One More Thing

Moral outrage is on the offensive

by Adam Banks on 13 May 2010 in One More Thing

In times of economic strife, scary puritanism seems to flourish, which might explain three recent high-profile moral panics… Bill Clinton told his election team, ‘It’s the economy, stupid,’ but the relationship between prosperity and political attitudes is far from being a no-brainer. Sometimes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going; so from the [...]

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Zen and the art of Mac connectivity

by Adam Banks on 13 May 2010 in One More Thing

Calling technical support is a bit like playing Space Invaders. You have to get through several waves of front-line staff before you reach the boss. The trouble with being a Mac user is that it lulls you into a false sense of security. It’s like what happens with snow. In most northern countries people aren’t [...]

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Lies, damned lies and statistics

by Simon Brew on 13 May 2010 in One More Thing

Beware of surveys you read in newspapers, warns Simon Brew, because the people who gathered the data aren’t always truthful with their findings. It was Vic Reeves who famously declared that 88.2% of statistics (or something like that) were made up on the spot. It was a point brought home to me when a PR [...]

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Blue, not blue chip

by Adam Banks on 13 May 2010 in One More Thing

How can we be impressed by the Na’vi aliens in Avatar when they show not a whiff of technological creativity, just a lot of ‘pagan crap’? So I went to see Avatar, a satire on mankind’s acquisitiveness and obsession with technological progress. I wanted to catch it at the Imax, but the Christmas traffic was [...]

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Rage against the brand

by Simon Brew on 13 May 2010 in One More Thing

Simon Brew followed the battle for Christmas number one with interest. Until it became clear that The Muppets weren’t going to win… Ever since the result of The X Factor became the determining factor in deciding the fate of the Christmas number one, I’ve never owned the song that’s hit the festive top spot. I’d [...]

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This tablet is hard to swallow…

by Adam Banks on 13 May 2010 in One More Thing

As rumours of a mind-numbingly groovy new Mac product hit fever pitch, is Apple poised to unveil more than one tablet computer? I never fully believed the Apple Tablet was real until I heard these words on my iPhone: ‘It’s [name withheld], I work for Apple and I can confirm that, yes… I’ve read the [...]

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