Well Monday sees the work_nosmoking.gifintroduction of the Smoking ban

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Clash of the titans

Seems the war between Oracle and SAP has jumped up a gear with a lawsuit filed by Oracle.

The bottom line sees SAP accused of corporate theft after gaining unauthorised and illegal access to a SAP customer support site. Not only that but SAP is reported to have setup fake accounts in order to mass downloaded alot of the Oracle's software and other copyrighted material.

Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6482749.stm

300

Today finally see's the release of the movie 300. Based on Frank (Sin City) Miller's graphic novel of the same name, which was in turn based on the true events of the battle of Thermopylae which took place in 480BC.

The battle, between the Persian Empire – numbering between 100,000 to about a million Persians, (the numbers vary greatly depending on the source material) – and 1000 Greek soldiers, lead by the eponymous 300 Spartans, has gone down in history as THE example of courage in the face of overwhelming odds. On the first day of the battle, the Greek historian Ctesias tells us that 10,000 Persians were “cut to pieces” while the Spartans only lost 2 or 3 men!
Review coming soon!

Stardust

Being a fan of Neil Gaiman I signed up to his RSS about this time last year and keep track of hte various projects that he is enaged in. Sadly after my recent computer drive failure I failed to re-add the feed, an error on my part, so I have missed out on how the progress on this film had been going.

The film features a rather nameful cast including: Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ian McKellen to name a few.

The film is based on the Neil's novel and the screen play writen by Jane Goldman AKA Mrs. Jonathan Ross and Matthew Vaughn (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels/ Snatch/ L4yer Cake) who is also the director on the project. Filming was shot in

How to describe stardust …
A fairy-tale for adults would be a good start, it's about a guy named Tristran Thorn, who untakes a quest to retrieve a fallen star for the girl he loves. Venturing into the forbidden lands that lay beyond the walls of his village is just the start of his journey as he is not the only one seeking the star.

An in his own words about the film …
[quote=Mr Gaiman]
I've been trying to think of what to compare it to, but it's leaving me a bit blank — it exists half-way between The Princess Bride and Pirates of the Caribbean, and there's nothing I've seen quite like it out there in the world before.
[/quote]

Film website : http://www.stardustmovie.com/ hopefully to host a trailer soon.

ADSL Choice

I’m thinking of moving ISP

I’ve been with F2S since broadband recah our ares back in September of 2004, which is quite a long time in all honesty. Since they are taken over by Pipex the internet usage hasn’t been totally wonderful espically from a gamers point of view.

I’ve been looking it options of other providers (transfering has been made much easier since the Ofcom rules kicked in last month), as an avid gamer most my time is spent broswing forums or shooting stuff up. I want a host that isn’t going to throttle my bandwidth at peak times of the day because other users on the IPS are downloading the last episode of Lost they missed.

The problem with alot of ISPs is that their Fair usage Policy fails to detail the fact that bandwidth throttling can effect your connection.

I’m thinking about this as my new ISP.

Multiplaydsl – If you haven’t heard of multiplay, they run gaming servers as well as organising one of the biggest UK based LAN competitions bi-yearly. There Broadband packages are designed for gamers, with bandwidth throttling being designed around not impacting gamers.

Pros
Ideal for gaming espically at peak times

Cons
Small Company
No idea how the support is

Price : £29.99 per month
Contract : 1 Month