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January 02 2014

Science Podcast - Monstrous stone monuments of old and a rundown of stories from our daily news site (3 Jan 2014)

Britain's prehistoric stone monuments; stories from our daily news site.

August 20 2013

Sie bekämpfen Information und Transparenz

Der Herausgeber des Guardian hat der BBC gegenüber erklärt, dass Downing Street, also Premierminister David Cameron, unmittelbar in die Maßnahme des GCHQ gegenüber der Zeitung involviert gewesen sei, Festplatten mit den Snowden-Files zu vernichten. Die Hintergründe erläutert Alan Rusbridger im Guardian ausführlicher. Man kann der Ansicht sein, dass sich der britische Geheimdienst damit der Lächerlichkeit Preis gibt, aber es ändert nichts daran, dass wir es mit einem unmittelbaren und massiven staatlichen Eingriff in die Pressefreiheit zu tun haben, der eine Spielart der Zensur darstellt.

Die Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs hat ganz offenbar ein erhebliches Interesse an dieser Informationsunterdrückung. Die britischen Dienste und ihre Regierung haben etwas zu verbergen, vor ihren eigenen Bürgern und vor der Weltöffentlichkeit. Denn ganz unabhängig davon, ob sich das was britische Geheimdienste tun, noch im Rahmen überzogener Antiterrorgesetze bewegt oder nicht, geht es darum, den Menschen das Ausmaß der Überwachung zu verheimlichen. Denn man hat Angst vor der öffentlichen Reaktion und davor, dass die öffentliche Diskussion ein Überwachungssystem erkennt und in Frage stellt.

Wer Lebensgefährten von Journalisten auf Grundlage von Antiterrorgesetzen stundenlang verhört und ihnen alle elektronischen Geräte abnimmt, dem kann man als Bürger nicht vertrauen. Den Aussagen einer Staatsmacht die so handelt, kann und sollte man keinen Glauben schenken. Wer Antiterrorgesetze derart exzessiv überdehnt und gegen Menschen zur Anwendung bringt, gegen die noch nicht einmal ein Hauch eines Terrorverdachts besteht, von dem muss man annehmen, dass er auch seine Telekommunikationsüberwachung in ähnlich maßloser Art und Weise organisiert hat. Die Übertretung von ohnehin zu weitreichenden Gesetzen ist selten offenkundiger gewesen, als in den Fällen, die uns in den letzten Tagen aus England berichtet wurden. Das Unbehagen verdichtet sich zur Gewissheit. Westliche Regierungen greifen zu den Mitteln von Diktatoren um kritische Berichterstattung zu unterbinden.

Es sind u.a. diese britischen Behörden, von denen sich Kanzleramtsminister Pofalla versichern hat lassen, dass sie sich an (deutsche) Gesetze halten. Wenn der GCHQ aber schon britisches Recht bricht, dann wird er sich wohl kaum um die Beschränkungen des deutschen Rechts scheren. Anders lautenden Versicherungen kann man keinen Glauben schenken.

Wer nichts zu verbergen hat, hat nichts zu befürchten? Es sei denn, man ist Journalist, Lebensgefährte eines Journalisten oder vielleicht ein beliebiger Blogger, der im Netz seine Meinung zu laut und zu deutlich artikuliert hat. Wir müssen letztlich über den Zustand unserer Demokratie reden, auch wenn das noch nicht überall angekommen ist. Denn die Feinde von Freiheit und Demokratie sind zahlreich.

Zur Causa Guardian habe ich heute noch folgende absolut lesenswerte Kommentare gefunden:

Wie viel Pofalla verträgt die Freiheit? (Timo Stein, Cicero-Online)
Angriff auf die Aufklärer (Stefan Plöchinger, SZ)
Die Zeitung der Zukunft – ein Ort der Freiheit (Dirk von Gehlen, Digitale Notizen)

November 15 2012

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Canciones, con acompañamiento de conjunto de violas da gamba, de William Byrd, interpretadas por la soprano inglesa Emma Kirkby y el consort de violas Fretwork.

