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ongoing fragmented essay by Tim Bray
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You Might Be Evil

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 20/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

Or at least, your em­ploy­er might be. Over the years we in the tech sec­tor have got­ten used to be­ing well-regarded. After al­l, we make people’s lives bet­ter, on bal­ance. That’s chang­ing. At the mo­ment it’s rum­blings from thought lead­er­s, not per­va­sive pop­u­lar anger. The oth­er thing that’s new is that they’re thought lead­ers who are pro­gres­sives and lib­er­al­s; just like most of us in the tech pro­fes­sion­s. It no­tably in­volves the M-word and those of us on the in­side need to be think­ing about it. Read the article
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You Might Be Evil

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 20/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

Or at least, your em­ploy­er might be. Over the years we in the tech sec­tor have got­ten used to be­ing well-regarded. After al­l, we make people’s lives bet­ter, on bal­ance. That’s chang­ing. At the mo­ment it’s rum­blings from thought lead­er­s, not per­va­sive pop­u­lar anger. The oth­er thing that’s new is that they’re thought lead­ers who are pro­gres­sives and lib­er­al­s; just like most of us in the tech pro­fes­sion­s. It no­tably in­volves the M-word and those of us on the in­side need to be think­ing about it. Read the article
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Photos of the Sky

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 17/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

I mean No Man’s Sky the game, which I’ve been play­ing again late­ly. It’s been ac­cused of be­ing most­ly a plat­form for gen­er­at­ing cheesy sci-fi book cov­er­s, but that’s not true, and al­so I love cheesy sci-fi book cov­er­s, so this is most­ly to show you some. With a few words on the game. Read the article
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Canadian Tax Wrangling

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 09/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

Our me­di­a, pro and so­cial, echo with blasts of self-righteous anger over pro­posed leg­is­la­tion which would elim­i­nate a few pop­u­lar tax dodges. Weird­ly, I see no-one ar­gu­ing the oth­er side; that the tax pro­pos­als are rea­son­able. I think I’m qual­i­fied to make that ar­gu­men­t, so I will. [If you’re not Cana­di­an, you can prob­a­bly stop read­ing here.] Read the article
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Murder at Adolf’s Cottage

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 03/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

I re­cent­ly read Prus­sian Blue by Philip Kerr. It’s good  —  a Fifties-Iron-Curtain spy thriller grace­ful­ly mashed up with a pre-war mur­der mys­tery set in Hitler’s Bavar­i­an coun­try get­away, Berghof. It’s a re­peat ap­pear­ance for Kerr’s Bernie Gun­ther, an ap­peal­ing­ly hard-boiled vet­er­an so­cial­ist cop who finds him­self work­ing for Na­tion­al So­cial­ist man­age­men­t. Read the article
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Large Companies Considered Harmful

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 30/08/2017 pm31 21:00:00

There’s a plau­si­ble case that cap­i­tal­ism per se isn’t the prob­lem. Con­cen­tra­tion is: Vari­a­tions range from “too big to fail” to good old-fashioned monopoly. It’s painful­ly ob­vi­ous that the ac­qui­si­tion of one mon­ster tele­com or bank or air­line by an­oth­er does nei­ther their cus­tomers nor the econ­o­my as a whole any good. It’s tough to write anti-monopoly law, be­cause how do you quan­ti­fy mar­ket pow­er? How­ev­er, you can quan­ti­fy size. So let’s use that as a club to bash away at the prob­lem. Read the article
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Enlightenment Technology

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 20/08/2017 pm31 21:00:00

Around 1500, the lev­els of tech­nol­o­gy and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty in Europe and Asia were not dra­mat­i­cal­ly dif­fer­en­t. But by 1700, Europe had leaped ahead and, by the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry, most­ly come to dom­i­nate the world; the la­bels “Enlightenment” and “Industrial Revolution” are com­mon­ly ap­plied. A Cul­ture of Growth: The Ori­gins of the Modern Econ­o­my, a 2016 book by Joel Mokyr asks “Why?” and tries to an­swer. Read the article
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Olympus TG-5 “Tough” Waterproof

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 13/08/2017 pm31 21:00:00

I found my­self vacation-bound to Queens­land (that’s the top right cor­ner of Aus­trali­a) and the itinerary in­clud­ed beach­es and coral, specif­i­cal­ly the Great Bar­ri­er Reef, which is dy­ing. I like to pho­to­graph the places I vis­it, and the Olym­pus TG-5 is get­ting lots of buzz in waterproof-cam cir­cles, so I got one. Read the article
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TLS Wiretap Fear

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 24/07/2017 pm31 18:00:00

There is a hot lengthy ar­gu­ment go­ing on in the IETF’s TLS Work­ing Group which has been mak­ing me un­com­fort­able. It’s be­ing al­leged that there is an at­tempt to weak­en Web se­cu­ri­ty in a deep fun­da­men­tal way, which if true is ob­vi­ous­ly a Big Deal. Read the article
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Android Auto

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 22/07/2017 pm31 18:00:00

I just had my first ex­pe­ri­ence with An­droid Au­to and I sup­pose there are lots of oth­er peo­ple who haven’t been there yet, so a few words might be use­ful. Short for­m: Rough around the edges, but super-helpful. Read the article

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