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2017-08-18 11:05 pm

While I am moaning...

.. my earphones seem to be broken on return from BiCon: there's a problem just before the socket end that doesn't look to be fixable without the sort of soldering I can't do and which would cost more than their replacement cost to have done.

Given that they're seven years old - they were the set that came with the HTC Desire I bought after BiCon 2010! - I perhaps shouldn't complain too much. The average life expectancy for a pair of L's is a lot closer to seven weeks, rather than seven years, but that means she's worked through all my spares.

The main reason for moaning is that the 'foam cover, held in by the shape of your ear' type have become a lot harder to find thanks to the rise of the 'silicone mushroom, in your ear canal' type.

Which I really don't like.

When Amazon had a very good price on them, I got a pair of SoundMAGIC ES18 ones back in 2014. While the sound is good, every time something taps on the cables, you can feel it in a way that you can't with the proper :) sort. I don't like the feel or the increased noise isolation. They're also harder to protect because, as I'm sure many people know thanks to the sort of other things that gets BiCon sessions of their own, once silicone is torn, you can't repair it.

So I'm currently looking at the Sennheiser MX 375. I've had another pair of Sennheiser earphones that weren't nearly as comfortable as others, but I can't remember which they were - L broke them.

Any other suggestions?
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2017-08-17 02:57 pm

Almost fifteen years, but for how much longer?

I've been using Firefox as my primary browser from before it was called that, so rapidly approaching fifteen years.

The two things that have kept me using it rather than a Chromium-based browser are:

a) It can cope with having many hundreds of tabs open. Unlike Chromium-based ones, opening a new tab does not lead to creating a whole new instance of the code and so greatly increasing the memory footprint.

b) The add-ons library, some of which - like Tab Mix Plus - are essential for having hundreds of tabs open.

Most other browsers have add-ons, so you can run the essential uBlock Origin* in them, but they're still way way behind in terms of the size of the Firefox library.

And Mozilla are about to piss that advantage away by, from v57 due in November, not loading the large majority of them any more. All add-ons will have to use a relatively new API. This will make it easier to port them between browsers, but while I know that Mozilla don't care about being #1 in browser usage, this is ensuring that more people will move away.

For example, I do not like the layout that Firefox moved to a few years ago. It's less efficient in terms of screen space and speed, and while there are some people who think it looks a bit prettier, I don't want my browser distracting from the content.

I am not the only one who thinks this way and, fortunately, one of them wrote an addon to use the classic layout (or twiddle in about a hundred ways with it). You could probably do the same by playing with about:config, but this makes it easy. And it's not down as having been ported to the new API.

There is at least one browser that is based on the free Firefox source and isn't going to do this, but relying on a browser with a very small developer base is.. risky, both in terms of getting caught by a security issue because of a delay in patching, and in having it still maintained long-term.

Grrr.

* The ad blocker of choice ever since AdBlock Plus sold out.
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2017-08-13 03:18 pm

Ask / say something (screened comments) meme

If you have anything to say to me, comments are screened (and, unlike LJ, don't become visible to anyone else when replied to...)
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2017-08-13 09:19 am

BiCon meme

Sessions run: One, the Bi Photo Casebooks one.

Sort of - it was on the programme at 9:30 on Saturday, and a combination of the timeslot and the other things in it meant there ended up being two of us... which wasn't really enough. So we left a note and I went late to my second choice.

(I'd still like to do some, but it'll involve doing what other people do and ripping off The Sun's images to use with new words. That'd involve accepting that their range of representation of people though.)

Sessions attended: Seven. Regenerating momentum for anti-racist work; Continuity almost-AGM; Stonewall - what happened; Pre-DMP; Social life blogging; Bi oral history project; UK Bi Pride; Sex toys.

Oh, that's eight. Nine if you include the one I tried to do. Ten if you include the DMP itself, which I don't.

Sleep achieved: Enough. Each night. Despite being on the noisy side of the accommodation (i.e. facing the entrance) and the 'why were the council not overthrown when they allowed it' 24 hour flights.

