John Gray: The Friedrich Hayek I knew, and what he got right - and wrong
"Hayek was most original when he ­argued that the market is a means of discovering and transmitting information that is dispersed throughout society. It was this insight into the knowledge-creating function of markets that enabled him to formulate a decisive argument against central economic planning. … The fundamental reason for the failures of central economic planning is that economic knowledge cannot be centralised. More than the love of power or the inevitability of corruption, it is the limitations of human knowledge that make socialist planning an impossible dream. … The trouble is that it also applies to unfettered market capitalism."
New_Statesman  John_Gray  Hayek  2015  markets  economics  information  knowledge 
9 minutes ago
Signing off: Finnish schools phase out handwriting classes | World news | The Guardian
Signing off: Finnish schools phase out handwriting classes | World news | The Guardian —
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14 hours ago
Proms 15 and 16: BBC NOW / Zhang; Radio 1 Prom at Albert Hall, SW7 | The Times
RT : "A slick exercise in musical nostalgia. In other words, like nearly every other Prom". I go Pete Tong at the Proms.
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yesterday
Neil Fisher on Twitter: "All repeats observed on One More Time, thank god. #bbcproms"
RT : Historically informed performance practice thriving at the Ibiza club night prom...
from twitter
yesterday
Untitled (http://www.standard.co.uk/business/markets/anthony-hilton-pearson-left-redfaced-for-not-seeing-financial-times-true-value-10421514.html)
Pearson left red-faced for not seeing FT's true value: 'FT cd dominate the world — so management decides to sell it'
from twitter
2 days ago
Cecil the lion's killer revealed as American dentist - Telegraph
RT : That someone could derive pleasure from slaughtering these animals is just so incomprehensible
from twitter
3 days ago
Search Results - BBC Genome
"This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions. … Through the listings, you will also be able to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website."
BBC  TV  radio  database  archive  2015 
3 days ago
David Cameron vows to fight against 'dirty money' in UK property market | Politics | The Guardian
RT : a decade late, David Cameron says he'll fight against the use of London property to launder money
from twitter
3 days ago
Cameron’s mixed message on extremism and democracy | Middle East Eye

The contradiction between the prime minister’s support for democracy in Britain and dictators in the Middle East is very dangerous. Al-Qaeda and ISIS thrive on it. They use the contradictions embedded in David Cameron’s argument to argue that protestations that the West believes in liberal democracy are cynical and false. They have a strong point.
war_on_terror  ISIS  David_Cameron  2015  Peter_Oborne  democracy  extremism 
4 days ago
The Verge’s web sucks – Marco.org
"I’m interested in running a content blocker not because I don’t want to see ads, but because I feel the need to fight back against being opted in, without my knowledge or consent, to third-party collecting, tracking, and selling of my personal data just by following a link. And if such blocking becomes a big problem for publishers, it’s up to them to switch to ad delivery methods without these privacy invasions."
Marco_Arment  2015  ads  advertising  tracking  personal_data  web  privacy 
4 days ago
Proving the link between British foreign policy and domestic terrorism | Middle East Eye
Morrison & Oborne: 'Proving the link between British foreign policy and domestic terrorism' | Middle East Eye —
from twitter
5 days ago
Ministers received rail upgrade warning 'before election' - BBC News
Ministers received rail upgrade warning 'before election'. Dept had 'said it was not told until after the election'
from twitter
7 days ago
Four-legged snake fossil stuns scientists—and ignites controversy | Science/AAAS | News
Four-legged snake fossil stuns scientists—and ignites controversy | Science/AAAS | News —
from twitter
7 days ago
Four-legged snake ancestor 'dug burrows' - BBC News
'113-million-year-old fossil … is the first four-legged snake … ever seen' - BBC News —
from twitter
7 days ago
Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: Tune out the old
1/ via , ‘an exceptionally useful page on the BBC 3 website: a listing of contemporary works recently broadcast …
from twitter
8 days ago
Untitled (http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-remotely-kill-jeep-highway/)
RT : Disable a car from afar. This is why we can't have a nice Internet of Things. (The torts exam writes itself.)
from twitter
9 days ago
Time to fight for the BBC | openDemocracy
Peter Oborne: Time to fight for the BBC | openDemocracy —
from twitter
10 days ago
mainly macro: When Labour lost its soul, and the next election
Simon Wren-Lewis: When Labour lost its soul, and the next election — )
from twitter
10 days ago
BBC - Proms - Events
RT : . provides 8 weeks of world-class music. In 2014 over 15m people watched on TV alone.
from twitter
11 days ago
Obama on the Hoofbeats of History
2/ ‘for years than of cramming at the end … the indifference of someone who’s got work to do & is intent on doing it’
from twitter
11 days ago
Paul Foot reviews ‘Wallis’ by Charles Higham and ‘The Secret File of the Duke of Windsor’ by Michael Bloch · LRB 15 September 1988
"The influence of a monarchy which has long ago been stripped of real political power lies precisely in its absorption of people’s aspirations, griefs, ambitions and endeavours. Weaknesses, therefore, are as adorable as strengths." "nasty, determined Fascists who wanted to preside over a ‘new social order’ which would do away for ever with all pretence at democracy and consign all opposition to the holocaust."
Paul_Foot  royal_family  Nazis  history  20thC  WW2  WWII  LRB  1988  fascism 
12 days ago
BBC Two - Melvyn Bragg: Wigton to Westminster
BBC Two - Melvyn Bragg: Wigton to Westminster —
from twitter
12 days ago
The Next Wave | Edge.org
"In the last two years, the price of each transistor has stopped falling. That’s a profound moment. … I see evidence of … slowdown everywhere. … our expectations have outrun the reality of the technology. … What’s new and interesting is material science. This is Neil Gershenfeld’s world, it’s Nathan Myhrvold’s world … nobody is willing to place the long bet anymore … something has been lost … For the moment, we’re focused on things that will return. … What worries me about the future of Silicon Valley, is that one-dimensionality, that it’s not a Renaissance culture … The Valley has, for a long time, mined a couple of big ideas … What comes after smartphones? … [and] What could possibly go wrong? … things are slowing down. In 2045, it's going to look more like it looks today than you think."
Edge  2015  John_Markoff  future  Moore's_Law  Silicon_Valley  smartphones  AR 
13 days ago
Frank Zappa on The Steve Allen Show March 4, 1963.mp4 - YouTube
RT : This March 1963 appearance on the Steve Allen Show demonstrates that Zappa was already weird before 1965's Freak Out.
from twitter
13 days ago
Possible Problems of Persona Politeness — Ben Hammersley
"Worries about toddler screen time are nothing, compared to future worries about not inadvertently teaching your child to be rude to robots."
AI  bots  robots  interaction  interaction_design  future  2015  Ben_Hammersley  Uncanny_Valley 
13 days ago
BBC - Proms - Events
RT : 92 concerts
350 pieces of music
21 world premieres
The 121st season of the Proms has begun
from twitter
14 days ago
Freedom of Information Act review 'may curb access to government papers' | Politics | The Guardian
RT : To be clear: Labour is not co-operating with this FoI commission, despite the Tories claiming it's cross-party.
from twitter
14 days ago
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