All entries for October 2010

October 06, 2010

Gamu Nhengu to be deported?

Gamu Nhengu facing deportation after X-factor rejection

Gamu Nhengu - X-factorGamu Nhengu was last week famously rejected by everyone's favourite Newcastle charm, Cheryl Cole. It came as a big surprise for those with a secret guilty love for the reality show, because she was such an excellent singer. Cheryl's since faced accusations of racism (not sure I'd agree), but now Gamu's facing a bigger heartache than Cheryl's bad judgement: deportation.

The UKBO has refused Gamu's mother permission to remain in the UK and it looks like Gamu and her mother will soon be forced out of the UK. It's a sad situation but the problem isn't necessarily with the immigration officials - they're merely enforcing the law - the problem is with the law itself.

I doubt Gamu will be seeing a reprieve unless the X-factor judges renege on their decision and invite her back, presumably with accompanying visa benefits.


October 01, 2010

Finally, UK government inaction over Phorm is seeing consequences

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/oct/01/eu-online-privacy

Most of you probably will have no idea what Phorm is. What is Phorm? It's a near-insolvent US company which used to specialise in making money from spyware and which turned its attentions to targeted advertising based on monitoring browser habits.

The short of it is that the EU is fed up with UK inaction with regards to obeying EC Privacy Directives and is now taking the UK to the European Court of Justice.

About time. 


(Source: The Guardian


Facebook to finally update its horrible photo system

Writing about web page http://bit.ly/facebphotos

Facebook is finally going to update its photo system. After several years of being not very good at all, it's going to get a nice update which will include:


1) uploading/downloading photos of up to 2048 pixels (width/length);

 2) bulk tagging (yay!); and

3) lightbox (meh)


Only downside appears to be ads, but I don't mind that so long as they're not overly intrusive.


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