Having said that, I was definitely yawning on the drive back.

People snogged: None.

People I did Rude Things with: None.

People I would have liked to do more sex-type things with but didn't: 'Would have happily done sex-type things with if they had asked', almost everyone as usual.

I am really amused that only one person noticed something / felt able to ask.

The two people who have been easily on top of the 'would have liked..' list both know and aren't interested, so aren't on it any more. Very good non-sexual time spent with both of them.

Hugs achieved: I don't see it as a.. contest? which is what 'achievement makes it feel like. Some.

Songs danced to: None

Parties attended: For some of us, the whole thing is a party. Party parties, none. I would have gone to the cheese one had I not been helping someone else with something at the time.

Games played: Skulls & Roses, Dixit (lost badly each time), Sushi Go (leading coming into the last round, last at the end of it), Jaipur (narrow loss).

Strange food and drinks consumed when offered to me: I liked the bakes in the craft space.

Number of children I was responsible for: .. at BiCon, none. I helped made sure one toddler didn't escape the very nice pizza place I went to on Saturday.

Food eaten: One of the most sensible things I did was bring the ingredients for gazpacho, make a bowl of it on Thursday evening, and eat it throughout. Liquid! Veg! Some carb! Veg!

People I meant to talk to, or meant to talk to more, but didn't: One in particular, but there is never enough time to spend as much as I want with everyone I want to.

Things I didn't bring, but should have: Toothbrush and paste. I also missed the implications of 'no toiletries' in the what was provided by the venue list and didn't pack any soap etc.

It's a bit weird that the venue throw away a huge number of barely used toilet rolls in order to give everyone a new one, but don't do soap...

Pages of book(s) brought that were read: None. I wasn't really expecting to, but I did bring one.

Alcohol consumed: None.

Other recreational drugs taken: None.

Times I fell over: None.

Injuries sustained: A scrapped knuckle on something.

Perseids spotted: None, grrr.

People spotted in the train station on Sunday afternoon: Came by car.

Best non-Bicon thing about the weekend: The only non-BiCon thing I did was go for two bits of food, once for a takeaway for five which also meant I could also get things like a toothbrush etc that I had forgotten to pack plus some breakfast yogurt from a Co-op that happened to be opposite, and the aforesaid pizza.

Volunteering done (can be anything even small thing like picking up litter or buying organisers a drink): Plenty.
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2017-08-07 09:26 pm

Do androids dream of BiCon?

Dunno, but I've had a few in the run up to this year's recently. Normally that only happens when I'm running it.

I can't remember anything about one, and another was rude, but the most recent one was a session led by Brian Glover* despite him being dead for twenty years. Then Mike Leigh came in, along with about half a dozen actors, and proceeded to start creating a new piece. [personal profile] thekumquat and I just looked at each other...

* I couldn't remember his name, but a search for 'bald Yorkshire actor...'
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2017-07-30 05:41 pm

Oh, Rev Bayes, what shall I do?

Years ago, I started to use POPFile to categorise my email. It's a Bayesian filter - you show it some email, categorise it, and very quickly it learns to categorise future email almost entirely correctly - that goes between your email client and the email server. It fetches the mail from the server and assigns it to a 'bucket', then your email client fetches the mail from it and can then sort it according to the labels it's added to the email headers.

The reason I went for it rather than some others was that it allowed for multiple 'buckets' rather than simply two. So as well as a spam bucket, there was one for interesting spam - those 'I am a relative of this recently deceased, please let me give you lots of money' ones that I'd look at every so often - plus one for commercial mailings, one for mailing lists, etc etc etc.

I could also get it to work.

And it worked extremely well, with much greater than 99.5% accuracy. I remember writing about one bit of spam that did get through - POPFile wasn't sure if it was in the definitely spam bucket or the probably spam one, so left it as unclassified!

