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Julian Bond
Re: Hurray! We are not headed for a disaster of biblical proportions - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"So how's that spreadsheet model working for you? The one where you feed in a value for yearly exponential growth in energy availability and then copy-paste it for the next hundred rows. Does it deal with the exponential growth in pollution and resource limits in other areas? To paraphrase Oliver Cromwell, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that your model may be of limited use in predicting objective reality." and go back and re-read "The Limits to Growth". JFC!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Too-big-to-fail banks implicated in $500 trillion fraud: biggest price-rigging scandal in history - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Why do you rob^H^H^H run banks? Because that's where all the money is!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Older techies and outliners - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"I wonder if more people are familiar with Mind Maps http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... as a way of brainstorming. Since mind maps are almost always tree structured, they can just easily be done in outline software as mind map software. As for me, I'm nostalgic for Agenda and have been for years now. But then I'm of a certain age and remember doing everything in PC-Dos text mode programs." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Is My E-Bike Legal? Electric Bike Law - http://www.electricbike.com/electri...
"Looking in from the outside, this seems completely insane to me. I can't get my head around the idea of a country (or group of countries) that doesn't have a single definition and set of laws for types of motor vehicles. So where's the trade body working to get this mess rationalised? How does the bicycle industry ever hope to expand the E-Bike market if the rules are different in every state and even city and town? There's a ot of money to be from consistency and standardisation. There's wisdom in the article though. If you look like a bicycle rider on a bicycle doing bicycle type things, you'll be treated like a bicyclist. So if it's legal for bicycles nobody in the law will care. Frat boys in SUVs will still throw beer cans at you. Joggers and horse riders will still swear at you. Everybody will hate you if you're stupid, but at least you won't get a ticket." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Wyndhamesque missives from Scarfolk, an English horror-town trapped in a 1969-79 loop - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Retrophilia is a dangerous disease that is highly contagious so please take all necessary precautions before reading these. Unchecked it can lead to Retromania and severe neck problems as the sufferer attempts to walk backwards into the future. If you see a child or young adult suffering from nostalgia for a future that didn't happen, predicted in a past that didn't exist from before they were born, then report them to the authorities immediately. We can't be too careful or society may drown in waves of vintage whimsy. 1970s http://andwhatwillbeleftofthem... 1980s http://facesonposters.blogspot... 1990s, 2000s http://upclosemaspersonal.blog... And http://moundsandcircles.blogsp..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Report: Ricin-to-president suspect may have been framed - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Since my country left me I found a new place to dwell. Its down at the end of lonely street, It's Ricin hotel. From Elvis Impersonator's Las Vegas period." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: When Do Babies Become Conscious? - http://www.wired.com/wiredsc...
"Q: When Do Babies Become Conscious? A: Usually at about 17 years, but some times never." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: How is a $12 phone possible? - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Actually no. Sim-Free, unlocked Nokia 100. £19.99 http://www.tesco.com/direct/si... less tax is £17.99 but that includes shipping half way round the world along with Nokia and Tesco's margins. Now yes, that's more than $12 but it's in the same ballpark." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: How is a $12 phone possible? - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Quite. I'm struggling to see what the story is here when I can find pretty much the same thing in Tescos. Meanwhile, what is it about CleverPhones that make them an order of magnitude more expensive?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Great Photoshop War, USA vs. North Korea - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"And for our frickin' laser eyes." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Elite Panic: why rich people think all people are monsters - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Especially in London, The Mobility is always with us. Just like The Poor. /s" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Feature: Motorcycle Backpacks - http://www.bikeexif.com/motorcy...
"I think the article forgot stuffing everything in bin liners and bungy-ing it to the pillion seat. More seriously I'm still searching for a 35litre rucksack but with plenty of bungy hooks on the outside to go on the pillion seat so it can be strapped down. The military understand the need for external fixings and the current trend there is to cover bags almost completely with webbing. Look at all the bags above and there's typically nothing on the outside to hook a bungy into. 25l isn't quite enough for a sleeping bag and bits for an overnight stay. And there's quite a few situations where you just want to grab the bag rather than leave it on the bike. For the same reasons a small tankbag works really well, not just as a stomach rest but as a place for valuables that can be grabbed and taken inside the restaurant or whatever. The other option here is throw over panniers but sports bikes are notoriously bad for this with high exhausts, wide plastics that scratch easily and limited..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Brits send "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" into music charts after Thatcher's death - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"It's probably a good thing that the study of history doesn't require you to be old enough to personally remember it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: HOWTO spot a counterfeit Aeropress - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"I think we need a kickstarter for a replacement Aeropress plunger that has space for a sealed coffee grounds container and another space for 10-25 or so filters. Creating a complete coffee production tool for 2-5 day road trips. Perhaps also including a  measuring spoon by re-purposing the lid or something." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"If she gets a full military funeral, does that mean Major and Blair will as well?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Walk 1.4 mi. in London, take photos of 140+ CCTVs - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"And. Evidence in after the fact prosecutions of high profile cases, rapid response to real time crime or prevention of crimes in the first place? So many questions thrown up by this post. Who owns them? Who's watching? How many are recorded for how long vs watched in real time? How many do Police have direct access to vs requiring a warrant to access? Do they have any effect on actual crime figures? How many belong to private traffic monitoring services or (outsourced) council parking enforcement services? The implication in most of these posts is that the UK is obviously a non-free police state because "cameras". Reality is more prosaic. UK maybe on the bleeding edge of technology usage but while they are everywhere, nobody's watching and they won't be until the singularity and then it will be an AI. If central counter terrorism has full access to every camera with face, profile and gait recognition and automatic crisis/riot prediction (which we know because of Spooks), then why..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Social novelty filtering (or Google Reader, R.I.P.) - http://blog.lmorchard.com/2013...
