Brexit Smexsit.

Whether we are in or out of the European Union isn’t even close to being the thing which prevents “us” from taking back “control” in this country. Whatever your “Us” vs “Them” may be. Most of us live in places where our votes don’t even count. Safe seats in the UK: 382 Total seats in…

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Preaching to my choir

I never really believed the polls when they were predicting like half of all votes would be voting Tory, so I’m not sure there’s been as much of a swing as is reported really, more like a polls-error-correction. Through most of the elections I’ve been really aware for, there’s been little choice on offer frankly.…

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Existential comics

Existential Comics this week is easily one of their best. I wonder if that counts as interfering with the election? Not like in a CIA, way, not even in a Russia way, but more in a geek-in-the-basement way, which is easily the coolest. http://existentialcomics.com/comic/186

I watch the election debate so you don’t have to.

An IRC translation of the election debate, written with prejudice. Mod: Look, this is still cool. We had them all last time. It’s like an elimination round. A spin-off show. This is like the Elections Little Brother or something. Intro Statements ======================= Green: After the war, we actually invested in our country and made all…

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Holloway

I live over the road from Holloway Prison. But Holloway Prison is no longer a prison. The last of the inmates escaped last year. When I say “Escaped” I mean “were transfered to other, hopefully better, prisons”. And it’s the government’s intention to sell the land to developers, basically. I can see an argument for…

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Audacity ramble

The thing about when the audio-editing software “Audacity” crashes on you (which it has done on me several times tonight) is that at least you get to step back from your standing desk and throw your arms out and exclaim “How DARE you have the AUDACITY to just suddenly lock up right THEN!? When I…

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miles

My phone keyboard app tells me that I have swiped a mile with it now. That’s done in, roughly, a year. Depending on whether it’s counting distance racked up on the old stolen phone. I think this is low, compared to most folk’s who use a Swype-style swiping keyboard. For Swift Key isn’t really about…

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EU Robot

The EU parliament have written a report on the regulation of robots in the EU. It’s pretty good, all in all. Asking many of the right questions, suggesting some reasonable answers. And a few unreasonable ones, but hopefully that’ll get ironed out in subsequent drafts. It’s stupidly long and detailed with no beauty and is…

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I hate windows

Somehow or another my “offline” login to my Windows box seems to have been changed during the last session to an online account attached to my email address but with a different password that I don’t know. It tells me I can change this at screwyoucustomer.microsoftarebastards.com Presumably if you own Windows you’re expected to have…

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VPN

As you may know, the government have passed their Snoopers Charter retro-actively legalizing their spying on all citizens, legalizing lying in court about where they get their evidence, and promising that in future they’ll ensure your complete browsing history is available to everyone from MI5 through the Food Standards Agency to the Gambling Commission. You…

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democracy

Read two great posts this evening. One, from Paul Arbair (great name, great profile picture) here: https://paularbair.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/trump-and-the-autumn-of-democracy/ One from the better-known George Monbiot, writing in the Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/25/13-crises-we-face-trump-soil-loss-global-collapse George was the guy who first pointed me at Paul Arbair in the first place (though not that Arbair post), but even despite that they seem…

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Keypad

Observations upon owning a keyboard with a separate number-pad for a few days It’s really nice having the mouse that bit closer to the right hand. It’s not about the reach, or the time it takes to traverse the reach, it’s mostly about the angle of your muscles and bones during use. Mouse-work is BAD…

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Phone Keyboards

The N900 is still by far my favorite of all the phones I ever owned, and it was so for three main reasons. Number one: The slide-out keyboard. When I had that keyboard, the best email-interface was still just Mutt over a terminal. Which is to say, the best and most efficient email-interface ever! A…

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N900

WTF Windows?

I’ve been using Windows again for a bit. The VR stuff that I wanna play with just isn’t there outside Windows yet. It’s very annoying. But obviously the machine is Linux underneath. Boots into Linux by default. But I’m mostly actually using that machine for Unity3d stuff and VR stuff and it’s left in Windows…

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Email

I have finally given up trying to run my own email server. None of my MX records point at myself anymore. Not only will Google be getting a copy of every email I receive from now on (which they mostly already had on account of being sent from Google in the first place), but now…

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Sci Fi Stories

Since Drunkman is finished, I’d been doing some more Tentacles writing. This was going okay, but then I got distracted by owning a VR headset and downloading Unity3d (a game-writing engine) and now I’ve found myself building a VR game instead. There will be some devlog on that at some point too I guess, but…

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Space

media

So the Labour Party Leadership election is over and the media coverage of it has been truly some of the worst journalism I’ve ever witnessed. The whole conversation has been terrible. If our news media were half way sensible they would not be talking about whether or not a particular train a particular man sat…

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Malone

This is a 60 minute talk (plus 30 minutes Q&A) about TTIP given by David Malone, the Green Party Leadership candidate I’m most likely to vote for at the moment. I think these next two or three years now, as our country negotiates a bunch of bi-lateral trade agreements to replace the cushy relatively-democratic deal…

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Too long and overly opinionated guide to the Green Party Leadership Elections 2016

All the parties are having leadership elections over the next few months. The Tories are picking between what appear to be a shower of literal monsters. Half the Labour MPs are trying to ensure their most popular candidate doesn’t stand for some reason. Much has been written about that, but the Greens just have an…

