Is the UK Press Out of Control?

Possibly the most distasteful news item to emerge this week is the allegation that investigators working for the News of the World not only “hacked” into Milly Dowler’s phone voicemail whilst the police investigation was on-going, but deleted messages so that more messages could be received. Not only tampering with potential evidence, but also giving […]

Memories of the ZX81

The ZX81 is 30 years old, and there are a number of retrospective articles, including this one from the BBC. Many of us have very fond memories of Sinclair Research’s early machines, and the ZX81 was my introduction to the world of computing. Back then, computers were strange, mysterious devices. Indeed, my brother and I […]

Tuition Fees: The Law of Unintended Consequences

The law of unintended consequences, sometimes defined as “a perverse effect contrary to what was originally intended (when an intended solution makes a problem worse), such as when a policy has a perverse incentive that causes actions opposite to what was intended.” (thanks to Wikipedia there) has swung into effect on the governments university tuition […]

VAT hits 20%

So, here we are waiting for VAT to go up to 20% and despite the Labour opposition lobbying for a delay, it’s pretty certain to go ahead. Of course this will push up fuel prices still further, as for some reason we have to pay VAT on fuel duty (where’s the value in that?). Now […]