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27 Mar 2015

Avast thah, me hearties!

Google have a new auto-proxy service that speeds up unencrypted web pages by compressing them on Google's proxy servers between the website and your device.
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2392284?p=data_saver_on&rd=1

This has an unintended but hilarious side effect. There's a bunch of websites that are blocked by UK ISPs for copyright issues. So if you go to, for instance, http://newalbumreleases.net/ you will normally be blocked by a Virgin Media/BT/TalkTalk warning message. But if you have Google's data saving Chrome extension installed it acts like a VPN and side steps the block.

Then there's https://thepiratebay.se/ They've sucessfully implemented an https:// scheme that also side steps the same UK ISP block.

For the moment, we're saved. But stand by to repel boarders!

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23 Mar 2015

I wonder if anyone appreciates how serious, how close and how inevitable this is. Are the answers really: "extremely", "24 months" and "totally"?

Bill Smith originally shared this post:
California is in the grip of a record drought tied to climate change. This water crisis holds the potential to collapse California’s economy if the state truly runs out of water. What an irony that the state most focused on global warming may be its first victim.
California anchors U.S. economy. It has the seventh largest economy in the world, approximately twice the size of Texas. California’s economy is so large and impacts so many other businesses that its potential collapse due to a water crisis will impact the pocketbooks of most Americans.

#California #Drought




 Climate Change Puts California Economy at Risk of Collapse »
California faces one more year of water supply -- a water crisis that holds the potential to collapse the state’s economy. What an irony that the state most focused on global warming may be its first catastrophic economic collapse victim.

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22 Mar 2015

Electronic music, released on cassette labels, from Novosibirsk.

http://calvertjournal.com/articles/show/3744/siberian-electronic-music-scene-klammlang-cassettes
 Breaking the ice: the independent cassette label putting Siberian electronica on the map »
A feature about the Klammklang label and the Siberian electronic music scene

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21 Mar 2015

If Europe is getting worried about immigrants from N Africa taking the perilous journey to Italy, there's an obvious solution. Make the countries of the southern and eastern mediterranean part of the EU.
https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/europe-defends-itself/

Note: I hate contentious (and non-contentious) blogs that don't allow comments. But then I don't allow comments on my own blog because I can't be bothered to moderate them.
 Europe Defends Itself »
German NWO-magazine and US State Department mouth piece der Spiegel hates to say it, but Europe seems to be getting serious about defending itself against the waves of invaders from the South. In t...

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18 Mar 2015

Now this is interesting. Small (and quite cheap) daughter boards for IPod Classics that let you run CF Flash, SDXC cards and mSATA SSDs. This (for a price!) will let you build a solid state 1TB iPod Classic!

http://www.tarkan.info/

Hidden away in there is the gotcha for owners of the iPod Classic 6g/6.5g with the 80gb thin and 160gb thick. These used an unusual CE-ATA interface but this is just the ribbon cable. You can get and fit a very cheap alternate ribbon cable designed for the 5g, 5.5g and 7g iPods. This then let's you use the ATA disks. It's unconfirmed but it looks like this would let you fit the fat 240Gb disk in a 6.5g 160 iPod. The catch here is that the thin 80Gb and 160Gb fat iPod will only address 128Gb unless it's a hard drive. So while >128Gb hard drives may be possible, >128Gb solid state drives are not. You can however step round this limitation by using Rockbox to replace the firmware.

So while there are some new upgrade options, it still looks like you need to start with the very last 7g classic with the v2.0.5 firmware. None of this is cheap in terms of the storage. And you may still have to switch to Rockbox because even if the firmware will accept use of the disk space it may still bork at the quantity of tracks and metadata.
 Tarkan's BORED »
Tarkan's BORED : Welcome to the notice bored.

