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The power of an election

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Re this – read this. Justice or political opportunism?


Written by Oflife

April 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

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iPhone ‘4G/HD’ ‘leak’

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The law needs to rapidly decide where the line can be drawn between blogging and credible journalism. Journalists exist to protect our democracy by challenging any diversion from that path. Bloggers exist to express opinion. It is the view of this here blogger that assuming what has been reported is true, Apple are very much in their rights to take action against whoever obtained their property. (And the engineer who lost it should not be punished, it was an accident.)

Whilst intentionally leaked ‘Mr. Blurrycam’ images of future gadgets and cars have been a permanent fixture of publications for decades, engaging in deceptive behaviour or spoiling the official launch party for an as yet announced product is inexcusable, no matter how much the Adsense revenue is worth.

Sorry to post this so long after the story broke, been a bit busy with work and more pertinent postings.

Written by Oflife

April 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm


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Do you know what is the most difficult aspect of life? Lacking confidence in your gut feeling beliefs. One can be so blinded by BS, money or simple ignorance that it takes a ‘catastrophic’ event (‘9/11’ moment) to awake one from a slumber or convince one of a truth.

Every day in both solicited and un-solicited conversation, it becomes apparent that a worrying number of people are unaware or don’t care about certain fairly important issues, whilst other lesser matters detract attention.

Today, we have two examples that should concern everyone across the globe who have the privilidge to consider them:

  1. The aforementioned disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
  2. In an example of the most despicable, dishonest and manipulative exploitation of tragedy, yesterday the current British government used a single rare example to make the case for increased CCTV surveillance and the continued collection of human DNA. (I consider both these issues significantly more serious than ANY other threat to humanity – and am prepared to defend that opinion to the hilt.)

The problem is those of us who are concerned about all this feel like we are in a minority or that no one cares. Who is there to talk to for support? Where are the action groups? Why are people not protesting in the streets? Why is the media focusing on silly slipups while Rome burns?

Fight back club: Wake up and protest, en masse.

The irony of it all, the oil companies are generally capitalist, whilst the current UK government is full of Marxist sympathisers who are exploiting the errors of a minority – bankers. Thing is, there’s little difference. Both have way too much power and use that power to repress opposition or enlightened concepts. If anyone believes CCTV is designed to stop a hoodie robbing a granny, they are delusional. The crims wear hoodies for a reason! And if anyone believes the greenwash out of the oil (and other) corporations, they are being hood(ie) winked too.

Written by Oflife

April 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Insane UK councils lack common sense

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Read this then consider that beyond the stress and confusion this imposes on people, what happens to the containers containing the trash after they need to be discarded? No wonder the streets and front gardens / patios of the homes in my home town are an ugly mess thanks to the piles of plastic containers sitting outside.

A solution is the very reverse! One large bin, collected weekly before the contents begin to smell, and then the trash separated in a remote plant by well paid staff in white coats and/or robots equipped with advanced object recognition cameras. A far better use for such technology than spying on the public!

If these regulations are designed to force consumers to consume less packaging (admirable), then the government needs to make more allotments available and encourage the supermarkets to dispense with pre-packaged meals and plastic soda pop bottles.

It is just amazing how random laws are rushed into place across the country without any creative or considerate thought. It is almost as if they are intentionally trying to force people into despair!

Fight back club: Vote. Start a business offering to collect all trash either on demand or once a week.

Written by Oflife

April 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

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British Pollution

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In what is a major co-incidence, I had only recently tweeted on how a decision by the American President to allow oil drilling off the coast of California was a betrayal of the values he was (in part) elected on, when the accident occured in the Gulf of Mexico.

(As I type this a submarine is going to attempt to stem the flow of leaking oil. No mean feat at such depths.)

While it is understandable that America needs to reduce it’s dependancy on foreign oil, this is all more ammunition for the pro solar cause – something even the British PM mentioned during last nights TV debate. (In the interests of fairness, I should point out the PM was promoting the advantages of solar over wind power, his comments were not related to the oil rig disaster.)

It is becoming more and more obvious that humanity took a wrong turn centuries ago with the discovery and exploitation of oil. Perhaps we should have followed nature by ‘powering’ our lives using cleaner less mechanised less ‘intrusive’ processes?

And perhaps we will?

Fight back club: Choose solar if practical. Walk or bike to work or play – and generally reduce your consumption of oil. No demand, no drilling! Fair dinkum?

Update: As everyone now knows, the submarine failed and all hell has broken loose, as can be seen in the photo above. Peak Oil predicted that as extraction becomes more expensive so compromises would sometimes be made. In this example, a remote blow out preventer was not installed on any of the rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Keep an eye here for an ever growing list of sustainable alternatives to that awful black stuff.

Written by Oflife

April 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

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UK Election 2010

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See dedicated ‘ON > Election’ page in the navigation column.

Written by Oflife

April 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Nuclear terrorism

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In view of the conference this week on preventing nuclear proliferation, a reminder of the short story I wrote in 1992.

Sleep tight!

Fight back club: Travel and mix with people.

Written by Oflife

April 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

Want a really really big laugh?

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Then read this, all the way to the end.

Compare to what happens if you own a pet shop and sell a fish to a 12 year old. (£1000 fine and a number of other Stalinist repercussions.) Use Google to research that one.

People, there is an election in May, so choose wisely – and hope whoever replaces the current lot will MONITOR situations like this and deal with them immediately! (Arrest, try and jail the criminals, install some new police who have not been put through ‘PC’ school – no pun intended.)

Fight back club: Vote

What is worrying is that the alternatives to the current government are possibly going to be just as liberal. A true dystopia is where serious crime is part of life, but minor offenses (cigarette butt dropping) are punished severely. Only those who are intellectually and financially sound are threatened by the state, initially financially, and then physically. It has happened before.

Update: Justice and common sense prevails! I wonder if this would have happened if there wasn’t an election next month?

Written by Oflife

April 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Adobe VS Apple re Flash – coming soon…

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Will post in detail when time allows. In summary: Those who have worked with or for my employer will know full well I have been promoting html 5 (and similar technologies before it) for quite a long time, in fact, we were one of the first in the world to implement dynamic real time forms creation. Recent events have (once again) vindicated the reasons behind my thinking and strategy, and whilst Adobe produced some fantastic products a while back, Apple are spot on in their explanations. It is all about technology and the end user experience, not politics between the two companies. Apple NEED Adobe, because it is inevitable they will produce a killer app for the iPad and other future multitouch devices from Apple. Likewise, Adobe need Apple as a showcase. Oops, that got a bit long for a quick post!

More soon when time allows.

Update: April 29, 2010 – Steve Jobs posts his views here at – and it looks like my points (above) are not too different. Well there you go!

Written by Oflife

April 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

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