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  1. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

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    And the consequences of such a device for National Newspapers where the environmental waste and costs associated with the current system are even more substantial than with books may be even greater.

    As long as authors and publishers get the same level of revenue why should they care what happens to a load of printers and bookshops who are only middlemen between them and the readers.

    And think of the advantages for easily getting hold of your next book in English when you are on some far flung tropical island where it would previously have been impossible.
     
  2. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Yes - much safer to leave it to somebody reliable like the honourable John Prescott :D
     
  3. Pete77

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    Rory Bremner did a long serious interview about the state of Politics and Politicians on the BBC from the Labour Party conference last week and not an imitation of a politician's voice in sight.

    I was impressed at just how perceptive and how bright he obviously is about everything that goes on.

    Rory Bremner for Prime Minister I say.

    I see that Cameron is starting to sink in the polls rapidly now that he has been rumbled as another Tony Blair but worse (did you ever hear Tony Blair rubbishing Harold Wilson or Jim Callaghan's past efforts for instance). I reckon Cameron could be out by the party conference next year, especially if somebody is prepared to go on the record about his seemingly still current drug taking habits.
     
  4. ericd121

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    Oh, I've got to weigh in on this one...

    Books - Well, Jean Luc Picard reads books so they are safe for a couple of centuries yet. ;)

    Electronic ink (or is it electronic paper, I forget which), will be perfected, but many folks will still prefer books.

    I prefer to read PCPro in paper form, and would do so even if all the text were available online.

    Pete, you're making sweeping generalisations again. J.K. Rowling is richer than The Queen; how do you think that happened? Magic?

    And with reference to reference books, look at the O'Reilly range of computing books, which are not merely a list of terms to look up, but an exploration and explanation of computing concepts.

    As for television, one thing some broadcasters appear not to understand, or accept, is that television is a passive medium, and we like it that way.

    Danny Baker once said that instead of the programme makers saying to the audience,
    "Tell us what you want.", the audience should say to the programme makers,
    "No, you think of something, make it, and we'll decide if we like it."

    I must admit I'm very disappointed with the reality of digital telly compared to what I thought it could be.

    The broadcasters concept of interactivity is, "How many more ways can we get the audience to give us money?"

    This would be my concept of interactive TV; it answers the questions that come up whilst viewing. So you could select an actor and pull up details of their career, thus answering the perennial "What's she been in, them?" question.

    Similarly, you could bring up a menu that gives you the details of the background music, or indeed the end theme - ever noticed that everyone seems to get a credit apart from the music?
    I wish I'd seen that.
    I used to work at Friends of the Earth, and Rory would occasionally ask for information to use in his act; I'm sure he did this with other organisations too; and I'm also sure that many facts he uses are rarely disemminated elsewhere. I certainly learnt a lot from "Iraq and a Hard Place".

    I'm trying to think which post Mark Thomas should take; Home Secretary? DTI?
     
  5. katman

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    Particularly for books about how to get your computer bak from the "blue screen of death" :)

    You and me both. Inititial promotion of digital TV was along the lines of...

    "It will do for TV what CD did for music" implying excellent quality.

    What we have ended up with is the TV equivalent of extremely low bitrate MP3.

    The "greater choice" that were were promised for the main part does not seem to be a greater choice of programming of minority appeal but a choice of which one of 27 channels do we want to see something aimed at the great unwashed which half the time isnt worth watching once!

    And look how many of the audience are dumb enough to do so. "Quizzes" like the ones on daytime TV giving people the chance to "win" £1000.

    Er ...no... the chance to buy £1000 for only £1.50 and at the same time earn the TV company ten times that amount. The questions are VERY hard though.

    What is Coca Cola ?

    A. a breed of elephant
    B. a country in Europe
    C. a soft drink

    Thank god for TiVo which will grab programs that I like even though they are shown at inconvienient times and allow me to watch what I want when I want. I cant remember the last time I watched any of the ITV channels other than for the local news.
     
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    iankb

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    I thought that audio books would be the solution, since I could listen to them while driving to work. However, listening to the incredibly-boring and overlong 'Da Vinci Tedium', when read by a single male voice that tried to imitate foreign accents and female characters, just made me give up in disgust. If you've ever tried to listen to a sex-scene in an audio book, it either makes you want to laugh, puke up, or fall asleep in boredom, since one participant always sounds like a drag queen. Also, audio-books can be unexpectedly expensive for something that can be released electronically without any storage costs.
     
  7. Oct 2, 2006 #107 of 109
    cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Didn't know they made that sort of audio-book ;):p:D
     
  8. Oct 2, 2006 #108 of 109
    iankb

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    They don't have to be explicit to sound distinctly-odd when read out. Jane Eyre would probably sound just as odd; not that I would ever admit to reading that. :eek:
     
  9. Oct 2, 2006 #109 of 109
    cwaring

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    Yeah, I knew what you meant (and thought I'd made it obvious) :)
     

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