The Knowledge

It’s not just for taxis – it’s also needed for good grammar

Originally published over at Taxi Leaks, this provided a chuckle this morning and happens to sit at the intersection of two topics dear to my heart. Uber and Accurate Language. (Slightly edited for better flow and consistency with this blog’s style.)

“licence” is a noun

“license” is a verb

(in British English, the Americans use “license” for both )

Hard to remember UNLESS you think of ” advice ” and ” advise ” , which work exactly the same way but their respective pronunciations give them away.

FYI ” practice ” and ” practise ” also work the same way

SO to choose a random example :

Uber have lost their licence

Uber are no longer licensed

Uber were not deemed fit and proper to hold a licence

TfL’s licensing decision re Uber was the right one

Uber are appealing against the loss of their licence

We all hope that Uber are not relicensed

Hope that helps !

Vaughan Williams.

Who is Vaughan Williams? Producer of the stage play from the movie ‘The Knowledge’

Advertising Promises ….

… really!

.. more like ‘really?’

Students who take this course will be:
Positioned to serve as the company AR experts
Qualified to teach AR to co-workers, bosses, and partners
Armed with applicable AR use cases
Ready to create memorable customer experiences
Able to initiate low-risk, low-cost, affordable pilot programs
Able to decide when to implement AR or VR solutions
Confident using AR to attain, retain and train bright new employees
Prepared to represent employers to the AR community
Ready to build a framework of AR technology options
Able to find tech and AR experts when and as needed
Able to review a video version of the class

All you need to do is register and go from what I can see.

It’s a ninety minute course.

Really Simple Syndication …

… It Isn’t Your Dad’s News


I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..

The reply :

“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”

This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.

Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….


(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms ..

"The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights."

Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well.

And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.

I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading

Three Things

All From Dave Winer


Sometimes he just hits it ….

Everyone should know how to run a web server

I know what he means – but wow – when you come to understand that most people don’t know how to use Word or EMail properly – that is one hell of a stretch …. but yes – definitely a goal. I have don’t that – as a learning function. It still sits there … though I no longer put content there …. sorry Dave. (It was his software I installed and continue to run).

I’ve been advocating teaching journalism students to run servers. because it’s so central to freedom of the press these days, to not be controlled by techies. And techies love to control users. If the journalists knew what was possible and weren’t scared of running a server, they might be able to just do things for themselves without waiting for permission. I’ve seen very powerful things created with gutsy users who didn’t like to hear NO from devs. 😉

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The inadequacy of online payments

It is amazing that after twenty years – this is still a problem. I have my own problems – no single place to point the finger – it is everywhere.

She had to spend the money at Amazon in the US, which meant shipping costs to the UK would have been huge. They didn’t say this up front, or I would have used Amazon UK to give the gift. We’ve been using the web for commerce for 20 years. These glitches should have been worked out long ago.

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Posterity

This one was so good – it is getting it’s own post.

Ubered

Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Chap

Via Mike Allen and Axios : Travis Kalanick faces a lawsuit

Axios business editor Dan Primack landed a monster scoop this afternoon: former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick faces a lawsuit from an early Uber investor:

Benchmark Capital is suing the former Uber CEO for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

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