Asteroid Busters

So, last night I was watching the episode in the second series of The Expanse when the good guys decide to launch a spaceship into an asteroid in an effort to destroy the asteroid (I’m hooked) Today I read that NASA is to slam a spacecraft into asteroid in mission to avoid future Armageddon Now just waiting to read an article about an extraterrestrial life form being discovered in the solar system…


Can big tech ever be reined in? - Computing - The Guardian


Today’s Links

Reading Amazon’s Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data | WIRED On the subject of shopping, If you can, support a local business this Christmas. The Irish Times has a list of 100 independent online Irish shops for Christmas presents. It’s been a very tough 18 months for many Irish retailers. RTE reports that those who can are back working from home again in Ireland. Will it be enough?

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The Next 500km+ Walk: Ten Cities Across Japan — Ridgeline issue 132

After two emails, I’m hooked. This is just fabulous.


Back to the Future

So now we know. Having 90% of the population over the age of 12 fully vaccinated is not enough to keep Covid from overwhelming our hospitals. And so we are rolling back on what was more or less the complete opening up, with more restrictions on mobility in place from Friday. Extending covid certs though is not going to be of much use if many hospitality venues are just not checking them.

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IFI@Home - IFI French Film Festival 2021

It must be almost two years since we were in the IFI. Will rent and stream some of these. I have no idea when we will feel comfortable going back to the Cinema.


The Metaverse Was Lame Even Before Facebook - The Atlantic


The Next Cyberattack Is Already Under Way - The New Yorker


Biometric and Behavioural Mass Surveillance in EU Member States