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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Coronavirus update — Finally some good news, but many worries

Beijing - Hidden on Xinhua, the first and so far only bit of good news about coronavirus appears in a single line in an article – 38 people who had recovered have been discharged. It gives a little hope in a bleak overall picture.

Op-Ed: Everybody gets Google phasing out cookies but the ad industry

New York - Waal… They-thar Googles be a-getting rid of them cookies on Chrome. Maybe that dagnab ornery wheel will be invented, and fire, and everything. We’s gotta get back to the chicken coop and come up with ‘nother scam…

Op-Ed: Facial recognition is now a real threat and a real weapon

New York - People have known for some time that facial recognition can be used as a weapon. Now, a company called Clearview has made it easy to invade privacy, and worse is to come.

Op-Ed: For England, Harry, and … Saint Media?

London - The public row within the Royals regarding Harry and Meghan is the tip of a very unimpressive iceberg. Harry, serial vertebrate as he is, has taken a very understandable dislike to the ever-brattish UK tabloid media.

Op-Ed: Australia's new subs — News, not news, and embarrassing babble

Sydney - Australian submarines typically get into the news for a variety of reasons, some credible and some not so credible. Our very expensive but very interesting new French-made submarines are getting their share of flak already.

Op-Ed: Russia’s sixth gen S70 UAV fighter is trickier than it looks

Moscow - The announcement of the new Russian unmanned Sukhoi S70 sixth generation fighter includes a few stings. This machine is designed as a supersonic stealth plane, with a lot of hardware and hard points.

Op-Ed: Australia speechlessly appreciative of help as fires still burn

Sydney - The sheer generosity of donations, help on the ground, and kind thoughts has pretty much left the nation speechless. We have no idea what to say, or even how to say it, but we couldn’t possibly be more appreciative.

War? Iran fires missiles at US airbase in Iraq

Bagdad - In what seems to be a direct reply to threats by Trump, Iran has fired a number of missiles at a US base in Al-Asad, Iraq. Information at this point is sketchy, but Iran has stated it fired “tens” of missiles at the airbase.

Op-Ed: Fake news vs the stock market? You don’t say

New York - The stock market has the high ideals of organized crime, backed up by the morality of pedophiles and high IQs of scammers. You’d think fake news would be a blessing, but even for the market it’s a very high risk issue.

Op-Ed: Misreading Iran — Trump’s hubris could be big trouble for himself

Washington - Iran has prestige and credibility on the line after the killing of one of its top generals. President Trump has taken personal credit for this attack, and publicized his role personally. This can backfire for him and United States interests.

Op-Ed: Australian fires — The fire and the anger

Sydney - Nobody knows how this fire season will turn out. With 9 dead, hundreds of thousands of hectares burned out, many properties devastated, there’s more to come. Australians are furious, with good reason.

Op-Ed: Conservatism vs science: Against America’s best interests

Washington - Would you call dismantling United States science programs and research “national scale sabotage”? Some would. The sheer scope of the Trump administration’s war on science is staggering. It’s systemic, and it’s dangerous.

Op-Ed: Space Force, or Xmas for the military industrial complex?

Washington - The announcement of the formation of the US Space Force has met with mixed reactions. No specific roles are outlined, and no clear strategy beyond “maintaining United States dominance” has been flagged. This is barely plausible.

Op-Ed: Yes, your phone is a risk to your security and your rights

Sydney - The Surveillance Society is having a great time tracking and demonstrations and individual protestors. So much data collection is instant, too, in real time. It’s called “location collection”, and it’s a real risk to personal rights and safety.

Op-Ed: New York’s 'open discovery' laws ignore witness safety, rights

New York - In New York, as of 1 January 2020, victims and witnesses must by law supply their contact details and evidence to the accused’s lawyers within 2 weeks. This requirement is called “open discovery”, and it’s very unpopular with some people.

Op-Ed: Brilliant, multi-coloured candy with no additives? It’s here!

Zurich - Food colouring and other additives are often considered to be dietary hazards, with good reason. The dyes usually aren’t food, just more chemicals. Now, a new technique is delivering incredibly coloured candies, particularly chocolate.

Op-Ed: The US is losing the Middle East game to Russia and Turkey

Ankara - America’s vague, blurry Middle Eastern geopolitical strategy has always been a bit iffy. Now, The US is losing ground in the Middle East as Russia takes Turkey effectively out of NATO, with US nukes on the ground in Turkey.

Op-Ed: Military AI — Hitting the targets, but missing the point

Sydney - Military A.I. is reaching the stage of true autonomy. That’s a very tricky situation for a lot of not-very-obvious reasons. A.I. is more complex than just code. It’s “intelligent” to the point of making decisions. That’s where the problems start

Op-Ed: Is Amazon Web Services ripping off developers? A mess.

New York City - Open source is one of the surviving icons of the idealistic original internet. The world was to be connected, developers could deliver free software, and it happened. Now, open source and Amazon Web Services are clashing severely.

Op-Ed: Sydney air quality – Truly lousy, and dangerous, weeks later

Sydney - Sydney’s air quality crashed with the bushfires. It’s now still very bad, with incredible readings. I’ve lived in Sydney for nearly 40 years, and this is the first time I’ve seen it this bad.
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