3 May 2012 at 0735 by Comments|
Putting all ideological objections to privatisation to one side, the 1994 sell off of British Rail was inherently unworkable, and would inevitably result in the current fragmented and inefficient system.
Unbelievably, the real cost of the public rail subsidy is now higher than it ever was under British Rail: “In 1994, the total government support received by BR was £1,627m, (£2,168m in 2005 terms, adjusted by RPI), while in 2005, government support from all sources totalled £4,593m” (from Wikipedia).
Come back British Rail – all is forgiven!
Picture courtesy Queeky.
2 May 2012 at 1552 by Comments|
2 May 2012 at 1258 by Comments|
30 April 2012 at 1751 by Comments|
The sessions covered:
- Ade Oshineye (pictured) gave an introduction to the knowledge graph [1.3MB PDF] (relevant links), with particular reference to schema.org. He also spoke of the historical move from the web of pages, to the web of data and now to the web of knowledge.
- Doug Cutting gave an introduction [844kB PDF] to the Avro data serialisation system.
- Tim Estes spoke on automating understanding of human data at scale [7.0MB PDF]. He argued against trying to map the world and in favour of human’s teaching computer systems, and said he took a Wittgenstein approach to his work.
Big data is obviously a big subject! This was the first time I’ve attended this group, and intend to go to further meetings to explore this fascinating subject.
30 April 2012 at 1440 by Comments|
The bitter, brewed by Robinsons, proved to be a most excellent quaffable brew.
A nice touch was a CD being used as the basis of the beer pump clip.
Is this the first time a band have had a bitter specifically brewed for them?
Plus a significant percentage of all profits raised by the sale of the beer will go to the Oxfam Famine Appeal.
29 April 2012 at 2207 by Comments|
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