Paco Hope My Random Musings and Rants


Avatar: What’s the Big Deal?

So years after its release, I finally saw the movie Avatar. It's gorgeous to look at, but it was a pretty weak film. The plot and story simply don't hang together at all. This is really long. I didn't realise how many things I had to say...


Real sports and DVR

We watched the Andy Murray Wimbledon final via DVR. Not that there were any commercials on the BBC, but with kids you never know. You get interrupted a lot. One of the consequences of social media, though, is that at some point a lot of people know the result and start tweeting and facebooking about the result. We were about 15 minutes behind real time. So it means that, while we watch social media throughout the match, at some point near the end we have to stop looking at twitter and facebook. I want to see the real result without knowing how it will end. So for the things that really matter, like sport and news and whatnot, DVRs and YouTube and all those things don't really threaten the integrity of the experience. We can choose the spoilers, but we don't have to. If you want to feel that untainted elation, you really have to watch pretty much in real time. So while some big corps might moan about the impact I DVRs on TV, it shows that content is still king. DVRs don't threaten the things that matter.

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Skype Eavesdropping Warning: A Security “Warning” So Backward it Hurts

The folks at The H Security blog have made much ado about nothing in warning that "Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write". It is inflammatory, factually stretched, and frankly it is poorly thought out.


Computer Weekly Guest Blog: How to avoid being a cash cow for cybercriminals

I blogged a bit about ever more reasons why software should be secured at the beginning of the lifecycle, not at the end. Adrian Bridgwater posted it as a guest article on ComputerWeekly.

How to avoid being a cash cow for cybercriminals

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Comparison Christmas Shopping: Amazon versus Tesco

This isn't a post advertising one thing or another, but I was really surprised at the difference in prices when doing some Christmas shopping online today. Here's four of the toys we were considering and the prices offered at versus You figure that prices do vary from site to site, but I've never seen them vary enough that it mattered. Today, anyways, it mattered plenty.