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Nuggets on Net Neutrality

15 Apr 2015 by Kavitha Srinivasa

This is something which has generated a nationwide reaction, and has cut across all possible boundaries of caste, creed, gender and social status. It's something on the lines of a leader making news or a celebrity coming to town. You know what I mean right, I'm referring to the 'I' word, in this case not 'I, Me, Myself,' but the ubiquitous Internet which has been doing the buzz this week. My dear netizens, I'm talking about net neutrality.

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View from Washington

Will HBO Now make cable operators yesterday's men?

14 Apr 2015 by Paul Dempsey

If you follow the comms business, the big numbers this week are all about Game of Thrones. But not, as you might think, the impact of the four-episode leak to or the enormous ratings the show is bound to harvest from its official global launch. HBO, the programme's producer and for so long a mainstay of US cable TV, is leveraging GoT for a US move into standalone streaming, and the implications of that could be huge.

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View from Brussels

Revolt of the precariat

12 Apr 2015 by Pelle Neroth

If UKIP does well in the elections, will it mark the revolt of the precariat, the new sociological class whose lives have been disrupted by technology?

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Electronic connections

Logic from disorder

10 Apr 2015 by Chris Edwards

The carbon nanotube is almost the perfect technology of the future - and always will be. Although its properties mark it out as a material that should be useful in many different ways, the reality of the present generally gets in the way.

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The Philosophical Engineer

What's so special about us?

28 Mar 2015 by Francis Goode

Specialisation is one of those tricks of nature that's proved so spectacularly successful it just has to be repeated, over and over again. And it's one we humans have adopted in grand style. In just about every area of human endeavour - not least engineering - specialisation has proved a powerhouse driving growth, development and prosperity. But as we all know, the danger with power is that it can be used to destroy, as well as to construct.

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After All

To Dream Perchance to Sleep

19 Mar 2015 by Vitali Vitaliev

Long gone are the days (or rather nights) when sleep was just "a balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course" (pace Shakespeare). It is now a big business, an industry in its own right. In his latest book "Night School", Prof Richard Wiseman even writes about "the new science (sic - VV) of sleep and dreaming". As for the seemingly oxymoronic terms "sleep technology" and "sleep engineering", they have become almost routine.

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Immigration - the election issue

17 Mar 2015 by Dickon Ross

Immigration is shaping up to be just as big an issue as expected in the UK's May General Election. And it is not just an issue in little Britain. Many other countries in Europe and beyond are seeing a resurgence of nationalistic and immigration-sceptical parties. This should worry the engineering industry in particular.

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Jack's Blog: March

9 Mar 2015 by Jack Devine

Nikola was round the other night. Just hanging out, at my place. She's been doing that quite a lot, lately. I'm drawing no conclusions; I'm just enjoying the moments. She had a big bag with her. I thought, some assignment or other. Or she keeps a laptop in there. Anyway, so she reaches inside, while we're all watching a film, and she's nestled comfortably into my side and she pulls out...

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