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March 28th, 2005


10:22 pm - Quickie (fnarr fnarr)
Back, safe.

Two quotes from the journey:

"Leonard Cohen makes you notice roadkill more"

"You've been asleep for about 45 minutes and yes, you do fart in your sleep."

I'm gonna be tidying up my friends list, sorting out my groups and making the journal friends only. If you're not on my friends list and you want to be, post a comment to this and tell me why.

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March 25th, 2005


09:29 am
Howard Flight should get a sodding medal for being the first politico to admit what most of us know (although perhaps not, since he didn't know he was being taped and has since "regret"ed it) - which is that the main concern of a politician, regardless of all the pretty talk of "we serve our country", is to be in power.

Whatever the fine principles, you have to win an election first. - Howard Flight, as reported in The Times.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4381277.stm

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08:17 am - Another brick in the wall..
The national rollout of the UK police's ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) system is kicking off, with the goal of deploying a network of over 2,000 cameras on motorways, major roads and city centres. The system is claimed to be able to run database checks on 3,600 plates per hour, on vehicles travelling at speeds of up to 100 mph - but there are just a few snags.

The UK ANPR system is intended to automatically alert police if a car is stolen, if road tax hasn't been paid or the MoT is out of date, or if the driver is uninsured. For good measure, it's supposed to check whether there is a warrant for the arrest of the driver, or whether the driver is for some reason under police surveillance.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03/24/anpr_national_system/

How long before the role changes? After all, if it's decoding the plates to cross check against a database, it's a simple matter to push the plate, location, date & time into another database. How would we know it's been done? We wouldn't.

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07:58 am - I thought it was a spoof...
until I listened. Then my jaw hit the floor...

http://www.sumama.com/misc/911_tape.wma

This woman called 911 because the burger joint wouldn't make her burger the way she wanted it. She wanted them to "send an officer down" to sort it out.

Words fail me.

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March 23rd, 2005


04:06 pm
Eighty-thousand houses need to be demolished yearly for the next decade if the UK is to meet its climate change commitments, research suggests.

The demolition of older houses built to low environmental standards would be four times the current rate, Oxford University researchers said.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4373135.stm

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02:04 pm - That's worrying - considering I haven't read my HPL...
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01:57 pm
The 'bad behaviour' of e-mail users is helping to sustain the spam industry, a new study has found.

According to a survey conducted by security firm Mirapoint and market research company the Radicati Group, nearly a third of e-mail users have clicked on links in spam messages.

One in ten users have bought products advertised in junk mail.

Clicking on a link in a spam message can expose people to viruses and alert spammers to live e-mail accounts.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4375601.stm

1 in 10!! For fecks sake - that makes spamming a *very* profitable business.

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12:24 pm - Oh...
EDS has signed the contract to overhaul technology for the UK's Ministry of Defence, after being named as preferred bidder earlier this month.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03/23/eds_signs_mod/

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09:42 am - Not for people with low bandwidth...
Found it while messing around with the website stats :-

http://www.nonexiste.net/lj.php - it shows the last 250 pictures posted to LJ.

Opt out is at http://www.livejournal.com/community/copywrong/137681.html There's a claim at the bottom of that page that they can pick up images that are friends-only. I don't know enough about how the permissions work to query that.

Here's some more:

http://ga2so.com/lj.php - last 50

http://cubed.nu/lj.php - last 200

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March 22nd, 2005


10:46 pm
Thomas, closeup...
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Thomas, even closer up... (on the windowsill of my office)
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This cat does not have enough paw in his diet...
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x-posted to: kittypix, orangekitties & my journal

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