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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

DVD format wars

As predicted in some of the sources we looked at for a recent TMA, the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray battle is hitting the shops.

That's one of the things I've most enjoyed about T175... learning about the news before it happens :-)

Here's another one that didn't surprise us: Alton Towers is planning trials of a camera system that tracks visitors via RFID tags. The consumer-friendly bonus is that you'll get to buy a DVD of your day!


  • At 19 April, 2006 17:50, Blogger kat said…

    I'm confused. The Alton Towers report says that this is an opt in policy yet it also says that it could cut crime. ( Why is crime mentioned?) Does it mean that it eventually won't be an opt in policy. I can't see the criminals choosing to be tagged.
    It seems we are getting closer to the day when we all have to have chipped implants!

    I hope all the Alton Tower wrist band wearers remember not to pick their nose.

    Okay these things may help to track children but isn't it giving parents permission to relinquish their responsibilities.

    What's wrong with taking your own photographs or video?

  • At 19 April, 2006 22:49, Blogger Bluefluff said…

    I suppose knowing that your potential victim might be tagged would act as a deterrent to bag-snatchers & the like, who wouldn't want a co-starring part on the video?

    It isn't only feckless parents whose kids wander off, & Alton Towers is a very big place...

    Quite agree with you about the photos - I wouldn't buy a DVD of the day, but then I was always too mean to buy those photos of the kids screaming their way down roller coasters!

  • At 19 April, 2006 23:26, Blogger kat said…

    Yes, I know kids wander off. I've lost a few of them in my time :-) but I do think it might encourage parents to give the younger ones too much freedom, in the knowledge that they are safely tagged, and can therefore be retrieved if necessary. :-) False sense of security perhaps?

    They're not tagging me - I don't like the idea of it. :-)

    Tags are not new of course. I remember being tagged at Safeways when I left my child in the crèche. It didn't half cause a commotion when I nipped out to the car. They obviously thought I was abandoning my child and leaving him with them for good. (Escaping mother).


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