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So you think you can identify phishing email?

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 31, 2004

Take a look at this phishing IQ test, and see how well you do against a sample of ten real emails…

(I got one wrong because I was too suspicious!)

More on Cliff’s copyright tirade…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 31, 2004

has tracked down Cliff Richard’s submission to the EU, in which he asks for a 45 year extension to the existing 50 year copyrights on sound recordings…

However there is a possible gleam of hope, in section 11, in which he argues for assertion of moral rights if there are no copyright extensions. Perhaps he could be persuaded to re-license his recordings with an appropriate Creative Commons license

Jesse’s Journalism (part 2)

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 31, 2004

Today I shall mostly having long conversations with expensive lawyers without getting billed.

Jesse’s Journalism

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 31, 2004

Today the police will be mostly helping me with my enquiries.

Boycott Cliff Richard!

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 30, 2004

…as he’s lobbying for EU copyright on recordings to be extended from 50 years to 95.

Or perhaps we just need to educate him in the value of Creative Commons licenses…

Melancholy Elephants all round…

Why DRM is bad…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 30, 2004

…just read Cory Doctorow’s cogent rebuttal of Wired’s Chris Anderson.

If I were in Chris’s seat, I would be sure that every single review of a DRM device carried the following notice: WARNING: THIS DEVICE’S FEATURES ARE SUBJECT TO REVOCATION WITHOUT NOTICE, ACCORDING TO TERMS SET OUT IN SECRET NEGOTIATIONS. YOUR INVESTMENT IS CONTINGENT ON THE GOODWILL OF THE WORLD’S MOST PARANOID, TECHNOPHOBIC ENTERTAINMENT EXECS. THIS DEVICE AND DEVICES LIKE IT ARE TYPICALLY USED TO CHARGE YOU FOR THINGS YOU USED TO GET FOR FREE — BE SURE TO FACTOR IN THE PRICE OF BUYING ALL YOUR MEDIA OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AT NO TIME IN HISTORY HAS ANY ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY GOTTEN A SWEET DEAL LIKE THIS FROM THE ELECTRONICS PEOPLE, BUT THIS TIME THEY’RE GETTING A TOTAL WALK. HERE, PUT THIS IN YOUR MOUTH, IT’LL MUFFLE YOUR WHIMPERS

Oh-soji

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 30, 2004

and I have spent the last two days building
a complex set of shelves at the top of the stairs. Battens and cross
pieces mean that we’ve been able to build a nice big set of shelves
that happily go around the corner.

But empty shelves are an abomination unto a bookworm, and so much
treking up and down the stairs has meant that these have now been
filled with my to-be-reads (hard covers, trades, proofs, and
paperbacks).

This has left a hefty gap in the bookcase in the office, so I have been
reducing the height of the unshelved-books pile by filling in the empty
shelves in the old to-be-read bookcase.

As those who’ve visited The East Putney Museum Of Science Fiction,
Fantasy And Comic Art (and Lending Library) in the last few months
would have noticed, it was over head height.

Today it hardly reaches my knees.

And we have yet more shelves to build!

Yay!

(Oh-soji is the Japanese tradition of pre-New Year spring cleaning.)

Tsumami relief donations

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 30, 2004
tsunami relief

(Thanks to for the image)

‘Tis The Season

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 28, 2004

China Mieville brings us a seasonaly privatised short story

(from the Socialist Review)

Superfluous DIY Technology

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 28, 2004

We have just bought a laser level. Who needs a spirit level when you can just stick a laser to the wall?

(Well actually there are a pair of spirit levels built-in so you can be sure that your laser line is, err, level)

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