Category Archives: Systems

UK Rail Fares – Systemic Failure?

Recently I had to travel by train from Bath to London at peak times.  No choice – that was what I needed.  About one hundred miles each way, or an hour and a half. The return rail fare? One hundred … Continue reading

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UK House Prices – Systemic Failure?

Since the mid 1990s the UK housing market has suffered rampant price inflation.   It is now at a stagnant high, the reduction in prices a lack of demand should trigger perfectly counterbalanced  by a chronic lack of supply.  The price … Continue reading

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Fedora 12 on an Apple iBook G4

I have an old (2004 era) Apple iBook G4, PowerPC architecture.  Great machine, hardware in perfect condition, but only 512MB Ram..  Having updated it with the latest software, it began to really struggle.  Retirement loomed. Cue Fedora 12..  installed the … Continue reading

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Evolved versus Designed Systems

Most systems are evolved, not designed. So what? Well, evolution doesn’t yield globally optimal solutions, just locally optimal solutions.  After all, that’s good enough for a creature, reliant upon local adaptations to survive in its environment.  But for artificial systems … Continue reading

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