Its not paradise, but lets not exaggerate

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 10:35 am on Sunday, 29 March 2015

I can understand Ankie Renique’s frustration about people who think that living is the tropics and working as a remote freelance is idyllic, but her reaction is to pick on a number of minor issues, or those that say more about her than the country, rather than picking very real problems. (more…)

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The real purpose of DRM

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Economics,Media,Software,Uncategorized at 1:45 pm on Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Ian Hickson, maintainer of the HTML5 specification, argues that the real purpose of DRM is to give content providers leverage over device manufacturers. Although this is true for some applications of DRM, in many cases the purpose is to lock customers to particular devices and services, and to raise barriers to entry against new devices and services. (more…)


Five plausible nightmare hypotheses

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 11:54 am on Friday, 16 March 2012

This is a list of various possibilities that could be true, and which would be very frightening if they are. They are varied in scale an effect, but are all unpleasant. I have left out nuclear war and natural disasters (such as super volcanoes) as we know they are possible. I am interested in things that have a reasonable likelihood of being try, but are not known. (more…)

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Is global warming real? I fail to find out.

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 11:55 am on Thursday, 3 February 2011

Having said I do not trust predictions made by climate models, I have tried looking at the data to see if global warming is happening. In principle this ought to be quite simple, but what I found was a morass of bad and missing data that makes it extremely difficult if not impossible. (more…)

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Don’t trust complex climate models

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 12:14 pm on Tuesday, 18 January 2011

My previous post did not make it clear why climate models are so similar to complex financial models, which failed so spectacularly. (more…)

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Credulous police and bad English

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 6:30 am on Saturday, 4 July 2009

I cannot decide whether I am more shocked by the news that the police are relying on Wikipedia, or the bad English in this discussion of it (more of the comments that attempt to use the word “credible” get it wrong than get it right).


Thomas Gall International School website

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 10:52 am on Monday, 5 January 2009

As a few people arrive at this blog searching for information related to Galle, it is worth mentioning that I have done a website for my daughter’s school: The Thomas Gall International School, Galle.

Update, Sept 2012: That website is no longer up, as the school failed to renew the domain name. I believe they have plans for a new site.

Update, April 2015: My daughter moved to another school some time ago as well.


Is Ubuntu destructive?

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 8:59 am on Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Adam Williamson thinks that Ubuntu has been destructive, unfair competition, and that Mark Shuttleworth could have taken a different approach that would have been less destructive.


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Race is arbitrary

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 10:32 am on Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Willem Buiter’s blog post on the arbitrariness of racial classifications are spot on. I wonder if he is too decent to realise that the whole point of the concept of race is to divide people; to provide people with a sense of belonging to a tribe. Race is purely whatever society defines it to be. Both the countries I know well, Britain and Sri Lanka, show this.



Freedom for teenagers

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 6:57 pm on Friday, 16 May 2008

In an interview with Psychology Today, Robert Epstein discusses his view that adolescents are harmed by being restricted and infantilised. This strengthens some of my views about schools and over-protective parenting, which I mentioned in my post on the lies we tell children.


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