Saturday, 23 February 2008

Death of illegal p2p by 2009

So Margaret Hodge MP and others believe that ISP's should be made the new policemen of the UKs Interpipeways.

In one very great respect, you should say yes. There is an obligation for the people who create the software to be paid for their work, time and ingenuity; if that is what they wish. But I'm not to sure there are that many people out there, who think that Microsofts five versions of Vista with associated crop of problems they're causing (to anyone with legacy components) are truly worth the exorbitant cost of a single, not already installed, purchase.

I wonder, how many people out there have, over the many years, started off in graphic design or programming; by downloading or been given a copy of Photoshop or visual basic? People who have then gone on to become successful business people. In companies which purchase full bloated software packages with associated number of licenses and tie-ins.

Introducing this measure will be another way of ensuring that the majority of those who are financially under-achieving, will remain so. Without a hope of gazing into a future of vibrant possibilities.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

First Nanoskein Murder in Second Life

"First Nanoskein Murder in Second Life to be investigated by the LAPD!"

Yes a fictional news headline. It could however be a plausible scenario in the not too distant future!

The science behind immersive technologies are moving forwards at a whirlwind pace. With soon to be retailed headsets that can literally read your thoughts or at the very least the many billions of neurons firing away in our soggy cranial matter. Paper thin displays and clothing replete with embedded technology, could (shoppers willing) be with us, for general use, in the next five to ten years.

Imagine all the sensations of been, for example, on a battlefield! Crawling through hedges or jumping into a muddy field. Having someone caress and stroke you, all within the peaceful surroundings of your own home, cocooned in a virtual nirvana!

To some the above will sound like some Orwellian nightmare. After all what about the human touch? The human aspect of existence?

But there are already people who are ostracising themselves from the ills and troubles that plague so many of their fellow species; hiding behind walled and gated compounds in the developing world, let alone the developed.

So where does it go? Will legislature ensure such things don't happen, are not legally allowed?

Well they've so far not had much luck in the outlawing of drugs or for that matter, anything illicit that a fair groundswell of people wish to acquire.

So we can safely say it will happen. Now just have to wait for that rainbow to come this way!