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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: US successfully tests small nuclear power plant for Mars mission

Washington - In what is actually a very large step forward, NASA has tested a small, “paper towel roll” sized nuclear power plant to deliver power for a Mars mission. The fallout from this idea, pun intended, will be interesting.

Op-Ed: New US nuke doctrine— Careful what you wish for

Washington - The idea of new, more “usable” nukes isn’t a Trump administration idea. It’s been around, for a while, including micro-nukes for tactical, less destructive operational use. This idea could be a massive own goal.

Op-Ed: Feds vs states over pot — Billions of dollars at stake

Washington - Why not start a Fed/states war over pot? Not like there’s anything else more productive to do, is there? Yet another stunning regression from the Trump administration is creating chaos in the new marijuana industry.

Op-Ed: Trump to sue Bannon for defamation? Maybe not.

Washington - The furore around the new book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff has turned to possible legal action by Trump against Bannon. Bannon, meanwhile, is saying that Trump is a great man again, after Trump’s remarks about him.

Op-Ed: Australian banks freezing accounts, exchanges related to Bitcoin

Sydney - The world’s most annoying investment has now become a potential risk, at least according to the actions of some Australian banks. The big Australian banks have been accused of freezing accounts and restricting deposits.

Op-Ed: Facebook vs fake news — Why it will work well

San Francisco - Facebook, not too happy about its status as Troll Heaven for fake news, has decided to stop flagging disputed news and start verifying articles with a clear indicator. That’s a lot simpler than trying to chase every fake new event worldwide.

Op-Ed: Oxford University Press redefines childhood without nature

Oxford - Life is what you make it, they say, but what if your ability to describe it is lost? In this minimalist sewer of a modern “world”, now you can’t even refer to some living things, courtesy Oxford University Press.

Op-Ed: Accenture VR goes mainstream, sorta, kinda, in a way

Dublin - Virtual reality has been around for two decades. In that time, it has done effectively nothing much, commercially. Now it’s trying again, thanks to Accenture’s fashion app.

Op-Ed: The dead hate Net Neutrality? The FCC agrees with them

Washington - New Yorkers have been infuriated to see fake anti-Net Neutrality comments from their dead relatives accepted by the FCC. It’s like the old Simpsons gag, “The dead have risen and they’re voting Republican!”

Op-Ed: No Net Neutrality = Slowing down the future with politics

Washington - The Trump administration’s decision to end Net Neutrality will be a disaster for business, for consumers, and for trade. This decision can turn the internet into Big Pharma v.2. Is that bad enough? How much worse does it need to be?

Op-Ed: Can Wiki Tribune save journalism? Maybe it can.

London - Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is appalled by the state of modern news and journalism. He’s not alone, but unlike the media, he’s doing something about it. His new venture Wiki Tribune may just be the new face of news.

Op-Ed: Should Bitcoin be banned? Nobel Prize winner says Yes.

Sydney - Bitcoin is either a financial revolution or a paradise for money launderers, depending on your point of view. It’s a hard market to get into, and its reputation as an investment grows murkier by the second.

Op-Ed: Kim Jong Un challenges Trump with a slap in the face

Washington D.c. - “It will never happen”, “We won’t allow it to happen”, it’s happened. The Trump administration has obviously not managed to deter North Korea (DPRK) from its nuclear goals.

Op-Ed: Canada to look at economic and social effects of legal grass

Ottawa - Statistics Canada is to hold a study of the potentials of legal grass. The big questions are what’s an “economic effect”, other than sales, for example. What’s a “social effect”?

Op-Ed: Internet disaster in progress — FCC to repeal net neutrality

Washington - The repeal is going ahead. Use every swear word in every language on Earth, and you won’t even begin to describe the effect of repealing net neutrality. This move is an open license to turn the net in to a form of Big Pharma money grab.

Op-Ed: Are your socks trying to kill you? Of course they are! Special

Washington - The new story in the ongoing How to Totally Mismanage a Planet saga is microfibers. Lots of microfibers from laundry, plastic or as bad as plastic, and they’re taking over the world. Inspiring, huh?

Op-Ed: Your online political heroes are bots, not people

It’s well known, and admitted by Trump, that social media is the media that wins elections and influences opinions. The irony is that these influencers aren’t even people. They’re bots, and their opinions are software.

Op-Ed: Where will Xi take China, and the world?

Beijing - The news about President Xi Jinping’s “enthronement” by the Communist party has been generating some very negative, and naïve, viewpoints. The risks of a one-man China aren’t as obvious as they seem.

Op-Ed: MIT — Rethinking the realities of Augmented Reality

Sydney - Between the teeming hordes of hype merchants and the very meagre actual products, augmented reality is taking some baby thinking steps into practical things. MIT is looking at making AR safe for users.

Op-Ed: Chinese leaked plans to invade Taiwan in mid 2020s in new book

Sydney - According to a new book called "The Chinese Invasion Threat" by Ian Easton, research fellow of the 2049 Institute, China has drawn up plans to invade Taiwan some time in the mid-2020s. These plans are deemed credible in Washington.
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