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Adaptive cruise control

I live in Nottingham but work just outside Coventry. It’s a great job but the daily drive up and down the motorways are a complete pain in the rectum. The trauma of the journey is much reduced due to the availability of a few colleagues that live close enough for

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Sensible advise about swine flu

The media are falling over themselves regarding swine flu. There are plenty of stories scaring us all into thinking that there are going to be tens of thousands of deaths attributed to the disease this coming winter, and it’s difficult to sort the facts from the fiction. I worry about

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Nortel: shame on you

A friend of mine had been working for Nortel for a number of years and found out in March that he was going to be made redundant. This is a sad story in itself, but it’s made worse by the way that Nortel’s administrators Ernst and Young have implemented these redundancies.

They’ve chopped these UK employees out without giving any notice, nor giving them their contractually-agreed notice pay. All they’ve got is the measley statutory redundancy pay (as paid by the tax payer) and subsequent job-seekers allowance of £65 or so a week. All this while paying $23million in bonuses to some executives while these redundancies were being announced.

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links for 2009-01-23

Did you know … live music events could pose a terrorist threat? In a recently introduced piece of bureaucracy, the Metropolitan police have started requiring live event producers across London to fill in the innocuous sounding “Form 696”. Here’s the catch: it requires four pages of information from event organisers

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My message to Obama

Yesterday was an historic day in world politics: Barack Obama became America’s first black president and probably the most powerful man in the world. He’s an intelligent, eloquent man and a significant improvement on the clown they elected, twice, before him. The early signs are good. There’s a chance for

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UK Government fails again

I wonder,  sometimes, who comes up with these ideas. Our beloved government think that in order to combat crime, especially terrorism, they will need all the ISPs in the country to keep details of every single email that anyone sends or receives on their services. If they do that then

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Esta la Visa baby?

Our friends over the other side of the Atlantic have added another layer of complication to visiting their great nation. From this week visitors to the USA need to fill in an electronic form before they travel, otherwise they could be refused entry into the country. From the always reliably

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Journalists suck at science

Over the last year or so I’ve developed a taste for scepticism. I’m finding myself questioning the reporting of news more and more, but mostly I’ve just been appalled at the quality of critical thinking in the media. I’m also distressed to see that our planet seems chock full of

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