Early CD Extras

One (annoying) feature of the modern CD is the stupid PC extras (videos, secret web links), of relatively little quality or merit, that come hidden away on them and serve little purpose except annoy you when you try and play it on your computer. They’re crap. But much cooler are their precursors – Spectrum games encoded in audio on Vinyl LPs. I don’t know why, especially as the data would have sounded awful if played by accident on your hi-fi, and most of the extras were crap (though the HAIL SATAN one is a gem), but there’s something wonderfully woo and retro about them.

Dodgy sacking

Spotted this story on the Register about someone who has been sacked from CIS for allegedly posting abusive messages on a web board from work. The scary bit about it is this quote from the (former) personnel manager:

“She was quite clearly identified through her email address and had anyone seen what was being communicated it would have reflected very badly on the chief executive [and] the CIS as a whole.”

The article implies that there was no other evidence it was her who posted the offending material. If so, then the messages could have been anyone who had compromised her account or someone just pretending to be her. Trying to identify anyone using just an email address is ludicrous, you’d have to be a complete incompetent to believe it was conclusive evidence. If there is no further evidence against her, then the CIS should be suitably punished for its stupidity.