A needlessly sardonic view on what's been happening in the technology world over the last few days, and more importantly, who's been screwing up...

The dingy world of the internet and its sinister underbelly has been heavily exposed in the last two weeks since the shutdown of the Silk Road, the website that allowed its users to purchase drugs and other illegal materials. Now, the UK's cyber-crime chief Andy Archibald has this week had his say, revealing that the dark web 'will evolve'. It's a pretty logical statement and it's unlikely to be long until replacements spring up, likely having learnt plenty from the follies of Silk Road's founder Ross Ulbricht, or as he's known (for some reason) 'Dread Pirate Roberts'. Like that time he tried to get a dude killed for hacking the site, which proved quite unhelpful to the cause.

Much in the way the drug war plays out on the street, when an operation is shut down others will move in and take its place - as long as there is still a market there, which clearly there will be for Silk Road's community that numbered almost 1 million. Pursuing the decimalisation rhetoric, the market wouldn't exist if it was regulated and not illegal. Not that the web should be entirely unregulated, but if the drug war was finally acknowledged as a failure then the products wouldn't need to be hidden in an underground site like Silk Road in the first place.

And while you could say in the absence of drugs other illegal products will make in online, like guns, which, yes, is feasible. But considering Silk Road already tried to sell guns, eventually shutting down that section due to a lack of interest, we can safely say there isn't enough of a market there to see the easy availability of guns to kids. Essentially, Archibald's comments concede that the seizure of Silk Road is hardly a victory in the war on drugs, but that a future imitation only signals the ongoing resilience of the illegal drugs market. It's too big to fail, like the banks. But unlike bankers, people actually seem to like drugs.

Who else saw that the US Army is trying to turn all its troops into Iron Man? Now, call me cynical, but is this just a ploy make people more accepting of war by trying to get people to imagine thousands of soldiers running around in red and gold suits quipping? Fair play though, it's much harder trying to make drones sexy.

Let's move on to technology investment. Former Apple boss John Sculley has said that Apple should spend more money on big-name acquisitions rather than buy back stock, which is the view of another investor, Carl Icahn.

Highlighting ebay as an interesting brand that Apple could pursue, the reports on Sculley's views pretty much end there as journalists moved on to more interesting things to talk about. Sculley was lucky that anyone listened at all - he left Apple 20 years ago and is only notable in forcing out a young Steve Jobs from the company in the early days, which is enough to largely discredit what Sculley is saying.

Furthermore, the idea of buying big-names would either reek of desperation from Apple trying to buy a stable brand, or simply of throwing its weight, and wallet around. With its decided, or at least perceived decline in innovation over the last couple of years, the best choice Apple can make is continue to acquire small start-up companies - because at least they can play up to the idea that they're responsible for the presence of said technology. For example, no one really knows that Siri is a company Apple acquired in 2010 as it looked to install a personal assistant system on its products, not its own technology.

  • If a personal assistant wishes for promotion perhaps it should learn to be a little less cocksure , yes?

And in other news...

New technology currently being tested by Ford in Germany has seen vehicles fitted with a new system that will warn the driver of impending collision with vehicles and even pedestrians. Better still if you ignore the warning like you're some kind of murderous kook, the steering wheel will take over to avoid the collision, severely reducing the hitman's arsenal were this ever to go mainstream.

And finally, T-Mobile has made a brave move by dropping roaming fees In the US at least - but it's noteworthy in that it means those extortionate charges were never really necessary in the first place, suggesting all mobile carriers have been wallowing in some kind of gigantic cahoots-fest by charging them. You've also got to feel sorry for those with friends on T-Mobile now they're able to sporadically able to upload photos of generic idyllic landscapes like a modern day slideshow - hours and hours of cathedrals, canals and cannelloni. Can't wait.

  • The Welsh really know how to pull a hanging basket together #nofilter

By Andy Price (Andyy_P)