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26059.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:02 am Reply with quote

The internet is changing this, however. There are many places where you can download and watch more or less any television programme from anywhere in the world (including QI!). Once the schedulers latch onto that, they'll be able to measure what people actually *want* to watch.

It does rather make one wonder how programmes will ever be sold, but there's no going back now. The industry will have to change to accommodate it. If it's digital, it will be copied. Broadcast media and its associated advertising will soon be a dinosaur. It already is in some ways.

Rory Gilmore
26109.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:41 am Reply with quote

I don't suppose on the offchance you could name some of these (entirely legal) websites?

The difference between broadcast advertisments and those on the internet is people actually pay attention to the television/radio
broadcasts, people usually ignore internet ads as it is common knowledge everything on the net is either porn or a virus (commonly both).

26129.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:08 pm Reply with quote

That's the problem Rory - I don't think there are any legal ones. I know there are file-sharing websites that use bit torrent, but I'm so paranoid about doing illegal things and falling foul of the immigration people over here, that I don't go on them.

Rory Gilmore
26130.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:21 pm Reply with quote

Go on, listing a few names will surely do no harm.
It's legal, provided that users are informed not to download copies of files they don't already have.

Yes, I know.

I suppose it's handy if a CD you have gets damaged. Maybe then it's permitted. Probably.

26134.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:51 pm Reply with quote

cough try limewire cough

Rory Gilmore
26136.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:53 pm Reply with quote

The thing about um... limewire did you say... yes... well if I did have this um... limewire, I certainly wouldn't use it to download limewire pro at the companys own expense... No, never.

26138.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:56 pm Reply with quote

You don't need to. Free limewire is fine as long as you check for viruses.
Not that you'd ever indulge in such things :P

Rory Gilmore
26139.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:06 pm Reply with quote

Generally... so I'm told... files with viruses are a suspiciously low size.

26140.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:10 pm Reply with quote

Fancy that.
I had to stop filesharing because my dad's an IT teacher and it would be a wee bit embarrassing if he got taken to court over it..

Rory Gilmore
26141.  Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:18 pm Reply with quote

What if someone were to anonymously create a virus that instructed the computer to download certain things? Could you be held responsible even if there's no proof the ''virus'' was of your own design?

26215.  Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:04 am Reply with quote

I believe that's already happened. Some of the people implicated in the "Operation Ore" police investigation into internet paedophiles turned out to have innocently been infected by a virus which then downloaded kiddie porn onto their hard drive without them knowing it in a kind of P2P network system.

Of course, they only managed to prove that after many months of intense police investigations which weren't too much fun for the computer owner or their friends or families.

So, remember kids. Be *very* careful about what you install on your PCs.

26249.  Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:27 pm Reply with quote

Oh it's only an hour and a half! I can't wait!

26250.  Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:31 pm Reply with quote

Me neither! Gives Friday nights a meaning. Who's on the show this week?

I realise I may have just asked a stupidly obvious question, but hey, today I found out you "read" subjects at Uni.

26251.  Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:42 pm Reply with quote

-Fry-day, thank you so much.

Never seen University Challenge?

26257.  Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:21 pm Reply with quote

Not recently. Sorry.


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