The Algebraist

A New Approach to the Fermi Paradox

We, the Aliens.

The Fermi paradox (or Fermi’s paradox), named after physicist Enrico Fermi, is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence and high probability estimates, e.g. those given by the Drake equation, for the existence of extraterrestrial civilisations.

Bin Cage

Your Digital Footprint Delete Button

Why can’t I delete my account easily?

It baffles me in the technology age why so much stock is given to privacy, user permissions, control over your own data, etc, etc. It baffles me because in almost every single app there is no simple way to ‘please delete my account and my data as I don’t want to be part of this system any longer.’

Espresso

A Brief Lesson in Restaurant Economics

Or why your Espresso costs that much.

Back in December 2015, Hannah C from North Yorkshire left an angry TripAdvisor review for Bennett’s Cafe and Bistro in High Petergate complaining that she was on a tight budget and still charged £2 for a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon.

Gilgamesh

The Epics of Gilgamesh

Origin Stories from Sumer

About 30 years ago, back around 1986, I spent a lot of time in libraries reading through anthropology, history and mythology books looking for the origin of origin stories. I was writing my own role playing universe (and system) and developing the back story. I was looking for something different and wanted to create something I could call my own without being accused of adopting any of the stories from the time. I traced lines back to Sumer, thousands of years before our Western origin stories and to when it was thought the first records began.

SONOS

Does SONOS Fail its Commercial Use Case?

Why can’t providers share explicit filters?

I have been looking at SONOS as a tool to stream music in my restaurants. It’s a great system with the option to play different music in different rooms, and you can even convert an existing wired system into a SONOS streaming system with a single additional box. The salesman I spoke to told me about hotels that connect up to 42 different speakers so they can offer streaming in different rooms.

Pokemon GO

Essential Tips For Pokémon GO

Starting Out has Never Been so Easy … ?

I won’t take credit for these tips – I’ll leave that the guys over at pref.com who published them originally. However, I will add a few of my own comments as a newbie having tried the game for a while. I will add that there won’t be any more updates after end July 2016 as I have now deleted the game. There just wasn’t enough depth to it for me and I’d prefer to read a book!