Should the past haunt Julian Assange?

I see that Julian Assange has been awarded the Sydney Peace Medal. I’m not sure whether to be concerned or not; this may turn out to be something like awarding Yasser Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize before he started bombing hell out of Israel again. There are still outstanding rape allegations against Assange, and unfortunately, […]

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Wikipedia and Virtual Feudalism

I’m tired of having my edits on Wikipedia immediately rolled back without so much as a by-your-leave. The purpose is so that those who have set themselves up as monitors on a range of pages within their area of expertise can read and review my changes to approve them before permitting them on the page. […]

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Dress for inconspicuousness.

When I first got a gig at Microsoft, my account rep noted that I seemed to dress very differently when I came into the vendor agency office and when I was actually at the Microsoft campus. I tend to downplay my fashion choices when I work as a coder. It’s hard enough to get taken […]

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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

I don’t need to tell anyone who Ada Lovelace is. The world’s first computer programmer was, strangely enough, female. Today is Ada Lovelace Day; it’s celebrated on March 24th each year. Actually, I’d like to focus on her presence in fiction. William Gibson and Bruce Sterling used Lovelace as a character when they wrote “The […]

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