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Simon Phipps' views on technology, politics, music and more - with a few good photos too

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Never Give Robots Gunsrobot-katanawebmink

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:55:37 +0000

Never give robots guns. Guns are for killing. Robots can’t make analogue decisions and those are the only ones that should ever control the taking of the life of another person. Robots make quantised decisions, not analogue ones. The quanta reflect the programming, and the programming arises from the approximation  and modelling of a human […]

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Blue Lightsreflected bluewebmink

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:12:17 +0000

Child me lit up for blue lights, wanted to ride them, saw the freedom to break rules and drive fast. Missed that they’re arrest lights – police and cardiac; find fear; lose liberty; run away with life. I don’t want to ride the blue lights any more. Blue is for skies and ribbons, for eyes and […]

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Will You Become A Patron?img_0997webminkSmall change in, hopefully gold out...

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:34:15 +0000

Is the answer to the “gig economy” patronage? I hope to find out using Patreon! The Gig Economy We’re moving more and more into what’s called the “gig economy”, where instead of a single, full-time, lifetime-long job, people engage in multiple activities. It’s certainly what I have been doing for the last few years; consulting on open […]

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Responding To Post Truth Politicswebmink

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 10:30:04 +0000

In his article Understanding Trump, George Lakoff offers a master class in the psychology of the Trump phenomenon. It is definitely worth your time to read it. At the end, he outlines a game plan for responsing to Trump which I think is superb. But I think it applies to more than just US politics; […]

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What Is An API? The Clue Is In The Name…Class-filewebminkClass-fileAPI (1)

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:51:18 +0000

At the end of my testimony in the recent Oracle v Google trial in San Francisco, Judge Alsup asked me to explain what an API is. My answer aimed to simplify the answer for a general listener while remaining recognizable to most programmers. Here’s what I said. The Java source code of OpenJDK usefully follows […]

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Get A Discount & Help Me Get To OSCON!webmink

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:16:29 +0000

My first OSCON was in 2000 in Monterey, CA. It was the one where Sun released as open source (and pledged to hand it over to a Foundation, something they forgot later despite many reminders) and I had only been a Sun employee for a very short time. I have attended most of them […]

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Joining A Community Means Accepting Its Norms1920px-janus1webmink

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:13:04 +0000

The progress of Microsoft towards acceptance into the open source community continues. The Azure team is definitely a force for good in the company, constantly pushing Microsoft’s developer teams to understand how important the Linux platform and open source developer components and tools are to the success of Microsoft’s cloud business. After the partnership with […]

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Joining The Document Foundation Boardwebmink

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:35:32 +0000

At the end of 2015 I was honoured to be elected to serve as a director of The Document Foundation — the charity that develops LibreOffice — for two years. The new Board commenced yesterday, February 18 and immediately started conducting business by selecting a Chair – Marina Latini from the LibreItalia community – and […]

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Meshed Again In 2016Screenshot 2014-12-27 at 18.06.02webminkScreenshot 2014-12-27 at 18.06.02

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 10:24:50 +0000

As of January 1st 2016, my main work focus is once again Meshed Insights Ltd., which we’ve kept ticking over during 2015.  Working at Wipro was an interesting experiment, but frankly I did not enjoy it at all. I could have probably have lingered there indefinitely if I’d wanted, but leaving on December 31st was entirely my own […]

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Winter Musicwebmink8396114640_83ea4ebc54_z_d

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:06:59 +0000

If you’d like some music for the dark nights (& days) that’s not so “traditional”, try these albums: Strange Communion by Thea Gilmore (previously covered) Wild Winter by Smoke Fairies One Quiet Night by Pat Metheny Light & Gold by Eric Whitacre If I Was by The Staves More album recommendations welcome!

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