Monochrome

I don’t know a lot about Thailand. Well, actually I know pretty much nothing about Thailand. Zero, nada, and I have never visited the country, sadly. But I was fascinated this morning by all stories on Twitter about the death of the King of Thailand and the reaction of the crowd. Well, fascinated is not the right word, I recognize it. It was a mix of respect, curiosity, fascination for something that I don’t understand (and will never understand). The story became even more interesting to me when I saw this:

Thailand media has gone monochrome after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej led to all television stations being ordered to show only black and white footage of the royal for the next month. The move mean ordinary Thais cannot access independent news through their televisions. Newspapers in the South East Asian country are continuing to publish their own material but have also gone black and white.

Not sure how to define this. Is it lack of freedom, as suggested by my very first reaction for something seen with my western eyes? Isn’t just anachronistic? Or is something different? For how long Thais will watch news in black and white? What happens to Twitter, Instagram and other social media?

I don’t have the answers, of course. I just found this being an incredible story and I wonder why European media, too busy these days with Brexit and migrant threats, are not paying enough attention to it. Well, I know the answer, here. We are Europeans, after all. And we are used to pay attention to our own backyard. All the rest is far and exotic. Sometime, monochrome.

#Amatriciana in London

Trying to list all restaurants in London supporting the #amatriciana aid campaign for survivors of Amatrice and the other small villages of Centre Italy decimated by the Wednesday 6.2 magnitude quake that’s killed at least 280 people to date.

Here is what I’ve found so far.


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Brexit figures

It’s not my country and definitely not my decision. But I live here. So, results might have relevant impact on my future. No comments: just a few numbers from a today live Q&A with Treasury. The full Treasury’s report is here.

Cloud Wars Episode II: Edge Computing

A few days ago I shared a great article from The Economic Times, Cloud Wars Explained – Why nobody can catch up with Amazon. A new post from CBR – Computer Business Review – announces a second episode of the Cloud Wars (Google’s reaction to the first episode) and introduces a new element: Edge Computing (and Edge Data Centers).

Speaking to CBR on Google’s potential move, Steven Carlini, Sr director data centre solutions marketing at Schneider Electric explained that (…) mobile telecom networks and data networks are converging into a cloud computing architecture. To support user demand, computing power and storage is being inserted out on the network edge in order to lower data transport time and increase availability. Edge computing places data acquisition, control functions, storage of high bandwidth content and applications closer to the end-user.