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17 Mar 2015

#WeLoveTheNHS  Don't let them destroy it. And pay attention to NHS promises in the coming UK election.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/15/labour-and-tories-refuse-to-commit-to-doctors-nhs-funding-plea

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/15/nhs-needs-extra-8bn-to-survive
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/12/nhs-agrees-largest-ever-privatisation-deal-to-tackle-backlog
 Labour and Tories refuse to commit to doctors' £8bn NHS funding plea »
Alliance of senior doctors warn that future of health service will be at risk without extra £8bn a year, with the Lib Dems the only party to make any such pledge

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13 Mar 2015

So farewell then, Zero the Hero.

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/rip-daevid-allen-founder-of-gong

Proud to have seen you perform at 
- Hammersmith Palais
- Watchfield Festival
- Glastonbury Festival (Twice)
- Cambridge Corn Exchange
- And numerous times in my head.

You Never Blow Your Trip Forever. 

http://www.lyricsmania.com/you_never_blow_your_trip_forever_lyrics_gong.html
 RIP: Daevid Allen, founder of Gong | Music News | Etc | Tiny Mix Tapes »
From The Guardian:
Daevid Allen, the leader of the legendary prog-jazz eccentrics Gong, has died aged 77. The news was confirmed on the Facebook page of Allen’s son, Orlando Monday Allen.
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Last month, Allen announced he had been given six months to live, after cancer for which he had previously been treated had spread to his lung. “I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in...

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10 Mar 2015

Louis Gray on the end of Friendfeed
http://blog.louisgray.com/2015/03/friendfeeds-closure-another-painful.html

One of the amazing things about FF was that you could stand in the full stream and watch snippets of the global conversation float past every 5 seconds or so.

It's also reminded me about a long standing FAQ about G+. The Profile.About.Links YASN-Roll really ought to grab the content and feeds from those links and present them somehow. Not by auto-generating posts but perhaps filling another tab on the profile. It's still a missing piece in the Apps puzzle to aggregate all the posts and all the comments and conversations across all the platforms. The Buzz problem (and FF problem) was the potential for spammy abuse. So the answer is to make it private to the profile pages so you only get to see it if you specifically go and look.

The other challenge is that when FF was built everybody, but everybody, produced RSS/Atom feeds so there was generally something to pick up and aggregate. But then location apps like Foursquare stopped doing it. And shortly after, the major platforms stopped as well, requiring authentication, went to custom formats and generally stopped playing ball. In some ways, FF was the peak of the Web 2.0 dream of open common formats before the tide rolled back.
 FriendFeed's Closure Another Painful Loss from a Vibrant Era of Social Media »
Amidst all the Apple watch hoopla today, FriendFeed's blog announced the long-ignored social networking pioneer was finally going to be taken out back behind Facebook's brilliant new campus and be put down for good. With the ...

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09 Mar 2015

Well that's a bit sad.
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/03/09/facebook-is-killing-off-friendfeed-on-april-9/
 Facebook is killing off FriendFeed on April 9 »
Remember when Facebook bought FriendFeed back in 2009? Amidst the mania of Apple Watch news, the platform today announced it's shutting down.

The reason, as you might expect, is ...

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I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by post-modernism,
starving, hysterical, bearded,
dragging themselves through the Hackney streets at dawn
looking for just one more tune.
Angelheaded hipsters,
burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the blacked-out sub in the machinery of the night.

My god; It's full of stars.
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08 Mar 2015

When will the world properly achieve nuclear disarmament? 1-10-100-1000-10k years? And what's stopping us?
http://blog.longnow.org/02015/03/05/richard-rhodes-twilight-of-the-bombs-02010-seminar-flashback/

Why isn't Trident and UK nuclear disarmament an election issue in 2015? The Greens, Plaid Cymru and the SNP are against Trident. Everyone else, including the LibDems, are pro-Trident.
https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2014/11/the-trident-test/
https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2010/04/clegg_must_stan/
 Richard Rhodes: Twilight of the Bombs — 02010 Seminar Flashback »
In September 02010 Richard Rhodes spoke about Twilight of the Bombs his history on nuclear weapons from the end of the Cold War to the 21st...

