Links for 3rd February 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Jail for photographing police?

    "Set to become law on 16 February, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 amends the Terrorism Act 2000 regarding offences relating to information about members of armed forces, a member of the intelligence services, or a police officer. The new set of rules, under section 76 of the 2008 Act and section 58A of the 2000 Act, will target anyone who 'elicits or attempts to elicit information about (members of armed forces) … which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism'. A person found guilty of this offence could be liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years, and to a fine." Bloody hell, every time I think they've stopped for a moment the buggers crank up the Orwell-o-tron another notch.

    Tagged with: ukpoliticsterrorismphotographyrightspolicesurveillanceoppressionlaw

  2. Building Good Banks Instead Of Bad Banks

    "This would solve the biggest problem of the bad bank solution: which is that the government would effectively be paying for a ton of assets that no one has any idea how to value — meaning there's a half decent chance that we (the taxpayers) will overspend on those assets. Instead, the "good bank" idea would be that those banks would then buy up the good assets from legacy banks — which are good because they can actually be valued. The legacy banks then automatically become "bad banks," but the taxpayers are left with the good assets, rather than the toxic ones."

    Tagged with: bankfincanceeconomicsassetsgovernmentownershiptaxpayervalue

  3. Personal 3D Printer Released!

    "We think this is a huge step forward to the days of consumer 3D printing. It's obviously not there yet, but we're heading that way. We think the uPrint will be quite popular, but not among consumers. It's definitely a "Personal" printer, but perhaps more of a "Personal-At-Work" printer."

    Tagged with: 3dprintingfabberfabricationDIYprosumer

  4. Digital Books Are Already Here

    "Beyond even games we have already have the outlines of digital fiction. Projects like Inanimate Alice, the story games and ARGs, narrativised blogs and twittered fiction. All the tools and standards are now roughly in place. A wave of innovation has most likely come to a close as the “social media boom” hits the skids. We have been innovation addicts, slavishly jumping on each new trend, application and concept, moving without thinking. The dust is now settling and the landscape for digital fiction and digital books is clear. […] Lets not wait for the future anymore; it arrived in about 2006."

    Tagged with: digitalbooksreadingliteratureinternetfictionnarrativeentertainment

  5. Nigel Willmott: Our movements are tracked enough already. For me, ‘touching in and out’ of tube stations is a step too far

    "We are now facing a deep recession and already we see signs of the kind of social unrest we haven't seen for nearly 30 years, well before all this technology was developed. It will be an interesting test of how innocent are our data gatherers, when faced with all the inconvenience and challenge of strikes and sit-ins and demonstrations. For the moment I'll be sticking to buying my daily travelcard with unmarked notes." An excessive response, but valid concerns.

    Tagged with: LondonUKOystertubesurveillanceopennessprivacy

  6. US wind power grew by 50% in 2008 as China’s doubled

    "California, with its famed Altamont Pass Wind Farm looking increasingly quaint compared to more recent facilities, has seen Iowa push it into third in terms of total installed capacity. Both are dwarfed by Texas' 7+ GW of capacity, which is more than the next three states combined. With facilities that are in the works, all of the top-10 states should exceed a Gigawatt shortly; that list includes New York, indicating that this growth isn't limited to the western two-thirds of the US."

    Tagged with: windpowerenergygenerationUSinfrastructure

  7. CSSplay | Flexible equal height min max layout

    "SIMPLE Flexible Layout – maximum width 1100px – minimum width 800px … This layout has been tested in IE6, IE7, Firefox, Opera, Safari(PC) and Chrome all latest versions. All the colors are background color, so there is no need for background images to give the impression of full height columns."

    Tagged with: webdevcssfluidproportionallayoutcodetutorialtemplateholy-grail

  8. Virtual Currency: Gold Farming Website Sells For $10 Million

    "The website, which specializes in the farming and selling of in-game money from massively-multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XI, and Everquest II, has by purchased by My MMO Inc. to the tune of $10 million." No depression online, then. Interesting.

    Tagged with: webMMOgoldgold-farmingcurrencybusiness

  9. Letter from California: The Cobra

    "Many film marketers grow disillusioned with their jobs, with the lying and the cheating. But when I asked Palen whether the job had affected his understanding of our primary levers—of the human eagerness to give way to laughter, fear, sorrow, and passion—he looked at me sharply and said, “I hope not. Because owning the secrets of cattle mentality is not aspirational. I love my job, I love being a part of all this, of staying fresh and young.” He was thinking aloud, not his favorite mode of self-presentation. “I mean . . . my mom still listens to Patsy Cline. I have this—not a fear—but she stopped at a certain age, and I don’t want to stop, to get old.”"

    Tagged with: businessmarketingmoviesentertainmenthollywood

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