Dispatches from the front line of the internet


New Statesman
34 Photos of Richard Branson That Will Make You Go Hmm
By Alex Hern - 08 May 12:09

We aren't surprised Richard Branson introduced <a href="http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fashion/female-virgin-trains-uniforms-... see-through tops</a> for the female staff at Virgin Trains. We thought a little photo-essay might

Facebook is suffering from an overdose of dog food
By Alex Hern - 06 May 13:33

The company's staff are so ingrained with the network that they can't make products normal people want to use.

New Statesman
The holes in comics history are finally closing
By Alex Hern - 05 May 11:31

The canon of comics is full of lost greats – but the gaps are slowly getting filled in.

"Mega-canal" proposal distributed in Government
By Alex Hern - 04 May 13:38

Canal running from Pennines to London would transport goods, power and water.

Most new businesses have old business models
By Alex Hern - 03 May 9:36

Terms like "disruptive" and "tech business" just distract from the essential similarity between many companies.

Delingpole's Hitler pic.
Leave Delingpole alone
By Alex Hern - 01 May 14:16

We complain about boring politicians, and then put them on the front page when they make a joke.

With a thirty-year bond yield, Apple enters corporate adulthood
By Alex Hern - 30 April 14:48

Take off the pullover and put on a suit and tie – you aren't a tech stock anymore.

New Statesman
"Instagram act" under fire for treatment of copyrighted works
By Alex Hern - 29 April 14:43

Is the Government handing your photos to media giants?

"Circular mills": the perfect metaphor for a crowdsourced witchhunt
By Alex Hern - 25 April 17:55

"The separated workers then run in a densely packed circle until they all die from exhaustion".

SpaceX Grasshopper makes its highest flight yet
By Alex Hern - 24 April 11:19

The Grasshopper made it 250m in the air, hovered, and landed back down.

Reddit matures, and apologises
By Alex Hern - 23 April 18:04

The site's general manager has apologised for its conduct during the Boston crisis.

Audrey Niffenegger's illustration for Raven Girl
Audrey Niffenegger's Raven Girl: the return of the illustrated book?
By Alex Hern - 23 April 11:00

Alex Hern finds that sometimes it's better to let someone else illustrate your words.

Kepler mission announces two exoplanets in the habitable "zone"
By Alex Hern - 19 April 16:41

The planets are the right temperature and size to support liquid water.

The FBI's two suspect photos, now identified as the Tsarnaev brothers.
When crowdsourcing goes wrong: Reddit, Boston and missing student Sunil Tripathi
By Alex Hern - 19 April 11:59

Reddit's initial hunt to find the Boston bombers devolved rapidly into a sort of "racist Where's Wally", profiling – racially and otherwise – scores of innocent people.

New Statesman
4Chan plays racist Where's Wally to find the Boston bomber
By Alex Hern - 18 April 9:24

There's enough misinformation coming from the traditional media itself over the bombings, but Reddit and 4Chan think they're helping.

The Supreme Court case which didn't break the internet
By Alex Hern - 17 April 18:02

Do you "copy" a website just by reading it? No, thankfully.

New Statesman
NZ parliament bursts into song as same-sex marriage bill is passed
By Alex Hern - 17 April 16:11

<em>Pokarekare ana / Nga wai o waiapu / Whiti atu koe hine / Marino ana e.</em>

Kobo fights Amazon with the one thing it has that the giant doesn't: friends
By Alex Hern - 16 April 9:51

The Aura HD is a great bit of hardware, but that's not where the battle of ereaders is being fought.

Whatever happened to the Telegraph defending the right to offend?
By Alex Hern - 12 April 9:53

Thatcherites of the world, be reasonable.

Anarchist group smashed window of Barnardo's for thing it didn't do
By Alex Hern - 11 April 11:25

FAI claim Barnardo's "fund and administrate" a detention centre. Which they don't.

Apple under fire for "homophobic" comic censorship, but it's Comixology who's to blame
By Alex Hern - 10 April 10:26

SAGA 12 is not for sale due to gay sex. Earlier issues, with explicit hetero sex, are still available.

New Statesman
How Wikipedia covered Thatcher's death
By Alex Hern - 09 April 17:18

Edit wars and Alex Salmond.

RSPB: James Delingpole "has not looked into the evidence in a balanced way"
By Alex Hern - 09 April 11:45

RSPB also currently preparing research note into defecatory habits of <em>Ursae</em> in woodland areas.

Google's strategy for winning the smartphone wars: don't fight the smartphone wars
By Alex Hern - 08 April 17:27

Why beat Apple if you can make money from them?

Facebook Home launches to eat Google's lunch
By Alex Hern - 05 April 9:15

The company has rolled out a replacement for the Android home screen.

Chart of the day (slight return): Deadly earthquakes
By Alex Hern - 02 April 15:05

The Lancet is leading with a series of articles on health inequalities in Europe, and while the series as a whole is fascinating, there was one chart in particular which stood out for me, in the article "Health and health systems in the Commonwealth of Independent States":

Church of England commits sins against statistics
By Alex Hern - 26 March 11:18

"Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer." Really? <em>Really?</em>

New Statesman
The Health and Safety Executive is tired of trying to reason with you people
By Alex Hern - 25 March 16:16

"Flapjacks? Flap this," the HSE didn't say.