There are lots of people today commenting on how silly the logo is for the 2012 Olympics in London. But you know things are bad when it turns out that it may cause epileptic seizures:
An animated display of London’s jigsaw-style 2012 Olympics logo, which has drawn an unfavorable public response, was removed from an official Web site Tuesday following concern it could trigger epileptic seizures.
Epilepsy Action, a British health charity, said 10 people had complained about the animation and some had suffered seizures from watching images depicting a diver plunging into a pool.
TechCrunch mentions the launch of Lala, a new streaming music service:
The new LaLa is aimed squarely at iTunes. Users can listen to full songs as often as they like. They can buy the physical CD with a couple of clicks, or they can (in a week or so) download the song. The songs are DRM-free, but are downloaded directly to the iPod. The only way for a user to then remove them is to hack the iPod. So while the songs do not contain DRM, the user is effectively barred from consuming the song cross-platform. The company says that future versions of the service will allow CD burning as well.
Prices for song downloads will be $0.99, the company says, but will vary for high-use users. If you listen to a lot of music on LaLa and participate in the community, song prices will be lower.
Now it is wonderful that I can listen to streaming music for free,but I listen to my music using iTunes on my laptop as well as my iPod. If the songs still cost 99 cents then I might as well buy them at iTunes. A couple of clicks at Lala (why not just one "Buy Me" click?) for something that I can only use on my iPod may be simple, but leaves me with a song I can only use in one place.
I wonder how long it would take to do a mashup of Lala and iTunes so that I can listen at one place and buy at another?
Robert Scoble says that Google Gears is nothing new. Radio UserLand was doing the same thing in 2002:
Back in 2002 I was director of marketing for UserLand Software. You know, Dave Winer’s company. In January of 2002 we shipped Radio UserLand. It was pretty darn bleeding edge for its time. It had a built-in Web server. A built-in database. A built-in RSS aggregator. That let me read feeds in a river-of-news format. It even worked offline (I used it back then to read feeds on plane rides and I could write blog posts while in a plane and sync them up when back online).
This week Google Gears came out and Google’s Reader has offline capabilities.
Hmmm, I swear I’ve seen this all before.
Not exactly the same thing though.
Radio UserLand was client software that allowed you to do stuff online but maintained an offline data store. Google Gears is a simple browser extension that now allows you to intelligently cache things offline so that you can use them when you aren’t connected. No client required other than the browser.
Yesterday I installed Google Gears and set my blog up so I could read it offline. And I didn’t have to install a database, or an RSS reader, or a web server.
In the Web 2.0 world, something like Google Gears is the key to being able to work just as effectively when you aren’t connected as when you are, using the same online apps you already do.
I guess if you have enough lobbyists and enough money, you can actually convince the Canadian government to pass laws against crimes that don’t actually exist.
Movie companies have apparently convinced the Canadian government that illegal camcording is such a problem in Canada that a new bill will allow police to arrest and proscute pirates:
In a united show of force, the departments of Industry, Justice and Heritage Canada will hold a press conference on Parliament Hill at noon today supporting an aggressive crackdown on the illegal camcording of feature films.
Few details of new legislation have been made public, but sources close to the government say it’s expected to be a short bill that will pack a punch, amending the Criminal Code to enable police to arrest and prosecute film pirates.
And this without a single example of such a crime actually having occurred.A Canadian filmmaker does say that he is losing money to camcording and gives an example:
Last December, for instance, Montreal law enforcement confiscated 2,500 illegal copies of Bon Cop, Bad Cop just before the film was released on DVD.
"The videos were being sold door to door in a working-class neighbourhood called Rosemount," Mr. Tierney said. "The guy was going from house to house selling bootlegged cigarettes, alcohol and Bon Cop, Bad Cop.
Now if camcording were the culprit here, the why start selling the copies just as the DVD is about to be released?Why not sell them while the movie is still in theatres? Of is this more likely an inside job, where someone merely made a copy of the DVD before it was shipped? That possibility is ignored.
If only we could all have the laws we want created so easily. I’d pass a law against being overcharged for a bad moviegoing experience.