February 01 2012

With GOV.UK, British government redefines the online government platform

The British Government has launched a beta of its GOV.UK platform, testing a single domain for that could be used throughout government. The new single government domain will eventually replace Directgov, the UK government portal which launched back in 2004. GOV.UK is aimed squarely as delivering faster digital services to citizens through a much improved user interface at decreased cost.

Unfortunately, far too often .gov websites cost millions and don't deliver as needed. GOV.UK is mobile-friendly, platform agnostic, uses HTML5, scalable, open source, hosted in the cloud and open for feedback. Those criteria collectively embody the default for how government should approach their online efforts in the 21st century.

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“Digital public services should be easy to find and simple to use - they must also be cost effective and SME-friendly," said Francis Maude, the British Minister for the Cabinet Office, in a prepared statement. "The beta release of a single domain takes us one step closer to this goal."

Tom Loosemore, deputy director of government digital service at UK Government, introduced the beta of GOV.UK at the Government Digital Service blog, including a great deal of context on its development and history. Over at the Financial Times Tech blog, Tim Bradshaw published an excellent review of the GOV.UK beta.

As Bradshaw highlights, what's notable about the new beta is not just the site itself but the team and culture behind it: that of a large startup, not the more ponderous bureaucracy of Whitehall, the traditional "analogue" institution..

GOV.UK is a watershed in how government approaches Web design, both in terms of what you see online and how it was developed. The British team of developers, designers and managers behind the platform collaboratively built GOV.UK in-house using agile development and the kind of iterative processes one generally only sees in modern Web design shops. Given that this platform is designed to serve as a common online architecture for the government of the United Kingdom, that's meaningful.

“Our approach is changing," said Maude. "IT needs to be commissioned or rented, rather than procured in huge, expensive contracts of long duration. We are embracing new, cloud-based start-ups and enterprise companies and this will bring benefits for small and medium sized enterprises here in the UK and so contribute to growth.”

The designers of GOV.UK, in fact, specifically describe it as "government as a platform," in terms of something that others can build upon. It was open from the start, given that the new site was built entirely using open source tools. The code behind GOV.UK has been released as open source code on GitHub.

"For me, this platform is all about putting the user needs first in the delivery of public services online in the UK," said Mike Bracken, executive director of government digital services. Bracken is the former director of digital development at the Guardian News and Media and was involved in setting up MySociety. "For too long, user need has been trumped by internal demands, existing technology choices and restrictive procurement practices. Gov.uk puts user need firmly in charge of all our digital thinking, and about time too."

The Gov.UK stack

Reached via email, Bracken explained more about the technology choices that have gone into GOV.UK, starting with the platform diagram below.

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Why create an open source stack? "Why not?" asked Bracken."It's a government platform, and as such it belongs to us all and we want people to contribute and share in its development."

While many local, state and federal sites in the United States have chosen to adapt and use Wordpress or Drupal as open government platforms, the UK team started with afresh.

"Much of the code is based on our earlier alpha, which we launched in May last year as an early prototype for a single platform," said Bracken. "We learnt from the journey, and rewrote some key components recently, one key element of the prototype in scale."

According to Bracken, the budget for the beta is £1.7 million pounds, which they are running under at present. (By way of contrast, the open government reboot of FCC.gov was estimated to cost 1.35 million dollars.) There are about 40 developers coding on GOV.UK, said Bracken, but the entire Government Digital Service has around 120 staff, with up to 1800 external testers. They also used several external development houses to complement their team, some for only two weeks at a time.

Why build an entirely new open government platform? "It works," said Bracken. "It's inherently flexible, best of breed and completely modular. And it doesn't require any software licenses."

Bracken believes that the GOV.UK will give the British government agility, flexibility and freedom to change as they go, which are, as he noted not characteristics aligned with the usual technology build in the UK -- or elsewhere, for that matter.

Given the British government's ambitious plans for open data, the GOV.UK platform also will need to be act as, well, a platform. On that count, they're still planning, not implementing.

"With regard to API's, our long term plan is to 'go wholesale,' by which we mean expose data and services via API's," said Bracken. "We are at the early stages of mapping out key attributes, particularly around identity services, so to be fair it's early days yet. The inherent flexibility does allow for us to accommodate future changes, but it would be premature to make substantial claims to back up API delivery at this point."

