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Technological Tiny Steps

Over the past two days we have seen two major technological launches.

The first was the Google so called Superphone (http://www.google.com/phone) and Microsoft’s ‘slate’ PC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8444672.stm).

I watched the Google launch on its live web stream. My first thought, supported by comments being made in the chat room accompanying the stream, was that anyone who managed to stay awake was doing quite well. Fundamentally, what was being described was a touchscreen smartphone and, as with many of the smartphones in the market, someone is going to be disappointed, if only because the will only be available on a network that they don’t use.

Nothing new here, then.

Today, it was the turn of Microsoft to unveil its ‘slate’ PC. In other words, it is a tablet. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft boss, was suitably loud in his presentation, but he didn’t have too much to say. His biggest selling point was that it could run Kindle (Amazon’s books reader) and that we could buy, from Amazon, books for it.

Whoopee do.

Nowadays, it is generally accepted that if you haven’t hooked your audience within 10 seconds, you may as well go home. These guys should probably have thought twice about getting up in the morning. It doesn’t look to me like they advanced their respective causes, at all, and quite possibly have simply added fuel to the fires that dream of seeing the dominance of these two giants broken. We all root for the little man – it’s in our blood.

I expected better of Google, if not Microsoft. Well, maybe not.

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Are you sceptical about climate change? – Telegraph.

Like the vast majority of people, I have neither studied nor researched climate change and, just as importantly, don’t have access to the raw data.

I do however have some understanding of people and scientists are not immune to the lure of empire building and personal glory nor to the temptation of selling out to the powerful commercial lobby.

What I have, then, is great mistrust of what is being said by usual culprits.

The only way to dispel the mistrust is to place all the raw data (processed data is no use for this exercise) into the public domain, alongside the ‘expert’ judgements and let us make up our own minds. �The more �attempts that are made to control the debate by fair means or foul, the greater the degree of public scepticism.

My own experience with ‘experts’ in a number of fields gives me little reason to look up to them, by and large.

The issue of climate is far too important an issue to let men lock horns over it. �What we need is open and most of all genuine co-operation and mutual respect.

It is time for men to leave the school playground behind.

via Are you sceptical about climate change? – Telegraph.

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