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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Gareth Corfield, 21 Sep 14:40

Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

Worstall @ the Weekend We do have inequality, but that's not quite the same thing
Tim Worstall, 21 Sep 11:00

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

Crawling from the Wreckage Fags and booze to the rescue
John Watkinson, 21 Sep 08:01

Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

Game Theory Kickstarter funded fun-packed thrills
Lucy Orr, 19 Sep 13:31

4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Breaking Fad For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Steve May, 17 Sep 09:01

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Alistair Dabbs

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Alistair Dabbs is a freelance technology tart, juggling IT journalism, editorial training and digital publishing.

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Oh bloody hell, grandma, what have you done this time? “I thought that was obvious. It’s your birthday. I bought you a CD.” A CD? That’s so uncool. So unhip. Are you, like, square? “I remembered you used to like music when you were a student. Have you gone off it?” You no’ down wit’ da word, daddio. Grannio. CD is old. Is all …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Sep 2014
Rubber bands

Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

My stiff rubbery shaft is sticky. I have tried applying water, gentle detergents and even screen wipes but the stickiness of my rubber remains. It is sticky along its full length from tip to end and even my wife, who has tried to peel off the rubber, agrees that the shaft feels unpleasant in her hands. The next time I buy a …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Sep 2014

The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

We would know when Peter had scored the night before because he’d walk into the office rubbing his crotch. The “lucky” girl to have been the subject of his special favours would invariably trot in a few paces behind, beaming smugly at her colleagues. These were the 1980s. Today everyone is obsessed with arses – Miley Cyrus’s …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Sep 2014

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

My wife is looking at online porn again. This can happen accidentally to anyone from time to time, usually while reading through the results of perfectly innocent web searches such as oyster bar or prize giving head boy. But here my wife is scrolling through pictures of men being er... “serviced” from behind by women wearing …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Sep 2014

If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

This week I met a gun nut. I knew this immediately because he was an American with a moustache. Americans with moustaches are always gun nuts. Don’t blame me, I don’t make the rules. It is simply the way of things. Youtube Video Sitting down at a gala dinner, I found myself sharing a table with an amiable group of US citizens …
Alistair Dabbs, 31 Aug 2014

You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

On stage, the presenter barely pauses for breath as he shares his extraordinary knowledge with rapid-fire delivery. His audience is captivated, amazed, enthralled. Digital design students all, they are learning from a master of online retail what life is like at the cutting edge of user interaction, giving them a hint of the hi- …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Aug 2014