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Archive for January, 2007

Rollerball and telemedicine

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Found while performing legal research for the Free Trade project:
The 1975 movie Rollerball predicted that in the year 2018 the nation-states of the world would be supplanted by city-states producing specialized products. For example, Rollerball predicted that Houston would have a monopoly on the energy market. For many years the discussion of such a future […]

Straight EULA

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Via Boing Boing - A EULA that tells it like it is.  After just completing work on the privacy policy and policy documents for the Personality Rights Database, I can appreciate the simplicity.

Wii launches news channel…

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

…in an attempt to get users to turn on their consoles more often. Basically it is a feed sent to the console via the internet –Nintendo is introducing a browser as well. Are we in for another round of that great tech buzz word ‘convergence’?

Burns night

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Last night was Rabbie Burns night, and we sat down for a nice Burns Supper of haggis (the chieftain of the pudding race), neeps and tatties, accompanied by the fine sounds of The Real McKenzies. Robert Burns is regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and a Burns Supper is a celebration of his life […]

Wiki on the brain

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Microsoft has apparently paid an independent expert to correct Wikipedia entries about some of its technology
Not sure how I feel about this, though I’m begining to think that there is a big need for smaller wikis to get people motivated in order to generate accurate, up-to-date information. Paying some people to contribute regularly is a […]

Online music debate

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

The focus is on the business end of things. Music Tank is having a debate looking into
[T]he cost of a download - from the perspective of artists, labels and distributors - and ask, is the price structure right if we want to build a viable long-term sales model and, perhaps more importantly, is the revenue […]

IP firm expands into Edinburgh

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

(via the Herald) IP and Trade mark firm Murgitroyd has plans to expand into Edinburgh with a new office.
I haven’t been following Scottish firms too closely, but it seems to me there is quite a bit of expansion and acquistion going on just now in the Scottish market. The article mentions that Murgitroyd acquired competitor […]

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