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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Breaking Fad Don’t bin your multichannel home cinema system just yet
Steve May, 13 Aug 13:41

Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Worstall on Wednesday Even Moore's Law can't help the architects of statism now
Tim Worstall, 13 Aug 09:28

Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Examining the frothy disconnect in indie cafe culture
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Aug 12:25

Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

Worstall on Weds Australia's National Ballsup Network
Tim Worstall, 06 Aug 08:03

What's the point of the Internet of Things?

Sysadmin blog World peace, natch, what did you think it was?
Trevor Pott, 05 Aug 22:07

BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

Episode 7 'We have to be sure the system works!'
Simon Travaglia, 01 Aug 10:28

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Tim Worstall

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Tim Worstall is an Englishman who has failed at many things. Thus his turn to writing, the last refuge of many who could make a living no other way. He is, as an example of his business and financial perspicacity, the head of the international scandium oligopoly: the only commodity which has not risen in price in the past decade.
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Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

There was much astonishment over at the New York Times as it explained that the big Silicon Valley tech firms, the Googles, Apples, Facebooks, aren't using the traditional services of the Wall Street bankers as they make their acquisitions. There are a number of reasons for this. As to whether this is all a good idea or not, …
Tim Worstall, 20 Aug 2014

Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

One of the perennials of the great economic debate is those who insist that if we centrally planned how the economy would run, it would all work much better than this messy competition, profit-and-loss and duplication-of-effort system we're stuck with at the moment. And it didn't all start with the Soviets. Back in late- …
Tim Worstall, 13 Aug 2014
Ten protestors at the NBN Day of Action

Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

That Australia's National Broadband Network is late, over budget and chaotically managed will come as no surprise to aficionados of government infrastructure projects. It's just the latest in a long and inglorious rollcall of politicians pissing our money away on things they simply don't understand. Ten protestors at the NBN …
Tim Worstall, 06 Aug 2014
iPhone forensics beaten image

YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

There's a nice little feuilleton in the New York Times looking at why everyone whines about their iPhone slowing down when Apple releases a new variant. Starting from a personal complaint by a professor, one of his students looks at the incidence for “iPhone slow” in Google Trends and notes that there's a leap every time a new …
Tim Worstall, 30 Jul 2014

Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

Ignoring the central insight and purpose of economics seems odd in an economics paper. You peeps here at El Reg are most unlikely to be regular readers of papers published by US body NBER, the National Bureau for Economic Research. So I've brought you one we can all puzzle over together (PDF here), "A Comparison of Programming …
Tim Worstall, 16 Jul 2014

Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

There has been much consternation in Middle America over Facebook's decision to ban from its advertising network a picture taken by a doting mother of a little girl pulling the woman's daughter's swimming costume down. The image is an homage to one of the iconic advertising images in the US, that of the little girl in the …
Tim Worstall, 09 Jul 2014