Archive | February, 2012

Technology is ruining the English Language – r u wit mi?

That’s right. txts r 2 blme. Well at least our overuse of them is. Is anyone else annoyed when they receive a txt ful ov shrthand, or a bout of poor grammar? It is my pet hate, and yes, I am under the age of 30. I recently left my phone at home lately (sadly, […]

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Piracy on the high seas of ones and zeros: A story of nostalgia, doom and hope.

When I hear the word “Napster” it brings forth a tide of joyous nostalgic emotion. The above statement might seem an overreaction. To some I suppose, this would be correct. For me, it is a staple of my childhood, and I will revere it in hushed tones. Napster was created in 1999. By 2000, it […]

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Rudd v Gillard: So, running the country is child’s play?

The breaking news is that Prime Minister Julia Gillard is calling a Labor leadership ballot on Monday at 10AM. She will probably win this ballot but the irrecoverable damage to her leadership has already been done. This goes to the problem of politics in this country. It’s treated like a game. It’s like we’re at […]

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Kayapo Damned: Brazil government OKs hydro plant, condemns 40,000 lives

Brazilian president Dilma Roussef has given approval to build a hydroelectric plant – the third largest in the world – at Belo Monte on the Xingu River in Brazil‘s northern Amazonian region. The region is currently home to huge local communities, totalling 40,000 people, the majority of whom will be flooded out when water levels eventually eradicate […]

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New products for 2012 betray a worrying trend of slowing innovation

“Innovative” products for 2012: Trend alert: USATODAY.com Looking through these “new products to watch out for” in 2012, one can’t help but think this is the fallout of a world that has been in economic decline so long, that this is the best we can do. These aren’t really true innovations, are they? Perhaps I’m wrong, […]

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