The GOV.UK platform will be adaptable for the purposes of city government as well, over time. "We aim to migrate key department sites onto it in the first period of migration, and then look at government agencies," said Bracken. "The migration, with over 400 domains to review, will take more than a year. We aim to offer various platform services which meet the needs of all Government service providers."

Making GOV.UK citizen-centric

The GOV.UK platform was also designed to be citizen-centric, keeping the tasks that people come to a government site to accomplish in mind. Its designers, apparently amply supplied with classic British humor, dubbed the engine that tracks them the "Needotron."

"We didn't just identify top needs," said Loosemore, via email. "We built a machine to manage them for us now and in the future. Currently there are 667!" Loosemore said that they've open sourced the Needotron code, for those interested in tracking needs of their own.

"There are some of the Top needs we've not got to properly yet," said Loosemore. "For example, job search is still sub-optimal, as is the stuff to do with losing your passport."

According to Loosemore, some the top needs that citizens have when they come to a site in the UK are determining the minimum wage, learning when the public and bank holidays are or when the clocks change for British Summer Time. They also come to central government to pay their council tax, which is actually a local function, but GOV.UK is designed to route those users to the correct site using geolocation.

This beta will have the top 1000 things you would need to do government, said Maude, speaking at the Sunlight Foundation this week. (If that's so, there's over 300 more yet to go.)

"There's massive change needed in our approach to how to digitize what we do," he said. "Instead of locking in with a massive supplier, we need to be thinking of it the other way around. What do people need from government? Work from the outside in and redesign processes."

In his comments, Maude emphasized the importance of citizen-centricity, with respect to interfaces. We don't need to educate people on how to use a service, he said. We need to educate government on how to serve the citizen.

"Like U.S., the U.K. has a huge budget deficit," he said. "The public expects to be able to transact with government in a cheap, easy way. This enables them to do it in a cheaper, easier way, with choices. It's not about cutting 10 or 20% from the cost but how to do it for 10 or 20% of the total cost."

The tech behind Gov.UK

James Stewart, who was the tech lead on the beta of GOV.UK, recently blogged about and browser support. He emailed me the following breakdown of the rest of the technology behind GOV.UK.

Hosting and Infrastructure:

  • DNS hosted by Dyn.com
  • Servers are Amazon EC2 instances running Ubuntu 10.04LTS
  • Email (internal alerts) sending via Amazon SES and Gmail
  • Miscellaneous file storage on Amazon S3
  • Jetty application server
  • Nginx, Apache and mod_passenger
  • Jenkins continuous integration server
  • Caching by Varnish
  • Configuration management using Puppet

Front end

  • Javascript uses jQuery, jQuery UI, Chosen, and a variety of other plugins
  • Gill Sans, provided by fonts.com
  • Google web font loader

Languages, Frameworks and Plugins

"Most of the application code is written in Ruby, running on a mixture of Rails and Sinatra," said Stewart. "Rails and Sinatra gave us the right balance of productivity and clean code, and were well known to the team we've assembled. We've used a range of gems along with these, full details of which can be found in the Gemfiles at Github.com/alphagov."

The router for GOV.UK is written in Scala and uses Scalatra for its internal API, said Stewart. "The router distributes requests to the appropriate backend apps, allowing us to keep individual apps very focused on a particular problem without exposing that to visitors," said Stewart. "We did a bake-off between a ruby implementation and a Scala implementation and were convinced that the Scala version was better able to handle the high level of concurrency this app will require."

Databases

  • MongoDB. "We started out building everything using MySQL but moved to MongoDB as we realised how much of our content fitted its document-centric approach," said Stewart. "Over time we've been more and more impressed with it and expect to increase our usage of it in the future."
  • MySQL, hosted using Amazon's RDS platform. "Some of the data we need to store is still essentially relational and we use MySQL to store that," said Stewart. "Amazon RDS takes away many of the scaling and resilience concerns we had with that, without requiring changes to our application code."
  • MaPit geocoding and information service from mySociety. "MaPit not only does conventional geocoding, " said Stewart, in terms of determining what the given the longitude or latitude is for a postcode, but " italso gives us details of all the local government areas a postcode is in, which lets us point visitors to relevant local services."

