Tag: BBC

  • Google’s founders are less humble (and jetless) than you think

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    Casting around for an example of the simple life to use in an Arab-bashing column, veteran columnist and editor Alexander Chancellor alighted on what he must have thought was the perfect foil to the free-spending Saudis.

    It appeared right there in front of him, on his PC, nestling between some coloured balls.

    Unlike Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, wrote Chancellor on Saturday, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin “don’t have private jets, Rolls-Royces, yachts or any of the other pointless … Read More

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  • Sadville is great for bubblewrap kids – BBC

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    TV shrink Tanya Byron blamed over-protective parents for keeping “bubble wrap” kids away from real social interaction and tethered to technology such as the internet, we reported yesterday.

    The government is hiring Byron to tout a “Live Consultation”, soliciting views on how the internet might affect children. That’s your taxes at work, Part One.

    How odd then that the BBC, while making deep cuts in real current affairs coverage, is investing heavily in “virtual worlds”. That’s your taxes at work, … Read More

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  • Really Stupid Things People Say About Technology. No.38,014

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    Two items of interest for those of you who collect Really Stupid Things People Say About Technology.

    [The first plea for Web 2.0 corporate welfare I had noticed. It came from The Guardian]… Read More

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  • With Horizon, the BBC abandons science

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    BBC TV’s venerable science flagship, Horizon, has had a rough ride as it tries to gain a new audience. It’s been accused of “dumbing down”. That’s nothing new – it’s a criticism often leveled at it during its 42 year life.

    But instead of re-examing its approach, the series’ producers have taken the bold step of abandoning science altogether. This week’s film, “Human v2.0”, could have been made for the Bravo Channel by the Church of Scientology. The subject … Read More

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  • The Canonization of St.Bill

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    St Bill of Shephards Bush

    If William Henry Gates the Third’s philanthropic work leads to him being canonized one day as the first secular saint of our times, I won’t stand in the way of the celebrations. Geeks get things very out of proportion, and the value of saving even one life should be more apparent to everyone than the cost of a poorly written Windows USB stack. When Microsoft is criticized, while the practices of arms dealers, pharmaceutical companies and extraction cartels around the … Read More

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  • BBC seeks ‘Digital Assassins’

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    What if they held a digital media revolution – and nobody came?

    The BBC is having trouble finding citizens to attend a conference devoted to the exciting new world of Citizens Media.

    It’s a Beeb-sponsored day about the “democratization of the media”, but despite a 50 quid bribe to attend – that’s more than you get for appearing on Newsnight or Radio 4’s Today program, and the kind of practice we thought had been outlawed in the 1832 Reform Act … Read More

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