Microsoft bringing SSH to Windows and PowerShell →

June 3rd, 2015

This is exciting! No SSH in Windows just seems so odd. Even Apple Macs have an SSH client and server built in!

Microsoft is going to work with OpenSSH to bring its SSH client and server to Windows.

Yippee!

I guess I better learn PowerShell, though.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a Roomba leaking pix of your home, forever →

May 26th, 2015

Carpet cleaning robots need lots of smarts to navigate around obstacles. And putting all that computing power on every one is expensive, especially when they’re only being used part of the time! With fast networking, there’s a great solution – outsource the heavy thinking to the cloud. Unless David Cameron has his way banning encryption, or we make it too easy for law enforcement and spies to access the servers:

But a camera-equipped networked robot that free-ranges around your home is a fucking disaster if it isn’t secure.

How do you tax a problem like Amazon? | Crunch Blog →

May 24th, 2015

The media are all getting excited about the tax Amazon will pay now that they’re recording UK sales in the UK. Except they’re forgetting that corporation tax is paid on profit, not revenue. And Amazon barely makes a profit…

It’s the profitable companies that we need to get paying more tax in the UK! Apple, Starbucks and Google. But maybe this will put more pressure on them.

Revealed: FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents | US news | The Guardian →

May 16th, 2015

The conservative government want to rewrite our human rights so that they don’t apply to “extremists”.

It won’t be long before all sorts of groups are rebranded as “extremist”… In fact it’s happening already.

The FBI, on classic environmental protesters:

“Many of these extremists believe the debates over pollution, protection of wildlife, safety, and property rights have been overshadowed by the promise of jobs and cheaper oil prices,” the FBI document states.

SPACESHIP!!!!!!!!!!! →

May 15th, 2015

Oscar and Daddy have their first movie-reference joke: “I could build a… SPACESHIP!”, from The Lego Movie.

Also; definitely going to be buying said spaceship made from 1980s technology. I just gotta find an excuse…

Who to vote for? →

April 18th, 2015

If you agree that surveillance is a huge issue to be addressed by the government, then check out this summary of the major party’s commitments.

The Green Party come out strongly saying surveillance needs to be targeted with judicial approval – i.e. Greens will stop blanket surveillance and bulk collection, and require warrants for targeted surveillance of suspected individuals.

Animation of solar eclipse →

February 14th, 2015

This animation is of the Earth, showing the shadow of the moon. Pretty incredible.

Via EarthSky which has some pretty interesting information about the eclipse.

Let’s talk about category structure and oppression! →

February 13th, 2015

Some really interesting stuff in this article about how and why we marginalise people without even being aware of it.

Policing by consent →

August 20th, 2014

The 9 rules of policing, laid down when London’s metropolitan police force was founded, are a pretty amazing set of principles.

Victory: format shifting and parody clear last hurdle →

July 30th, 2014

Hooray! It’s finally legal to rip your own CDs and listen to them on your computer/iPod/whatever. Still not legal to rip DVDs or Blurays though.