Possibly the finest moment from Yes, Prime Minister:
I noticed an odd thing on my way home from work on Monday night. The data connectivity on my iPhone (which I tend to use continuously on train commutes) just died. I arrived home, hopped on the wifi and forgot about it. But there is an explanation:
“It was very hot yesterday and the airconditioning at our datacentre in Croydon failed,” said Bob Dunn, general manager of customer experience at O2. “It had to be cooled down, and there was a network outage in London.”
Slightly startling that the connections we have come to rely on are so dependent on airconditioning…
Stuff Journalists Like is rapidly becoming essential morning coffee reading for me.
The Times's paywall is more than a toll booth - it's the start of a member's club for news.
There’s an interesting post over on Kottke.org by guest blogger Aaron Cohen that points out that the speed from launch to mainstream media adoption of new social web tools is growing ever faster.
Nice summation of data journalism, and how much the average hack should know:
Journalism is about asking the right questions. We research stories before we interview subjects so that we can ask pertinent questions whose answers will illuminate the subject. We need to be able to do the same thing with our data – we need to know what questions to ask and how, so that even if we can’t make the tools ourselves we can hand over the task to someone else without asking the impossible or wasting their time.
A couple more responses to the “students want to work on national newspapers” debate: