If you have time

Prepare to waste it “here.”:http://www.oxforddnb.com/browse/alpha/

It looks as if the new DNB database has been left open for a little while. I recently wrote “a wormseye”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/wormseyeview/story/0,,1298303,00.html about the absurd pricing of the OED. It turns out that the new DNB will not be available on the CD at all and requires an annual personal subscription of

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2 Responses to If you have time

  1. Rupert says:

    Where we’ve been going wrong all these years is in giving Tim Berners-Lee all those prizes, awards, honours and money. We should have beaten him over the head with a brick when first his evil scheme saw the light of wotsit.

    The hyperlink is a bigger threat to national productivity than John Barleycorn ever was. Do I care that Robert Lambe (bap. 1711, d. 1795) asked his future wife to carry a tea caddy on Berwick Pier so he could identify her, but failed himself to turn up? No. Should I be writing about developments in low-density parity-check codes (*)? Yes. What have I just been doing?

    Bad. Very bad.


    (*) although they do have an interesting facet called ‘belief propagation’, which sounds like it has potential

  2. SRW says:

    Alas, as of this morning (24th) your link goes to a subscriber/password input page. I’m carefully not digging out my Athens password (one of the huge benefits of the Open University) since I have to get some work done.

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