10 June 2016

It takes a village

The thing that has amazed me most about the Stanford rape case is that a fairly long list of people were apparently persuaded to write to the judge to ask that Brock Allen Turner be forgiven. Did his father call around to drum up support? I’m imagining a Bob Newhart style telephone call… Hi, It’s Dan Turner here. … Oh, pretty good. And you? … That’s great. Look, I’ll cut to the chase, I was wondering if I could ask you a favor. ... Read more

9 June 2016

I thought that was the point of a prison sentence?

Stanford student Brock Allen Turner raped a former student and was found guilty. He faced a sentence of up to 14 years in prison — but was given a 6 month jail sentence and probation instead. “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him … I think he will not be a danger to others”, said the judge…

7 June 2016

Spot the pattern

Part 1: Included in the 881 emails published Friday night are messages highlighting Clinton lobbying for a controversial Colombian trade deal she previously pledged to oppose. During her 2008 presidential run, Clinton said she opposed the deal because “I am very concerned about the history of violence against trade unionists in Colombia.” She later declared, “I oppose the deal. I have spoken out against the deal, I will vote against the deal, and I will do everything I can to urge the Congress to reject the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. ... Read more

5 June 2016

Microsoft’s downfall and pinning the blame on Ballmer

A Vanity Fair article tries to pin Microsoft’s downfall on Steve Ballmer: How could a company that stands among the most cash-rich in the world, the onetime icon of cool that broke IBM’s iron grip on the computer industry, have stumbled so badly in a race it was winning? First of all, Microsoft was never an icon of cool. Unless you happen to live or work in Redmond I’m betting you’ve never seen anyone wearing a Microsoft T-shirt, let alone someone cool. ... Read more

19 May 2016

Allo, goodbye

So, Google are releasing another messaging/conversation app. After Google Talk, Hangouts, Voice, Google+ Chat, Wave, Gmail chat, Messenger and Spaces, comes Allo. You’d think that after eight attempts, Google would have learned what it needs to do to make a chat app succeed, but no: Allo doesn’t have SMS integration. Director of engineering Erik Kay says the diversity of Android hardware precludes Google from creating an iMessage-like system that co-opts SMS, according to The Verge. ... Read more

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