Support for ad-tracking opt out

US privacy advocates and consumer bodies are seeking the creation of an opt-out list for internet users who do not want to be tracked by advertisers.
The “do not track” list would prevent companies from tailoring adverts based on a user’s web habits.

I really like this idea. If I want something, I will search for it. My web habits are unlikely to turn up anything I want to actually buy as while they are indicative of my interests… most of the stuff that would show up would end up being DVDs or toys or any number of other things that I would only buy with money I had spare.

And of course, when I fancied buying non-essential luxury items.

Plus I’ve never liked the idea of being tracked. If advertisers want to find out my habits and interests, they can damn well send me a questionnaire. I like those.

Star Trek film names Kirk actor

Little-known actor Chris Pine has been chosen to play the young Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movie.

Chris Pine was in the AWESOME film Smokin’ Aces. He was pretty good in it. I’ve not seen anything else he’s been in though.


  • Captain Kirk – Chris Pine
  • Older Mr Spock – Leonard Nimoy
  • Young Mr Spock – Zachary Quinto
  • Scotty – Simon Pegg
  • Nero – Eric Bana
  • Uhura – Zoe Saldana
  • Chekov – Anton Yelchin
  • Sulu – John Cho
  • Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy – Karl Urban

I’m…not sure how I feel about Simon Pegg playing Scotty. It could be great. Or it could be bad. I associate him with too many other things.

The same with Karl Urban too. I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

Also. Who’s this Nero guy?

Facebook goes public

Facebook Opens Up To Public Search

One of the great features of Facebook was privacy. You could be assured that what was in Facebook remained in Facebook. However, that illusion might be ending soon.

Tonight, Facebook launches a “public listing search” which allows anyone to search for a specific person. The company says that the information being revealed through these listings is minimal and much less than the information available to someone logged into the Facebook network.

Apparently, this started back in May, but I was blissfully unaware until now.

I…don’t know how I feel about this one. I know for a friend of mine, the whole it being private thing is really important. On the other hand, I’ve always thought that anything you stick on the internet can never really be private and that you shouldn’t put it out there if you don’t want someone finding out.

It would have been nice for this to be a bit more publicised though. However, much like most of the stuff that pops up on my facebook homepage, it probably would have been ignored if it did (and it may well have!).

Shadow lamps to connect friends

Shadows are being used by Japanese researchers as an non-intrusive way for friends to stay in touch.

This seems like a really nice idea. I think people use facebook and twitter and other vaguely similar social networking sites, so that they have an awareness of what their friends are up to. Pervasive tab-keeping as it were. I know that I may not have an actual vocal conversation with my friends for ages and ages because I live in a completely different town to… well, all of them actually, but I know for the most part, what they are all up to thanks to blogs and facebook.

This, on the other hand, I think would be really great for people who aren’t familiar with all this new-fangled technology, much like the Wii is great for people who aren’t “gamers” but want to give it a go and have a bit of fun. It’s more accessible.

I can imagine grandparents or young children really getting something out of this, because it could just sit on a nearby table and keep them in touch with their families who might be elsewhere – like at work.

Opera 9.22

Having just upgraded from uh… 9.01, I have to say this speed-dial thing that Opera now has is pretty nifty.


The only problem I seem to be having is that the shortcut Ctrl+# doesn’t seem to actually bring up speed-dial or in fact do anything at all. However, that’s easily solved as Ctrl+t opens a new tab and Ctrl+n opens a new window, both of which will open with the speed-dial as default.

Handy. 😀

BBC iPlayer

So, I’m having a go at using the BBC’s iPlayer. Which undoubtabley is cashing in on the Apple trend of sticking a small “i” infront of anything to make it hip and aimed at young people with money to spend.

Or something.

Anyway, it’s going ok so far. I’ve not had any of the problems that other people on the iPlayer forum seem to have, though I do have a software engineering degree, which one commenter said was what you needed to be able to install the thing.

As for downloading stuff? Well. It takes a while. But downloading anything that size does. And at least the stuff the BBC is giving out actually PLAYS. I tried channel five’s tv downloading offering and after spending what seemed like days trying to download the latest episode of CSI… got nothing. I couldn’t watch it AND they’d made me install a bunch of crap on my computer that took up needless space.

And the BBC does have the whole free thing going for it. Well, it’s not really free. You do have to pay your licence fee. But unless you don’t watch TV, everyone does that.

I’m looking forward to when this really gets going and they have even more content on offer. There is a fairly wide selection on offer already, but it on the whole doesn’t interest me – though that could be related more to my general lack of TV watching.