Opinion blog

4.74 Degrees of Separation? (2011-11-24 00:00:00)

We all know that Facebook is pretty popular to say the least, but new research by Facebook and the University of Milan now finds that instead of the popular conception that there are six degrees of separation between us, there are actually 4.74.

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Not So Innocent... (2011-11-24 00:00:00)

I am writing this blog post having done no research whatsoever. Rather than laziness, the reason for this is that I cannot research the topic I was going to write about. This is because my Internet connection has not been available to me this evening, something which I had,… click to read more

SCADA's Scarce Security (2011-11-22 00:00:00)

Yesterday, BBC news reported that a "hacker" had allegedly destroyed a pump in the Illinois water treatment system. Apparently, this person had managed to gain access to the system and break the pump by repeatedly turning it off and on. This attack on a SCADA system (Supervisory Control and… click to read more

Technological Lockdown (2011-11-20 00:00:00)

The LinuxCon conferences are annual events organised by the Linux Foundation and currently held in North America, Japan and Brazil. This week in LinuxCon Brazil, Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, shared his views on "locked down" technologies from the likes of Microsoft and Apple.

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Mario Kills Raccoons! (2011-11-16 00:00:00)

Nintendo have just released the latest game in the massively successful Mario Series – "Super Mario 3D Land" for the new Nintendo 3DS. While most people, even non-fans, will see this as another piece of harmless entertainment, one organisation has already taken offence. The People for the Ethical Treatment… click to read more

Not So Humble Bundles (2011-11-01 00:00:00)

Well, I've just purchased another Humble Bundle, this time with the game Voxatron. Just looking at the statistics, it's already made $210,943.12 for the game's developer and charity and it still has 13 days to go. The previous bundle made over $1.2 million (techdirt.com, 2011). So what is it?… click to read more

Dennis Ritchie (2011-10-22 00:00:00)

You will no doubt be aware of the fact that sadly Steve Jobs recently passed away (October the 5th) after his struggle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. But how many people have heard about the death of another computing trailblazer just a week later? I am… click to read more

The Unblurring Line Between Photoshop and GIMP (2011-10-11 00:00:00)

I have just finished reading an article about Adobe's demo of their new "incredible unblur feature for Photoshop". While this feature is undoubtedly very useful, I wonder how many people understand what is actually going on here.

I am reminded of a similar video a year or… click to read more