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07 Mar 2015

Gah! I really hate it when you find out about events 2 days after they happen. This time it was via TheWire's facebook page and their weekly newsletter.
http://www.fvu.co.uk/programme/detail/stay-where-you-are-jem-finer-and-ben-rivers

I've got a bit of a fascination going on for Jem Finer's work, especially around Trinity Buoy Wharf and the LongPlayer project. And also a fondness for the Whitechapel Gallery. Oh well. Maybe next time.

https://www.facebook.com/The.Wire.Magazine
http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/
http://www.trinitybuoywharf.com/
http://longplayer.org/
 
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Yesterday's excitement is that I finally got to see the Great Crested Grebe courtship dance on the river Lea between Hertford and Ware. There's quite a lot of these birds round here and each spring I hope to see it, but have never been lucky. This time I watched them for about 5 minutes before they got bored and went back to nest building.


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Testing a share from Google Play Music.

It seems you can only directly share to G+, music in your library that matches music Google already knows about. The more obscure stuff tries to get you to share from Youtube but suggests some terrible matches. The warning is "Uploaded music is shareable only via Youtube".

Google Play Music is powerful but annoyingly primitive as a music player. Lots of missing features I've become used to in desktop music players.


Anyway, Al Dobson Jr. needs more love so here's a link.
http://www.discogs.com/artist/3558831-Al-Dobson-Jr
http://www.last.fm/music/Al+Dobson+Jr.
Still only 2342 listeners.

And the GPM problem is that it knows about "Rye Lane Vol One" but not "Sounds From The Village Vol​. ​1"

I imagine that "Listen" option in the attached link is going to want money from you. Sorry about that.



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02 Mar 2015

The Future of the Future at Futurefest. As seen from hipster London in Borough Market, Hoxton and Hackney, late Mar 2015. It's also tied in with a series of concerts put on by Convergence.

I've got my tickets for Portico+SnowGhosts. I'd quite like to have seen Tricky+Gazelle Twin but missed the tickets and that's probably 20 years too late.

I maybe should have done the full Futurefest weekend but £80 is a bit rich for me. The speaker list though is curiously hilarious. Edward Snowden, Vivienne Westwood, George Clinton, Maggie Philbin; Together at last!

http://futurefest.org/
http://www.convergence-london.com/

I hope somebody there talks about AD 02100 and the 22nd Century.
 FutureFest »
What might the world be like in decades to come? FutureFest is Nesta's flagship weekend event of immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers to excite and challenge perceptions of the future. Join the conversation #futurefest. Updates. Tickets on sale here.

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25 Feb 2015

Google Play music has upped it's limit to uploading 50k tracks instead of 20k. This may take some time!

It's still annoyingly hard to upload .pls or .m3u playlist files.

And I still find it hard to understand the benefits of uploading your music to the cloud so you can download it again, played through a web music player that's a lot less effective than a local player.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/25/google-play-music-50000/
 Google Play Music now lets you store 50,000 songs in the cloud »
Even if you're not paying for All Access or YouTube Music Key, Google Play can be a useful way to stream your personal music collection. With its free "l

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21 Feb 2015

Not your typical track day bike
http://bikeweb.com/node/2952

Here's the Press Release.
http://bikeweb.com/node/2951

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In Feb 2015 at a Niche Vehicle Network supported MIRA wind tunnel session, the British designed and built Monoliner race bike recorded an aerodynamic coefficient of drag that was one of the lowest ever demonstrated.

“Getting efficiencies close to the historic benchmark Cd figure of 0.19 at our first attempt is very satisfying” said Monoliner team Principal Colin Russell.

“The figures we recorded are nearly 3 times better than any other current production road or racing motorcycle”. “It is a vindication of the research and development of pioneering FF designer Royce Creasey”.

“Monoliner is our petrol-engined 'development mule', but results in the MIRA wind tunnel has given us the confidence and motivation to progress our plan to design and build an even more aerodynamically efficient, all electric Monoliner race bike and enter it in the MotoE electric motorcycle racing series”.

