Dave Winer is wrong (for once)

Specifically about podcasting (Scripting News)

Every six months or so Dave Winer tells us that the iPod isn’t a good podcast player and that we need to build a new one. The wish-list is always roughly the same and it’s always Open Source.

An Open Source podcast player; the ideal toy for developers, a mobile developer platform.

First, I’ve nothing against the idea, in fact, I think that it would be great.

However, it wouldn’t promote the development of podcasting. The issue with podcasting is finding things that are worth listening to. I don’t have trouble teaching my mother to use an iPod but getting her to subscribe to a feed is impossible.

The solution to the podcasting isn’t the device, it’s the guide.

PS – Dave, if you want to scream at me, see you next Tuesday at LeWeb3!

PPS – While I’m on the subject, why is the iTunes store so difficult to use? It’s impossible to browse for music. It’s fantastic once you know what you’re looking for but I don’t know what I’m looking for!!!

Britain’s Data Chernobyl; there is no end in sight…

Britain’s Data Chernobyl: more lost CDs full of thousands of personal records – Boing Boing

OK, I admit that I didn’t expect the news of the lost CDs to disappear overnight but the fact that it is still being reported as news is interesting.

In the long term, I think that this will have a massive effect on politics in the UK, US and Oz. These countries has gone from no ID laws to compiling massive lists of people post-911.

The pendulum will now swing back. It’ll be interesting to see if it swings back in such a way that the government is restricted in doing its job. After all; the government needs those bank details to pay social security money. If the government is restricted from holding that sort of information, it won’t be able to run social security.

PC? iFon!

iPhone? iFon!

Fon have a great application out for the iPhone, it allows you to connect to open Fon connections while out roaming.

In the comments people are already asking for the Windows Mobile version; yes please!

Why don’t they have this for Windows and Macs; that would save having to always log in using the web pages.

Stuck In Customs

Stuck In Customs regularly publishing amazing photos, today is no exception and it has the added bonus of being an image of one of my favorite places.

Stuck In Customs » The Thinker in the Garden of Rodin

Why can’t I take photos like this? I have photos of the same sky on the same day and they look nothing like this.

Why France turns a blind eye on race…

Charles Bremner – Times Online – WBLG: Why France turns a blind eye on race

Charles Bremner often writes so well about my home country but every now and then he forgets to explain a key point about why something is the way that it is. Today’s blog entry simply states that France must (not should; but must) measure the ethnic origins of its population.

No where does he explain why they constitutional court made the ruling that it did in 1978.

In 1978 the Second World War was a lot more easily remembered than it is today. During the occupation of France the wonderfully detailed records of the origins of every person in the country were used to devastating effect in the deportations. Luckily France hasn’t forgotten that lesson (or the lesson of Rwanda twenty years later).

Without mentioning this simple fact, the story is distorted and the honorable reasons for the court ruling lost.

Random thoughts…