That's in complete contrast to the incredibly awful untrainable spam filter in Outlook 2003 that ex-work forced us to migrate to. Someone analysed it, but the 'article was removed due to legal issue' that's now there makes me suspect that Microsoft didn't like people knowing the details. Fortunately, someone archived it (PDF). I particularly hated the way that having 'linux' in the body of the email would make it more likely to be classed as spam, but it's an example of the way that a fixed rules-based system is nowhere near as useful as a trainable one.

At some point ten-ish years ago, I stopped using POPFile. For one thing, I stopped using Eudora and The Bat! email clients and my new choice of Mozilla Thunderbird had a (Bayesian) spam filter which worked well enough. The other - because I run my own mail server - was the discovery that doing greylisting (saying to any untrusted source of incoming email that you're not ready to receive it) turns out to be almost as effective as Bayesian filtering but means that 99% of the spam never gets delivered to you in the first place.*

Gmail, used for assorted email addresses that I don't care greatly about, does reasonably well too with its trainable system. I get way more false positives and false negatives there than in my system, but the former in particular is because they obviously share data between accounts and lots of people clearly mark as spam stuff they get because they really did sign up for a mailing list and can't/won't unsubscribe instead.**

But it's not entirely satisfactory.

For example, I'm not the only one who likes having more than two buckets (of those that submitted stats, less than 30% of POPFile users only had two) and both Thunderbird and Gmail are two bucket jobs.

Gmail also pointedly doesn't do folders, insisting you use labels and/or search. If it did POPFile-level filtering, that'd be much easier, because you could get filtering of things you didn't know exact details of. It's less of an issue for Thunderbird, which is folder based, but I'm still tempted to get POPFile going again.

And of course, email is not the only thing where this sort of filtering would be good. Usenet newsgroups would be a classic example, except that there's only one group I still sometimes read, it's low traffic, and Google Groups is good enough at getting rid of the spam.

POPFile does Usenet news, but it doesn't do RSS feeds. I'd love to be able to use it for that (looking for stuff I'm interested in on eBay and filtering the output of a news site into 'I really want to know' / 'if I'm not busy' / 'who cares' etc are my main use cases) but although there is supposed to be a way of doing it, via having something convert it into Usenet-style nntp posts, I could never get it to work properly.

It doesn't look that it ever will do them either. The last real release was in 2011, and it's only been fixes for Mac OS 'upgrades' breaking things and one change to handing SSL on Windows since then. People have been asking if development has stopped for four years, and while it officially hasn't, it probably really has.

There are / were some things that do do RSS. Some involved paying if you wanted to do anything vaguely useful, and the other is sux0r. Its domain has lapsed - never a good sign - but it is still archived. I also remember it as being horrible in terms of getting it working. I had to edit some of the code because its URL length was way too low, for example, but even then it was nowhere near as easy to use as POPFile.

Apart from that, I can find people wanting to do RSS, but nothing free that will actually work for me.

It would be great to have a Twitter client with Bayesian filtering too. Again, I'm not the only one who thinks so, but as well as the short length of tweets making it harder to train, the most promising looking solution a) wants desktop Chrome and b) isn't available yet.

If I did evilFB, I'd definitely want one there too. Even L would like a 'friends' feed with fewer 'repost this pointless graphic to show you caaare...' posts and more actually interesting ones.

So this sort of filtering is extremely useful, and in use, but finding things that do it in ways that I and other people want is hard.

Any suggestions?

* Real mail servers try again, spammers almost never do because they're sending so much in such a scattergun way that they don't bother to try again. You do need to make a couple of 'even though they don't follow the rules, allow mail from here - where they almost always run Microsoft Exchange' exceptions.

** I wonder if this is one reason why the Gmail app started offering to unsubscribe from emails...
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2017-07-09 01:20 pm

Unexpected London - afternoon

Doing that had taken longer than I expected, so it wasn't going to be possible - annoyingly - to get down to Soho Square to see (and photograph) Marcus in action.

OK, there's the Gay UK - Love, Law and Liberty exhibition at the BL, what's that like?

