How do you raise a software bug with a book publisher?

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Recently, I bought an eBook which has a bug. I’d like to explain what the bug is, why it is a problem, and how I’m trying to get it corrected. Amazon sells eBooks in KF8 format. That is an ePub with some proprietary extras. ePub is a standard based off HTML5. You can read the…

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Living the Stochastic Life

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Many coloured dice in a row.

When I become Emperor Of The World, I will implement my favourite method of electing officials. The Single Stochastic Vote. It’s a cheap, simple, and quick way of electing people. It retains the best features of First Past The Post and Proportional Representation. Here’s how it works: Everyone in the constituency votes for their most…

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Book Review: Shouting Zeros and Ones – Digital Technology, Ethics and Policy in New Zealand – Andrew Chen

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A plain book cover.

‘Understanding how the zeros and ones increasingly influence and control our lives is critical to understanding how we can reciprocate influence and control back onto those zeros and ones.’ This vital book is a call to action: to reduce online harm, to protect the integrity of our digital lives and to uphold democratic participation and…

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A year of only reading books by women

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A montage of books.

Last year, I set myself a challenge to read a new book per week. I managed to read 50 books, which I was pretty happy with. This year*, I decided to only read books written by women. Here’s what I learned. Obviously, COVID had a fairly negative effect on my reading rate. I went months…

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New Year’s Resolution – start an MSc

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A young, beardless Terry - wearing graduation robes.

New Year! New Me! I’m crap at sticking to my multiple resolutions. I think I did okay on last year’s resolutions. So this year, I’m just making a single one. At the start of the Gregorian calendar 2021, I’ll begin an MSc Digital and Technology Specialist. My resolution is to get my coursework in on…

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A Year In Review

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A digital watch.

It’s my birthday! As is customary, here’s my year in review. See 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. WHAT. A. FUCKING. YEAR! The year started with me getting a colonoscopy – and went downhill from there. Well gang, I'm drinking a litre of industrial strength laxative in preparation for a colonoscopy…

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Book Review: The Thief on the Winged Horse – Kate Mascarenhas

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A winged horse carved into a tree.

The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls for over 200 years. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftsmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch. Though founded by sisters, now only…

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Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

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The golden mask of a Greek Goddess.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of…

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Why Lying is Essential for Privacy Herd Immunity

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Binary code displayed on a screen.

My date of birth is the 1st of January 1901. My phone number is 0000000000. My gender is decided on a coin flip. My country of residence is Afghanistan. And my Mother’s maiden name is a random mix of upper-case, lower-case, numbers, and symbols. Well, that’s what you would believe if you were any website…

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Introducing – On This Day in Twistory

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A list of columns with Tweets in them.

One of the things I loved about Facebook was its “On This Day” feature. There’s something delightful about seeing what nonsense you were talking about on this day a decade ago. Twitter doesn’t have anything like that. So I built it. Introducing – Twistory.ml Stick your @ name in, hit the big button, and you’ll…

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