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Author Archive: Phillip Fitzsimmons

Phillip is a Canadian currently serving the Paris portion of a European exile in the sixth arrondissement and writing largely for a technical audience.

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False Friends

False Friends

It came to light during the Republican presidential nomination process that some 92% of Newt Gingrich’s 1.3 million Twitter followers were fake. This wholly unstartling development was established by the party-poopers at PeekAnalytics, who crunched the numbers in a report delightfully entitled Follower Gate. Peek ran their spidering software over Newt’s followers and looked at […]

Yes, by which I mean, yes

Yes, by which I mean, yes

The supremacy of English as a universal language is undisputed and largely credited to its voracious nicking of the best bits of other languages. So it’s that much more curious that in 2012, roughly 100 years since English took over from, arguably, French, as the world’s lingua franca that we still struggle to provide a […]

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