I’ve been saying for a very long time – back to 2006, I think, but the earliest TYReference I can find is that the difference among European countries that hopped into Iraq with both feet and those that didn’t is the difference between those who had independent satellite imaging and those who didn’t. This is…Read More Whoosh
I notice people are whining about BBC “payoffs” again. This is pathetic. If the BBC is meant to be independent, that means politicians of all descriptions shouldn’t be able to threaten the people who work there with the sack. This can be achieved in two ways – either we take the politicians’ power over the…Read More The price of BBC independence. In favour of cynical payoffs
So, to summarise this post a bit, here are some insights: 1) The Curzon Foundation website has been up since February 2010. The various Curzon companies have existed for the same period of time, one succeeding the other as they successively failed to file accounts and got struck off. It looks very much like each…Read More 10 insights on the Biryani Project
Randy McDonald, and probably others, seem to have found the Afzal Amin piece baffling, so I thought I’d draft a brief explainer as follows. Afzal Amin, potential Tory MP and ex-army officer, tried to incite the EDL to stage a provocative demonstration in his heavily Muslim constituency during the campaign, while also inciting a group…Read More More questions on the Biryani Project.
There’s a bit more on the war of Coulson’s Clearance here, from Robert Peston, who I seem to remember attracted attention back in 2011 as being oddly pro-Murdoch. I know the answer to why Coulson was not given top level security vetting in 2010. What happened was that Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood had decided…Read More heywoood, always up to no goood
I’ve recently seen someone from the Satellite Applications Catapult come up on the UKNOF mailing list, asking about how best to get dark fibre from their Harwell offices into London with a view to distributing lots of satellite imagery. Obviously a CDN is the way to go, but the first thing that came to mind…Read More Satellites to new heights
Show me your Kim Philby and I’ll show you your concerns. Ever since his defection, British writing on the iconic spy has always reflected the anxieties of society at the time of writing, modulated by the latest lot of declassified documents. What else could it do, faced with such a character, a man who couldn’t…Read More Kim Philby and a web of trust
A really intelligent blog contribution from someone who is a weird kind of Tory-Lib Dem hybrid as far as I can make out. Here goes: I was always under the impression the intention of matching 15% of US commitment in order to earn Framework Nation Status with the command input that entails. If we take…Read More Quality comment
So YPlan. It’s a neat enough proposition. Basically, it’s a way of getting rid of spare tickets, or if it gets big enough, guaranteeing a minimum sale. It buys up what’s left. It asks new users some questions and runs a weighted Bayesian classifier to guess what they might accept and pushes recommendations to them.…Read More The threat of preference modification
http://t.co/WhC091O2ie > The Sun will soon know where you buy your cans of lager. probably also a guess at your local #creepy #bigdata — Alex Harrowell (@yorksranter) July 31, 2013 So, the Sun is on the move. This was a bit of a surprise to me, what with News reorganising to separate the UK papers…Read More Get involved.