My customers on 3dhubs
use a variety of software packages to build the models they send me;
in theory, anything that produces files in obj or stl format will
work. Some are definitely better than others.
I tried to give it a fair shake. Really I did. But systemd has now
annoyed me to the point where I've been removing it from the systems
for which I'm responsible and bringing back sysvinit.
A recent news item on Revolv home hubs made me want to revisit my
feelings on the Internet of Things.
Many modern Linux systems assume that you will never have a root
shell. Instead, you are expected to prepend "sudo" to every root-type
This has been a year when "Internet of Things" devices became
relatively mainstream. Oh dear.
I have an idea for a relatively simple change which would remove some
of my objections to the use of electric cars. This is less blatantly
utopian than the last one.
Driverless cars, quite apart from privacy concerns, are solving the
wrong problem. Here's what I want to build to replace the majority of
transport infrastructure. It is unabashedly utopian.
There's a certain mentality in games (particularly wargames, but
others too) which seems to be associated with tournament play.
The obvious story of woe of the recent General Election in the UK is
that of the Liberal Democrats, who lost 66% of their vote share and
85% of their parliamentary seats compared with five years ago, leaving
them about as much of a political force as the DUP. What went wrong?
famously states that "bad money drives out good": if there are two
currencies available, people will tend to hoard the one they trust and
spend the one they don't. I think there's a different but allied
process going on with items that are "good enough" driving out of the
market ones that are good.
The Wycombe parliamentary constituency has been Conservative since
1951. It has often had candidates from obscure parties, but since 2001
there's been an Independent: one David Fitton.
It has become fashionable to claim that a remake or reinvention of a
favourite book, film or whatever from when one was young "ruined my
childhood". And inevitably it has also become fashionable to dismiss
such overblown nonsense. I think there is potential for a useful
A small change to our numbering system would make daily use of numbers
It's election season here in the UK – for the first time, since we've
moved to fixed-term Parliaments, a protracted American-style election
season rather than a few short weeks. These are the things I'd try to
do if anyone were daft enough to put me in charge; they're also
promises that would encourage me to vote for people who made them.
It was really useful to be able to plot arbitrary data onto a zoomable
map. The only service to offer this was Google Maps; indeed, it was
the last thing for which I was using any Google service.
Having recently had a truly appalling meal at a hotel that rhymes with
Hark Hinn Hottingham, and heard more horror stories from people who
were actually staying there, I thought about hotels' incentives to
make things pleasant for their customers… and couldn't come up with
Accounting rules have perverse effects on real life. Here's an example
dear to my heart.
Why does every large convention now seem to have an associated
disease, the "con crud", generally a respiratory tract infection?
Homœopathy has some very strange ideas. But where did it actually come
A reader expressed surprise that I don't use a smartphone.
(Readers not in England, if any, please ignore.)
Have you even heard of care.data?