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January 31, 2007

I am whole again!

Follow-up to Damn you, Orange! Hooray for Vodafone (well, Nokia really…)! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

We finally have broadband back! It's amazing how you never appreciate something until it's gone; I never realised how much I rely on IMDb and how much time I pass with Wikipedia until they were gone...

So, now I can see what the Wii's News Channel is like...

January 06, 2007

Damn you, Orange! Hooray for Vodafone (well, Nokia really…)!

A few things:

  1. Orange’s “Unlimited” Broadband shares nothing in common with Ronseal – you can’t use it to coat wood, and it by no means does what it says on the tin… (Translation: It’s not Unlimited, despite the numerous references to "[doing] as much downloading, surfing and online gaming as you want")
  2. We currently have no Internet access, so I’ll be largely unreachable for quite a few days (not that I imagine most people reading this would try to reach me, it’s just a valid point…)
  3. I love the fact that the N70 comes with a USB cable and has a modem in it…
  4. I’m not looking forward to my next Vodafone bill; the degree by which I’m not looking forward being proportional to how much I need to use the Internet before we finish shouting at Orange…

July 08, 2006

'Never Mind the Full Stops' Screenshots

Just randomly decided to post screenshots of my two photos from Never Mind the Full Stops that the BBC stole. They were both the first photos shown in the closing segment; not that that's that important, I just thought I'd mention it since I noticed it when I took the screenshots…

Mope Up Spillages
(If it's not bad enough that they stole it, they also squashed it…)

That Fridayyy Feeling
(I'm sure the original isn't that blurred…)

July 05, 2006

They've Done It Again

Follow-up to The BBC Stole My Photo!!! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I watched the Never Mind the Full Stops from the 29th on Monday, and what should I see at the end of the show but my photo of a post box with three Y's in 'Friday'. So I sent the BBC another email. The next day (Yesterday, since it's past midnight) I got a phone call from a woman at the BBC whose name escapes me saying that they were very sorry that it happened again. I said that the arrangements for the previous photo would be alright for this one as well, and that I understood that nobody's perfect, and since they were being so prompt and willing that I was happy with the £150 they were offering retrospectively for both photos.
I'm expecting the first £150 in however long it takes the BBC to get around to paying, and I'm expecting the agreement to be posted for the second shortly.
Not bad, that; £300 because I watch TV and stick up for my rights…

Having said that, the fact that the BBC seems very efficient at dealing with their mistakes could suggest they've had a lot of practice…

June 07, 2006

Feckin' spam!

My spam filter keeps catching bounce emails telling me messages I haven't sent cannot be delivered.
The email address that the spam that's bounced was supposeldy sent from is [some random string of letters]
What I want to know is, are these addresses being used to spam people, and failing, or are the bolunce messages themselves the spam directed at me to try an trick me into responding to the "original" message or replying saying, "What the hell," and thus demonstrating that my address is real so they can commence spamming in full?

Intellectual Property

Follow-up to The BBC Stole My Photo!!! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Shortly after I posted the entry on my stolen photo I found a form on the BBC website for submitting an official complaint, and used it. Since then I've been systematicallly sharing the details with any of my housemates that seemed interested. One of my housemates, however, doesn't seem to be able to grasp my reasons for complaining to the BBC. This suprised me; I cannot see any reasons why I shouldn't complain. I automatically have the right to dictate how any of my photos are used (I love copyright) and it seems like he's saying there's no real reason why I should exercise it.
I was recently contacted by WA Shearings who wanted to know if they could use the photo of Bowes Museum I'd uploaded to Flickr in their 2007 brochure. I said (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Sure, give me the credit for the photo and that'll be fine". That, BBC, is how you use people's photos…
It's not as if there wasn't enough time to get in touch; I uploaded the photo to Flickr last November, and it'd been on my website for a year before that.
I have absolutely no regrets about complaining, and cannot see where my friend is coming from. Is there anyone else that shares his opinion? I just cannot see his logic. It reminds me of a recent entry on the Dilbert Blog – basically his argument makes perfect sense to him in his little world, and my argument makes perfect sense to me in my little world, but both become meaningless garbage in the other person's little world.

June 04, 2006

The BBC Stole My Photo!!!

When I first moved into this house off campus I noticed this sign with its poor use of the English language:

Mope Up Spillages

which I photographed and added to my website.

Imagine my shock when I watched the Never Mind the Full Stops from Thursday and discovered my photo, cropped and squashed, displayed at the end of the program in a section of similar photos of lousy English. This was the first I'd heard of it; they didn't ask me, and they didn't say it was my photo, and they squashed it so it's disproportionate (that's them just generally sucking, although it doesn't help matters…). You can tell it's my photo, because the pattern from the flash is identical and is in the same place.

If they got it from my website then they stole it from a page with "© All Rights Reserved" on it, if they took it from Flickr then it quite clearly says that it has to be attributed, not used for commercial purposes, and not edited, and if they got it from somewhere else then that's 2 people I need to sue…

"The BBC – Shitting on the little guy" to paraphrase I, Robot (See! See! When I steal something from someone, I say who I stole it from!)


May 16, 2005

A message to all the people who've been horrible to me…

(I should point out, before we start, that these people aren't at Warwick; none of this is directed at any of you wonderful bloggers, nor is it directed at any bloggers who don't feel they fit into 'wonderful bloggers')

Following a conversation I had last night, I decided I wanted to say something to all the people who've been horrible to me in my lifetime (excuse the occasional use of strong language):

I've decided that I don't care what you think anymore. I'm not going to live my life feeling bad about myself because of how you made me feel. You are all worthless pieces of shit who only bullied people because you were too pathetic and useless to find fulfilment in life other than through the suffering of others. You mean less than nothing to me. Bastards!

On a lighter note, there's one of the new Rolls–Royce Phantoms parked outside my house; you know, the one with the umbrella in the door (the car, not the house). It's a very impressive looking vehicle. Huge, too…

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