I can’t believe I’m defending Jacqui Smith, but, well, I am. But only a little.
I’ve now got a Core 2 Duo laptop, so I’ve installed a 64-bit build of Ubuntu Linux (actually Xubuntu) for the first time, and I wanted to install the Flash player. Well, that’s not strictly true: I don’t much want it, but there’s no fully functional open alternative. Adobe have finally pulled out their fingers and released a native 64-bit Flash player, but the Ubuntu repositories contain a package that installs the 32-bit version (plus 32-bit libraries plus shims).
I was amused to find that my iPlayer Downloader has appeared on The Pirate Bay. I’m perfectly happy with that: it’s liberally-licensed open-source free software, specifically written to work around restrictions on redistribution! I’ve checked and the file is byte-for-byte identical—it hasn’t been infected or trojaned.
I saw an item on eBay today with the restriction:
I took a train yesterday for a day trip out of London. As an irregular user of the national railway network, I’m pleasantly surprised by the experience these days. The trains are new, quiet, and reasonably punctual. All they need to do to perfect things is to get rid of the rowdy alcoholics who always seem to share my carriage.