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Why the story must come first

A little while back, I had the chance to listen to Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent talk. My overriding memory of that talk however was not of the insightful comments he made or the question I asked him though. No, my overriding memory of the event was that he was trialing Google Glass and he had this ugly white plastic lump on his face. In a way, somebody wearing a Google Glass is like someone who willingly has an unfortunate facial tattoo. You know you shouldn’t stare, but you find yourself somehow unable to, and what the person was…
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Three Minutes… To describe why you hate Southeastern Trains

Three minutes, as in the period of time. It sounds like something you’d be expected to write about in school after annoying the teacher. I mean, what is there to write about the topic of three minutes? What if we then multiply those three minutes by five, as in the number of days in a working week. We now have a number of 15. Fifteen minutes is enough to actually do something useful… Or not, but it is enough time to do something. It is also the amount of time on average that Southeastern, the train company I find myself…
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RIP Neil Armstrong

I was sad to read this morning that Neil Armstrong has passed away at the age of 82. It has however been suggested that he would not be amused by all this attention being lavished on him since he considered himself a “nerdy engineer” doing a job for his country. His family said “Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.” He was more than that though, he was an inspiration to millions and for that reason alone he deserves all the praise and admiration he has received.

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Why I feel sorry for Julian Assange

I don’t for one second believe that Julian Assange is whiter than white, and if there was an offence of looking ‘shifty’, then send him down because he’s as guilty as hell. So why is he sitting as a political refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy? Some journalists are suggesting its because he’s trying to escape the equivalent of rape charges in Sweeden while George Galloway has tried to “help” by suggesting that what he’s accused of is not really rape. So is Assange a rapist? I don’t know, and nobody seems to have all the facts, or is willing to…
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Celebrating the best of British

The technology press talks about how Steve Jobs had a “Reality Distortion Field” that he used to convince idiots to buy his underspecified and overpriced products. Yet even he couldn’t have achieved what has happened in London over the past fortnight. For two short weeks we have gone from being a country worries about debt, spending cuts and a double-dip recession to jumping on our seats cheering Mo Farah onto his two gold medals and Usain Bolt as he took the trebble in style, if not humility. The London olympics set out to showcase the best of British, and save…
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Seriously… Who falls for this?

I’d like to draw your attention to an email I received today, to complete it and to ask who the hell falls for this rubbish? From: jeny mabi – jennifermabi@hotmail.com Bcc: Callam McMillan – callam@callammcmillan.com Hello and how are you today, i am Jennifer a young girl with a good heartfor [sic] friendship. I felt we could make good friends and share good thoughtsand [sic] reasoning together, feel free to mail me anytime you may find convenient. Be expecting to read from you soon, do have a wonderful day andstay [sic] blessed. Jennifer. COME ON! If this doesn’t scream get…
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Hello World. This is London

On Friday night, along with a billion other people, I sat in front of the television to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Having been billed as the greatest show on earth and following hot on the heels of China four years ago it had to be something special. After the fiasco of G4S and the Korean flag cock-up, what we were presented with was a potted history of British culture with some a celebration of art, literature, film and music. In short, we didn’t disappoint. People scoffed when it was announced that Danny Boyle would be directing…
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The council and the NeverSeconds blog. Bullet meet Foot!

I remember reading about the NeverSeconds blog, which is a nine year old girl writing about her school lunches and raising money for a charity providing school lunches in African school a few months back, most likely on the BBC and thinking that’s nice, before moving onto more important news. Yesterday however the blog went from being a backwater internet site, sitting alongside the society for the observance of paint-drying’s blog to being on the front page of almost every major news website, both technical and otherwise throughout the world. Why? Her council decided to censor her. Big mistake. Lets…
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Why you shouldn’t expect privacy on the internet

If you stood in the doorway of your house, shouting how you murdered someone, while a TV news crew was standing next door; you would likely have a hard job of arguing you had a right to privacy, although I no doubt there are some lawyers that would try. Likewise, when you go virtually anywhere in the country, you’ll be recorded on CCTV at least once. So my question is, why should it be any difference on the internet? Let’s start with Google, the almost undisputed king of search and advertising, a handy little combination which contributed towards their multi-billion…
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Hey McLaren. What The Hell is going on?!

I would love to be a fly on the wall in a meeting between Martin Whitmarsh, Ron Dennis and Lewis Hamilton. I can’t imagine it would be a very pleasant meeting after the latest cock-up. Anybody that knows me knows that I am a Lewis Hamilton fan, I like his driving style and as I have written previously I think he has approached this season with a really good attitude which at the start led to a series of consistent podiums. Conversely, this is the third race in which he has been penalised by issues beyond his control. Firstly we…
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