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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

Episode 10 Even printer salesmen get the blues
Simon Travaglia, 22 Jul 11:00

She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Those backup passwords aren’t for everyone
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Jul 09:42

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Review Trek works when the struggle is within, not when the fights are fast and furious
Mark Pesce, 20 Jul 15:02

Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Time for trouble (make it double)
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Jul 09:29

BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

Episode 9 Just slap on our custom VR headset, Boss
Simon Travaglia, 15 Jul 09:05

Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

In China, they get it, QR codes are like money and mobile payments are everywhere
Mark Pesce, 13 Jul 06:29

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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.

We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

Worstall @ the Weekend There's an old jokule, vaguely traced back to Mark Twain, that the people of the Isles of Scilly used to eke out a living by taking in each others' washing. Yes, another economic thigh slapper: but the really weird thing is that for all of us seven billion humans in aggregate, we do really do that. This is something that makes …
Tim Worstall, 25 Oct 2015
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R&D money for science – from your taxes?

Worstall on Wednesday The Observer treats us to another one of those give us more money pieces. This time it's a call from Athene Donald, a professor of experimental physics at Cambridge, telling us all how neither the government nor private companies spend enough money on research and development. Therefore, of course, we must all be taxed so that …
Tim Worstall, 21 Oct 2015
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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

Worstall @ the Weekend So here's a fun little game for a Sunday morning: what was, or is, the third great invention of all time? I have a candidate for it and it's very much to do with what youse guys do all day. But I'm not entirely sure that it is the proper winner of third place: certainly, most economists wouldn't rate it there at all. Of course …
Tim Worstall, 18 Oct 2015
Don Draper is Sad

Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

There's worry out there that the spread of ad blockers will kill off the internet. Or at least, the idea that people are paid to create stuff for it but that people aren't charged to look at it. You know, like, umm, El Reg. This has all come up as Apple has allowed the technology in iOS9, and people started to offer the …
Tim Worstall, 14 Oct 2015
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OH GROSS! The real problem with GDP

Worstall @ the Weekend Last week, when I wrote a column about the nature of cold hard cash from a rabid free marketeer point of view, commenter Chris Miller asked about the intricacies of GDP: is it actually a bad measure of how well-off we all are or is it used just because it's simple to calculate? Basically, the answer is “yes”. With a few minor …
Tim Worstall, 11 Oct 2015
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What is money? A rabid free marketeer puts his foot in lots of notes

Worstall @ the Weekend Several of you have asked for the skinny on what money actually is. So, here's the full fat Worstall take on cold, hard cash. Answer: It's a way of keeping score. Who has the right to call upon the resources of others in that same society? And that, other than a couple of footnotes which we'll deal with overleaf, is pretty …
Tim Worstall, 04 Oct 2015