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The sentiment is good but where he says this "what we need is a world that looks like the automotive industry" it made me chuckle because the automotive industry players have all (previously) tried their best to lock out pattern component makers.
A recent dustup over a smart ambient-lighting system illuminates a larger problem.
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No no no to HS2
An ancient pear tree due to be chopped down to make way for the HS2 high-speed rail line is voted the best in England.
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High Speed 2 should never happen.

Today I ran a long loop from Brereton (Staffordshire) that used the B-5014 heading north to Abbots Bromley. The area is rollingly hilly as if the foot hills of the Peak District.  Hill sides are green and forest densities of trees line roads and patches of the country side. Interesting and varied butterfly flit from the road side across your path. Interesting varieties of cows fills some fields. On a sunny day like today it was a beautiful place to run.
A question that always comes to mind when far from towns or particularly cities and obvious industry is what do people do for toil? Today it was answered because having driven or motor cycles that way many times I'd never had time to look about me and see how rich a variety of businesses are scattered through the linked villages providing all the things needed and at least suggesting an answer to what work do people do.
This is also a region set for destruction making way for HS2. I've never read a convincing argument for the need for HS2, indeed I've read economic assessments that project it being harmful more than beneficial. But either way the economic arguments are purely the money driven claims and counter claims of remote people with vested financial interests. I've never read economic arguments from anyone who is in a region like this pocket of Staffordshire.
Never have I read any rational presentation that accounts for the human cost of communities that will be carved through. People who don't appear on a balance sheet of economic reasoning and people I conclude don't matter to the policy makers who like grand statements of schemes that make them look like they are acting for the nation.
Having run several miles of my sixteen miles loop and been digesting a grasp of the features of this region it hit me even harder when I saw one poster pinned up bearing a skull image and saying "HS2 kills communities". It resonated and leaves me ever more convinced that it's a bad piece of grandiose political stupidity, ignorant of the communities in its path and only in the interests of parties already with great financial interests who have the ear of Government.
It leaves me wondering as an alternative how many other places could benefit from all those billions of pounds being spent on small well thought out extension and changes to existing rail. Are there towns crying out to have their line reinstated and linked to the main lines? Spend the money to build better communities. The kind of benefit opening Rugeley Town station brought to it.
Incidentally I had a great run and am very grateful to the people I asked for direction from who helped guide me back to the road across Blithfield Reservoir. Saved me a couple of miles running I didn't want to do. On a random sampling of those people there's a lot of friendly helpful people around there.
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Ah, enjoyed your post and the BBC article about marginal gains that noticed the other day through hacker News. 
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Are blackboards still the superior technology?
This spring, an 80-year-old Japanese chalk company went out of business. Nobody, perhaps, was as sad to see the company go as mathematicians who had become obsessed with Hagoromo Fulltouch Chalk, the so-called “Rolls Royce of chalk.”
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Me too. Much more pleasant.
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Possibly a good idea.
Open bank data will give us the freedom to access all banks in real time and from a single view, automatically calculating the best deals in complete transparency, which will be a significant step forward for social good and give people more control over their finances.
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Slightly old, a little vague at times but pretty interesting. Where Open Source is not talking about just cod.
Nafeez Ahmed: The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth
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Guess everyone should do this
When independent traders in a small Welsh town discovered the loopholes used by multinational giants to avoid paying UK tax, they didn’t just get mad. Now local businesses in Crickhowell are turning the tables on the likes of Google and Starbucks by employing the same accountancy practices used by the world’s biggest companies, to move their entire town “offshore”.
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Some things are just so completely nuts I can't believe they're true
The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it. This is based on an absurd idea that just won't die: Making search engines and news portals pay media companies for promoting their freely accessible articles.
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Earth looks amazing
Images from the Himawari-8 weather satellite’s first official day paint a living portrait of Earth.
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There doesn't seem to be a link for sharing on Google. So here it is
Live Scores News Centre Classic Football FIFA Ballon d'Or · Associations Media. Change Language: English Deutsch Français Español عربي. ×. Home Section · News Photos Videos · Mission and Objectives Development programmes Women's Health · Women's Survey Live Your Goals Symposium · BACK ✕ ...
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That's the end of the Postal Service then.
The government's remaining 30% stake in the Royal Mail is to be sold off to help pay down the deficit, George Osborne has said.
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Interesting how popular running has been for centuries.
Roger Bannister was credited with being the first person to run a mile in under four minutes - but 18th Century runners are reported to have got there first.
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4min/mi is very fast... I wouldn't  l to run it for a mile.
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