Category Archives: Ruminations

General thoughts and occasional rants

Spam Email

Gosh spammers are starting to work hard. Normally you can see from the email address that it’s rubbish – for example a recent ‘linked in invitation’ was from “LinkedIn.Invitations” <83F85A3@kannenberg.g2n.de> Bit of a giveaway. This one though is almost to a … Continue reading

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The Path to Revolution

I read something a while ago that keeps coming back to haunt me. It’s in the introduction to Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution. Today there are a lot of actions by governments, particularly that belonging to the USA, that … Continue reading

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Job

So here is a question: I’ve just accepted a position with a new employer. I think it is reasonable to describe them as extremely choosey about the people they employ. I also was offered another position, and the employer in … Continue reading

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Current UK Economics

My 2 pence worth on the whole subject is that: if you buy the assertion that austerity is required, (for example, to maintain the rate at which the government can currently borrow to service it’s debts), the issue is not that public … Continue reading

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Strikes and Economics

Yes, it’s time for another rant about BBC reporting. The specific incident is a BBC reporter at an out of school club, reporting on the fact that some parents are having to spend money, to have their children looked after, … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Google

Good greif, either I have missed something obvious, or I have just experienced the cheapest piece of market manipulation EVAR. I have a new VM of Windows server I use for development, and I decided to set Google to my … Continue reading

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Adult Content 2

I’m not sure if this is more or less disturbing. It appears that this isn’t a government action, it was just conflated in earlier reports with a government website that is being set up to provide parents with a place … Continue reading

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Adult Content

Groan, time for another rant in the wilderness. So reported on the BBC this morning is a initiative to make “Adult Content” an opt in when you get an internet connection, you know: “to protect the kids”. Needless to say … Continue reading

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Spam

My new ISP dosn’t provide free spam filtering, but the mac’s email client  seems to sort it out. what gets me though is the content… Is it really profitable to hundreds of spam emails for penis enlargement? I mean, how … Continue reading

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Fear

Having fought git and svn to a standstill, I feel the need to comment on yesterdays march in london. Two things: Firstly, an article in the New Statesman which prompted the title of this post. Not the content of the … Continue reading

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