The man who paved the way for the information age
“His insight was that, at its heart, information can be separated from both the meaning of a particular message and the medium over which it is transmitted. Any message — whether a moving image, a spoken sentence or a piece of text — could be reduced to a code expressed in binary digits. … Converting information into binary code, as Shannon proposed, offered two practical answers. One was that code could be stripped to the barest minimum needed to communicate a specific meaning. This was the idea behind digital compression, the technique that makes it possible to send today’s digital video signals over limited bandwidth. The other insight was that information could be transmitted perfectly over any line, even in the face of interference. All it took was to enhance the digital code, adding redundant “signal” to make up for the loss in transmission.”
Claude_Shannon  information  FT  2017  book_reviews 
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RT : But here's the very important kicker... money coming from inside the Dept for Education's own budget
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David Davis returns from Brexit talks after lightning Brussels trip
David Davis returns from Brexit talks after lightning Brussels trip
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RT : The response to this tweet has been fascinating. What's the equivalent of mansplaining when done to a man? Just bei…
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Delays to electrify UK railways ‘will raise overall cost of network’
FT: Delays to electrify UK railways ‘will raise overall cost of network’
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Will the death of US retail be the next big short?
FT Big Read: Will the death of US retail be the next big short?
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Blair: Paid nurses more, employed more nurses, spent more on NHS. But yeah, rallies.
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Macron réaffirme la responsabilité de la France dans la rafle du Vél’ d’Hiv
Macron réaffirme la responsabilité de la France dans la rafle du Vél’ d’Hiv
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RT : I thought this answer was one of the most interesting moments of my Tony Blair interview
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RT : Other way round. Factionalism isn't taking over Brexit, Brexit was a vehicle for factionalism all along.
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How ‘no deal’ could bring Britain to a halt
Chris Giles, FT: How ‘no deal’ could bring Britain to a halt
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1805. 1789. Whatever.
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RT : Here in London we don't just tolerate our diversity, we respect and celebrate it. Thanks to all who joined us at…
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Fake Birmingham apology is part of the IRA’s twisting of history
“At the heart of this evasion is a brazen lie: that when the IRA slaughtered civilians it did so accidentally. Hayes, in his BBC interview, went so far as to claim that he and the other IRA members involved in the Birmingham bombings “had no intention of hurting anybody”. This might be dismissed as a grotesque absurdity if it did not encapsulate a larger rewriting of history in which the IRA was just a more robust version of the civil rights movement that acted reluctantly to defend Catholics from attack. Breandán Ó hEithir mocked one kind of extreme revisionism by composing a ballad called The Gentle Black and Tan. But that was obvious satire: the Gentle Pub Bomber is intended as a statement of historical reality. … A year after the massacre, the widow of Trevor Thrupp, who was 33 when he was blown to bits in the Mulberry Bush, leaving her to raise their three little children, wrote about enforced silence: “All widows and widowers must feel as I do, that you can’t talk to anyone about things you would normally talk about with your partner. It’s a lonely life.” And a life made all the more forlorn when history moves on and buries atrocity in fake apologies riddled with lies and evasions. When war crimes are reshaped as tragic accidents and killers emote on television about how bad they feel, the victims recede even further into the great loneliness of oblivion.”
Irish_Times  2017  Fintan_O'Toole  IRA  terrorism 
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Fake Birmingham apology is part of the IRA’s twisting of history
Fintan O’Toole: Fake Birmingham apology is part of the IRA’s twisting of history
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RT : An interesting way of putting it. ie, 'The problem with Blair is that people are going to think he is right.'
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RT : Is it terribly unfashionable to say "read this with an open mind" or even "I agree with Tony"?
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RT : Age matters, a lot. 25-35 year olds are the only age group to have lower incomes that they had pre-c…
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RT : The big story of the last 15 years is pensioner incomes up nearly 30% while working age families hav…
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Beneath the veneer: our unbending fascination with plywood | Art and design | The Guardian
Review of ‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’, a new exhibition at the V&A | The Guardian
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“Britain’s voice is going to diminish, I’m afraid”: Nicholas Soames warns of a “near-fatal” Brexit
“Britain’s voice is going to diminish, I’m afraid”: Nicholas Soames warns of a “near-fatal” Brexit
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Emmanuel Macron demonstrates fine art of handling Donald Trump
RT : Me on why Macron got away with inviting Trump to visit, but May had to postpone (paywall)
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RT : Me on why Macron got away with inviting Trump to visit, but May had to postpone (paywall)
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VIDÉO - 14 juillet : un pupille de la nation pleure dans les bras de Macron
RT : Mark this as an image of Macron that will stay in public's mind,when he comforted crying boy at Nice attack ceremony
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The EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Initial Thoughts – Public Law for Everyone
Mark Elliott: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Initial Thoughts – Public Law for Everyone
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RT : Have to say the Osborne editorials are making a compelling case over the beserk recklessness of…
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RT : Provisional data show that Montoro reached 47.3 °C today, making it the highest temperature on record in Spain! 😮🌡️
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France and Germany to develop new European fighter jet | Reuters
France and Germany to develop new European fighter jet | Reuters
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Leaked Documents Suggest Secretive Billionaire Trump Donors Are Milo’s Patrons
RT : It appears the billionaire Mercers (of Trump donor/Cambridge Analytica fame) are backing Milo's continued existence.
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Has Theresa May forgotten that she doesn't have a parliamentary majority any more?
— Stephen Bush: Has Theresa May forgotten that she doesn't have a parliamentary majority any more?
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Britain concedes it will have to pay EU exit bill
Britain concedes it will have to pay EU exit bill —
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RT : Just been looking at Conservatives' Twitter page, and was struck by contents of banner along top. Assume this dates…
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Britain is incapable of managing Brexit and calamity will follow
Martin Wolf: Britain is incapable of managing Brexit and calamity will follow
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RT : An excerpt from my forthcoming blogpost on the EU Withdrawal Bill, in which I suggest that the party (such as it wa…
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RT : Round and round Brexit goes; where it stops, Westminster knows.
Or perhaps not.
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RT : The number of households with a mortgage is DOWN from 8.1m ten years ago to 6.6m - the LOWEST on record.…
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RT : Key element of Great Repeal Bill - clause to let ministers do what it takes to implement EU exit deal
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RT : Brexit doesn't have to do a lot of damage to do a lot of damage, says OBR
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Public finances fail stress tests set for banks, says watchdog
RT : Brexit doesn't have to do a lot of damage to do a lot of damage, says OBR
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