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  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Of course that's nothing compared to the collapse in journalism. Back when I started writing full time an article in the business section of a major newspaper paid two or three hundred pounds. It's now sixty or so - if...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Well, IE 8 is the minimum supported IE on extended-support government XP systems....
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Amusing to see this the day I publish this article on how big data-based neural networks are showing intriguing linguistic transfer learning effects: teach one English, it learns Chinese better, and French even better. It turns out that there are...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    If Bitcoin is intended to be a Chaumian currency, then it fails at a cryptographic level - as it's not a zero-knowledge crendential-based system. It transmits far too much information to be an effective digital cash....
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    It does occur to me that Ken McLeod has touched on aspects of post-Singularitarian dread in the Fall Revolution books (the fate of the Fast Folk) and in Newton's Wake......
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    Much the same for me at my very similar first employer, where we recent grads were the first out the door when the peace dividend contraction began... (and like Charlie, I've been freelancing for the last decade, while most of...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    Oddly I was reading a piece the other day (lost the link) on the Lib-Dem report on alternatives to Trident that's due out later this week, which implied that the US government was briefing against the UK spending on Trident,...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    The biggest problem is that Google replaced the sync architectures other RSS apps were using - I used to be a paying customer of Newsgator with several apps synced through it. By offering the same functionality for free, Google killed...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    Jet lag is why we try to stick events together in chains and stay in time zone for a month or so at a time. Luckily as a freelance tech journalist this works as I can work anywhere there is...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    Ah yes, I've just had four economy transatlantic flights in two weeks, and am just about recovered from the jet lag. The last one was a killer - drove to Toronto airport in a blizzard, then waited for several hours...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    I suspect it's a sign of the times that my voicemail message is "Send me email"......
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