Archive | February, 2008

quicky

29 Feb

Been busy. Decorating. Setting up the BigPC in the spare room (or office, as it pretty much is). Had to re-route an ethernet cable from the router to the XBOX downstairs (via exterior of house). Can someone tell me why the XBOX doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi? FFS it’s £70 for the Wi-Fi adapter. Rip-off bastards. Teach me to buy anything Microsoft, eh?

interlude

28 Feb

Geeks everywhere rejoice. The genius that is Jonathan Coulton.

casting the net – the day after tomorrow

27 Feb

Catch my daily web review at Liberal Conspiracy.

If you’re waiting for my first foray into Podcasting, well that’s still a work in progress. This week has been chaotic as we have visitors arriving from Estonia tomorrow, so Mrs. tyger has been busy preparing and I’ve been looking after the kids. It’s a piss-week excuse I know, but none of the recordings I have done have been good enough. This has of course meant much teasing from a certain net-based cretin (he knows who he is), but I will get it finished – hopefully before the end of the week.

Oh, and yes, we felt the “earthquake” this morning. We live on the Notts/Lincs border, so the house shook etc. Mrs. tyger is listening to Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, cue the usual hysterical nonsense from people who should really get a life. When earthquakes happen in the rest of the world, cities are toppled and thousands die. We get a quake in Blighty, a few windows rattle and some kid breaks his hip.

Seriously, get some perspective.

politalks – episode 5: rosy cheeks all round

26 Feb

Politalks
The latest video (NSFW) from Lee Griffin and Gavin Whenman: –

Script here.

Redemption Blues has the latest Britblog review.

is hillary really just tracey flick?

24 Feb

BTW. the movie is Alexander Payne’s brilliant Election. Definitely worth picking up (along with Payne’s other greats: Sideways and About Schmidt).

exports say filesharing law will fail

24 Feb

The Guardian – Filesharing law ‘unworkable’: –

The industry’s trade body, the ISPA, has spent months in discussions with music and movie companies about ways of preventing illegal filesharing, but buoyed by recent success in France, the major record labels and Hollywood studios have lobbied the government hard for faster action.

One senior internet industry executive, who did not wish to be named, said this intensive political lobbying has “given the government a completely false idea of what is possible with current technology”.

Legal experts, meanwhile, pointed out that if the government does opt for new legislation it will need not only to rip up parts of the current legislation and amend data protection laws, but its plans could fall foul of wider human rights laws that entitle people to a degree of privacy in their communications.

[…]

“Technically speaking, it’s near impossible to do. The sheer volume of traffic means it just cannot be done fast enough. And this is a technical problem, not a legal problem. What is going to stop people stealing content is not the law — these people already know it is illegal; what will stop people is a technical solution that adequately protects both people’s rights and copyrighted material. But we do not have one.” [cut]

The fact that something will probably not work, is hardly likely to prevent this government from pursuing it. Labour is dazzled and easily seduced by technology, despite knowing nothing about it.

anti-white programming

23 Feb

Unity, over at LC has kicked over a hornet’s nest with a piece – inspired by a Donal Blarney (hiss, spit) post, addressing intolerance towards the BBC’s various ethnic-targeted content.

Google Alerts must have gone crazy, as by 6am the usual trolls had surfaced.

Now, as long-time readers will be aware, I curry no favour for “political multiculturalism” – it’s a busted flush, as I have outlined in some depth. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think a multi-ethnic/cultural society can’t work.

Also, I get very annoyed when whites claim that they’re being victimised and prejudiced against when an organisation seeks to redress its own bias towards the dominant ethnic populous. The argument against multiculturalism is not helped by such precious insecurities.

My response to two early comments is below: –

You will not get “White News” – content doesn’t need a silly prefix to be overwhelmingly white and usually male. A vast majority of content appeals to the majority population: who are white. Radio Two/Three/Four and a majority of the output on the BBC television service appeals to a White audience – otherwise they wouldn’t watch!

The BBC also appeals directly to local communities through local television, radio, and internet coverage. This again, is colour blind – yet the audience profile is, again, overwhelmingly white and the presenters/content reflect this.

And so, to involve a community with its own unique music and culture – who let’s not forget pay taxes, the BBC has some Asian and Black output, which seeks to address the institutionalised bias that leans – somewhat naturally – towards the native creed.

Now, I don’t actually agree with content aimed at a specific ethnic community. I think the BBC is already far too big, and much of its content would be happily produced by private enterprises – there is no shortage of entrepreneurial spirit in the Asian community!

I don’t see a role for the government (and by extension the BBC) in seeking to address a perceived/real bias. I don’t think *political* multiculturalism works – although I see no-reason why a multi-cultural society can’t work.

Back to the comments above. They convey the usual precious sensibilities. Let’s get one-thing straight, the dominant white population are not under siege. They’re dominant. There doesn’t need to be a “white” TV channel. White culture is already massively over-represented.

And by the way, there is no ethnic test before you can tune into Asian networks, so Lee’s membership-based point is redundant.