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The crooked timber of humanity
Nearly two centuries ago, France was hit by the world’s first cyber-attack. Tom Standage argues that it holds lessons for us today
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17 days ago by garrettc
© 2012-2018 Firefighters Hall & Museum. All rights reserved. » The Fire Alarm Telegraph System
Looking inside old fire alarm boxes, first developed in Boston:
(Weight-sector boxes were preferred over Spring-sector boxes in northern climates, as extremely cold weather would cause the mainspring to snap.)
fire  technology  telegraph 
7 weeks ago by madamim
Corfu
Still recognisable as the idyllic refuge, despite uncollected rubbish reaching epidemic proportions. Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864.
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7 weeks ago by asaltydog
Airship | Homemade in China: Crazy DIY inventions, in pictures - News
Farmer Shi Songbo from Shangqiu city, Henan province, said that he has always had a fascination with flight and really wanted to try it for himself. To do this, Shi spent 300,000 yuan (about £30,000) crafting a 23-metre-long, 10-metre-tall airship...
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8 weeks ago by ndf
Jamie Bartlett - journalisted.com
Jamie Bartlett Jamie Bartlett is a journalist and tech blogger for The Telegraph and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in…
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8 weeks ago by asaltydog
The vegetable garden in a bag - Telegraph
Bunny Guinness learns that a tarmac space can be turned into a successful vegetable garden. The site of a well-tended vegetable garden burgeoning with assorted…
garden  plants  vegetables  planters  telegraph 
9 weeks ago by asaltydog
Beleaguered head of Open University resigns with 'immediate effect'
Beleaguered head of Open University resigns with 'immediate effect'
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Peter Horrocks

Camilla Turner, education editor
13 APRIL 2018 • 12:41PM
The beleaguered head of the Open University has resigned, saying that the institution faces “unprecedented” challenges.

Peter Horrocks, who led the institution for three years, said on Monday morning that he is standing down as vice-Chancellor with “immediate effect”.

The announcement comes just days after an emergency meeting of the university’s court to discuss his future.

The Open University is suffering from a sharp decline in student numbers, and leaked proposals revealed that dozens of courses could be closed down, alongside a major staff redundancy programme. 
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9 weeks ago by ndf
Beleaguered head of Open University resigns with 'immediate effect'
Camilla Turner, education editor
13 APRIL 2018 • 12:41PM

The beleaguered head of the Open University has resigned, saying that the institution faces “unprecedented” challenges.

Peter Horrocks, who led the institution for three years, said on Monday morning that he is standing down as vice-Chancellor with “immediate effect”.

The announcement comes just days after an emergency meeting of the university’s court to discuss his future.

The Open University is suffering from a sharp decline in student numbers, and leaked proposals revealed that dozens of courses could be closed down, alongside a major staff redundancy programme. 

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9 weeks ago by ndf
The Telegraph by Adam Mossoff :: SSRN
This chapter, written for the forthcoming monograph A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects, discusses the scientific, technological, and social context of Samuel F.B. Morse's invention of the telegraph in the 1830s in New York City. Morse’s invention was called the “Lightning Line” and he was called the “Lightning Man,” because of its use of electricity to operate an electro-magnet in making tics on a strip of paper—the dots and dashes also invented by Morse to use on his telegraph and eponymously called Morse Code. Lightning is an apt metaphor if only because it captures perfectly the communications revolution sparked by Morse’s invention, which is still occurring today via the Internet (its undersea fiber optic cables follow the same paths of the telegraph cables first laid in the 1850s). In making possible instantaneous communication of all information the world over, the telecommunications revolution wrought by Morse’s telegraph has impacted everything—industry, commerce, education, and even the English language. In its survey of this wide-ranging impact of Morse’s telegraph, it brings some added color to a man and his invention that most patent lawyers know only via a lawsuit that resulted in a famous Supreme Court decision in 1851, and that many others today know only as the creator of Morse Code.
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9 weeks ago by quant18

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