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The end of a year often encourages thinking about the future. My reflections here, however, are not purely objective as my daughter is expecting her first child and our first grandchild in Spring 2017.  Assuming that we are not wiped out by runaway climate change or nuclear war, how will the world of work look for that […]

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Grady Booch, who I admire immensely, has a long-term project entitled Computing: The Human Experience ¬†where, in his words, he is “engaging audiences of all ages in the story of the technology that has changed our civilization. The story of computing is the story of humanity.” I think that this is a fantastic endeavour and, […]

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Thought is not an adjective!

I try to avoid ranting in blogs but sometimes you just have to! I have read 3 or 4 descriptions today where people described themselves as ‘thought leaders’ – a pathetic, self-aggrandising term by folks who don’t understand grammar. I learned when I was 10 years old that adjectives were describing words – so ‘X […]

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The tragedy of the commons is a situation where multiple individuals behave rationally in their own self-interest and ultimately destroy a useful shared resource, even when it is perfectly clear that it is not in the best interests of the group as a whole for this to happen. So, if a ‘common’ can support grazing […]

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