Scalability and Efficiency by… De-Centralisation

A somewhat contraversial thought in recent times, but one that I think has merit and perhaps will see a resurgence as much human brain power is expended trying to understand the recent Brexit vote in the UK. People are beginning to understand that massive scale completely centralised systems actually don’t work – primarily, it seems, because they reach a scale where nobody actually cares about them! Now IMHO a centralised system can work, if it is sufficiently introspective – taking time to celebrate its efficiencies and understand and work on its failures, but the notion of centralisation does tend to work in the opposite direction.

Economy-of-Scale vs Economy-of-Flow

On Simplification in Software Design

Over reliance on a particular simplification in application design leads to an unhealthy monoculture, stifling innovation, increasing extinction potential and in many ways parallel to Ian Nairn’s ‘Outrage’ – an essay on Subtopia, a.k.a.  a tendency towards mono culture in architectural reality across Great Britain.

Overly zealous innovation in application design is disruptive, reducing the economy of scale of all applications in the set, and increasing the cost of ownership.

Some balance is clearly the answer but is there a particular balance that is most appropriate, given a particular organisational size?

Critical Care in Motorcycle Racing

“Cases from the Races” – presentation by Doctor John Hinds (R.I.P.) on critical care in motorcycle racing, with some unconventional interventions that work for his team in ultra-rapid response situations.

Renault Kangoo 1.2 16v – Random Cut Out Issue

Sage advice on common issues from luck3y8oy on Yahoo Answers

There are a number of things it could be, the first one is there maybe a fault on the throttle circuit, as that model of clio is fitted with a fly by wire system. This system suffers from wiring and component problems. The first thing the garage should do is a diagnostic test on the injection ecu, as this will hold any fault codes.

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Kangoo 1.2 16v – Background Info

According to Haynes, the Kangoo uses the 1.2 16v engine from the Clio…

Renault Kangoo 99 to 04 See manual number 3906 Renault Clio which covers – 1.9 litre diesel (not turbo) and 1.2 litre (8 valve only) petrol engines from 98 to June 01. The Renault Clio manual number 4168 covers – 1.5 litre dCi (NOT code K9K.712) diesel and 1.2 litre 8 & 16 valve petrol engines from June 01 to 04. 1.4 litre petrol versions are NOT covered

There are 2 possible variants of the 1.2 16v engine,  says edde on

  • CC | valve | car codes | man date | kW | cc | engine block code(s) | valve
  • 1.2 16V (BB05/CB05) 06/01 55 1149 D4F 712 16V
  • 1.2 16V (BB05/CB05) 06/01 55 1149 D4F 714 16V


EU, Russia and Chatham House

Through a paracetamol addled haze, I am watching Sir Andrew Wood (of the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House) giving evidence to the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee regarding the EU and Russia.

On homogenisation of the force of application of EU law:

If you start to play by local rules, you will find out just how many local rules there are.

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The Day The Universe Changed

A quiet night in watching Brian Cox : Space, Time and Videotape on BBC Four – an evening of Science and Science Fiction programmes on Beeb Four, interspersed with short discussions between Brian Cox, Dr. Alice Roberts and Brian Blessed.

Having invested half an hour in The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity (1975), I’m halfway towards understanding what Colin was telling the BCS back in April about the influence of science fiction on the modern technologist.. There could also be some overlap towards the emerging discipline of user experience engineering (UX) there – the extra dimensional spaceship as an allegory of a desired user experience , simple, uncluttered, data minimalism, informationally rich…

The Day the Universe Changed – incredible! A massive range of topics, from the nature of belief, to the concept of reality, one’s ability to change it, the suggestion of a view of the internet enabled future as a kind of balanced anarchy.

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José Mujica on the Concept of Freedom

An interview with the President of Uruaguay who has legalised (via a strictly regulated system) use, limited possession and production of marijuana. Ignoring the underlying topic, there is much potential for discussion around the concept of freedom, the implementation of public policy (‘walk slowly’) and an example of a method of regulating a pre-existing (albeit underground / previously illegal) industry.

What is your conception of freedom?

If i have to take a drug in order to be free, I’m screwed. Freedom is here [taps his head]. Otherwise it doesn’t exist. You can’t buy freedom in little jars. That’s a brutal dependency. Then again I’m old… maybe my outlook on life is old fashioned.

José Mujica, President of Uruaguay, 2014

BCS Guernsey – Digital Guernsey

“Given the importance of technology for our future well-being, suggestions that Guernsey should aspire to be in the Top 10 global jurisdictions for technology have been both promoted and rubbished by those in government and the wider Guernsey community during 2014.  ”

Titled ‘Digital Guernsey – Do We Have A Hope?’ – this presentation will summarise our current position, highlight some international leaders, look at current local plans and question how organised and resourced we are.  John Hollis, retired from Accenture, the global management consulting and technology firm, as a partner, having run various industry, functional or innovation centre parts of the firm in his 25 years there.  He is currently the Non States Member of the Treasury & Resources Board, States of Guernsey.

Members and Non-Members are welcome – book online at

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