How Far We’ve Come


My God. How far we’ve come.
To think, in the past, people had to be expected to know themselves how to cope in hot weather!
Thank Providence that we have modern technology to save us, so all those thousands don’t drop dead on the train because they didn’t realise they had to drink to survive any more.
How humanity has avoided extincition until now eludes me, but now our survival as a species is assured.


Compare and Contrast:

Actually, that was a bit of a trick question. The first video is from the Virtual Business School, the second is from hacktivist collective ‘Anonymous’, and yet… both have the same message, both are aimed at the same people. One is a learning tool and one is a threat but the message of both is the same. The world has changed and there is no going back.

I had the privilege of seeing Professor Obeng (the man behind the first video) speak the last week, and he showed us that video on a big screen. Aside from being a very energetic and engaging speaker he also has a message that makes absolute sense. People are more interconnected now -they talk more now– than at any other time in history and organisations that don’t adapt to this new reality -be they corporations, governments or anything else- are doomed. Smart businesses are harnessing this phenomenon, encouraging networking among their front line staff, crowdsourcing decisions amongst the people who will be implementing them and finding innovative solutions from nets cast as wide as possible -making the most of their talent and engaging their staff at the same time.

The old command-and-control model is dead, and, barring a worldwide disaster (not necessarily natural) that shuts down the internet, it’s going to stay that way. Which is where we come to the paradox of the title. Sure, we, the freedom lovers use and have been using this new reality to chat, to organise, to meet up and achieve real things in the real world so have the enemies of freedom- the lefties, the groupthinkers, the big corporatist little cogs and useful idiots and sometimes it even looks hopeless. They are too many, too ideologically similar, too on-message but even as they use the electronic ties that unbind they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction, for they are popularising the very tools that make it impossible for their message to be the only message now and forevermore which is absolutely necessary for their system to survive.

Man is finally free, and by Christ he’s starting to realise it. The next few decades are going to be interesting indeed.


Galaxy Nexus

I finally took delivery of my smoking hot Galaxy Nexus the other day.
It’s lovely. Once again, I can’t fault Vodafone. Well, the store division, anyway. The online order was placed before Christmas and I received nothing but emails and texts, but once I went into the store and explained how long I’d been waiting they cancelled the online contract and set up a new one in store and I walked away with my new phone the same day. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.
I was a little disconcerted to find that Google have disabled USB mass storage in favour of MTP (there are reasons for this, good ones) and as Linux has a little problem with MTP (well, it’s not easy to set up in Fedora (which is on this laptop and used most often) although apparently easier to do in Ubuntu with everything you need in the repos so I ended up transferring my files from the old phone to the Nexus using this method:

High Technology?

Fantastic. ADB you save my arse yet again, although the irony of having to use the command line to sync files to one of the most technologically advanced telephones in the world is not lost on me. Still, I guess most people would be using a Windoze 7 pc which understands MTP straight out of the box, and not need the Cli.

On the other hand rooting was as easy as pie, a simple “fastboot oem unlock” and flash an insecure boot image and install the superuser binary, took about five minutes. Swings and roundabouts I guess.

Poisoning The Well

Just a quickie, as I’m actually building up to a post about Stephen Lawrence (seeing as it’s Racism Week) so I’ll be brief…

OH has a post up about HS2 in which he says:

If business wants a high speed rail network, business knows what it has to do. Raise the capital and build one – build it and they will come. But no, our glorious politicians are FAR too interested in the glory of the State for national infrastructure to be left to people who actually have money to risk

It strikes me that this will never happen, so long as the State is involved. Business may well know that they need a High Speed Rail service across the country, but they simply will never ever build one. Why? It has been pretty obvious since HS1 was mooted that eventually these lines would be built (at taxpayer’s expense) across the country so why bother? Why risk the capital when you can get the cow for free? /metaphormix

Of course, it will be cocked up. If HS1 is anything to go buy, it will be a ghost train, visiting ghost stations as it will be far too expensive for the majority of people to use on anything but the most splendid of occasions (or people being sent by work, on expenses, in which case it would still be cheaper to send them by car. Hell, I’VE been on HS1 on expenses and it would have been cheaper for work to send me by bus and pay the overtime. Or by DHL, come to that) especially as they have ALREADY PAID for the bloody thing. As a government vanity project subsidised by our bottomless (ha!) pockets there will be no incentive to cut prices to make more money through higher use (or cut costs through efficiencies in building and operating it) as there would be in the private sector.

Instead of a useful piece of infrastructure built by entrepreneurs we will get another expensive Blue Elephant. And Yesterday Cameron was taking on ‘Crony Capitalism???’ Don’t make me LAUGH.

Is This Why The Police Held Back?


Never let a crisis go to waste, after all. Let’s face it, tighter internet regulation is something every government wants and an excuse like the Capital in flames doesn’t come along every day.
We could also point out (and many have) that the Police are very good at getting tough on drunks and students, but chicken out when it comes to actual criminals- they do it every day so when the criminal element is out en masse it is hardly surprising… however, rumours abound on the -shall we say- less reputable websites that the Met were ordered to hold back.
More on the civil disorder from me later, when I’ve organised my thoughts.

Ban It!

Predictably, the latest Medal Of Honour game has come under fire because, being set in Afganistan, players can play as the Taliban and “Kill British Soldiers” (although you can’t) making the game “disgusting” and “un-British,” according to Liam Fox at least. This being the same Liam Fox who personally helped kill British soldiers in real life by voting for the invasion of Iraq, which is presumably fine.

This is far from the first time that the morally superior have called for a popular thing to be banned, although I haven’t been aware previously of bans being required for purely patriotic reasons…