Links for 4th April 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Handy Tweaks To Make GIMP Replace Photoshop

    Plugins, P-shop brush installs and other shizzle. Word to your mother.

    Tagged with: GIMPtweakslinuxfreewareimagemanipulationsoftware

  2. Stealing Commodities

    "Security can be viewed as a tax on the honest, and these thefts demonstrate that our taxes are going up. And unlike many taxes, we don't benefit from their collection. The cost to society of retrofitting manhole covers with locks, or replacing them with less resalable alternatives, is high; but there is no benefit other than reducing theft.

    These crimes are a harbinger of the future: evolutionary pressure on our society, if you will. Criminals are often referred to as social parasites; they leech off society but provide no useful benefit. But they are an early warning system of societal changes. Unfettered by laws or moral restrictions, they can be the first to respond to changes that the rest of society will be slower to pick up on."

    Tagged with: economicscommoditiestheftinfrastructurecrimesocietyscrap

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