March 5th, 2013

Kernel Bows Out

Punchy, bitchy and under the skin of the tech industry, The Kernel is no more. Its gossipy style made almost as many enemies as it won readers; it was certainly fun while it lasted. Writers should have been paid though and the baliffs came knocking. The niche needs filling. Plagiarists, deviants and entrepreneurs will sleep soundly tonight. 


15 Comments

  1. 1
    JH32940832409 says:

    Shame – I quite liked the Kernel, although it did come over as a vanity project for Miiiilo much of the time. Nice design too.

    Relaunch it with more open contributions. A site like that needn’t cost an enormous amount to run, apart from the court cases.

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    I thought there was a needlessly unpleasant tone about it.

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  3. 3
    Polly 'batshit crazy' Toynbee says:

    The Kernel was what The Register was until it was forced to cozy up to all the corporate IT companies for a crust.

    Milo is a legend now. He’s probably lost few quid but I’m sure he’ll come good.

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    • 10
      Animal says:

      El Reg has softened its bite a bit since starting out in the 90’s (I was an insider contributing to some of the hacks back then – they were and remain top peeps) but they have hardly cosied up to the vendors. Apple famously really don’t like them and the many of the other big names do watch their step.

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    • 12
      About time says:

      Yeah. he’s a legendary bullshitter but it’s other people’s money he’s lost as per usual.

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  4. 4
    A casual observer says:

    Write for us

    We are actively seeking new contributors. Click here to find out how you can join our growing team of writers.

    Still recruiting!

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  5. 5
    Sinking ship says:

    It’s been pretty funny watching the descent of milo from some right wing moron giving it the large on the internet to just being a right wing moron. Maybe the drugs wore off.

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    • 6
      JH32940832409 says:

      If only he had some bottomless pot of union money to fall back on, itself extorted from the taxpayer and spirited to the bruvvers with oxymoronic talk of ‘modernisation’.

      But we can’t all be left wingers.

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  6. 7
    Edinburgh junkie shitty moralising to others. says:

    Kernel?

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  7. 9
    Alex Wood says:

    I’m trying to fill some of the gap left behind by the Kernel.

    In their early days they told a lot of stories that needed to be told but as time went on they also alienated much of the London tech scene.

    My aim is to make Tech City News the site of record for the whole tech industry in this great city.

    I’m keen to hear your thoughts.

    Alex

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  8. 11
    About time says:

    Milo was on his 3rd surname, sacked from a string of jobs for dodgy behaviour, please don’t pretend he’s some sort of martyr. Lets see if the courts decide he was engaging in wrongful trading, then he’ll really have to face the music.

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  9. 13
    james says:

    Raking over the private lives of ordinary people NOT politicians or celebs is absolutely disgraceful. Plus there was no actual reportage or analysis – just bluster, cant and nastiness. Not paying people is bad, the bullying and cruelty is worse.

    Media Guido is meh – the last thing you should do is launch another spin-off.

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  10. 14
    Anonymous says:

    The Kernel may have started of with the right intentions, but it morphed into a vanity project and personal mouthpiece for Milo that built up friends and slagged off every one else, picking unmerited fights with the famous just for the clicks. It did not serve the needs of the community that it purported to represent. The business model may have worked with great content that adds value not the tripe it delivered

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Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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