Here’s what I tagged on del.icio.us between February 4th and February 9th:
- Can Social Technology help prevent Genocide? | internet.artizans – Interesting and well-argued post- and not just because it mentions one of my columns
- BBC NEWS | Technology | Are the watchers being watched? – My latest BBC column
- Another blogger thinks I’m biased – but I’m only biased in favour of good stuff!
[As ever, you can read this on the BBC News website]
Members of the British Parliament have been shocked to discover that one of their number was bugged by the secret service, violating the forty-year old ‘Wilson doctrine’ that offers MPs immunity from the sort of snooping they are happy to allow on the rest of us.
Two conversations between Tooting MP Sadiq Khan and Babar Ahmad were apparently recorded in the prison where Mr Ahmad is being held on remand while awaiting deportation to the United States on charges relating to his support for terrorism.
The real problem for MPs, of course, is not that they will be specifically targetted for surveillance but that they will inevitably be caught up in operations against other people.
I was distraught when Drakes bike shop on Hills Road closed as I’d been buying cycles there for over twenty years, and I had always found them reliable, reassuring and efficient. Fortunately I’ve found an alternative – Blazing Saddles on Cherry Hinton Road.
And they are wonderful….last Friday I was cycling in to the railway station on my way to London when I finally accepted that the poor brakes I’d been putting up with for a few months had reached the end of the line. Since I was planning to take my bike with me – it’s the easiest way to get to and from City University – and didn’t want to end up under a bus outside King’s Cross I popped into Blazing Saddles intending to buy new brake blocks and do the repair on the train.
The owner took one look at the bike, advised me that I needed a new cable too and when I asked if there was any possibility of doing it for me took pity on me and sent me to a nearby cafe for a quick coffee while he did the job in 15 minutes. He even pumped up the tyres and refused to take extra for the job.
So I’m alive, my students are happy and I think they are wonderful. Next time you need your bike serviced, it’s the place to go.
Here’s what I tagged on del.icio.us between February 1st and February 3rd:
- Effects of Fibre Outage through Mediterranean – SLAC Confluence – Nice analysis
- ‘Facebook fatigue’ kicks in as people tire of social networks | The Register – real numbers, it seems
Here’s what I’ve tagged on del.icio.us on January 31st:
- Fixing US broadband: $100 billion for fiber to every home – he US is in desperate need of 100Mbps “big broadband.” That’s the conclusion of a new report from EDUCAUSE (PDF), a group that represents IT managers at over 2,200 colleges and universities. But these 100Mbps connections are coming slowly; in the meantime
- Broadcast TV’s Demise – More Fiction Than Fact – Seeking Alpha – This is so wrong on so many levels it’s hard to know where to start..