A mix of the very interesting (for example, one of Kenneth Williams' diaries, open at the date of Joe Orton's death and Kenneth Halliwell's suicide) and the absolutely appalling (the bi-erasure).

I'll publish the tick sheet on bifurious.co.uk later, but somewhere that uses 'gay' and 'homosexual(ity)' about a hundred times has precisely two uses of the B-word.

One's at the very start, where they have it as 'bi-sexual' FFS, and the other is in the description of who Diva magazine is (supposed to be) for: 'lesbian, bisexual and queer women'. Of course, the first issue that's on display says lesbian four times on the cover and the others not at all...

Another display actually says that the woman in question 'enjoyed affairs' with men and women but refuses to use the B-word. WTF?!?

If I still lived in London, I'd be leafleting it.

..

One of the things that's been on my 'it'd be nice to do' list for a couple of years has been doing an audio tour of bi community London. So given the nice weather and the bike hire, I thought I'd get a few sites in.

That ended up including..

London Friend (home to the London Bisexual Group for many years);
the wine bar and the pub nearby people often went to afterwards;
Central Station (home to SM-Bi and several other things);
The Scala (one of two cinemas that showed bi/queer stuff regularly);
what was The Bell (gay pub that at one point became the venue for people who wanted to meet up on a Friday but not at the LBG);
what was The Fallen Angel (middle home for the LBG);
what was the London Lesbian & Gay Centre (had a bi ban at one point, venue for the second BiCon - amusingly, given the ban it's now called The Fence);
what was the old HQ of THT (bi-erasure, mostly);
University of London Union (BiCon in 1991, BiFest) including, because it was open for Marxism Today, inside*;
Mary Ward Centre (BiCon in 1986);
British Monomarks (we used to have BM Bi and BM BiCon as postal addresses);
what was the sorting office that the bi phoneline had a PO Box at (right by the BBC's more famous one!);
Blue Posts (Bisexual Underground for most of its life);
Drill Hall (bi and queer theatre plus, I think, a home for the London Bi Women's Group);
Hamilton House (home of the old Health Education Authority - erasure plus main meeting place for Bisexuals' Action on Sexual Health).

I then planned to go to Heaven, but it proved impossible to get near on a bike. Soho was packed and the parade (spit) was still arriving in Trafalgar Square with no sign of finishing at 5:30. Even getting to a cycle station that had a space to dock was difficult and I needed two 'it's full / not open' extensions before getting to one that would allow me to dock and get another 30 mins hire.

I might also have done the Royal Festival Hall (some BCN meetings plus at least one meetup group).

As well as that, I know of the bar in one of the entrances to Euston (a late LBWG venue). I think they also used the Women's Library (now moved?), a bar in Soho, and..?

I looked for, but couldn't spot because of a market, the venue for the old Paradise club which is where the BiCon 1991 social was, on a road off Upper St, Islington. I didn't go as far as the PO Box for the LBG after giving up BM Bi.

Outside my range for the day and I wasn't sure of the exact address were Partners south of the river, (Bisexuals at Partners social group) and Ted's Place near Hammersmith (where Bisexuals at Partners moved to), plus the Doggett's Coat and Badge by Blackfriars bridge (assorted BiFests) and the bar in Earl's Court the LBG had a birthday party at (its 15th?).

Outside the hire area, there's The Factory (first BiCon), Hampstead Meeting House (BiCon 1988), Kingston Uni, the Woolwich campus of Greenwich, and UEL (more recent ones), the LARC community centre in East London (BiFests), the Eurolink Centre in Brixton (Pride Trust when it became LGBT), and the flats that housed the physical kit that made the bi phoneline work.

I'd have to look up the venues for The Fence-sitters Ball (I can remember one, roughly, but there were quite a few of them). I might have the address for the bars that were the venue for the socials for BiCon in 1986 ('Merlin's Cave') and 1988 (some pub, I think I have the flyer somewhere). There was the interview for the BASH Peer Ed Project interview (THT or the HIV Project off Tottenham Court Road) and the PEP weekend for London (north of Oxford St).

