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Total World Domination on a budget

Breaking News. A major conflict has been averted. Belgian legislative journals reveal that two different parties were planning Total World Domination, at some point in time. This was bound to lead to tension. Luckily one of them forfeited, early in 2003. The other just got started and illustrates that an evil genius does not need a large bank account. Just EUR 500 should do.





News analysis: Where to find rare Pokémon in Thailand

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has concerns about the Pokemon Go app, which I do share. Playing an augmented-reality game anywhere and everywhere does have its dangers. As a result, the NBTC has demanded Pokéstop-free zones from Niantic, the games’ producer. These zones include dangerous areas (footpaths, railroads, railways and canal banks), religious places (temples and pagodas), hospitals, schools, government and military buildings and private places. With the 40 meter radius of a Pokéstop, this eliminates anything but public places that are 40 meter from a footpath, leaving just Royal palaces and the center of public areas (without a body of water) available for playing.

But hold on, the Culture Minister has advised the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to limit players’ foot traffic in ancient landmarks, which also eliminates most palaces. What remains are the central parts of public parks that do not have a water feature.

That being said, the Thai Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has requested that more rare Pokémon are released at emerging tourist sites, especially during week days to promote off-peak visitor traffic.

Conclusion: if all this pans out, (rare!) Pokémon will be found centrally in up-and-coming dry Thai public parks, but not in the weekend.

If this isn’t hard-hitting investigative journalism, I don’t know what is 🙂



Nifty things, CATCHPAs

… except when you are a human being and don’t understand what they are referring to. A Catchpa (or Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) protecting logins to websites is a nifty thing, except when you have to look up the item they want you to point out. As a native Dutch speaker, I had no idea what a winkelpui is *shame*. (it’s a shopfront, for future reference). Still haven’t figured out what they mean with the last sentence, btw 🙂



Brexit: my analysis and predictions, so far

When the results of the Brexit referendum were announced, I have to be honest: I was dumbfounded. With so many forces urging for the creation of single market areas around the world, surely the establishment would not allow Great Britain to leave the union. On top of that, The City (as in London’s financial district) plays too important a role in the financial world for that to happen. I admit, my assessment was completely and utterly wrong … or was it? Let’s have a look at what actually happened and venture a guess about what will happen next.

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