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Stabby MPs

Imagine that you’re a Labour MP and you think Corbyn is what the media have been spinning him as: a hopeless unelectable incompetent throwback from a past age who will surely doom us all. You think, for some bizarre reason, that Corbyn is to blame for the Brexit insanity rather than it being Cameron’s fault.…

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Stabby MPs

Thing is, the Stabby MPs (that should be the name for the new political party they are going to inevitably have to form now) are certainly right that our media’s reaction to Corbyn and to any hint of any diversity in politics at all is a joke, and you probably can’t actually win elections that…

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It’s not about the money

It’s not about the budget What passes for democratic debate in this country is apparently mostly squabbling over how many millions some made-up tea-bag predictions say you’ll make or lose personally if you’re in or out. Gah. Economic projections aren’t really important either way compared to the political, constitutional issues. Sovereignty. Democracy. The very future…

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Dao Hack

I’ve mentioned The Dao before. Called it a kind of digital distributed democratic dragons den, and noted that 10% of all Etherum, a hundred million dollars, was now controlled by a software contract. And an exploit was found in that software contract, practically as soon as transactions were allowed, and money started draining from it…

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Distributed Digital Democratic Dragon’s Den

An Etherum distributed-app has arguably become the biggest crowd-sourced project ever, pulling in a hundred million dollars worth of crypto-currency Ethereum. It’s called the DAO. It’s basically a digital investment fund that’ll be controlled by digital voting of the share-holders and (if the voting goes as the folks who wrote it seem to want at…

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AutoStripper

The first ever episode of DevLog made with the AutoStripper. Video-Editing credit must go to my robot, the Auto-Stripper. Not all of it, unfortunately. But most of it. More of it next time. More still the time after that I hope. If you want an infinite stream of video-editing jobs done, give them to a…

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What is anarchism?

Should anarchists want to ban money? Money is certainly a way that some human beings exert power over other human beings. If you’re an “anarchist” then you want to remove ways that some human beings have power over other human beings. No? Thus: Eliminate money. But this is basically just us trying to determine what…

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Persuasion

I’ve been reading Scott Adams’ blog since so long ago I don’t remember when I first added his RSS feed to my reader. Before most people knew what an RSS reader was. Though, do they even now? I have a poor grasp on what others understand or remember, or indeed what I remember myself. Ages…

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Star Wars Force Awakens – Spoiler Free Review.

So, basically-spoiler-free star-wars-7 review you say? Perfectly decent film, solid four stars. Nothing to complain about that you can’t level equally at the first three. Interesting and engaging story, pretty to look at, plenty of space-ships and explosions. Even tentacle monsters. More dying-people than I’d have expected. Especially for a kids movie. Most horrifyingly at…

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Queen Reminder

Just a reminder. The queen we have today is our queen because her dad’s dad’s dad’s mum’s dad’s dad’s dad’s dad’s mum’s mum’s dad’s mum’s dad’s mum’s dad’s mum’s dad’s dad’s dad’s dad’s dad’s dad’s dad’s dad’s dad’s mum’s dad’s dad had one of his army shoot the previous thief in the eye with an…

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A couple of short stories.

Spent the last half hour of tonight writing a couple of responses to Reddit’s Writing-Prompts While many of your brethren secretly maintain various positions of power around the world, you’re not hiding the fact that you’re a Reptilian (Thus proving your species is real.) as you run for office. They call me “Bob”. It’s not…

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Universal Ardour V0.4

Another version of this damned song. Now it has laser sounds, and the whole idea of a guitar-solo is ditched in favour of some synth stuff. Suspect this is about as far as it can go before actual studio-versions rather than scratch-versions of all the different parts are done. Which is probably good, coz the…

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Mark Steel’s Rant.

Mark Steel’s rant after Labour turned him down is funny and true. When I first saw Blair’s quote: The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below. This is not a moment to refrain from disturbing the serenity of the walk on the basis it causes ‘disunity’.…

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Mathematical Universe

I read Max Tegmark’s book “The Mathematical Universe” in which he describes his career in science in a autobiographical way while exploring cosmology and the wider story of how we came to believe the universe is how it is. In depth microwave-background radiation analysis, the mapping of it matching the models pretty well, validating cosmological…

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AI Breakthough!

Scott Arronson here talks to the AI in today’s news. Turing Test failed in one question. Obviously http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=1858

New Old Trek

http://www.startrekcontinues.com/star-trek-continues-episode-2-lolani/ Watched the non-profit fan-made “Star Trek Continues” episode two this morning. It was bloody awesome. Just like having proper Original Series back for an hour. Ethical quandaries, green sexy slave girls, moral ambiguity, mayrtarism, Bawling uncivilized space monsters. That’s what Classic Trek is all about, right? Anyway, you should watch it, and weep that…

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Levels Of Lies

1) Newspaper reports celebrity “under fire”, when it’s the newspapers doing the firing2) Newspaper reports Dawkins as saying kids shouldn’t be read fairy-tales, when in fact he just said he’d like some research done on whether that helps or not, his suspicion is that it’s harmless.3) Russel Brand notices the first lie, and calls it…

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Emperors New Mind

So I finished reading the Roger Penrose book “Emperors New Mind” this week. I expected to disagree with it far far more than I actually did. The majority of what he says in it is true and sensible and interesting and in general where he taught me new things he taught me *why* those things…

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