Collaboration tools

gov.uk screenshot

  • Campfire for team chat
  • Google Apps
  • MediaWiki
  • Pivotal Tracker
  • Many, many index cards.

Related:

November 03 2011

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William Byrd - Laudibus in Sanctis
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cf. a version from Laudibus in Sanctis with displayed score, here.

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1 Laudibus in sanctis Dominum celebrate supremum: Firmamenta sonent inclita facta Dei.
2 Inclita facta Dei cantate, sacraque potentis Voce potestatem saepe sonate manus.

3 Magnificum Domini cantet tuba martia nomen: Pieria domino concelebrate lira.
4 Laude Dei resonent resonantia tympana summi: Alta sacri resonent organa laude Dei.

Hunc arguta canant tenui psalteria corda, Hunc agili laudet laeta chorea pede.
5 Concava divinas effundant cymbala laudes, Cymbala dulcisona laude repleta Dei.
6 Omne quod aethereis in mundo vescitur auris Halleluia canat tempus in omne Deo.
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1 Celebrate the Lord most high in holy praises: Let the firmament echo the glorious deeds of God.
2 Sing ye the glorious deeds of God, and with holy voice Sound forth oft the power of his mighty hand.:

3 Let the warlike trumpet sing the great name of the Lord: Celebrate the Lord with Pierian lyre.
4 Let resounding timbrels ring to the praise of the most-high God, Lofty organs peal to the praise of the holy God.:

Him let melodious psalteries sing with fine string, Him let joyful dance praise with nimble foot.
5 Let hollow cymbals pour forth divine praises, Sweet-sounding cymbals filled with the praise of God.
6 Let everything in the world that feeds upon the air of heaven Sing Halleluia to God for evermore.

May 10 2011

Keine Pflicht zur Vorabbenachrichtigung bei Veröffentlichung privater Informationen

Der Europäiscche Gerichtshof für Menschenrecht (EGMR) hat heute über eine interessante Frage im Rahmen eines kuriosen Falles entschieden.

Kläger war Formel 1 Chef Max Mosley, über den in der “News Of The World” berichtet wurde, er hätte eine “kranke Nazi-Orgie mit 5 Prostituierten” veranstaltet. Mosley ist hiergegen in England erfogreich gerichtlich vorgegangen.

Das war ihm aber nicht genug, den er vertritt die Ansicht, dass der britische Gesetzgeber eine Rechtspflicht der Presse schaffen muss, vor einer Veröffentlichung privater Informationen den Betroffenen in Kenntnis zu setzen, um ihm Gegelegenheit zu geben, noch vor der Veröffentlichung Rechtsschutz zu erlangen. Das Fehlen einer solchen Rechtspflicht führt nach Ansicht Mosleys dazu, dass das Vereinigte Königreich die Menschenrechtskonvention verletzt.

Dieser Argumentation ist der Gerichtshof nicht gefolgt. Der EGMR betont u.a., dass ein solches allgemeines “pre-notification requirement” geeignet ist, die Pressefreiheit zu beeinträchtigen und spricht von einem “chilling effect”. Denn es gibt, über den konkreten Fall hinaus, genügend Fallkonstellationen, in denen auch an einer Berichterstattung über private Umstände ein überwiegendes öffentliches Interesse besteht.

Ebenfalls zum Thema:  EGMR – Mosley: Verständigungspflicht vor Veröffentlichung privater Informationen hätte chilling effect (e-comm)

April 05 2011

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Gibbons Almighty and Everlasting God Choir of Kings College Cambridge

"This is an extract from a 1954 recording of Gibbons Anthems in which the Choir of Kings College Cambridge is directed by Boris Ord. This anthem plus four others can be downloaded as high quality Mp3 files (320 Kb/s) at http://www.eavb.co.uk/lp/extragibbons.html "
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In Nomine a 4 by Orlando Gibbons
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"free score (serpent publications):
http://serpentpublications.org/music/gibbons/nomine/allparts.pdf
In Nomine is a title given to a large number of pieces of English polyphonic, predominantly instrumental music, first composed during the 16th century.
more at Wiki:
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Ernst Stolz Viols"

March 31 2011

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Madrigal: What is our life? - Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625)

"Gibbons taste whilst composing his madrigals was for English poetry. What is our life is a fine example it is believed to have been written by Sir Walter Raleigh on the eve of his execution in 1618, a parody of words on the play of life before that which must end all life."
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Pavan of Lord Salisbury, by Orlando Gibbons

"This consort music is 'Pavan of Lord Salisbury', by the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean composer and keyboard player Orlando Gibbons. Played by the viol consort called 'Phantasm'."
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"The lord of salisbury his pavan and galliard - Composed by: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)"

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March 02 2011

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Or precarized proletariat (link to video… do watch the entire thing, it is well worth 10 minutes of your time).

