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Editorial Fellow at PC Pro magazine, London, UK
Editorial Fellow at PC Pro magazine, London, UK

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Collapse of the Left
The devastating setbacks recently suffered by the Left in the UK, USA, Turkey, Hungary and Poland (perhaps soon to be followed by more within the EU) have not yet lead to any satisfactory explanation of what is going wrong. They're still largely discussed i...

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A PROGRAM FOR LIFE
Dick Pountain/Idealog 266/06 September 2016 12:41 Long-term readers of this column, assuming that any remain, may have become aware of a small number of themes to which I return fairly regularly. I don't count computing itself as one of these as all my colu...

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CICÁDAMON GO?
Dick Pountain/Idealog 265/08 August 2016 09:54 Just back from a holiday in Southern France where I spent much of my time reclining in a cheap, aluminium-framed lounger under an olive tree in the 39° heat, reading a very good book. One day I went down to my ...

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Trump of Doom?
Thought for the day. The type of economy we call social democracy depended for its success on a willingness of the majority of the population to cooperate as well as compete with one another, giving up a portion of their income in taxes to be spent on vario...

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NONSENSE AND NONSENSIBILITY
Dick Pountain/Idealog 264/06 July 2016 10:38 When Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S smashed right through a trailer-truck at full speed, back in May in Florida, he paid a terrible price for a delusion that, while it may have arisen first in Silicon Valley, is no...

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ASSAULT AND BATTERY
Dick Pountain/Idealog 263/07 June 2016 11:26 Batteries, doncha just hate them? For the ten thousandth time I forgot to plug in my phone last night so that when I grabbed it to go out it was dead as the proverbial and I had to leave it behind on charge. My H...

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ALGORITHMOPHOBIA
Dick Pountain/Idealog 262/05 May 2016 11:48 The ability to explain algorithms has always been a badge of nerdhood, the sort of trick people would occasionally ask you to perform when conversation flagged at a party. Nowadays however everyone thinks they kno...

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THE PREDATOR STATE
Dick Pountain/28 February 2009 12:37/Political Quarterly TITLE: "The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too". AUTHOR: James K. Galbraith PUBLISHER: Free Press PUBLISHED: August 2008, hard cover, pp 221, £16.9...

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My latest artistic endeavour: doing b&w finger drawings on my Asus tablet in Zen Brush, then transferring them into Photoshop Elements to colour them. Hope you like them:

https://sites.google.com/site/dickpountainspages/home/zen-brush-paintings

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