Jupiter’s London office broadband connectivity has been really poor recently and after some trouble shooting by our IT guys the problem was traced to a colleague’s computer. It turns out that she had Channel 4’s Kontiki powered, p-to-p based 4OD application installed on her machine and that it was busy distributing content without her knowing. Fair enough you might say, that’s how supra-distribution works. However she had turned off the application and according to her system tray it wasn’t even running. If an application had been turned off, it should be exactly that: ‘off’, not running, hidden in the background. You’d expect that of malware, not from a national broadcaster.
This is in microcosm what must be happening in many UK households now, and is what will happen on a much larger scale should / when BBC’s Kontiki powered iPlayer launch(es). Many households will find their broadband speeds drastically reduced and others will end up using up their monthly data limits without knowingly having downloaded any content. If consumers aren’t adequately briefed / warned of the implications of installing P-to-P software the BBC may find itself surfing a massive swell of popular discontent.
From the Ig Nobel Awards:
Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization, for calculating the number of photographs you must take to (almost) ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed
REFERENCE: “Blink-Free Photos, Guaranteed,” Velocity, June 2006,
WHO ATTENDED THE IG NOBEL PRIZE CEREMONY: Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes
The Internet entrepreneurs of Nigeria, for creating and then using e-mail to distribute a bold series of short stories, thus introducing millions of readers to a cast of rich characters — General Sani Abacha, Mrs. Mariam Sanni Abacha, Barrister Jon A Mbeki Esq., and others — each of whom requires just a small amount of expense money so as to obtain access to the great wealth to which they are entitled and which they would like to share with the kind person who assists them.
Steven Stack of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA and James Gundlach of Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA, for their published report “The Effect of Country Music on Suicide.”
PUBLISHED IN: Social Forces, vol. 71, no. 1, September 1992, pp. 211-8.
WHO ATTENDED THE IG NOBEL CEREMONY: James Gundlach.
Lal Bihari, of Uttar Pradesh, India, for a triple accomplishment: First, for leading an active life even though he has been declared legally dead; Second, for waging a lively posthumous campaign against bureaucratic inertia and greedy relatives; and Third, for creating the Association of Dead People.
WHO ATTENDED THE IG NOBEL CEREMONY: Lal Bihari overcame the handicap of being dead, and managed to obtain a passport from the Indian government so that he could travel to Harvard to accept his Prize. However, the U.S. government refused to allow him into the country. His friend Madhu Kapoor therefore came to the Ig Nobel Ceremony and accepted the Prize on behalf of Lal Bihari. Several weeks later, the Prize was presented to Lal Bihari himself in a special ceremony in India. [NOTE: Filmmaker Satish Kaushik will be making a film about the life (and death and life) of Lal Bihari.]
The executives, corporate directors, and auditors of Enron, Lernaut & Hauspie [Belgium], Adelphia, Bank of Commerce and Credit International [Pakistan], Cendant, CMS Energy, Duke Energy, Dynegy, Gazprom [Russia], Global Crossing, HIH Insurance [Australia], Informix, Kmart, Maxwell Communications [UK], McKessonHBOC, Merrill Lynch, Merck, Peregrine Systems, Qwest Communications, Reliant Resources, Rent-Way, Rite Aid, Sunbeam, Tyco, Waste Management, WorldCom, Xerox, and Arthur Andersen, for adapting the mathematical concept of imaginary numbers for use in the business world. [NOTE: all companies are U.S.-based unless otherwise noted.]
Awarded jointly to John Keogh of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, for patenting the wheel in the year 2001, and to the Australian Patent Office for granting him Innovation Patent #2001100012.
David Dunning of Cornell University and Justin Kruger of the University of Illinois, for their modest report, “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments.” [Published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 77, no. 6, December 1999, pp. 1121-34.]
Dr. Len Fisher of Bath, England and Sydney, Australia for calculating the optimal way to dunk a biscuit.
Professor Jean-Marc Vanden-Broeck of the University of East Anglia, England, and Belgium, for calculating how to make a teapot spout that does not drip.
1998 SAFETY ENGINEERING
Troy Hurtubise, of North Bay, Ontario, for developing, and personally testing a suit of armor that is impervious to grizzly
bears. [REFERENCE: “Project Grizzly”, produced by the “National Film Board of Canada.]
Mark Hostetler of the University of Florida, for his scholarly book, “That Gunk on Your Car,” which identifies the insect splats that appear on automobile windows. [The book is published by Ten Speed Press.]
1996 PUBLIC HEALTH
Ellen Kleist of Nuuk, Greenland and Harald Moi of Oslo, Norway, for their cautionary medical report “Transmission of Gonorrhea Through an Inflatable Doll.” [Published in “Genitourinary Medicine,” vol. 69, no. 4, Aug. 1993, p. 322.]
Here’s all the blog posts I did on the Copyright Summit – here’s a screen grab :
Now when I clicked on the first items – which is the Google Video of the Lawrence Lessig and Brett Cottle debate I get ads added perfectly to my blog post – here’s a screen grab:
Google ads added beteween the blog title and the first line of text and also Google ads at the bottom of the video and just above the tags.
NONE OF WHICH I ADDED!!!!!!!!!
And where’s my money???????????
Google or WordPress?
When I saw this initially, I thought one of my blog posts had been harvested by some blog spammer and so I had to keep checking the URL to make sure I wasn’t missing something.
Oh, and BTW, no ads appear if I use IE as my browser – just to add to the fun!
Time to confess.
I JUST DON’T GET IT!
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) technology.
I have commented on a Guardian blog on IPTV and admitted my confusion with the technology.
To restate here:
As someone (who) “just can’t get it into their “terminally thick brain”” how wonderful p2p is to distribute media content, may I ask how you deal with the following in a decentralised network as a broadcaster:
1. Those who use it for downloads and don’t share uploads.
2. Traffic-shaping by ISPs
3. Multitudes of p2p clients competeing for resources on the host machine.
4. Others on a network competeing (sic) against p2p clients for upstream bandwidth.
5. Compromised clients “poisoning the well”.
6. Compromised clients breaking the OS.
With BT moving to a purely IP based backbone which will allow for native multicasting and the use of Content Delivery Networks there is a more technically robust alternative.
I will be attanding a CMA Focus Day on Next Generation Communications on the 19th. of June.
A talk on technology and privacy by Jim Dempsey, Policy Director, Center for Democracy and Technology.
I’m off to a seminar entitled – Fibre Futures in context of Next Generation Access – organised by the CMA tomorrow.
I am in love!!!!!!!!!
TRUST THEIR CUSTOMERS!!!!!!!!
Now I know this really shouldn’t be noteworthy, but it’s a sign of the age we live in that someone treating their customers as adults is a reason for celebration!
These people are getting my money!
From their Help page:
“Why do you use mp3 files ?
We want to reach the widest audience for our recordings. We don’t think that you should be tied to any particular hardware or manufacturer and since mp3 has the widest acceptance, this is the format we’ve chosen.”
“Doesn’t mp3 invite piracy?
To put that another way – why don’t you use DRM protection?
At silksoundbooks we believe that we should trust our customers. After all, anyone can get round DRM if they really want to – and it just ends up being a huge inconvenience to legitimate users who want to use their downloads on their own personal players.
Having said that, if we find our works being sold or shared by others in a commercial way we’ll put our attack lawyers onto them without hesitation. “
Mark Pesce at the Australian Film Television and Radio School about the future of TV distribution in the age of P2P networks.