"Need to think about the share button. It needs to be a bit more heavyweight than a +1 button but less heavyweight than G+ or blogging and perhaps less than even Twitter. It's interesting that you wrote "Maybe offer an optional field for comment.". Absolutely critical to making this work is that the list of shared items is itself available as RSS/Atom+PSHB. And the same with any composite lists of shares aggregated from multiple people, the results of tags[1] or searches. Which is why it's intensely irritating that G+, Twitter, Facebook don't or no longer provide RSS/Atom+PSHB output. "hey look at this" is one of the most common internet games people play. There's been lots of attempts at code to support this game. Stumble, tumblr, del.icio.us, Reader sharing, Flipboard magazines, etc, etc, but nobody's ever really cracked it. Then there's the professionals who specialise in the game. "Novelty Curators". Whatever we come up with needs to support both casual and full time actors. The..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Cory's HOW I WORK interview - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"I think Aeropress are missing a trick here. There should be a model where the plunger also serves as a container for grounds and a small supply of filters. That would make a nice self contained coffee device for short trips. Are you still using the 3rd party metal filter? I couldn't get on with it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Attacks on punks and goths are now hate crimes in Manchester - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"But surely it was always a crime to beat the crap out of someone. Why should the reason (or lack of it) make a difference?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: We're not doing software right - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"Bruce Sterling has a good quote about this area: "Whatever happens to musicians will eventually happen to everybody." http://www.well.com/conf/inkwe... Needs quoting in full because it's equally applicable to Musicians, Journalists, Software engineers and many others. Come 2013, I think it's time for people in and around the "music industry" to stop blaming themselves, and thinking their situation is somehow special. Whatever happens to musicians will eventually happen to everybody. Nobody was or is really much better at "digital transition" than musicians were and are. If you're superb at digitalization, that's no great solution either. You just have to auto-disrupt and re-invent yourself over and over and over again. It's pretty awful to be a musician and have no possibility of health insurance (as Jaron Lanier keeps pointing out), but you could have been a Nokia engineer. You'd have been blindsided even harder and faster, and you wouldn't even have had the girls and the weed." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Make a Twitter out of RSS - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"I'd really like to talk more about this project and flesh it out as I think there's some gotchas but also some potential wins. The problem is how to do that in a style that might actually get some attention and traction from people capable of helping build it. Back in the day, we'd start a mailing list and invite people to it. But whenever I tried to do that I couldn't get traction. And the FOSS world is littered with orphaned projects like that. So Dave Winer, Sull and others, where can we go and talk this out seriously? Meanwhile, Up thread Dave says 'The word "distributed" does not appear in this piece.' However I'm firmly of the opinion that something like this should be built as a set of conventions of use of open components and standards. So anyone can run a participating server, and each server could serve one author, a small group of authors or even thousands or millions of authors. So that looks distributed to me. Low volume php-Mysql hosting is so cheap now that even..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: ATM skimming comes to non-ATM payment terminals in train stations, etc - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"A quick google suggests there are some possible vulnerabilities but they're either not widespread yet or being hushed up because there's a LOT of money now wrapped up in Chip&Pin and because C&P is (mostly) secure the banks shifted all liability to the consumer except under extreme duress. http://krebsonsecurity.com/201... The puzzle as usual is why the US is now decades behind Europe. But as one commenter says, magstripe plus bank liability is slightly better for the consumer than mostly secure P&C plus consumer liability. And as always incomplete security is not secure." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: ATM skimming comes to non-ATM payment terminals in train stations, etc - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"I'm curious to know how much of a problem this is in countries like the UK, France where Chip&Pin has completely taken over. Does it actually make it impossible to skim like this or is the problem just covered up? Because the systems are well on the way to making us cashless with virtually every retail transaction over about £1 and outside bars being done by debit card." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Gas masks for babies, 1940 - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Bonus link: http://scarfolk.blogspot.co.uk... Can you see "The Scarfolk Nurse"?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Gas masks for babies, 1940 - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Are you my mummy?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Make a Twitter out of RSS - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"Instead of trying to build the big centralised system, what if we start by building a de-centralised system. Then later, people can provide the centralised one as a service. So we build the wordpress source code that people run on their own servers and wordpress the aggregated hosted system can come later. So I think what I need is a River of News aggregator running on a server somewhere. Next to this and part of it is the bit where I post my own updates. When somebody running another instance of this wants to follow me, they subscribe to my feed using PSHB or RSS-Cloud. This should interop with anything producing RSS/Atom feeds and just work better if they support push subscriptions. And similarly, the lightweight blogging part should be just another content source that knows how to play nicely. But now I'm thinking we've pretty much already got all these pieces. Lightweight blogging, river of news style aggregator, push subscriptions. At least in the principles, code libraries,..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Are "theory" and "hypothesis" dead? - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"So how is your mental model of this area of linguistics holding up? ;) Actually I'm all in favour of treating a lot of dogma as models. Maybe it would encourage a more evidence-based view of their accuracy and applicability. Or to paraphrase Oliver Cromwell, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that your model may be of limited use in predicting future states of objective reality."" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Sen Chuck Schumer took $100K from private prisons, now gets to help decide whether to send undocumented immigrants to jail - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"If the USA is going to outsource it's prison service, perhaps it should outsource it to China. UK, G4S and Serco, not a lot different." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Owl is wise to the monumental mischief of the Terror Twins! - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"While, The Bee is unaware of the magnaminous politeness of the Sad Clown!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: It’s Not Just Reader, Google Kills Chrome RSS Add-on Too - http://www.webmonkey.com/2013...
"Except that the Chrome Extension is back again. The author says, My RSS extension was removed by mistake but it is now up again on the webstore: https://chrome.google.com/webs..." - Julian Bond
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