Wednesday, 30 June 2004

It may soon be possible to carry around an AK-47 assault rifle and an iPod with you down the street - and be arrested for carrying the iPod. quips The Register reporter Andrew Orlowski from San Francisco, as the US Senate continue to come under pressure from the RIAA. Echos of the Sony vs. Betamax case in 1984, in which the entertainment industry failed to prevent the video recorder being sold, the articles continues.

Dirty rotten inducers - the law the IT world deserves? | The Register

Thursday, 24 June 2004

England currently leading Portugal 1-0 but its quite the worst game I can ever remember seeing England play.

Tuesday, 22 June 2004

Don't want it - don't need it. Sorry, Music Industry, but you can shove your new pocket-sized CDs in your, er, pocket. Thinly disguised attempt to revive the music industry? Could be...

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Pocket CD format to trial in UK

Monday, 21 June 2004

Rooney scores again to put England at 2-1 against Croatia at the end of the first half. But BBC TV pundit Alan Hanson says England outclassed their opponents - I have to wonder if he was watching the same game, to be honest, as I didn't see any evidence of classy play in that half. Congrats, though, to Scholes for his first international goal. Don't go to sleep now, England, coz I can't see Croatia giving up.

Congratulations to the team behind the first privately-funded trip to space by Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites whose tiny craft SpaceShipOne flew into the history books .

The craft has to repeat the flight, to the same altitude or higher, in the space of a fortnight to claim the $10m Ansari X-prize.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Private craft makes space history

Sunday, 20 June 2004

Rooster tails were the order of the day at Sunday's motocross event at Toddington, Beds.

Click here to view the full gallery of exclusive photos from this LDMCC event.

Wednesday, 16 June 2004

"I think we will in time come to be very ashamed of this period in history," said Chas Freeman, one of a group of retired US diplomats and generals who have stuck their collective heads above the parapit to denounce Bush's foreign policy.

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Ex-officials lash Bush policies

Monday, 14 June 2004

England 1 - France 2 - what can I say, except "England - learn how to pass!". Top quality save by French keeper Barthez of Beckham's penalty kept them in the game, but it was all down hill for England from there.

Sunday, 13 June 2004

Motorcross photos from a Mid Beds MCC enduro event at the Whaddon course, west of Milton Keynes. Very sunny - and very dusty.

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Friday, 11 June 2004

Favourite British artist of mine Jack Vettirano received an honorary degree from my employers, the Open University, on Saturday.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | Vettriano awarded honorary degree

AOL have added a web meeting ability to their AIM instant messenger, probably in response to Microsoft's withdrawal of their NetMeeting product. You need to donwload version 5.5 of the client, but video conferencing is not free - there's a $0.33 a minute charge.

AIM@Work: AIM Web Meetings

Wednesday, 9 June 2004

A business trip to Austria's capital city Vienna provided a four-hour slot for a quick tour and a bunch of photos. Its a lovely city with lots to see and I would recommend it as a short holiday destination.

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Wednesday, 2 June 2004

An excellent quote from an excellent article on the forthcoming D-Day memorial:
This weekend, a wartime president will stand where a peacetime president stood a decade ago. Perhaps he will rise to a little humility in the face of 80-year-olds who learned the hard way what war is and what it is not. But don't count on it. Bush is unlikely to ask the veterans what they did right and he did wrong.

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