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Reminding Tencent of Tiananmen

Saturday, 9 February, 2019

Since the news broke that China’s Tencent is investing $150 million in Reddit, users have been busy posting an image of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre that Beijing has spent three decades trying to suppress. According to TechCrunch: “Depending on how much follow-on cash Reddit drums up from Silicon Valley investors and beyond, its post-money valuation could reach an epic $3 billion.” Reddit, by the way, is blocked in China and Tencent is also one of the most important engineers building the communist dictatorship’s Great Firewall. All in all, then, a fascinating funder for a Silicon Valley enterprise that’s become an essential platform for free speech.

Tiananmen Square


Acclimatizing to Dublin Bus

Sunday, 30 November, 2014 0 Comments

The function of Dublin Bus is to provide public transport in Ireland’s capital city. According to its website, the service carries 118 million customers a year, employing a fleet of 900 buses and 3,238 full-time staff. Interestingly, for a capital city’s main transit network, no complete system-wide street map is available online. What is online, though, is a reddit thread where people say things like, “I’m swearing a fuck load because it’s the only language appropriate to describe Dublin Bus and their shit-awful service, the fucks.”

It’s easy to spot the overseas visitors to Dublin on the city’s buses in winter. Unlike the locals, who are used to the vagaries of Dublin Bus vehicular heating standards, many visitors find their all-weather gear is essential for both inside and outside wear.

Dublin Bus