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TCSOTD 2007-01-03

US-VISIT running into all sorts of problems
… ‘domestic security officials have for now given up on plans to develop a facial or fingerprint recognition system’

Peter Andre and Katie Price’s new album gets rave reviews on Amazon

Centre for Internet Addition
… has podcasts, a blog, video streams, a mailing list and an online shop.

A Doctor Rants

Royal College of Psychiatry puts CPD podcasts online

The tactics of the press

Published on 2007/01/03 at 07:56 by Toby, tags , , , , , , ,

TCSOTD 2007-01-02

‘After a sinister year it’s down to us to protect our freedoms’
… Henry Porter back on form

Well, that didn’t take long

Every Step You Take
… A one hour documentary about video surveillance in Britain.

Photos taken through a microscope

Yep, I’m still not going to the US

2006 Darwin Awards

Microsoft’s evolution in keywords

TCSOTD 2006-12-28

A heart-warming thank you note

Plastic bottles leak antimony into water over time

New Labour MPs want pay rise, yet also want public to make policies for them

Blears in hypocracy claim over hospital closure protest in her constituency
BBC take on it here

Man hires ‘hackers’, they post email exchange
gets caught
and sacked
but gains wikipedia page

Boring numbers

Whats Wrong with the Music Industry in One Long Sentence

HD-DVD anti-rip encryption ‘cracked’
Gizmodo’s take on it here

Amazon UK at Christmas

Contributors to today’s TCSOTD: Ben

The Database State Looms Large in Scotland

Since 2001 in England the police were given the power to keep the DNA of arrestees even if they are innocent. This is clearly an insane inversion of many principles of justice that England once used to be proud. My friends know well that this is the sort of issue that turns me into a Real Life Devil’s Kitchen Swearing Ranter. I have, however, decided that this blog is going to be relatively calm and swear word free so you are going to have to imagine me in a state of vein throbbing apoplexy right now.

Until now this idiocy has not encroached into Scotland. Over Christmas the nanny state-ers have well and truly got their teeth into the news agenda. There has also been a call to give children in schools ID cards to prevent them from being forced to hand over their lunch cards. For me the fact that the current system fails in this way is a pretty big implication that it is not well thought out from the ground up. Rather than chucking more money and invasive technology at it perhaps now would be a good time to look at different ways of managing feeding children in school.

Still, I suppose it is good to know that some of the kids actually want to eat school food…

Update 2007-01-05: Bruce Schneier has commented on this too.

Published on 2006/12/27 at 20:58 by Toby, tags , , ,

The Serendipitous Arrival of the Christmas Spirit

I haven’t been feeling particularly Christmassy so far this year: work has meant that I have been working stupid hours. This changed last night. After turning up only a day late to my cousin Tom’s birthday party we had a quick dinner in one of his local gastro pubs and sank a few pints.

On the way home I had to change at Blackfriars from national rail onto the tube and on the way there I passed a girl wearing a Santa hat. I grinned at her and she smiled back and as one we wished each other a Merry Christmas.

I smiled all the way home. Merry Christmas to you all!

Published on 2006/12/23 at 10:59 by Toby, tags ,

Twittering away

Despite the fact that I still don’t really grok what it’s for I am sure that it useful for something. Therefore I have created myself a twitter account. So, feel free to twitter me. A word to the wise: when setting up your mobile phone you need to use the full international dialling code with the plus.

Published on 2006/12/21 at 17:19 by Toby, tags ,

TCSOTD 2006-12-21

Life inside the BNP

Tesla motors: High performance electric cars

The Hoax that never was: The Qana Ambulance Attack

Kew Bridge Steam Museum new ‘Design for Living’ exhibtion
They also have a Grand Christmas Steam Up
… “weather permitting, adult visitors will be able to climb our 196 feet tall Standpipe tower”

Decoding RAW digital photos in Linux

Contributors to today’s TCSOTD: Ben

Published on 2006/12/21 at 13:26 by Toby, tags , , , , , , ,

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