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'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit

apodyopsis ...it's my local! (388 comments)

Well one of them, I generally prefer the Shooting Star - about 200 yards further down the hill these days (as it has a better pool table). Over twenty years I have been drinking at the Hobbit. Last night a group of my friends all gathered there for a drink in the mistaken belief they could do something about this.

I don't think anybody is going to argue the film is not infringing copyright, even in the early 90s there were posters of illustrations from the book on the walls. They introduced a range of cocktails based on characters in the books (Gimli, Legolas and so on). When the films were introduced they brought in pictures from the films and hung them on the walls. They make "The Hobbit" T-Shirts. They have a life size statue of Aragorn from the movies in there. So discussions on the "hobbit" being an English word and prior art are irrelevent - they have posters and paintings from the film and book in there.

The point is that they have been called The Hobbit for a very long time and this lawsuit has popped up only because of the new film coming out. And SZC has probably been trawling the net looking for targets, I think that after the first trilogy films came and went and there was no mention of it there was an assumption things would remain the same for ever - I do remember a conversation at the time about copyright and the name of the pub. Among my friends there is a huge amount of anger about this because The Hobbit has been a bit of an institution in the alternative/student scene in Southampton as long as anybody can remember.

Having said that - nobody believes that anything they can do will change this and there are probably already re-branding plans on the horizon. The best possible outcome now is that they use the massive publicity to their advantage and choose a similar style of name - I have heard "The Camelot" mentioned as a possible option (and I don't think anybody can claim copyright over the Arthurian legends). Stella - the landlady - is not an idiot, I'm sure she's looking at all options. But from a legal case it's pretty clear where the law stands and there is no fighting that.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Details Windows 8 for ARM

apodyopsis there are other ARM options.. (372 comments)


Suddenly one of these is looking tempting for my tablet needs.

I did have an ASUS transformer for a few months but I sold it to a friend as I was unhappy with the way Android does things. I have an iPhone and whilst I think iOS is very clever I'm not convinced I would want it in a larger form factor. I want to be able to write code, play with software and be the master of my own system to a level that Android and iOS does not seem to happy with. I was wondering is an ARM Win8 tablet was the way forward - but this seems to rule of that option :(

I admit some Linux bias as I only use it at home and coding on it (armel linux) forms a large part of my job as well.

more than 2 years ago

Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

apodyopsis Re:Invite me please! :) (1223 comments)

Well, I now have an invite.

And it's demanding a phone number for verification before I proceed.

Call me paranoid - but there is no way in hell Google will ever get any of my phone numbers. Also I'm not willing to give one of my work numbers.

So that appears to be an impasse.

Hmm, lets see what happens when they stop restricting the supply to stoke demand...

more than 3 years ago

Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

apodyopsis Invite me please! :) (1223 comments)


yes, I did just create that for the purpose and create a google account around it.

call me paranoid... but I'm wary of giving any social media too much of an idea who I am.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Sells Qt

apodyopsis Digia (193 comments)

I assume Digia are after commercial licensing fees, service agreements and support contracts for Qt and will attempt to build up the user base.

Kinda sad to see Nokia vanish into a death spiral though. I really cannot see Windows based smart phones gaining traction against iPhone/Android unless they are really something special or are heavily discounted. I find the whole business tactic fairly incomprehensible to be honest, but I am assuming other people know more than me here.

Given Nokia's position what else could they have done to preserve the market share? Any Ideas?

more than 3 years ago

Potato-Powered Batteries Debut

apodyopsis TOTL (284 comments)


reminds me of this satire that was created by some university friends of mine in the 90s, it was picked up by the main stream news and they were interviewed, linked constantly. It was, of course, a joke - and eventually bogged down the the constant phone calls and links they were freely saying so on their site and begging for it all to stop...

and of course, they were slashdotted: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=00/05/21/1947222&mode=thread

more than 4 years ago

UK Law Enforcement Is Against "3-Strikes"

apodyopsis possible reason... (134 comments)

I'm guessing that one possible reason is whilst encryption is moderately rare - then they might assume that any encryption means a greater chance of something to hide and hence they can focus on it.

And of course that unencrypted stuff is easier to track though less immediately suspicious.