Rob Anderson programme manager Niche Vehicle Network R&D programme said “The Niche Vehicle Network has provided funding and support to enable low volume automotive manufacturers to develop new technology and test prototype vehicles. We are thrilled that our wind tunnel funding has enabled a pioneer such as Monoliner to test and validate their innovative motorcycle design, showcasing how the Network is playing a vital role in supporting UK engineering innovation.”

Rupal Patel Director of MotoE commented: “Our goal is to drive competitive innovation and provide a platform to test, prove and market the technology that ultimately succeeds in the championship. Racing has been proven to accelerate development, raise interest as well as educate and ignite passion. We are very pleased to welcome the Monoliner team to the MotoE grid, becoming part of the next generation of motorsport. Their unique aerodynamics expertise and chassis design will add to the excitement of the series.

Colin concluded, “I believe that e-Monoliner will bring significant technical interest to the MotoE motorcycle racing series and this will be our target for 2015/16”. Colin is quietly confident that he's on the path to building a championship winner.
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Build photos here
http://bikeweb.com/image/tid/143

The engine is a BMW F800 Twin.
 Prototype FF at MIRA | FF Web »
Prototype FF at MIRA · Newbie to FF website · Voyagers - hunting in a pack. 2010 Cmax for sale · Peraves advice and info sought · Insuring an FF 3 · Positive media reponse to race FF, shock · Rob Horne's back catalogue · Insuring an FF 2 · FF racing, next installment ...

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This is all very well and I like the style. But when will I be able to buy the outfit from M&S for £250 instead of £2500 from Saville Row?

Not entirely convinced by the pink stripe in the light grey pinstripe. A darker grey and a chalk pinstripe would have been better.

The Prince Of Wales (Charlie of that ilk), has been wearing this for 40 years or so, taking after his father and uncles. And it's still a classic. So why did it need to be re-discovered?
 A suit fit for a kingsman - FT.com »
The suit is the modern gentleman’s armour,” observes Harry Hart, the hero of Matthew Vaughn’s new action film. “And the Kingsmen are its knights.” Released this month in the UK, Kingsman is a spy drama in which a Savile Row tailor’s shop serves as a

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15 Feb 2015

We need a design philosophy for sustainable, post-peak, technological living now more than ever. And preferably one that will last till the 22nd century and beyond. The Viridian movement needs a reboot.

Without it, we run the risk of being distracted by futile arguments between Radical Greens and Techno-utopians. Better living through science is no more an answer on it's own than an extreme localism that is busy knitting yogurt into yurts. It's not just a choice between Catastrophism and Denialism.

http://www.viridiandesign.org/
The Last Viridian Note. The end of a design movement. Being a re-statement of ways of living in the 21st century.

This post brought to you by
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/15/green_party_policy_uk_election_economics/
https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/A9T8Jysd6tj
http://shift-magazine.org/magazine/see-no-evil-the-morality-of-collapse/
 The Viridian Design Movement »
The Last Viridian Note. Key concepts: summaries, farewells, Papal_Imperial sermons, the end of a design movement. Attention Conservation Notice: This is the last one. Links: A new steampunk manifesto. Wow, steampunk is a LOT older than Viridian, and look how lively steampunk is now.

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09 Feb 2015

Remember this next time somebody tries to tell you that climate change and unrestrained economic growth is probably not that bad in the medium term. Because they read something that refers back to the Copenhagen Consensus Center, Bjørn Lomborg and Richard Tol. Because it turns out the Copenhagen think tank probably accepted money from Paul Singer, billionaire funder of the Republicans and one step removed from the Koch brothers.

Tainted by association? I think so.

http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/02/09/exclusive-bjorn-lomborg-think-tank-funder-revealed-billionaire-republican-vulture-capitalist-paul-singer

Of course this is just one news report and might be an inaccurate smear. But it has the smell of truthiness.
 Exclusive: Bjorn Lomborg Think Tank Funder Revealed As Billionaire Republican 'Vulture Capitalist' Paul Singer »
A billionaire “vulture capitalist” and major backer of the US Republican Party is a major funder of the think tank of Danish climate science contrarian and fossil fuels advocate Bjørn Lomborg, DeSmogBlog has found.

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