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Just in case anyone wasn’t thinking it… #BlackLivesMatter

In 2017, the Lammy Review showed that while black people comprise 3% of the overall population in England and Wales, they currently make up 12% of its prison population. The percentage of black people in England and Wales who are in prison is higher in relation to their share of the general population than the corresponding figure in the US. In this regard, we’re locking more of our black people away than the big, bad USA. The numbers only get worse when you consider younger inmates specifically: 48% of under-18s in custody are from black or other ethnic minority backgrounds.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/systemic-racism-police-brutality-british-problems-black-lives-matter

“Why You Should Care About The Fairphone”

Part of the reason we as consumers so quickly cycle through our devices is twofold: lack of choice (or inability) around repairing them and exorbitant and often arbitrarily priced repair costs. Think of it this way: If you break your phone—hell, if you break just the screen—and the cost of repairing it is only slightly less than buying a brand new one, you’d buy the spanking new one, right? Probably so! But if you could buy the original equipment manufacturer parts for pennies on the dollar and either do the repair yourself or get it on the cheap, wouldn’t doing the cheap repair on an otherwise totally functional—or even relatively new—device be worth it?”

https://gizmodo.com/fairphone-3-gives-us-the-smartphone-repair-options-that-1837629044

RacketBoy writes: “MISTer FPGA: The Future Of Retro Game Emulation and Preservation?”

…the most discerning retro gamers are increasingly looking at the world of FPGA for opportunities to bring the conveniences of emulation to a hardware that is closer to original console hardware.”

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/mister-fpga-the-future-of-retro-game-emulation-and-preservation

This huge article is definitely worth a look for anyone wanting to find out about “Hardware Emulation” in general. The original author does peddle the party-line for his favourite project a fair bit; but stick with it.

Politics and Disillusionment

In a democracy, it is essential that public policy is responsive to the public’s wishes and that election promises are honoured.”

https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/what-is-the-problem

Admittedly discussing a very much more specific but no less thorny topic; I thought I would share this.

Ever wondered what’s wrong with the Economy? Start here?

Britain has ‘single-handedly’ done more to undermine world’s tax system than any other nation, report finds.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-corporate-tax-avoidance-havens-justice-network-dodging-a8933661.html

The Ultimate Pocket-sized Gaming Laptop

Here is the teeniest gaming laptop you ever did see…”

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/7/31/20748600/lenovo-thinkpad-tinypad-paul-klinger-youtube

There’s also links to a 3D-printed version that *don’t* majorly infringe on copyrighted design. Promise. Cute?!