A geek joke

"the number of transistors on a semi-conductor chip has doubled every 18 to 24 months, as Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted, but the productivity gains from the improvements in information technology have come at only half that speed - a rule that one might call Demi-Moore's law"- Bhaskar Chakravorti shows that you can't take the "Ha" out of Harvard Business Review

Posted by Paul Joseph on 30 Mar 2004
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Why the Feds fear nanobots

The US govt's National Nanotechnology Initiative is poo-pooing the idea of nanobots. One theory runs that they are trying to downplay GM-style eco-backlash, according to this piece in <a title=""WHY THE FEDS FEAR NANOBOTS:" Interesting article from U.S. News, though unaccountably Mark Modzelew..." href="http://www.instapundit.com/archives/014772.php">U.S. News.

Posted by on 28 Mar 2004
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Females: Blogged Off

The passing of March 25th sees what I think is the first calendar month without an entry on the blog by a female. Back in Feburary in our anniversary blogged debate about how blogging had changed us, women notably didn't participate. So, why is this blog so male dominated? Is it to do with the nature of blogs, the type of things we post or something festering in the heart of politics? I seem to recall somebody sending round a link to a website that could deduce your gender from your sent...

Posted by Charlie Tims on 26 Mar 2004
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Offshore ethics again

Protectionists in the US whipping up a a storm about offshoring are wrongly focusing on gross - not net - numbers of job loses, thus missing the crucial nature of the economic forces at work, according to The Outsourcing Bogeyman by Daniel W. Drezner in Foreign Affairs.

Posted by on 26 Mar 2004
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Offshore benefits?

Just read an interesting Article in USA Today regaling the benefits of offshoring programming jobs from the US to India and China. The author, Kevin Maney, adopts the position that "This is absolutely not a zero-sum game," arguing that that such moves benefit both those who are able to pick up these jobs, and, ultimately, those who have lost them.The issue seems to be gaining in prominence - John Edwards' relatively protectionist approach became a central plank of his President...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 25 Mar 2004
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The Mouse is Mightier than "The Man"

Using an arsenal of technical jiggery pokery and raiding a superstore of intellectual property, Danger Mouse's "The Grey Album" takes the Beatles "White Album" and Jay-Z's "The Black Album" and cuts them together to form the bootleg to end all bootlegs. For those of you not familiar with any of the above this is the musical equivalent of boiling up mustard and strawberry ice cream to make turkey roast.Unsurprisingly, as soon as EMI got wind of this they s...

Posted by Charlie Tims on 25 Mar 2004
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Enter the Matrix

- The structure of the network society is dictated by forms of communiciation - all communication between state and citizen must take place through the media network, but other forms of citizen-to-citizen comunication (mobile phones etc) allow bottom up communication and mobilisation which is beyond the control of the centre- There is a crisis surrounding the nation state which is now typically more a hub for connecting networks than a site of power in itself - he pointed to the devolving of ...

Posted by James Page on 19 Mar 2004
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Let me out of here

Urgh... The Register has found another good reason for working from home.

Posted by Paul Miller on 18 Mar 2004
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After Madrid

It would seem that both September 11 and Madrid have one thing in common, as well as the obvious carnage and symbolism in the choice of targets. Both involved the disruption of complex systems (air and rail), networks which are necessary for living modern life. both systems in order to work demand that we have faith that they will do what they are supposed to do, safely, even if we are unsure exactly how they work. such systems are vulnerable to attack, precisely because of their complexity. ...

Posted by on 16 Mar 2004
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Towards a new politics of disability

The PropositionsONE - The most meaningful indicator of whether progress is being made in achieving equality for disabled people is in the individual experiences of disabled people.Many �objective� indicators obscure the issues still to be tackled since there is a tendency to think progress means fitting disabled people into society�s existing norms and priorities. The issue is further complicated by the fact that disabled people cannot be treated as a homogenous group. Wh...

Posted by Paul Miller on 15 Mar 2004
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