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Comment Not the first number one on downloads at all (Score 4, Informative) 362

it's interesting to note that this is the first song to reach the number one spot through downloads alone in the UK

Umm, no it isn't. Crazy by Gnarles Barkley was the first song to reach number one in the UK on downloads alone. This was the first song to be the Christmas number 1 on downloads alone.

Comment Re:Microsoft still doesn't get it and never will (Score 1) 389

I for one will never switch from google

OK so you have some ability to see into the future in as much as no search engine will ever come along that is ever better than Google.

Get off your high horse. Yes I agree that Microsoft's approach is wrong in that they often try to influence peoples opinion and choice of products. I for one despise them for this and try to avoid their software like the plague. Hpever I am also not so blinkered that I can never see a day where Google does not rule the world (in search engine terms at least).

Don't say you will never switch from Google, an innovative company could pop up tomorrow that shows us a brand new way to index information on the web that is much more efficient and all of a sudden people like you will be slagging of Google and classing them as the new Microsoft because you have a new idolised company. I'm not a fan of Microsoft but possibly the only thing I dislike more is the people who hate them for the sake of hating them, please at least give us a good argument and not a load of crap that makes no sense.

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Submission + - UK Government Response To Open Source Petition

R0UTE writes: The UK government has responded to a petition requesting that all new software created under the Timely Information to Citizens (TIC) project be created under an Open source licence despite the measly 322 signatures.

"The Government supports the principle that, where new software is being developed by the Timely Information to Citizens pilots, this should wherever possible be released under open source licence and available for use by other local authorities.
For many of the Timely Information to Citizens pilots, the focus is not on new software, but on how existing tools and techniques can be used to bring information together and present it in more useful and accessible ways. Several of the projects will utilise existing open source software to create new information sources and channels, and will share their experiences of doing so with other authorities.
Where the pilots will result in new software tools, ownership and intellectual property rights will usually remain with the individual local authorities. However, most of the authorities concerned have already made a commitment to make these tools available as open source software, or for use by their partner organisations, and we are working to secure the commitment of the remaining."

I found it interesting that many Local Authorities have already agreed to use and create Open Source softwhere wherever possible. However it does sound like there are a lot of get out clauses in the response.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 3, Interesting) 326

This is one way the game industry have attempted to over come piracy I think but to a slightly larger extent and I think we will see more and more of it.

Look at games like Guitar Hero, excellent, fun games that could quite easily be pirated but what is the point of having the game without the nice guitar to play it with. Same goes for rock band etc. More bespoke controllers and extras that make the game worth playing and consumers are quite happy to pay through the nose for it and not bother trying to pirate it.

Maybe as you said, something similar could be done by the music industry to provide an extra incentive to get out there and buy the cd's as opposed to pirating, or even downloading the mp3's legally.
Software

Submission + - UK Citizens Petition No. 10 For OSS From Councils

R0UTE writes: A new petition has cropped up on the UK site for petitioning government. It is aimed at getting local councils that develop new software for the Timely Information to Citizens (TIC) project to release the code under an Open Source licence.

As the projects are funded by public money it makes sense to me that it is owned by the public and we therefore have the right to see the code produced by such a project. From the petition text :

"The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) is running a project called Timely Information to Citizens (TIC). As part of this project, several local authorities are being given funding totalling approximately £1m to develop software and web services to improve local information and service provision.
While CLG's aim is that these projects are incorporated into a "best practice toolkit", we ask the government to reduce duplication of effort and expense and make this software available for other users at the earliest opportunity by releasing each package on deployment under an OSI-approved open source licence.
Though we welcome these projects themselves, as citizens we cannot and do not support this substantial sum of public money being spent to create private, proprietary software."

An interesting idea for sure, but will the government take heed of this, I doubt it very much. Nevertheless I have signed, any other UK citizens willing to try and convince Gordon of this?

Comment Re:What happened to the do no evil thing? (Score 1) 298

Oh look, a compnay starts doing well for itself and all of a sudden it is tarred with the same brush as other large corporations, bring them down, just be happy that at least it is a company with 'relatively' good products and business ethics, in case you haven't noticed, when you start a business like google, you have a tendancy to make money, this does not mean it is evil!

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