Archive for July 12, 2011

12 July 2011
Melbourne Australia

Not All Patent Trolls Work, Many are Forgotten. Here is a Big Fail, That Could have Changed the Internet




This week is the 10th anniversary of something special in Patent Troll failure and in my life, i.e. my nickname.

Cast your mind back to 2000, when the millennium bug fizzled.

I was working at BT launching cool products like business broadband, and reducing the lead time to deliver Fast Internet services from 60 days to 24 hours (a big thing at the time).

I was also the face / front line on all legal issues for British Telecom’ Business Internet,  when 64k was fast and cost $7000 a year.

BT hired a small consultancy company (unknown to my pay grade), to research and eventually act on Patent 4,873,662, that was filed in 1976, by the Post Office Division known as Prestel that patented effectively the hyperlink. BT was launched as the sell-off of the British Post Office and of course kept all their patents.

British Telecom sued Prodigy one of the largest ISPs in the world at the time, and lost in court, with Prodigy (now part of AT&T) proving that the hyperlink was a method that was not exclusive to the Internet. Instead of a monetary settlement BT wanted to license the hyperlink to all ISPs and promised to use the money to improve their network. By this time the Internet was also global and the patent filing also only covered the USA, making any ruling against Prodigy, even more unlikely.

During the course of this Prodigy went to their user base to inform them of the lawsuit, and the global press picked up the piece as a whimsical piece of nonsense of BT.

When I was called by the BBC on the matter (not knowing the issue) we (the reporter and I ) laughed at the matter, and I was asked by the reporter, ‘ if I was MR INTERNET’ ?

Sharing the story with colleagues the nickname stuck to this day.

Pet Peeve Time – Foxtel handling of Progamming of UFC on Foxtel

Firstly, I am a sad puppy in that if the UFC had their own channel, I would watch it / record it 24/7.

Also one of the main reason I have kept my $100 a month HD Cable subsription has been because of the UFC including the $45 a month extra for live UFC events.

I will likely be cancelling soon and I see form my 10,000 or so followers on my blogs and on twitter feel the same.

Early on,  the UFC was not on TV here in Australia so the only way to watch UFC was illegal downloads (a long time ago).

Time has moved on and the UFC is on free TV occasionally or Foxtel frequently.


So, here in Australia, I am not sure if the original old episodes of TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) were actually shown on Foxtel and I missed them but I have enjoyed watching them and currently I think they are on Season 9 of the old ones and Season 14 of the new ones mainly but not exclsuisvley on Fuel TV.

The trouble is there is no rhyme or resaon on not only what order they show episodes in, what the name of the show they have the fights on, and in some cases recently they will show a fight, go to a commercial between rounds and come back to a different fight as they did this week.

Also none of the TV guides (foxtel’s own) or even Fuel TV’s  either shows UFC at all or not very well, making all of this much worse, for the viewer.


Let me explain; Currently Foxtel shows,

1.      UFC Wired,

2.      UFC Rewound

3.      UFC Unleashed

4.      UFC Magazine

5.      TUF  (The ultimate fighter)

6.      100 Greatest Fights,

7.      MMA (shows Pride and UFC),

8.      Mixed Martial Arts (shows a bit of everything including UFC)

9.      Perhaps more

Just recently the TV show TUF showed new episodes, then once the season was over started showing old seasons, great.
Unfortunately, part way through one of the seassons they changed the series name from TUF to one of the other shows  titiles.

Then the last straw for me was in the final of Season 8, on a 3rd UFC show title, part way through the final and part way through a fight they went to commercial break and came back to another new fight.

Half way though that fight they went to another commercial and back to the previous series.

Now had I had not programing expereince with Foxtel, I would say this was just a simple mistake.

Unforutnately, Foxtel has a history of doing this and did so for a TV series, recently where they showed part of the final season of a TV show, then the following week an episode from another season etc.

Lastly, on Foxtel part of the premium service they offer is the ability to record a whole tv series with one clock. Unfortunately, as the name of the series show (TUF to Rewound, for example),  then this did not work, with the Final of the season being on a 3rd show title.

Hard work even for the most die hard fan.

How to Fix it

Not rock science (as my gelogist friend says)¸ make sure the TV guide included a season and episode number e.g. S09E02 for season 9 episiode 2 (something Foxtel does for other shows).
Keep the show name TUF, Unleashed, Rewound the same for the duration of a TUF season.  


I as I sure many others will be looking for alternative measures to watch UFC shows like off

@mr_internet is a blogger and Martial Artist with black belts from 2 countries multiple disciplines and been involved in martial arts since 1973.