And if you think this is limited to low-incomes, think again:

“Western Europeans and Americans are about to suffer a profound shock. For the past 30 years governments have explained that, while they can no longer protect jobs through traditional forms of state intervention such as subsidies and tariffs, they can expand and reform education to maximise opportunity. If enough people buckle down to acquiring higher-level skills and qualifications, Europeans and Americans will continue to enjoy rising living standards. If they work hard enough, each generation can still do better than its parents. All that is required is to bring schools up to scratch and persuade universities to teach “marketable” skills.

(…)

But the financial meltdown of 2008 and the subsequent squeeze on incomes is slowly revealing an awful truth. As figures out last week from the Office for National Statistics show, real UK wages have not risen since 2005, the longest sustained freeze in living standards since the 1920s. While it has not hit the elite in banking, the freeze affects most of the middle class as much as the working class. This is not a blip, nor the result of educational shortcomings. In the US, which introduced mass higher education long before Britain, the average graduate’s purchasing power has barely risen in 30 years. Just as education failed to deliver social democratic promises of social equality and mobility, so it will fail to deliver neoliberal promises of universal opportunity for betterment.

(…)

We are familiar with the outsourcing of routine white-collar “back office” jobs such as data inputting. But now the middle office is going too. Analysing X-rays, drawing up legal contracts, processing tax returns, researching bank clients, and even designing industrial systems are examples of skilled jobs going offshore. Even teaching is not immune: last year a north London primary school hired mathematicians in India to provide one-to-one tutoring over the internet. Microsoft, Siemens, General Motors and Philips are among big firms that now do at least some of their research in China. The pace will quicken. The export of “knowledge work” requires only the transmission of electronic information, not factories and machinery. Alan Blinder, a former vice-chairman of the US Federal Reserve, has estimated that a quarter of all American service sector jobs could go overseas.

Western neoliberal “flat earthers” (after Thomas Friedman’s book) believed jobs would migrate overseas in an orderly fashion. Some skilled work might eventually leave but, they argued, it would make space for new industries, requiring yet higher skills and paying better wages. Only highly educated westerners would be capable of the necessary originality and adaptability. Developing countries would obligingly wait for us to innovate in new areas before trying to compete.

(…)

It suggests neoliberals made a second, perhaps more important error. They assumed “knowledge work” would always entail the personal autonomy, creativity and job satisfaction to which the middle classes were accustomed. They did not understand that, as the industrial revolution allowed manual work to be routinised, so in the electronic revolution the same fate would overtake many professional jobs. Many “knowledge skills” will go the way of craft skills. They are being chopped up, codified and digitised.

Brown, Lauder and Ashton call this “digital Taylorism”, after Frederick Winslow Taylor who invented “scientific management” to improve industrial efficiency. Call centres, for example, require customers to input a series of numbers, directing you to a worker, possibly in a developing country, who will answer questions from a prescribed package. We are only at the beginning; even teaching is increasingly reduced to short-term, highly specific goals, governed by computerised checklists.

Digital Taylorism makes jobs easier to export but, crucially, changes the nature of much professional work. Aspirant graduates face the prospect not only of lower wages, smaller pensions and less job security than their parents enjoyed but also of less satisfying careers. True, every profession and company will retain a cadre of thinkers and decision-makers at the top – perhaps 10% or 15% of the total – but the mass of employees, whether or not they hold high qualifications, will perform routine functions for modest wages. Only for those with elite qualifications from elite universities (not all in Europe or America) will education deliver the promised rewards.

(…)

Governments will then need to rethink their attitudes to education, inequality and the state’s economic role.”

