All posts tagged: UK

On Republicanism, and kicking puppies

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This Sunday I attended the Jubilee Protest, organised by the Republic campaign for a democratic alternative to the monarchy in the UK. And so this week I have had, on a couple of occasions, been asked to explain just why I support the Republican movement (no relation to the GOP). This is actually rather difficult, because: A) If you believe that the monarchy is fundamentally undemocratic, and you’re asked why, it’s a little like being […]

5cm per second – UK DVD out March 2011

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Japanese / wonderfullnessosity

Some time ago I wrote a review of the rather wonderful 5 Centimeters Per Second, noting that at the time it was nigh on impossible to get hold of a copy in the UK. I ended up importing one from Hong Kong. Cost a fortune. Now, though, good news. It’s getting a UK release on Region 2 DVD* at the end of March 2011, and Amazon’s currently listing pre-orders for less than £9 – which […]

Random broadband facts:

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geek / journalism / lists

I’m researching an article on the history of broadband. A few interesting things I’ve come across: In 2000 a 512Mbps Blueyonder connection cost £50/month In 2001 broadband accounted for less than 1% of UK internet connections. 81% were dial-up (ONS) By 2005 half of UK connections were broadband (ONS) In 2009 56% of UK households have broadband access (ONS), and the average UK connection speed is 3746Kbps (Akamai) Virgin is currently testing <200Mbps FTTC, with […]

Executive summary

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geek / journalism

All you need to know about today’s big UK technology news, courtesy of one sentence from the press release: “Further details about pricing and rate plans will be announced at a later date.” You are welcome. Wonder how much space this gets in tomorrow’s papers.