Archive for July, 2007

The difference between gambling and paedophilia?

July 27, 2007

In a country where online gambling is illegal, it’s “naive” (says Wendy Grossman) to imagine that an online world can be permitted to host an

online casino.

On Wednesday, Linden Labs announced that it was banning gambling in Second Life. The resentment expressed by some of SL residents is understandable but naive. We’re not at the beginning of the online world any more; Second Life is going through the same reformation to take account of national laws as Usenet and the Web did before it.

But the Net.Wars columnist thinks that MySpace may be going beyond normal laws in banning paedophiles…

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Outdoor advertising

July 25, 2007

This is worth archiving…

A hazard, a necessity, or something to brighten your day? | Advertising |

Janette Caterer, cabin crew, Essex

When walking through airports in uniform I tend to have tunnel vision to avoid questioning, but almost on a weekly basis I travel as a passenger around the world. Adverts in airports have a captive audience as people wait for delayed flights or at “airbridges” for boarding. When travelling, a quirky, funny advert can brighten up my day, but I do notice more bank adverts than any others. They are dotted around from the toilet doors to luggage trolleys. Planes are even being painted externally to carry advertising. I saw a Monarch aircraft on the tarmac decorated to advertise Hed Kandi house music in preparation for flights to Ibiza over the summer.

Holland gets to feel itself too!

July 25, 2007

So, having discovered  that Americans are feeling themselves, I got a notification from the IFM Forums

Okay you can now go into “MY IFM” and you’ll find a nifty tool which does a bandwidth test on our servers – the current USA box and the new NL box.

NL box? Wossat? Apparently, it’s what it sounds like: a European server showing all the hundreds of videos of people

Once the speed test is completed, you’ll be connected to the server which gives you the best speed, for all future downloads. You can retake the test any time to always optimise your speed. This will definitely speed things up for European customers. As the USA server has been running at less than capacity most of the time, it should continue to provide the same speeds.

So that’s it: faster membership of “I Feel Myself” for European wankers!

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Socks on! – rocks off! – no, I’m not feeling myself today…

July 25, 2007

I blame that Naughty Girl for getting me into this line of research. I quote from IFeelMyself today:

“We’ve chatted quite a bit around the office about whether or not to remove one’s socks during sessions of sexual gratification, and we’re pretty well-divided. I happen to think it’s adorable when people get their rocks off with their socks on, and when newcomer Tina B does it, you’ll probably have the same sentiments.”

Sentiments? Easily summarised: sexually stimulating stuff. Watch very attractive performers stimulate themselves to the point of orgasm. Is this acceptable? or is it sexploitation?

It’s beyond me. Try this quote:

“Our lighting is tasteful and soft, and our camerawork departs from the ‘porn standard’ of gratuitous pussy shots and segementation of the body. Instead we choose to focus on the holistic bodily experience of orgasm, from the slight tremble of the lip to the curl of the toes to the satisfied post-orgasmic stretch.”

Your first response will probably be that this is, nonetheless, a porno site. Apparently, this is not what I Feel Myself really means.

What’s the political correct viewpoint? I mean, it’s described (again, I quote) as a kind of feminist site:

“IFM dedicates itself to female pleasure in its myriad forms. We present the female orgasm as a point of focus, and we want to represent it in a way that does justice to its beauty and idiosyncrasy. Too often we are exposed to images of eroticism that ignore or trivialise the female orgasm, and it’s our aim to counteract that imagery by providing a confident, affirming, and sexy alternative.”

…and yeah, well, all that. But I can’t help noticing that the people doing this sexual exposure and “doing justice to its beauty and idiosyncrasy” are all noticeably female and conspicuously under 30 years old. Actually most are pretty obviously under 20.

Why? Is this because young women are not yet cynical enough to realise that the laugh is on them if they take their clothes off in front of a camera? Or is it genuinely something that will “counteract” conventional imagery, and make sex innocent again?

The site has several free samples, so by all means grab them; let me know what you think.

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Privacy: it’s none of your bloody business

July 20, 2007

Who is the worst major web site operator ? – we’re talking privacy, here. According to

neWendy Grossman 
in her net.wars column this week it’s Google!

Read all about it on Newswireless

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UWB from a third quarter

July 7, 2007

Third UWB Method Solves The Home Networking Problem

Ultra-Wideband (UWB) is that weird wireless technology that spreads the signal over at least 500 MHz of bandwidth between 3.1 and 10.6 GHz, achieving blazing data rates at a range up to 10 m. Fully blessed by the FCC in February 2002, it has seen some frenetic action over the past five years as designers look for a wireless solution for personal-area networks (PANs) and home entertainment connectivity.

Who gets the Euro iPhone? Voda or O2?

July 5, 2007

They’re still entirely sure who will be the iPhone carriers. They say it’ll be Vodafone and T-Mobile, with Carphone Warehouse, as the Editor explains in this comment -“Who’s Sari now?” analysis in NewsWireless:

Imagine you’re Vodafone, and imagine (just for fun!) that you’re inches away from announcing an iPhone contract. Imagine that a well known journalist actually has an evaluation iPhone, complete with a Vodafone SIM card in it. And imagine that that journalist goes into print saying: “Telefonica will get the iPhone contract!” – and everybody else runs with the same story. What are you going to do about it? Even having O2 deny it doesn’t seem to help!

Apparently, they don’t believe the latest O2 rumour…

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Don’t ask why; just ask “how?”

July 5, 2007

Can’t argue with Manek this week. His comment piece, “Your privacy is safe in their hands” notes:

This week privacy issues took centre stage as the US Senate took a step back from the introduction of ID cards on the grounds of privacy, something which is enshrined in that country’s constitution.

In the UK, the enthusiasm for ID cards on the part of the Government appears to be undimmed, despite a recent regime change.

What’s interesting is that the debate in the US has been about privacy and the right of an ordinary citizen to go about their business without the government peering over their shoulder. In the UK, by contrast, the debate has not been about privacy, despite the efforts of many opposed to the scheme to frame it in those terms.

No, instead the debate has been about implementation.

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More on the Euro iPhone:

July 3, 2007

A million iPhones sold? According to Newswireless that magic figure will be reached Thursday.

The story today says:

Vodafone “will confirm Euro iPhone deal when one million phones are sold” – Thursday.

It looks like it’s a triumph for Steve Jobs, after all: despite all the problems caused by a registration logjam for the iPhone, Apple reckons it will be able to announce a million sales by Thursday. That will probably be the moment to reveal the Euro iPhone deal, say sources.

Full details here at Newswireless.

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