Stupid code

by Eszter Hargittai on November 18, 2003

I was searching for the journal The Information Society yesterday on our library’s online catalog system. I had looked up the journal the day before so I knew that we had a subscription to it. Regardless, yesterday I kept getting “Your search found no matching record”, which was incredibly frustrating given that I had just browsed the journal the day before. Finally, I decided to try the search without the “the” in the title. I’m not sure why that occured to me, but I gave it a try. Surprise-surprise, searching simply for information society specified as the Journal Title worked.

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The News Quiz is Back

by Harry on November 18, 2003

The News Quiz is back on BBC Radio 4. This week’s is particularly good (despite the absence of the peer-less Linda Smith) for two reasons: 1) They are all barred by a court injunction from talking about the main news story which isn’t a news story because its only a rumour that no-one has printed (or have they?) but has already been denied and 2) a BBC newsreader had to fill in for Sandi Toksvig at the last minute and is, by terms of her employment, prohibited from expressing an opinions, which she refrains from doing extremely well.


by Brian on November 18, 2003

For a little project I’m working on I have to write something on cloning, and in particular debates about whether reproductive cloning should be legalised. It isn’t really my area of expertise, so I don’t want to form sweeping judgments too quickly. But at first glance at the literature all of the arguments for banning reproductive cloning look absolutely awful. (With perhaps one exception, which is merely an unsound argument rather than an awful one.) If anyone knows of any good arguments, I’d be rather happy to see them.

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