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BBC 'Debates'

Here's something the BBC will not be discussing:

Are BBC executives and top 'talent' (by which we mean childish, obscene, foulmouthed, talentless. offensive and stupid people like Moyles and Ross) paid too much? Oh, sorry, we can't have a'debate' about that can we?

Oh goody: I feel free


"Clearly there are some very innovative and clever people and they know our tactics," Cdr Broadhurst said. "They want to stop the City on the Wednesday - that is their avowed intention."

Anarchists by definition won't come and see us Cdr Bob Broadhurst

He said it was his aim to "facilitate lawful protest" and he revealed plans for a special demonstration pen near the Excel Centre to accommodate a few hundred protesters.

Now, a few other voices are saying that they're heavy-handed:

LBTH: You [don't] decide

Tower Hamlets council, those masters of spin, have now reached new heights of cynicism, with their version of participatory budgeting: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgsl/851-900/867_council_-_consultation_-.... In short they have decided to throw £200K in used fivers (no comment on what these are left over from) to the proles who can 'decide' what they are to be spent on. Here's a few comments about this:

  • We haven't any control over the agenda, so this isn't really participatory. For example, I'd like the mayor to sack his friend:

UK Health Informatics: What a Waste/What an Opportunity

We're spending about £12bn on 'an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is' somewhere within the field of healthcare informatics. This particular project has been extensively criticised by many distinguished university computing departments and more-or-less, the whole industry outside dotgov.

Of course, Gordo (ex-TV journalist, weak at maths: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6589263.stm, clown school dropout -sorry I made that last bit up-) and the Sir Humphries (studied classics, ego-size = budget-size-wasted x K | G ) plough on regardless.

Cclite for Windows XP

There's a preliminary version with some skeletion documentation on the Cclite page. I think the XP version is more to gain familiarity rather than to use industrially though.

SNT: The Policing Gap

In Limehouse, we've spent about two years working with the Safer Neighbourhoods Team with some success. The relationship is usually good. At the moment, the area is less turbulent and probably less druggy. However, random intruders still turn up in our blocks to drink and (probably) drug, piss and vomit in our stairwells and common areas.

Power of Information: Sir Humphrey and the Interweb

Well, one half-hearted cheer for the 'power of information' which should be retitled the 'power of plagiarism'. That is, most of the useful work in the report, was done by others, OpenStreetMap,Open Knowledge Foundation, WSFII et al. somewhat previously and only patchily credited.

Music, well you were warned

I've been talking to people about music a great deal, so recently, I've decided to let some 'drafts' see the light of day.

These were recorded in Gruissan on a small digital 2 track in one go. Sometimes you can hear a neigbour's dog barking. Don't expect too much from my singing or the production values, therefore...

Third Version of Debian Package for Cclite is Ready

The third version of the Debian package for Cclite, which was prepared on/for Ubuntu is ready and on the Cclite page with some instructions.

As of 1st Janaury 2009 there is an 0.6.0 package containing a complete SMS protocol (PIN confirmation, locking, transaction, send balance to email) and I've lined up the read_sms_from_gammu.pl to access that.

In ../batch/graph there's a rough script that will produce transaction volumes graphs. It needs GD::Graph etc. etc.

Cclite Package for Debian

As of November 2008, I'm preparing and testing a Debian style package for Cclite. This is in response to comments (cough, cough) about the challenging install process. I'm targeting private test installations on Ubuntu desktops but I'll gradually broaden to Ubuntu server and Debian-based where possible. First version of the package will be towards the end of November 2008 giving a tidier, re-skinned version of Cclite 0.5.0

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