Where did Greedy happen?

Where else am I missing?

* * I'd wondered why the SWP had a couple of stalls outside - and shouted 'rape apologists!' - as I'd gone past earlier. There were far too many of their stalls to do that at all of them.
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2017-07-09 10:19 am

Unexpected London - morning

I wasn't planning to be in London on Saturday but.. )
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2017-06-20 09:33 pm

Shopping 2

Annoyingly, my Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip mp3 player is dying. I see I got it in 2013, when JA broke the clip that attaches them to your clothing on the Clip+ that she took to Switzerland. Getting the newer model meant getting a proper colour screen rather than the multi-monochrome one on the Clip+, but it still ran Rockbox, the very impressive third party firmware that lets you do all sorts of nice things. Including, if you're silly enough, play Doom on it.

More annoyingly, it's out of production and the successors to the Clip Zip, the Clip Jam and Clip Sport do not run Rockbox. If Sandisk had any sense, they'd have it as the official firmware, but no...

Even more annoyingly, the price for second-hand Clip Zips reflects the fact that they're the last ones that run Rockbox. It's silly money time. Even Clip+'s are over-priced for the hardware compared with the price of a new Jam or Sport: the Rockbox effect again.

Grrr.

At least my ten year old Sandisk e280 still works and it does.
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2017-06-15 12:19 pm

More thoughts

One of the reasons why I suspect that the recent Grenfell Tower disaster was down to the refurbishment was my late father.

He was a fireman through the 60s, 70s and a big chunk of the 80s. He stayed at the sub-officer level because, unlike the officers, they went out on the shouts. So he'd been to a lot of incidents before health problems meant he shifted to fire safety.

One memory from my childhood is going to the AmDram theatre my mother had been part of when she was younger. We were in the balcony and he was VERY uncomfortable, to the point that we left at the interval.

The place burnt down a few years later. Fortunately no-one was in it, because anyone in the balcony would have been in trouble: the pre-war small theatre had a narrow wooden staircase up to it. It got rebuilt with a wider concrete one. He'd go back then.

For some years, he was at a station responsible for a stretch of the M1. There were types of car he wouldn't go in. (If he could have afforded one, he'd have had a Saab.)

There was one shop in the town centre he wouldn't go in.

Once during a fire alarm, my sister's teacher kept them back until they'd been given their homework. Let's just say they never did that again.

When I lived on the third floor of a house, he checked that there was a ladder escape.

But he never had a problem with going into a tower block. He'd been to fires in them, but he trusted the designs would contain any incident not involving a gas explosion until people could be rescued.

And that's what didn't happen this week.
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2017-06-15 12:11 pm

Shopping

This PC hasn't locked up in a while, except that it did a couple of days ago and lost a big post here.* This is what I can remember...

Charity shop finds - a few years ago, my (now late and now) step-mother was looking for presents for some of her grandchildren, and decided that some good binoculars would last and be used. I got tasked with doing the research and, for the price, found some Pentax 10x50s. I liked them so much, I later got a pair myself.

They are certainly bright (the 50mm size of the lenses means lots of light gets in) and effective (the 10x magnification) but using [personal profile] purplerabbits's very nice pair (8x42 Eschenbach?) showed me that they are not great. Unlike her pair, there's noticeable colour fringing when there's significant contrast in what you're looking at.

I also usually only barely glance at ones in charity shops. They tend to be rubbish for a start. So it was a very nice surprise to see an 8x42 pair recently that wasn't. They're cold war (or not long after) Russian, built like a tank, and a quick look through them suggested that they were good. A look online showed that some other people thought so too... how much? A tenner? (Less than a poor pair with a brand name they had heard of.) Sold.


* I was using Drivel** to write it, and that doesn't autosave.

