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When is a Jolly not a Jolly?

At long last the DCMS Select Committee are off on a jolly to visit Washington DC, on the 8th of February, in respect of gathering “facts” for their Fake News Inquiry. Hopefully they shall gather a proper perspective on the US Open Internet and Net Neutrality debate also. Actually, this is no jolly.

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Chaos and Irrationality

Chaos and Irrationality are two concepts that usually do not occupy the same space. In terms of human behaviour, intuatively people tend to grasp the underlying issues at stake but still refuse to own up to or confront the human drama involved. Whereas in mathematics both subjects have deep wells that tend to become walled silos when researchers fall in.

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More Chickens Coming Home to Roost

“The selection of spectral magnitude exponents for separating two sources is dominated by phase distribution not magnitude distribution” is the title of a paper presented at the IEEE Workshop (15-18 October) on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics by our old friend Stephen Voran of the NTIA/ITS, at Boulder. Interestingly one of the three Keynote Speakers in New York was a full Professor, from the UK's University of Surrey but not you know who.

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The Spine of Europe

How many readers know where the Spine of Europe is? Recently I asked an Irish political philosophy post-graduate, who promptly identified the founding countries of the Iron and Steel Community. Geo- politically, he was completely mistaken, and essentially this could have been the same reply from any UK university student; especially those studying PPE. Where and how people are educated matters.

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Digital Means Digital

See, I can do a meaningless tautology too! Does “Being Digital” really mean anything? If so, what does the recent incorporation of this word, thereby enhancing the Department for Culture, Media and Sport into “being” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, entail for us all?

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