Anybody work in forensics and can give us an insider viewpoint?

more than 5 years ago

Lost World of Fanged Frogs and Giant Rats

apodyopsis vulnerable (93 comments)

The first thing that crossed my mind is that all these species are localized to one particular area and hence rather vulnerable if the environment changes in any way.

You only need to introduce 1 badly chosen predator and its the Stephens Island Wren all over again.

more than 5 years ago

SFLC Says Microsoft Violated the GPL

apodyopsis Geek Reference! (237 comments)

I hope this means I can soon buy my Zardoz projector ring.

more than 5 years ago

Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo Landing

apodyopsis Other Apollo sites, First Footprint City (151 comments)

I agree with the other posters, this should be preserved. Or at least the 1st one.

Anybody else remember "First Footprint City" from the BBC SciFi series Earth Search?

If there is a real compelling scientific justification to see how the materials have survived then designate one of the other landing sites that is deemed less important and send the robot there. After all several Apollo missions went to the moon.

Sending one for Apollo 11 sounds more like a badly thought out publicity exercise then anything else.

more than 5 years ago

OLED Breakthrough Yields 75% More Efficient Lights

apodyopsis bah. (151 comments)

Give me a wall screen TV or a whole ceiling panal light and I'll be impressed.

It has no real purpose unless somebody sells something from it...

more than 5 years ago

What's the Importance of Graphics In Video Games?

apodyopsis Tie Fighter (506 comments)

My favorite game of all time for gameplay?

Tie Fighter the original when you play as an Imperial pilot to take down the rebel scum.

Graphics? Terrible, but the Gameplay? second to none. That really got you involved.

I'm probably in a minority here though :)

more than 5 years ago

If You Live By Free, You Will Die By Free

apodyopsis I disagree. (251 comments)

I disagree.

I think that when any technology - be that DVD, FaceBook, Internet Explorer - reaches a mass audience and is perceived to be good enough to meet the users needs it is more or less impossible to dislodge even when there are technically superior products out there.

The only way a new product will ever dislodge a entrenched rival is when they offer something unique and compelling or are readily interchangeble with the old one.

I kind of get what they are saying, but I see more evidence of entrenched mass market products that are seen to have reached an acceptable level of functionality and ease of use.

more than 5 years ago

Of Catty Rants and Copyrights

apodyopsis Hmm. (339 comments)

more info



And the court summary..


Interesting, I did not know of this. In the UK I think she would of had more success with the courts.

In any case it is common sense to watch what you post online. Once you click that mouse its gone, and you can never be sure that you can retract or recover.

more than 5 years ago

Panasonic Begins To Lock Out 3d-Party Camera Batteries

apodyopsis Re:Grrrr. (450 comments)

Really? Ouch. (I'm in the UK btw, so that's news for me) So they cannot even explicitly do it in the license/instructions? In that case Panasonic's actions kinda make more sense - bad batteries can cause nasty damage. Hmmm, maybe I change my tone a bit. But I still do not like it at all. Its the same argument as printer cartidges.

more than 5 years ago

Panasonic Begins To Lock Out 3d-Party Camera Batteries

apodyopsis Grrrr. (450 comments)

A better solution would of been "This firmware update identifies the use of 3rd party batteries and alerts the user to the risk of using them. It monitors the voltage output and shuts down the camera if it determines that the battery is insufficient or possibly dangerous. And invalidates the warranty too". This would of left open the choice to the user - after all there are a great many very good 3rd party batteries and they have saved my bacon in the past.

By monitoring the voltage I mean the camera can detect an abnormally fast voltage drop against its usage that might mean a defective or damaged battery - naturally it cannot detect if the battery is about to get white hot and set fire to the camera, but hey the user was warned and the warranty invalidated. I would expect the manufacturer to check the damaged camera EEPROM and say "aha! according to our data log you used not panasonic batteries, thats no repair for you!".

By removing the element of choice they raise the natural suspicion that this decision was taken on commercial grounds, not safety and risk a consumer backlash and dissatisfaction.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Launches New "Get the Facts" Campaign

apodyopsis Hmmm. (524 comments)

My first thought was to laugh myself silly with a touch of indignant rage.

