"And if the Mail believes it is justified in doing something that is normally unacceptable simply because it can see other people around it doing that thing, then perhaps it should reconsider its coverage of last summer’s riots, when thousands of people looted shops for no better reason than that they could see other people doing it."
Brian Cathcart on the coverage in the Daily Mail of the uncovered prince
"If a British company imports components, it has to pay tax on those (and most components are not made in the UK). If, however, a completed device is made abroad and imported into the UK – with all of those components soldered onto it – it does not attract any import duty at all. This means that it’s really, really tax inefficient for an electronics company to do its manufacturing in Britain, and it’s one of the reasons that so much of our manufacturing goes overseas."
Raspberry Pi explaining why they couldn’t manufacture their computer in the UK as they wanted to
"The BBC does not compete. Like the NHS, it may not be perfect, but it is paid for by the public in order to provide a service to the public. It is not in competition."
Warren Ellis in an oddly prescient article written in Wired at the start of 2010 and looking into the future few months. Finding it on the lunch table 18 months later makes it even more interesting reading…
"While Cameron insists that he occupies the centre ground of British politics, that he shares our burdens and feels our pain, he has quietly been plotting with banks and businesses to engineer the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor and middle to the ultra-rich that this country has seen in a century."
"So, they’re arguing that in order to compete with air travel, train travel has to compete on speed, and that this is the main defining factor. Let’s be honest, a train is never going to beat a passenger jet in a race. Speed is only one factor."
Harry Bridgnull on UK government plans for a new train line - maybe they are asking the wrong question when they search for ways to make the train faster…