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Here’s my answer to the elves, cakes and gremlins puzzle. I’m quite sure this is not the only solution, and it may well not be the best solution, but I believe it works. I think the key to this puzzle is criterion 3: “Assuming there is at least one locker that remains empty throughout an […]

A while ago, following a line fault I wrote about why BT TotalCare is a total waste of money. I’m sad to say, following a line fault, the situation has not improved. This time, they fixed the fault in what I suppose is a reasonable period of time – that, you would have thought, was […]

Last week, Flexiant posted a whitepaper I had written, proclaiming that private cloud was ultimately dead. Jeremiah Dooley (who works in the office of the CTO at VCE) posted a thoughtful riposte yesterday. Firstly, I’d like to thank Jeremiah for taking the time to read the paper before commenting (not everyone did that), and most of all […]

Inspired by this Dilbert cartoon, for a bit of fun I decided to plot GDP as a percentage of national debt (from here, using IMF data) against mathematical ability for 15 years a while ago (from here). I kept it to European countries on the basis they would be at similar stages of development. Is poor […]

You may remember that around this time last year, Nominet announced a misguided proposal for a cosy relationship with law enforcement agencies. I’ve blogged several times before about this (here, here, here and here), but last week their issue group has come up with yet another revised set of draft recommendations that they will be […]

I’ve blogged several times before (here, here and here) about Nominet’s misguided proposal for a cosy relationship with law enforcement agencies. Their issue group has come up with a revised set of draft recommendations that they will be proposing to the board for adoption. As per last time, the same misguided principles remain. There has, […]

Forgive the attention-seeking title. I’ve blogged before (here and here) about Nominet’s misguided proposal for a rather too cosy relationship with law enforcement agencies (I say “Nominet’s” proposal, though it’s never been entirely clear whether the proposal emanated from SOCA, Nominet or both). Now their issue group has come up with a set of principles […]