But they will not, not until they get forced to do it. And even then, I don’t think our power elite can think outside of the neoliberal frame.

Also: (I haven’t read it yet. I’m waiting for the paperback to come out here)

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February 25 2011

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Glenn Greenwald on the Assange Extradition Ruling, the Jailing of Bradley Manning, and the Campaign to Target WikiLeaks Supporters - Democracy Now 20110224


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A British judge ruled today that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on allegations of sexual crimes. Assange plans to appeal within 10 days. His defense team had argued against the extradition, in part by citing the potential he could wind up being extradited to the United States and prosecuted for publishing classified government documents, a crime that could result in the death penalty. We speak to constitutional law attorney and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald about the Assange case, allegations of torture by the U.S. Army to alleged whistleblower Army Private Bradley Manning, and a recently disclosed plot by three private intelligence firms to target WikiLeaks and its supporters, including Greenwald, who has publicly defended the organization. [includes rush transcript]


Guest:

Glenn Greenwald, Constitutional law attorney and legal blogger for Salon.com.
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January 24 2011

What's new at the BBC?

Take a look at the BBC's controversial and dramatic £1bn extension of its central London headquarters



November 14 2010

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The essay tradition blossomed in English-speaking countries only after being invented by a sixteenth-century Frenchman, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne. His contemporary, the English writer Francis Bacon, also used the title Essays, but his were well-organized intellectual inquiries. While Bacon was assembling his thoughts neatly, the self-avowedly lazy nobleman and winegrower Montaigne was letting his run riot on the other side of the Channel. In his Essais (“Attempts”), published in 1580 and later expanded into larger editions, he wrote as if he were chatting to his readers: just two friends, whiling away an afternoon in conversation.

Montaigne raised questions rather than giving answers. He wrote about whatever caught his eye: war, psychology, animals, sex, magic, diplomacy, vanity, glory, violence, hermaphroditism, self-doubt. Most of all, he wrote about himself and was amazed at the variety he found within. “I cannot keep my subject still,” he said. “It goes along befuddled and staggering, with a natural drunkenness.” His writing followed the same wayward path.

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March 18 2010

Bloggers' opinions about technology and football

Despite the dramatic advances in technology, The International Football Association Board (FIFA) has rejected the introduction of goal-line technology during World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

What has been the reaction from sports bloggers?

WorldCupBlog argues
that errors in football, which can be prevented by technology, do cost clubs a lot of money:

European Football has grown into a 12bn Euro business, so these errors aren’t just about football narratives and mythology, but about costing clubs millions of Euros.

Another blogger believes that technology can make football “really fair”:

Why is it fine to contest decisions with technological aid in other sports while football/soccer referee decisions are only based on the limited capabilities of man? Sure we want to keep enjoying the game as it is but let’s make it really fair for both teams that enter the field for 90+ minutes. What do you say Irish fans? Do you have anything in particular to say to FIFA?

FIFA World Cup South Africa captures the anxieties over the FIFA decision:

If we start with goal-line technology then any part of the game and pitch will be a potential space where you could put in place technology to see if the ball was in or out, whether it was a penalty and then you end up with video replays. The door is closed

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Back to the lute, with one of my favorite piece by John Dowland. It is a long, and difficult one, so my recording is not perfect, (without editing). I'll try a better take one day... I hope you will like it anyway. The piece is in the Schele lute book, f. 49 to 51. Lute made by Stephen Murphy luth - liuto
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March 10 2009

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Elizabethan Music

"Fine knacks for ladies",
composed by John Dowland,
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The King's Singers

in: "Madrigal History Tour: England" - for BBC TV ~1981

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"Fine knacks for ladies"

Fine knacks for ladies, cheap choice, brave and new,
Good penny worths, but money cannot move;
I keep a fair, but for the fair to view;
A beggar may be liberal of love.

Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.

Great gifts are guiles, and look for gifts again,
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
It is a precious jewel to be plain:
Sometimes in shell, the orient pearls we find.

All others take a sheaf, of me a grain!

Within the pack: pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys, fitting a country fair;
But my heart lives, where duty serves and loves:
Turtles and twins, court's brood, a heav'nly pair.

Happy the heart that thinks of no removes.

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München/ Munich, 2009-03-10

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