental; the World Wide Web project page was intended to be published at www.cern.ch while info.cern.ch was intended to be the CERN home page, however the DNS records were never switched, and the practice of prepending www to an institution's website domain name was subsequently copied.

    Berners-Lee, Tim. "Frequently asked questions by the Press". W3C. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
    But we digress. ;-)

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  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Attachment

    An ad from the page you linked to..
    That name Key just won't go away eh?.
    Also retains healthy profits.

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  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    IMHO, Tim-Berners Lee made a reasonable job of it in 1993,

    And never claimed the IP.

    Berners-Lee made his idea available freely, with no patent and no royalties due. The World Wide Web Consortium decided that its standards should be based on royalty-free technology, so that they could easily be adopted by anyone.

    World Wide Web Consortium. 5 February 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2008.

    Also, interestingly enough...

    In a Times article in October 2009, Berners-Lee admitted that the initial pair of slashes ("//") in a web address were actually "unnecessary". He told the newspaper that he could easily have designed web addresses not to have the slashes. "There you go, it seemed like a good idea at the time," he said in his lighthearted apology.

    BBC. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2009.

    Thanks Tim, for helping me share stuff.
    ;-)

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  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Mikaere Curtis,

    Enclosure is the real - and unmitigable - tragedy of the commons.

    Very true and "The Tragedy of the Commons" is the analysis of the causes and effects of that.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5059 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to llew40,

    Never seen that theory before Steve (oh what a sheltered life) - fascinating

    This is why there is a copyright type called "creative commons"

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  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Sacha,

    it's a bug in how Supermodel *auto-converts* plain text to a URL.

    Its not a bug its a function. (appologies to apple) ;-)
    It is part of the HTTP protocol. If you were to allow the protocol to "guess" where the URL ends we would be in a right pickle I can tell you. It works for the front end, ie HTTP or WWW but not the back end, which can be literally anything.

    note. Over the past decade you have been allowed to drop the HTTP and/or WWW in the browser address bar and it is auto filled, mostly "behind the scenes".
    nzherald.co.nz will take you direct to the herald for instance but (nzherald.co.nz) will search for that text.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5059 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…,

    Perhaps we should be looking at this as another example of The Tragedy of the commons

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