One of the benefits of being a humanities student at a polytechnic was living with some computer scientists in my first year who thought it was FUN to give me root access to the Unix system.

One problem with the Tory view of education is it forgets the training you receive from a company after graduation is FAR more important for your future productivity and career. And the low quality of that training is one of the prime reasons UK productivity is in the toilet.

Literally 30 minutes of desk research told me he wasn't fit or proper to own , something that was completely beyond both the @EFL@twitter.com and the administrators.

RT @SarahJahnSF@twitter.com

Friday, the Slync.io Board thankfully jettisons its former CEO, who has now been formally fired, after initial suspension. Huzzah! @cskirchner@twitter.com ⁦@slyncio@twitter.com⁩ freightwaves.com/news/breaking

🐦🔗: twitter.com/SarahJahnSF/status

A list of degree subject areas where the average graduate salary falls below the average UK salary of £25,970, and so courses would be ended by Rishi Sunak.

This is an entirely sensible view.

RT @girldrawsghosts@twitter.com

i am not a bad person but if i had a grappling hook gun i would 100% use it for crimes

🐦🔗: twitter.com/girldrawsghosts/st

In the latest episode of "Tories have shit ideas", Sunak wants to create "a world class group of technical colleges" - so recreate polytechnics – and make everyone do maths and English at A-level, thus guaranteeing at least one F and a complete waste of time for many students. theguardian.com/politics/2022/

"Retail" isn't a single market unless you believe companies selling tyres are in competition with artisanal cheese shops. However, Amazon has over 50% print book sales in the US, more than 3/4 ebooks, and, combined with Audible, over half of audiobooks.

RT @benedictevans@twitter.com

(Naturally, Amazon’s 6-7% of US retail revenue is a vast and terrifying monopoly.)

🐦🔗: twitter.com/benedictevans/stat

Monopolies are to capitalism what event horizons are to physics. They are where the normal rules break down, and what was true previously now can't be relied on. So while capitalists believe free markets increase efficiency, if a monopoly is established that ceases to be true.

I come back to this quote from Truss, Raab, Patel et al a lot. It's the combination of ignorance – that really isn't why Britain has low productivity – and naked contempt for the British people. They hate Britain. It should, on its own, have ended their careers. Yet here we are.

As always, a marvellous thread

RT @Sime0nStylites@twitter.com

Some thoughts about the UK and the energy crisis. Firstly, let’s not kid ourselves, no amount of boosterism is going to help avoid the grim reality.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/Sime0nStylites/sta

The current crop makes me almost nostalgic for the days when Tories were vicious and greedy but competent. It's the combination of absolute loathing for ordinary British people, greed and sheer incompetence that makes these ones so dangerous.

It would be fun to sit down with the idiot Tories who laud the likes of Uber as "the future of work" and go through how these companies make no money and can never be profitable unless they become damaging monopolies and jack up prices.

pluralistic.net/2022/08/05/a-l

Stuff I've been reading, 6th August. Web3 sucks, Microsoft sucks, and Apple sucks. Do you know what doesn't suck? A broken vacuum cleaner.

ianbetteridge.com/2022/08/06/m

“Apple’s reliance on China has put the company in a spot where it must insist its suppliers print a falsehood on components to comply with propaganda.” daringfireball.net/linked/2022

Really good thread.

RT @ichbinilya@twitter.com

I just spoke with a senior employee from Amnesty International.

Their sum-up: “It’s a dark moment for the movement, there’s no other way to put it.”

Also: "We threw a party the Russian state was eager to attend for its own political purposes.”

More in this (long) thread 👇

🐦🔗: twitter.com/ichbinilya/status/

I cannot tell you quite how bad an idea this is, and how many lives it's going to cost.

RT @LBC@twitter.com

'Brexit bonus' plan to allow motorists to drive HGVs without extra tests to help solve driver shortages lbc.co.uk/news/brexit-bonus-pl

🐦🔗: twitter.com/LBC/status/1555456

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