But actually I take this a bit more seriously.. There is a well known phenomenon (that I am sure somebody else knows the name of) where people tend to believe what they read and we are not the target audience of this advertising tripe. Many people who will read this (and do not know better) will believe it and follow it and pass it on. And that irritates mes.

In this fraternity we all sit back and mock the ridiculous claims and statement in their FUD and sales - but at the end of the day they are quietly winning the war with one ill educated person swayed towards their cause after another.

I sure have no answers, but I do not feel like mocking this kind of crap anymore.

At work I use FF - but I am forced to use IE for the corporate portal because apparently only IE can possibly work on the portal, so they paid somebody to edit the script to reject all "non-approved" browsers. That is the end result of ill informed high up decisions based on fluff like this.

more than 5 years ago

Kilometer-High Waves Flow In Saturn's Rings

apodyopsis Re:budgets for long lasting missions.... (31 comments)

Are the conservative estimates an example of the Scotty factor. In other words if the team is 90% confident that the mission will last 5 months do they then quote 3 to management - that way if they mission carks it after 4 then they are still covered? I would imagine even the scientists and engineers are very concerned about managerial aspect like project tracking and meeting specification now.

More to the point, how do they estimate such a difficult and unpredictable mission parameter anyhow? I mean somethings like battery life, wear and tear and so on must be quite well understood, but others like the stress of launch, damage, and the great "other" option must be much harder to predict.

more than 5 years ago

Kilometer-High Waves Flow In Saturn's Rings

apodyopsis budgets for long lasting missions.... (31 comments)

What I notice is that the primary mission has finished and I just bet that the men in suits are circling the project with their budget cutting shears - but then we get new data, stunning imagary and confirmation of old predicitons.

This just goes to show that given the cost of assembling and launching this missions it makes absolute sense to supply funding until the mission carks it. What would of happened if the budgets for the two Mars rovers was removed after the (very short) planned life cycle was finished?

So, does anybody know how long term budgets are assigned, reviewed and extended to cover missions that exceed their predicted life span? I'm kinds interested.

more than 5 years ago



Driving to shops better for planet then walking?

apodyopsis apodyopsis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

apodyopsis (1048476) writes "The Times Online has done some research into uses of carbon, and come up with some startling research.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/a rticle2195538.ece

from TFA:

"The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. Provided, of course, they remembered to switch off the TV rather than leaving it on standby.""

Petition the Prime Minister on BBC Microsoft Deal

apodyopsis apodyopsis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

apodyopsis writes "There is a e-Petition on the UK government website about the recently announced BBC/Microsoft deal to use Windows based DRM on the BBC website. The petition asks the Prime Minister to raise this issue in parliament. From the e-Petition:

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to raise the subject of the Microsoft BBC deal to parliment."

"The BBC has announced that its iPlayer due for release later this year will be based around proprietary Microsoft codecs and DRM and hence be neither open source or available to some operating systems. This has already been raised and criticized by the OSC (Open Source Consortium). More information can be found on the BBC website and on the open source consortium website. This goes against common sense and government or BBC policy to be open."

e-Petition is here:

Email your friends, pass the link, post it on newsgroups. Anything you can to raise the publicity of this.

e-Petitions do get responses, remember the one about car pay-by-mile systems that forced a personal response from the Prime Minister.

(Disclaimer: I helped setup this petition)"

Link to Original Source

apodyopsis apodyopsis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

apodyopsis (1048476) writes "from TFA http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6521255.stm

A British man has lost his High Court fight against extradition to the US for allegedly carrying out the "biggest military computer hack of all time".

Glasgow-born Gary McKinnon, 41, is accused of gaining access to 97 US military and Nasa computers.

Home Secretary John Reid granted the US request to extradite him for trial.

At the High Court in London, his lawyers argued he had been subjected to "improper threats" and the move would breach his human rights

apodyopsis apodyopsis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

apodyopsis (1048476) writes "He originally themed his one-bed home on Captain Kirk's famous Enterprise spaceship and tried to sell it for £1.25MILLION, but could not find a buyer. He then updated it to a replica of the later Voyager version, with touch-panel blue lighting, moulded wall panels — and a life-size transporter room."

more on: http://uk.gizmodo.com/2007/03/13/starship_voyager_ flat_up_for_s.html

He went bankrupt and split up with his misses over this!"


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