** Speaking of Drivel, does anyone know why the number of clients is so low in number and quality? Is it just that LJ and its codebase using sites are no longer where all the hip people like, erm, me and you hang out? I had to get Drivel from an old repository, because even Debian dropped it ages ago.
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2017-06-12 08:33 am

£5 for $1, sort of

If you're tired of eating free chocolate for the Google Play offer, for the next week, one of the current Humble Bundle deals includes 500 'Amazon coins' in its $1 tier.

If you've not come across these before, they can be used to pay for stuff in the Amazon appstore - a rival to Google's Play for Android devices. The selection is nowhere near as large, and you need to enable third party sources in their settings and install Amazon's own app on your device...

.. but there is some good stuff there, some of it free where it costs on Google (Patchwork is one example), and I find the app very useful for comparison shopping / looking up reviews anyway.

Each coin is worth 1p (in the UK, it's 1c in the US and 1 (different) c in Germany - outside those versions of the Amazon website, this is worthless) but you can't mix and match your payment: if you don't have enough coins in your account, you don't spend them all and pay the rest in real money, it's all real money. I think they have a fairly limited life too.

(Oh, when you redeem the code to get these on Amazon, you're taken to a page that looks like you're about to pay £4.90 for them. Somewhat stupidly, the 100% discount is applied after you've pressed the 'pay' button and not before. It took me about three 'I'm not paying for these!' goes before I discovered this...)

But it's meant I've now got the conversion of Camel Up, normally £3.71 on Google Play (and AppBrain tells me it's never been on sale there) for 369 'coins' that cost me less than a quid.

Other interesting board game ones include the conversions of Glass Road (77), Avignon: A Clash of Popes (80), Ingenious (129), Pickomino (129), Take It Easy (129), 6 takes! / 6 Nimmt! (149), Ligretto (159), Small World 2 (160), Hey, That's My Fish (162), Ghost Blitz (175), Ubongo (199), Abalone (199), Unreal Estate (232), Ticket to Ride (233), Splendor (233), Pandemic (233), Suburbia (238), Kingdom Builder (249), Alhambra (259), Castles of Mad King Ludwig (311), Cafe International (349*), Steam - Rails to Riches (376), Scotland Yard (399*), Carcassonne (399*), Labyrinth (399*), Galaxy Trucker (422), and Brass (499), plus the very good chess engines ChessGenius (300) and Shredder (499).

* = been on sale on Google / elsewhere for considerably less.
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2017-06-09 09:00 am

'Pretty much as I predicted, except that the Nasty Party lost'

Amongst the losers last night, Lord Ashcroft must wonder why he's spent so much of his money on polling to get it so wrong: "Estimated Conservative majority rises in final Ashcroft Model update" - the lowest majority he was expecting was 52.

He thinks this is down to the number of votes cast...

Meanwhile, gosh, it looks like it was 2010 it was most like, May is toast, and Corbyn toasted.

Annoyingly, there's zero chance of electoral reform with the result, but at least David Davis was talking in the middle of the night that May's UKIP-style hard Brexit might not be such a good idea after all.
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2017-06-08 10:05 pm

Name stuff

I can remember being pleased to have 'Ian' as a name when I was in infant school: it was very easy to spell and I was not good at spelling.

Hardly anyone gets it wrong. An occasional extra 'i' gets added, especially if they know I have Scottish heritage, but not very often. Even with that, it's still basically pronounced the same.

My surname on the other hand...

... I can remember loudly correcting the deputy head at my secondary school when he got it wrong during an assembly of some sort while I was in the upper sixth form. I'd only been there six years, FFS, he'd been there throughout that time, and there were only about 250 pupils left at that point.*

I am also forever having to spell it out on the phone etc.

Interestingly, Newark is somewhere where this hardly ever happens. It almost certainly helps that a prominent local vet practice is Newman Watters. Their site is by one of the main roads, so anyone coming into town from the northbound A1 sees it.

Fortunately, I am much more attached to my first name than my surname. It was easy for me to agree for JA to take L's surname for example.

