Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category


Saturday, June 7th, 2014

There’s been a veritable explosion of outrage accross twatter and feckbook concerning anti-homeless spikes in a doorway in London: people have compared them to anti-pigeon spikes, and that we’re demonising homeless people like we would pigeons or other vermin. The Outrage Bus has been struggling to cope. And now, the anti “disciplinary architecture” nutters begin […]


Talking Law

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

As the Internet acronym goes, IANAL, and don’t claim to be, or indeed to know that much about legal process, but Tim Turner does: he trains people “on Data Protection, FOI, EIR, PECR and Information Rights“. He’s written a very good blog post here on what actually is legal when it comes to direct marketing […]


Twenty’s Plenty?

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Note: this is an old post- originally drafted nearly a year ago, but recently I’ve been reminded of it by the surprising results of a poll, showing that 80% of people want a default 20 mph limit, and the also interesting observation here. On to my old post: I was all ready to go into […]


Spam School

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The other day, I was unpleasantly suprised by this email in my inbox: Most spam is pretty generic, and gets culled by Spamassassin without me ever seeing it, but this one stood out as it didn’t hit the filter (sneaking under the radar with 3.9 points of spamminess), and it had an attachment that wasn’t […]


Shocking Misinformation

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Something annoyed me this week. That in itself is not unusual: I’m a grumpy, middle-aged man, so annoyance is a regular event, but this annoyed me because it was a myth and oversimplification that I’ve heard repeated as gospel, when it doesn’t atand up to examination. It started as a tweet, retweeted into my timeline, […]


Fat Cat

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Hat-tip to BrownhillsBob: The story speaks for itself, except that if I’ve ID’d the car correctly from this photo, then it’s a Jaguar XJ LWB Portfolio, starting at £70,975. Even if I haven’t, the range starts at over £50k. [edit] The E&S story quotes £50k excluding VAT. Would Walsall MBC pay VAT on a car […]


Something Somewhere

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Time for a whinge: another mobile data whinge, but I’m going to pick on someone here. Vodafone. I’ve been a customer of theirs for many, many years now, after a falling out with Orange over a several hundred pound bill and threats of baliffs, and before having a smartphone, I was fairly happy with them. […]


“Clean Wi-Fi”

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

They’re at it again then. The politicians, despite being met with indifference over the wholesale filtering of domestic Internet connections, our right honourable overlords now wish to promote “good, clean, wi-fi” in public spaces. Whatever the fuck that means. No porn, maybe? The conspiracy theory types will say this is just the thin end of […]


True Grit

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Given the poor weather, with heavy snow, recently, it’s not surprising that gritting has come to many people’s attention, and, as BrownhillsBob comments on his 365 tumblr, there’s some real nastiness and misinformation. I’ve lost count of the number of people insisting every side road is gritted, and that Walsall MBC haven’t gritted main roads, […]


Drowning in Superfast 4G Hype

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Less than 24 hours have elapsed since yesterday’s rant about the 4G hype and already there’s some bullshit piece in tonight’s Express and Star showing the cutting-edge, well researched, informative and technically accurate that publication has an unenviable reputation for, saying that the lack of 4G will cost the UK economy £120 million, according to […]