Google Sins

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE It appears the British left have added irony to the list of senses they are prepared to rid themselves of as they continue to take on the crudeness of their American cousins, with attacks against the man famed for refusing to appease Hitler now regarded as victories amongst our anti-fascists. Despite finding newfound reverence from the more feral corners of the left, … Continue reading Google Sins

Machine Hypocrisy

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Attend an Extinction Rebellion meeting and there are dozens of iPhones and laptops on show. Did you know you can buy Extinction Rebellion decals to stick on your car bumper – you know, near the exhaust pipe? Visit the anti-capitalists at Momentum headquarters and the place is more dripping in capitalist tech than you’d imagine. There’s a Fairtrade café in Bristol cram-packed … Continue reading Machine Hypocrisy

End HS2 – the Countryside Vandal

BY BEN EVERITT HS2 Ltd continues to cause outrage and disbelief in my part of the countryside with ‘enabling works’ and ‘de-vegetation’. Somehow contractors are allowed to continue the project’s environmental vandalism, even though the whole caper is currently officially on hold. It’s a monumental waste of money and it’s an answer to a question that no-one’s asking. When I travel to London for work … Continue reading End HS2 – the Countryside Vandal

Big Tech Too Big

BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND “I am not a number, I am a free man!” So began the seminal 60s TV series, The Prisoner. Upon recently revisiting this evermore prescient work by the sorely missed Patrick McGoohan, I was struck by the thought; ‘I wonder what he witnessed?’, as it is chock full of the echoes of future-shock. “Be seeing you” the characters chirpily say to one … Continue reading Big Tech Too Big

Getting Ahead to Enjoy the Classics at a Distance

Country life is the only life I could imagine. As much interest as the city can hold when it comes to newer developments, living in it is not a price which I, or many others, would pay to enjoy such rarities. Instead, I’ve found a lot of luck recently turning to more technological solutions. It requires a little knowledge work getting here, for sure, but … Continue reading Getting Ahead to Enjoy the Classics at a Distance

Trolls Banned from Public Office?

BY JAMIE FOSTER Currently government proposals are being considered that would prevent online trolls who intimidate election candidates or campaigners from standing for public office. The length of a ban from standing for or holding public office will be part of a consultation. At present in extreme cases of intimidation there are jail sentences available for those who commit these offences. It feels like this … Continue reading Trolls Banned from Public Office?

Why the Hysteria?

BY CRYPTO Humans are essentially tribal, people with similar traits and beliefs group together. You can see this played out on the Internet every day. It’s very clear. Ancient humans understood this early on and realised if you can set the base axioms for a group, the narrative, i.e. answer the mother of all questions, what’s the meaning of life. Then you can control and … Continue reading Why the Hysteria?

Becoming Digitally Invisible

BY PAUL ELLIS In today’s world it seems that our lives and everything we do are captured digitally. Nothing we do can escape ‘Big Brother’. You make a quick call to a friend, your service provider knows where you are as your phone connects to three mobile phone masts.  If you use Google they also know your exact location within 50 metres, something not known … Continue reading Becoming Digitally Invisible

Facebook No Mindbender

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I don’t like Facebook. I don’t like the insidious way it has crept into every aspect of our social lives, I don’t like that it has succeeded in turning invite into a noun and inbox into a verb and I don’t like the way it has democratised stupidity.  hun x Yet with all the shabby hypocrisy of an A-list celebrity preaching about … Continue reading Facebook No Mindbender

The Silencing

BY MANDY BALDWIN What is it with Twitter?  As a forum for public speech – which it purports to be – it’s inadequate, when you think about it.  Anyone worth their salt gets suspended eventually and staff have been covertly filmed gleefully discussing their tactics for crushing dissent, or wrongthink, which, along with Hate Speech, must stand as a concept scary enough to have the … Continue reading The Silencing

Going Hi-Tech for Better Driving

BY ANNE CHIE New technology follows us wherever we go—quite literally—especially on the road. Even the least adventurous among us bring at least a few electronic devices with us, and it’s easy to see why all this tech has changed the way we live, much less travel. But road trips are road trips, and all that we’ve come to love about them will probably never … Continue reading Going Hi-Tech for Better Driving

99 Twitter Accounts That Follow Back

BY NICK NURNBERG See below a list of 99 Verified Twitter accounts you should follow who will follow back. NB These accounts are actual humans whose behaviour can change from time to time.   The LIST – https://twitter.com/ginblossoms https://twitter.com/chyna_cymone https://twitter.com/sherylunderwood https://twitter.com/CSquireMagazine https://twitter.com/bumblefoot https://twitter.com/movistar_es https://twitter.com/latinprince https://twitter.com/gnm888 https://twitter.com/gilbertoperez https://twitter.com/capriottis https://twitter.com/ahmalcolm https://twitter.com/beachpillows https://twitter.com/bluehousekorea https://twitter.com/coxbusiness https://twitter.com/edstetzer https://twitter.com/endcape https://twitter.com/ericschiffer https://twitter.com/flack4ric https://twitter.com/footwerkband https://twitter.com/jaloes https://twitter.com/katieraml https://twitter.com/ken_brewer https://twitter.com/korya_mckj https://twitter.com/domwightmangb https://twitter.com/lou https://twitter.com/mokobe113 https://twitter.com/paulpoteet https://twitter.com/radioaricka https://twitter.com/ronedmondson https://twitter.com/slsoContinue reading 99 Twitter Accounts That Follow Back

How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I realised my mistake straight away. Rather than add to the Saturday morning congestion of a busy, mixed-use street, I had opted to drive onto the wide, empty car park at the side of an NHS surgery. The moment I crossed the threshold, I saw the camera. The terms and conditions were printed on a small wall-mounted sign: vehicle owners must register … Continue reading How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys

Autonomous for UK Autonomy

BY MICK CROSSLEY For townsfolk like those in Boston in Lincolnshire, the EU Referendum gave them an opportunity to protest about the mass immigration which had so altered their lives. In counties like Lincolnshire, large numbers of farm worker immigrants had begun to change the face of local rural communities as well. Many so-called Native Britons there were getting fed up with the new influx of … Continue reading Autonomous for UK Autonomy

Let’s Get Physical

BY PAUL ROBINSON Actually, let’s not. It’s only fair to warn you this piece is about servers, big computers, so you have the opportunity to disappear and wash your hair or something. Few companies these days run their business without the use of computers and, once larger than a relatively modest size, the organisation needs to centralise its data to allow sharing and avoid duplication. … Continue reading Let’s Get Physical