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4G Fails, Faux Poetry and More Pirates: Digital Voices 23/06/2012

Welcome to this week’s installment of Digital Voices, the round up of all the best banter from below the line and beyond on Recombu Digital’s stories.

We’ve had comments about the slow progress on 4G rolling, proposals for anti-trolling laws, net neutrality and the final Pirate Bay banhammer. We’ve even had what seems to be our first poem in the comments too. Without further ado, here’s #DigitalVoices for the 23rd of June, 2012.

4G Fails, Faux Poetry and More Pirates: Digital Voices 23/06/2012

Ed Vaizey 4G delay accusations anger UK mobile operators

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications & the Creative Industries Ed Vaizey this week blamed the networks for lack of progress on 4G coming to the UK. His initial comments were described as “a farce” by James Rose on Twitter, a ‘Peeved 3G User’ said HURRY UP ALREADY! and some comments spilled out onto an older story on 4G wiping out Freeview:

4G will wipe out Freeview in 1.9 million homes, confirms Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey’s been a busy boy this week, speaking at the Future of Entertainment Summit. This story, warning on the possibility of 4G affecting Freeview in the future has picked up some more comments.

Chris Linthwaite and David Gardner both smell a conspiracy to drive us towards taking up Sky subscriptions:

“Looks like the Conservatives are trying to up the numbers of people forced to join Sky,” said Linthwaite, while Gardner branded the government “Jokers and carpetbaggers.”

Will H reminded us all of the “monumental government cock-up” which saw Channel 5 broadcast frequency interfering with VCRs back in the day.

But it was JohnHolloway04’s poetic sounding response that perhaps helped put things into perspective:

“Freeview it seems, is a blessing. For the meek and still
full of repeats.

Some people on this Planet have never seen or
watch a television.

Personally, I think, there are more important to
concentrate on.”

As much as we don’t want 4G and Freeview frequencies ot overlap, perhaps we are losing sight of the bigger picture here (no pun intended).


Anti-trolling laws: online censorship or the price of freedom?

Trolling (or ‘bullying’ as it used to be called) it mostly harmless if ignored. It can however turn ugly; sometimes consequences will never be the same.

News that the government is considering drafting anti-trolling laws provoked criticism from Robert Kat who said in the comments:

“The thing about trolling is, is that it is text on a computer screen and NOTHING MORE. None of these “victims” were forced to read it, as reading other people’s twitter comments is completely voluntary. Considering trolling is older than the public Internet (It originated on Usenet as a simple game), I find it laughable that only now newspapers like this are beginning to say things like “Arrest these sick and vile people!!1”.”

BT Pirate Bay block already breached by proxy sites says Pirate Party  

This week saw BT finally driving its nail into the Pirate Bay block coffin – only for the Pirate Party to report that BT customers were already starting to circumvent the ban.

The l33t H4XX0Rz among you were quick to point out how pointless the ban was. Commenter pogopojo said:

“I just accessed pirate bay strait away even though my isp blocked it. My first instinct was to expan the Google search result and view the cached page… It worked.
It’s THAT easy. LMAO”

Jim James chimed in with “Just google pirate bay proxys. I got a site greenpiratw with a large list of proxys to use. All work.”

Summer posted his/her support for the ‘Bay “not because I support pirating it’s because they stand up for themselfs against the big multi-national corporations and governments around the world”

Elsewhere in the world, as UK ISPs get handy with Pirate Bay banhammers, the Madras High Court in India sensationally reversed decisions to ban the Pirate Bay itself (along with Vimeo and DailyMotion). Now, Indian law requires that only individual pages hosting copyrighted content (the Pirate Bay itself does not host content).

Netflix UK heads LG’s 2012 Smart TV drive

While not a ranting and raving comment, we were touched by the enthusiasm displayed by tedmathew90 on the new Netflix app coming to LG Smart TVs.

“O whaa Imma go update my TV once I get home. It’s about to get so much better. I’m stoked!”

It’s not quite the same as the ‘bring back the rope’ type of comments we’re used to here… in fact it’s probably our first comment that’s entirely positive.

That’s our lot for this week. Please keep your comments coming in the, er, comments and on Facebook and Twitter.