* It was a three class per year, i.e about 90 pupils, grammar school that was being converted into the local sixth form college as part of going comprehensive. The year that was two below us was the last grammar school intake, and some will have left at 16.
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2017-06-08 05:19 pm

A few predictions

I don't know what the election result is going to be. The 'hope for the best, expect the worst' approach avoids some angst when the Leopards Eating People's Faces party wins, but your face is still cat food...

Anyway, here they are:

1. This is Theresa May's last general election as leader

No matter if it goes well (significantly increased majority) or badly (not increased majority) for the Tories, her personal campaign has been absolutely awful. Given the gifts of an enormous poll lead both as a party and personally as PM, she's managed to make a coronation procession into some sort of contest.

The Tories are ruthless if they think they're going to lose and May will be gone after the Brexit negotiations. Even if those are a triumph, which looks incredibly unlikely, someone else will get to win the following election.

2. It isn't Jeremy Corbyn's

It's obvious that the Tories want him as Labour leader. By May making it a contest, enough of the Labour membership will still do too.

3. It probably isn't Tim Farron's

The LibDems have been frozen out of this election. Nick Clegg has been a much better performer than Farron, but even he's been marginal in impact. It'd probably take Farron wanting to stand down and Vince Cable to regain Twickenham for him to go.

4. There are three previous elections that it could be most like:

1983: Someone who's already proved themselves actively harmful to the country is re-elected in a landslide, 'cos big event (Falklands / Brexit) and an opposition leader who plays really badly amongst many voters (Foot / Corbyn) despite being very popular in sections of their party.

2010: Unexpected hung Parliament.

1992: It turns out to be one you didn't want to win because of a disastrous failure to a policy that both Tories and Labour agreed on (ERM / Brexit) and which lead to the party that did win being out of power for over a decade.

The second is obviously the hope (and if it is, for ghods sake, change the bloody voting system! I am sick of living on constituencies where my vote doesn't matter, never mind parties getting working majorities with about 36.8% of the votes - what the Tories got in 2015 leading to this utter mess) but I suspect it's going to be the last one...

.. because Brexit is going to be a disaster and May and the Tories have absolutely attached themselves to it, with no public reservations. Labour would have got into the same mess, not least thanks to having a leader who is really less of a Remainer, but will be able to say 'not our fault'.
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2017-06-05 06:44 pm

Farewell Wallace

It's sad to think that - unless Nick Park is being very quiet about having recorded another soundtrack - there won't be any more Wallace and Gromit films.

All of them have been great: I knew the A Close Shave was going to make it a trio of Academy Awards merely from the response of Gromit to Wallace's line 'We've tried it out on Gromit, haven't we lad?'
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2017-05-30 09:04 pm

The 'what could possibly go wrong' series

If you haven't been watching it on the US schedule, the third season of Fargo starts tonight on Ch4.

You don't need to have seen the previous two (although I recommend that you do, at some point!) to enjoy it: they're self-contained morality tales.

(CW: people in the series usually find out.)
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2017-05-17 10:04 am

When you see a URL..

.. contain 'BUNDLE_PRICE_TEST_1M_UK_C', you can tell someone's doing some market research.

If you go to The Guardian's homepage today, what price are you offered if you click on the 'Support the Guardian' banner?

Spoiler?! )
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2017-05-16 04:16 pm

From a phishing attempt today

Oh noes! Someone's trying to hack an account that doesn't exist!

Unusual sign-in activity
We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to the Microsoft account 8050303@(me).com
Sign-in details:
Country/region: Romania
IP address: 869.3.58.913


Well yes, that is unusual...

I don't think I'll be biting.
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2017-05-12 09:14 pm

One thing about doing an OS reinstall..

.. is that it reminds you what programs you're actually using when you can't find them any more.

For updating here, I use Drivel as a Linux client. It's not been updated in years, to the point that Debian dropped it as a package at some point since the release of Wheezy in 2013.

I'm a bit surprised that no-one seems to have done anything better, on Linux at least. Is there one I'm not aware of?