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authored by alice:After a hiccup'y start with matt's laptop refusing to show the slides he and james have sweated over for the past 48 hours (ad-hoc ad-libbing), the iCan presentation bursts into technicolor, startling matt into some ad-hoc air-guitaring.

No need for notes, just see the presentation... meanwhile, an excerpt from the etcon rolling irc channel..

malaclyps> _joshua: there's some geo stuff in the BBC i-can talk malaclyps> "Tipping points trialled with local action groups" - the bbc is trying to kickstart local democracy Schuyler> amazing Schuyler> and they're government funded * _joshua is bitter malaclyps> Schuyler: no, they're charter-funded. it's different. Roger> Isn't everything in the UK government funded? Roger> ;) * Alice chuckles malaclyps> it's like the judiciary is "government funded" Schuyler> the US federal government would never support something as CRAZY and FOOLISH as this Schuyler> Charter-funded ...? Roger> Who funds the charter? malaclyps> Schuyler: it's funded by a licence fee provided by royal charter. govt. has little to do with it. Schuyler> hmm Schuyler> you mean, it's paid for with voter tax dollars BY ROYAL FIAT? malaclyps> yep Schuyler> yow malaclyps> think of it as another wing of government in the wider constitutional sense [ snipped mini discussion on value of monarchy & description of charter funding ] Schuyler> this is great though Schuyler> their project is fscking huge Schuyler> but, properly funded, it could work!

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