The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Guilty Upon Accusation In The UK - Say No

Here in New Zealand we were one of the first countries that the forces that be tried to implement the "3 strikes and you're out" law with regards to alleged copyright infringement via the Internet - in essence if you're accused 3 times by a copyright holder of illegally copying their work you will have your Internet disconnected by your ISP. I have no qualms with copyright holders protecting their goods BUT the issue is that the disconnection would occur immediately on the third accusation and before any evidence is produced and way before you have a chance to defend yourself - therefore you are guilty because someone has accused you.

In NZ the law was defeated by a concerted effort (called "#blackout"), a change of government and the support of many high profile supported including Stephen Fry.

Today Stephen Fry tweeted the following:
I'll keep at this till a million sign! We mustn't let Mandy do this WRONG thing. Please sign & RT:http://is.gd/50gQK #webwar #threestrike

This "3 strikes and you're out" law is now being introduced into Britain.
This is WRONG!

If you are a UK citizen or an expat living abroad I urge you to sign the online petition: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/dontdisconnectus/


ACTA
Whilst this law is being introduced into many countries (some successfully, some like NZ not) it would benefit all those concerned to learn more of the source of this "guilty by accusation", the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (which is now plainly not about counterfeiting) being negotiated by governments in secret.

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