Google buys Youtube

So, our free ride is almost over.
Spend as long as you can watching all of your favourite videos on Youtube as I’m sure that they will soon all be gone, replaced by the videos that are allowed to be uploaded by the record, movie and television companies.

No longer will be you be able to dance in front of a webcam singing to a song looking like a moron and ‘Broadcast yourself’, as is the initiative that they have been pushing since May 2005.

It is fair enough, however, as the site and its creators must have been losing an absolute bundle every month in bandwith costs. 100million video views every day must cost a pretty penny, even at the relatively low resolutions that they are displayed.
In the Flash format that they use, the size of the file is approx 1mb per minute.

If we do a little maths, assuming that each of the 100million videos are 4 minutes in length (about average for a music video).

4mb x 100,000,000 = 400,000,000mb daily.
400,000,000mb = 400,000gb
Bear in mind that this is assuming each video is 4 minutes long. Youtube allows a maximum play time of 10 minutes, so it could vary.

400,000gb of transfer is a lot and can cost a lot if you don’t negotiate a good deal with your bandwith provider.
Needless to say, I don’t think any ‘unmetered’ provider would ever take them on, they would most likely have to have their own datacentre and supply themselves with leased lines, etc. A costly exercise, which up until now has been funded mostly by Google Adwords (which don’t actually pay that much).

The copyright implications are vast and quite what Google has let themselves in for will be seen over the coming months, but it’s certainly going to be an interesting time for Youtube, Google & their users.

Watch this space..


Torchwood setFilming for the BBC’s new Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) came to my office today whilst I was peacefully trying to get on with some work.

I had been made aware of the intended disturbance well in advance, so I came prepared with my digital camera and DV camera.

Stars of the show John Barrowman and Eve Myles were on set, but as yet I haven’t managed to catch a shot of either of them (most of the set is blocked from my view by cabinets).

The scene that they are shooting takes place in the call centre for fictional company ‘Passmore Telesales’.

The show is due to air on BBC Three from October 2006.

Nothing much actually went on all day, nothing Who’esque anyway. No explosions, screams, smoke..
T’was all a bit timid.

I’ve setup a flickr set for all the photos I get during the shoot.

Torchwood filming, my flickr set

Little people

An artist, known only as Slinkachu, is running a ‘tiny street art’ project in London right now.
You may have seen it mentioned in todays Metro newspaper.
In his own words, they are “Little hand-painted people, left in London to fend for themselves.”.
In a variety of different locations, designed to emulate real-people situations (and some not-so real situations).

One of my favourites is Waiting for the lift, which replicates a real lift, which by the look of it is one that exists on the London underground at Canary Wharf station.

And here is it’s real life counterpart.
As you can see, the tiny person and the little lift is next to the real lift, right at the bottom of the picture (you may need to zoom in).

Another of my favourites is West end phone box

This dirty little man is contemplating the call-girl who is apparently ‘Best in the model village’. Quite hilarious.

Check out Slinkachu’s blog, where you can find many more scenarios at Little People – a tiny street project.

How to: Dismantle an atomic bomb

Sure, the odds are slim that you’d ever be faced with an atomic device ticking down to zero. But think of how Jack Bauer it’d be if you were. And then who’re you going to trust? Us or some do-gooder rock band?

Disconnect the wires leading from the battery or the trigger/timer to the detonator. The battery will look like a battery; the timer is the part that’s counting down. Be careful: This is the trickiest part of the bomb – and where it’s most likely to be booby-trapped (the whole red wire/blue wire thing comes into play here). And for God’s sake, don’t fuss over the process in order to make the timer stop at something clever like 0-0-7.

Remove the neutron trigger. This will be a small disc or ball. Don’t eat it – it will be made of polonium or some other highly radioactive material, which initiates the chain reaction. After this step, the bomb can still detonate, but it won’t be Hiroshima.

Remove the conventional explosive. It’s the first part to go boom. In government weapons, it’ll likely be some type of IHE (insensitive high explosive), which is fairly safe to handle. But in an improvised device, it might be considerably more unstable. Just keep a steady hand …

Separate the U-235 masses. These will be two small but very heavy chunks of metal – an isotope of uranium. If they get too close to one another, the combined critical mass will flood the area with radiation, and you will die. Kept apart, each emits only relatively harmless alpha particles – you could even handle them without gloves if necessary. Put each piece in a separate metal box and call the authorities.

If these tips don’t work, give us a call and let us know what we got wrong.

Lifted from Wired