24 Sep 2012 8:00
So, I've ended up in the so-called “real world” with a shiny new job. Well, almost an old job now, as I started about a month ago (a partial explanation for my recent absence from the blogosphere). Also, I've moved. Well, I've moved out of the old flat. Apparently, my use of f.lux to colour-balance my monitors down to ~4000K has stained the room a lovely orange. Either that, or the photos are slightly off colour — take your pic(k). I'm going to miss this space. Read More...
13 Aug 2012 8:00
Any one who has delved into probability or stochastic will have come across
the idea of a Markovian system: one where each new state or value is dependent
on the one that immediately precedes it. However, this is generally only ever
examined in the contexts where it is known that the property holds, or that
accepting the property is a valid approximation. Read More...
10 Aug 2012 8:00
LaTeX has quite possibly the strangest learning curve I have ever encountered
in my time with languages of all kinds. This is, of course, because it is
not really intended to be a language which you extend, but merely use. This is
reflected in all the documentation which you can find with ease on the internet:
it leads you through the different common type setting tasks, and perhaps
briefly mentions the possibility of defining your own commands right at the end.
What seems to be consistently lacking is any input on what is considered good
practice for your own commands. Read More...
8 Aug 2012 8:00
Google have launched another one of their shiny services — Currents
— which, at first glance seems little more that a producer side RSS
aggregator, optimised for Phone and tablets. In fact, as far as I can tell,
it is little more than that. But, I suspect that Google are planning to go
somewhere slightly more with this. Read More...
7 Aug 2012 8:00
One of the annoyances that I have had with WordPress is that fact that the Stats module will count my page views which, when I'm trying to make something look how I want it to look, can exceed 100 in a day. This has pretty much entirely destroyed the meaning of my stats since moving from Blogger. Read More...
6 Aug 2012 8:00
As part of my overhaul work on this blog, I have now built my own footnotes
plug-in, for greater flexibility, with all new functionality, and considerable
less code and bandwidth usage.
The design of the footnote has changed,
and they are considerably more flexible.Any readers
who use WordPress and want to use them can find the documentation and current
version over at GitHub
, along with a lot of my
other work. Read More...
30 Jul 2012 8:00
The e-Commerce Directive was adopted to the European Union in 2000, and
covered some very useful ground in terms of definitions in order to form a
unified internal market for electronic commerce.
It does rather show its age in terms of internet politics, as it essentially
looks at the trading and contract regulations.
One of the things it does not do is deal with copyright infringement at any
length: in fact, it only gets mentioned twice, firstly in the preamble to
having a unified policy on copyright throughout the union would be very helpful
in implementing these laws, and then in the Annex to note that such infringement
is not covered by article 3, removing the obligation to “ensure that the
information society services provided by a service provider established on its
territory comply with the national provisions
applicable in the Member State in question”. Read More...
23 Jul 2012 8:00
I'm once again having another go at starting the blogging thing again.
I spent yesterday slowing working through the theme file and trying to clean
it up so that it doesn't take so much time and space to load. I'm not certain
I've entirely achieved that but...I tried!
So, before the actual posting begins (I've actually started writing some
this time, so it may happen!) the changes need to be tested. My internet
connection is pretty much unusable currently, so I've only being doing rough
and ready testing only using one browser version. I suspect, however, that
some of my readers will be a little bored and would like the opportunity to
pick apart my work. Read More...
30 May 2012 8:00
Hi Everybody! I haven't disappeared entirely, but things are really rather hectic between exams and project work. Add to that politics not being as annoying as normal, and you have a Ben away from a Blog!
However, in a few weeks, I'll be back doing my job-job and moaning about dealing with ICT support departments, programming languages. I might also write up some of the interesting things I've learnt in class this year (I advise that people convince me not to do this. Or at least someone else picks the topics). Read More...
6 May 2012 8:00
Writing, as I am, whilst listening to the results slowly coming in to the
local elections in Britain this week, I am once again reminded of what appears
to me to be the underlying problem with British politics today — elector
apathy caused by having three economically centrist parties that few still
As our economy continues to contract, centrism isn't going to have the
dashing feel of the politicians doing lots of new things to help; instead, they
are seen to be just taking cheap shots at each other from the dispatch
boxes Read More...