three strikes and you're offline
I noticed this boingboing article and despaired. This ridiculous legislation, which has already been explicitly rejected by the EU, attempts to enforce a “three strikes and you’re out” approach to copyright infringement. Those pushing for these rules have now tried to attach them to another, otherwise reasonable piece of telecoms legislation. Whether or not you agree with this in principle, the legislation on offer is hopelessly broken…
not quite a flat white
I can now verify that asking for a “Short Cappuccino” in Starbucks does indeed work, at least here in Leeds. My order was accepted without comment. It cost £1.85, and was indeed a sensible size and strength. The foam, however, was run o’ the mill chunky froth, so my search for a flat white must continue.
flat white please
One of the minor pleasures of New Zealand was the Flat White. It’s essentially a cappuccino, but with a finer, creamer foam and a stronger mix than you get in Britain. I’ve missed them, but I may have found an alternative source…
Read on for the most amusing video I've seen all year...
the science of digital preservation
UPDATE: I’ve reconsided my position on this, and I think I’ve underestimated the issues involved in keeping the bytes safe. I’ll write up some notes here.
I’ve not really had a chance to blog about what I do now, and how it’s different from what I did before. In a nutshell, I help create software for Digital Preservation. This is an interesting field, as it is full of problems that sound like they should have been solved, but haven’t…
~980 double decker buses
For those of you who have trouble imaging how long 980 double decker buses would be, try imagining 1/38440th of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Alternatively, it’s ~10km. By pure coincidence, this just happens to be the distance that Eilidh ran last Sunday (Photo finish here) raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Centre.